Royal Bath “Shahi Snan” in Pushkar

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Pushkar camel fair

A huge number devotees and saints from across the country are flocking the sacred town of Pushkar to take a dip in the holy waters of its sacred Lake as part of the ‘maha snan’ (big bath) today i.e. November 06, 2014 on the fourteenth day of Kartik month in the Hindu calendar. A heavy rush of devotees and saints is seen since morning at the ghats.

Saints

Taking a dip into the lake at Saptrishi Ghat in this sacred month is believed to wash away all the sins. As per the ritual, the ‘shahi snan’ is for saints and seers and they arrive before the full moon for the bath. The same ritual also prevails in Maha Kumbh.

ghat night

Pic Courtesy: Rajasthan Tourism

Meanwhile, tourists visiting the Pushkar fair are enthusiastically enjoying the fusion of cultures and colors on display here. The makeshift markets are full of villagers, urban and foreign tourists and each group is fascinated by the other. The shilpgram exhibition by local artisans, and enchanting Maha Aarti in the evenings are also fascinating the visitors in large numbers.

evening prayers foreigners IMG_9830 hula hooping girl

aarti

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