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Time table of Pushkar Fair 2015-2016 (14th nov to 25th nov)

14 November Groups of camels, herders, horses and traders begin to appear from out of the desert and set up camp in the dunes around Pushkar. For some, the journey may have taken up to three weeks.

15 November Many more camels, nomads, herders, horses, farmers and traders are arriving. Some groups walk to the fair. Others arrive with camel or bullock carts or come by truck. The gathering is rapidly growing to immense proportions. This is the best time for photography and the time when you may move around and observe the scene most freely.

16 November Arrivals continue. The numbers of horses is increasingly rapidly. Camels are being inspected and thoroughbred Merwari horses put through their paces for purchasers. Trading is already taking place, although a deal may take several days to conclude as vendors hold out for the best price.

17 November On the dunes, the gathering of camels is reaching maximum size. There are lively discussions as groups of vendors and purchasers meet around their animals and negotiators help to arrange deals. The best prices are achieved in a year when the monsoon has been good.

18 November By now the tented bazaars are a hive of activity and the fairground is being set up. The scene on the dunes is at its most crowded.

19 November More and more people are arriving.The fair is traditionally a great meeting place where even marriages may be arranged. In the stadium the Official Program of camel races, displays and competitions begins.

20 November The scene on the dunes is increasingly busy and chaotic, with camel cart rides, itinerant musicians and vendors. Around the stadium there are cultural activities, competitions and bazaars. Camels and traders will begin to disappear back into the desert as the week progresses and their business is concluded.

21 November – Pushkar Fair The town, temples and bazaars are becoming more crowded. The colourful fairground attracts huge crowds with stalls, street vendors, sideshows and ferris wheels. Stadium events continue.

21 November – where thousands of camels, cattle and sheep along with farmers and villagers from all over the Hadoti region congregate for a traditional fair and full moon religious celebrations.

22 November – Pushkar Fair Great numbers of colourfully-dressed villagers are arriving from all over the region to bathe in the holy lake. The fairground is going full swing. A craft fair is set up with handicraft stalls.

22 November – animal trading is taking place and you will find an experience of the local fairs of yesteryear and a very traditional feel.

23 November – Pushkar Fair Pilgrims throng the streets of Pushkar and shop in the fairground bazaars as the town prepares for the Kartik Purnima religious festival. In the mela stadium competitions and events are in full swing.

23 November – , which is also a centre for local crafts. For local farming communities, this is one of the best shopping opportunities of the year, a place to find all the old-style kitchen utensils and implements.

24 November – Pushkar Fair The temples, ashrams and dharamshalas (pilgrim rest houses) of the holy town are busy with pilgrims. There are bhajans (devotional hymns) and ceremonies in the temples, and fairground rides and stalls to be enjoyed at the mela.

24 November – You can see old wooden ferris wheels which are still turned by hand, and find traditional toys and games. Acrobats, storytellers and performers from all over the region gather appreciative crowds.

25 November – Pushkar Fair – Kartik Purnima Today thousands of devotees will bathe in the holy lake, believed to have been created when the god Brahma dropped a sacred lotus flower to earth, and there is a grand finale in the mela stadium.

25 November – today Kartik Purnima is celebrated with religious bathing and aarthi ceremonies at the temples and floating of illuminated diyas (lamps) on the river.

25 November is the last day of the Pushkar Fair Official Programme and is the day of the Kartik Purnima religious festival, when many thousands of devotees throng the town to visit the temples and circumambulate the holy lake. At Chandrabhaga Fair there is pilgrimage activity and holy bathing at Chandravati as Kartik Purnima is celebrated in a simpler style, an opportunity to experience the age-old devotions and rituals of the auspicious day.

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The temple is visited by pilgrims and also by the holy men and sages, after taking a ceremonial sacred bath in the Pushkar lake. It is also a practice that visit to the Brahma temple is followed by worship of his consort Gayatri, followed by visits to other temples as convenient.

The temple is open for worship between 6:30 am and 8:30 pm during winter and 6:00 am to 9:00 pm during summer, with an interval in afternoon between 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm when the temple is closed.Three aratis are held in the temple: Sandhya arati in the evening about 40 minutes after sunset, Ratri Shayan arati (night-sleep arati) about 5 hours past sunset and Mangala arati in the morning, about 2 hours before sunrise.

The priests at the Brahma temple refer to a strictly followed religious practice. House-holders (married men) are not allowed to enter the sanctum sanctorum to worship the deity. Only ascetics (sanyasis) can perform the puja to the deity. Hence, all offerings by pilgrims are given, from the outer hall of the temple, through a priest who is a sanyasi. The priests of the temple, in general in Puskkar, belong to the Parashar gotra (lineage).

Once a year, on Kartik Poornima, the full moon night of the Hindu lunar month of Kartik (October – November), a religious festival is held in Brahma's honour. Thousands of pilgrims come to bathe in the holy Pushkar Lake adjacent to the temple. Various rites are also held at the temple during the fair. The day also marks the famous Pushkar Camel Fair, held nearby. Special rites are performed on all poornimas (full moon days) and amavasyas (new moon days).

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