Pushkar Mela and beyond
“ Witnessing the Pushkar Mela was intense . We started early morning pre dawn to reach the Mela ground ,which was always buzzing with activity . On a parallel in equal measure frenetic activities were happening around the ghats with devotees flocking round the clock . Pushkar holds a unique place in heart of worshippers as it accommodates the only Brahma temple in India . Having witnessed the Mela earlier I have realised the Mela has only grown in popularity . A throng of visitors makes my task more difficult to take images that focusses on the essence of the festival and search for vantage points ( for example the view of Camel ground from the top)”
— Notes in the journal (Pushkar Nov 2015)
Self Portrait, Ready to Fly
The Pushkar Mela at Ajmer district in Rajasthan is the world’s largest camel fair, and a kaleidoscope of culture and local traditions. It has over the years become a popular travel festival and is in radar of international tourists .
Pushkar, the town itself is famous for the only temple of Lord Brahma in India has its base around its lake. Legend also attributes the name to the Sanskrit words ‘Pushp’ and ‘Kar’ which refer to the lotus flower. The Pushkar lake has ghats all around and makes for a pretty picture .
( word of caution : one cannot photograph around the lake as suggested by the local authorities)
I have been going to Pushkar since 2005 every now and then. The best way to do the trip from New Delhi is to take the early morning train ( Ajmer Shatabdi ) from New Delhi and reach Ajmer. The town of Pushkar is situated about 14 km from Ajmer .
words and images by Siddharth Jain
The leaping horse,Pushkar ( image caption)