Wednesday, 3 December 2014

The largest camel-livestock fair,Pushkar,Rajasthan, India -strange place 05

Came-livestock fair,Pushkar,Rajasthan,India
The Pushkar fair is one of the world's largest camel fairs, and apart from trading of livestock it has become an important tourist destination. Since 1972 the Rajasthan government has taken over the organization of this big camel-cum-cattle fair, also called ''Pushkar ka Mela,'' and added interesting competitive events such as the ''matka phod''- longest mustache (sign of male superiority and valour?), bridal competitions, etc mixed with social, cultural and religious events in order to add zest to this otherwise a dry and dusty event. The Imperial Gazetteer of India, recorded an attendance of 100,000 pilgrims in 1900.
 A man with long mustache,Pushkar camelfair,India.
 Rajasthan has a vast tract of desert and camels are widely being used for various purposes such as travel in the inaccessible areas, transporting cargo,agriculture etc and it is the state animal of Rajasthan. People going to big cities like Jaipur, Udaipur,etc can frequently see these weird looking animals crisscrossing the cities carrying load on them or pulling carts. Unfortunately the animals are increasing being slaughtered by people for their meat. The local state government and animal lovers taking steps to stop this illegal slaughtering.
In 2012, 12,000 animals arrived at the fair and in 2013, but it came down to roughly 11,000, the reason attributed to reduction of animal is increase mechanization in the farm operations and less dependence on animals such as camels, bulls, etc. The town of Pushkar, with numerous Hindu temple and the famous huge Pushkar lake near Ajmir, a major Muslim pilgrim center, is said be one of the oldest towns in India dating back to several centuries.
A trip to Pushkar fair serves dual purposes - animal trading and worthing at numerous temples there. This traditional fair is held every year in the month of October and November. The fair commences on ''Ashtami'' in kartika and ends on 'Pournami'' - full moon day. The first few days are spent on trading and remaining days are spent on religious activitie, fun and frolics. The religious fir ids held around the full moon day of Karthikai. The sheer number of visitors including thousands of foreigners would baffle one's imagination.
The 2014 fair held recently saw more than 300,000 visitors in just three days. Surely, this is the only largest camel fair, perhaps, in the world
Rajasthani girls at the Pushkar fair,Rajasthan,India,
Camels at Pushkar fair,Rajasthan.