Pushkar Fair, the big Mela at Pushkar in Rajasthan, takes place in the Hindu month of Kartika (October/November) beginning on ‘Ashtami,’ the 8th day of Shukla paksha or waning phase of moon as per lunar calendar and continues till full moon (‘Purnima’). Pushkar Fair 2013 is from November 10 to November 17. The holy bath in
is on November 28. The first half of the fair is dedicated to camel, cattle and horse trading. The second-half of the fair is famous for the holy dip or bath in the Pushkar Lake on the Kartik Purnima day. Pushkar Lake
It is widely believed that taking a holy dip on the auspicious Kartik Purnima will help in attaining Moksha (salvation) and wash away sins committed.
The Pushkar sarovar is noted for the fifty two bathing ghats and each is supposed to be sacred in its own right. Hindu devotees believe that a dip or having a holy bath in the waters of the
on Kartika Purnima is equivalent to performing austerities and yagnas for several hundred years. Pushkar Lake
The water of
is also believed to have healing powers. Pushkar Lake