Bihu Chhath Gangaur Goa Carnival Jagannatha Ratha Yatra Kumbh Mela
Onam Pongal Pooram Pushkar Mela Skanda Shasthi Teej
Teej Skanda Shasthi Pushkar Mela Pooram Pongal Onam
Kumbh Mela Jagannatha Ratha Yatra Goa Carnival Gangaur Chhath Bihu


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Pushkar Mela
pushkar mela Pushkar Mela, the biggest cattle fair in the country, falls in the month of Kartik. It commences two days before the full moon of the month and ends a day after it.Men and women congregate from all over Rajasthan and other nearby places with their horses, camels and cattle to buy and sell. The venue for this spectacular display of color and vigor is Pushkar, a small sleepy town in the Ajmer district of Rajasthan. However, for the duration of the fair, the town is transformed into a glittering display of activity, with a variety of colorful stalls and vendors. In addition to its commercial importance, the fair is also a window to the cultural richness of Rajasthan. Days before it begins, tradesmen, craftsmen, troupes of dancers and singers, all gather here.
Pushkar, literally meaning 'a lotus that blooms in mud', is also home to one of the only two temples dedicated to Brahma, the other being at Khed Brahma in Kerala. It is one of the innumerable temples skirting the large Pushkar Lake. This lake, with 52 ghats, is the focal point of all devotional activities and is the main reason for the confluence of a mass of people from all parts of the country. The fair it self centers around the event of taking a dip in the Pushkar Lake on the full moon night. Not much is known about the origin of the fair. Scholars suggest that the cattle fair was an extension of the religious event of taking a dip in the lake. In fact, Pushkar has been known as the center of Brahma worship since1250 AD. According to the Padma Purana, once Brahma was looking for a suitable place on earth to be his abode. Shiva suggested that he claim the spot where his lotus falls. When Brahma was passing over Pushkar on his vehicle, the swan, a lotus fell from his hand and struck at three places, forming 3 lakes called Jayeshtha, Madhya and Kanishtha Pushkar. Brahma descended beside the largest one, Jayeshtha, and meditated. After his meditation, the gods requested him to perform a sacrifice to consecrate the spot. Brahma agreed and preparations for a celestial sacrifice began.
Jayeshtha Pushkar was chosen as the site for the great sacrifice. Several gods were invited to witness this event. Because no sacrifice can be performed without one's wife, Brahma dispatched Sage Narada to his celestial abode to call Saraswati. Not realizing the urgency of the situation, Saraswati did not hurry. As the auspicious hour was drawing near and there was no sign of her, Brahma asked Indra to find someone else who could perform the role of his spouse. Indra found a milkmaid and purified her by putting her head into a cow's mouth, from which she derived her name, Gayatri. Brahma accepted her as his spouse amidst the celestial gathering and the sacrifice began. pushkar mela
After some time, Saraswati arrived there, accompanied by Lakshmi, Indrani and the wives of the other gods. Incensed that another woman had been asked to take her place, she cursed Brahma that he would not be worshipped anywhere on earth except at Pushkar, and that too only on one particular day in the year. In a rage, she went to the Ratnagiri hill nearby and settled there. Today a temple stands there dedicated to her, probably the only one in the world. Due to its association with Brahma, Pushkar is considered to be the tirtharaja, the king of all pilgrimage sites. It is believed that Brahma blessed the lake at Pushkar and anyone who takes a dip in the lake would go to heaven. According to the Puranas, a pilgrimage to Pushkar destroys all evil and gives the dead access to the three worlds. One who has bathed at the lake there and worshipped Brahma achieves salvation. For this reason, thousands of people gather here for this great annual pilgrimage.
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