The fair is believed to be around 151 years old and its origins are based on a legend mentioned in some scriptures. According to this legend, Pushkar Lake sprang up when a lotus flower which Lord Vishnu was carrying fell on the Earth. The history of Pushkar Festival mentions that all the 330 million Gods and Goddesses of Hindu religion assemble around this sacred lake to perform a special "yajna" on the day of Poornima (full moon night) to purify themselves from the misdeeds committed in past lives.
A dip in the lake on this day implies washing away the sins as the water of the lake is believed to have healing properties. Due to the observance of these rituals, Pushkar is noted as one of the five holiest cities located in Rajasthan India.
Pushkar Fair 2019 Dates:-
4th Nov. 2019 to 12th Nov. 2019
The Pushkar Camel Fair is directly linked to the Hindu lunar calendar. This annual 14-day festival takes place in the auspicious Hindu month of Kartik (October and November), the most prosperous time to absolve past sins. The Pushkar camel fair will be held from November 4th to 12th 2019.
Arrival of the Camels: October 30 to November 4
Competitions and Activities: November 5 to 12
Religious Ceremonies: November 10 to 12
The fair has two components: camel trading and religious rituals. The camel trading-which is the main attraction for tourists-happens at the beginning. Pushkar Fair holds great relevance for Hindus as many pilgrims from all over India gather at Pushkar lake to take a sacred bath and offer prayers on the last day.
The two days around the full moon are considered to be the most auspicious time of the year for bathing in the lake. Those who bathe on the day of the full moon are said to receive special blessings.