Fairs - India
Rajasthan Pushkar Fair
Pushkar Camel Fair : Pushkar Fair the world's largest camel fair is celebrated in the month of November(Kartik). Famous Pushkar is situated 11 Km to the north-west of Ajmer in the state of Rajasthan. Pushkar is the holy pilgrimage of Hindu. Devotees bath in the lake to wash away the lifetime sins. It is believe that the Lord Brahma created the holy lake of Pushkar. When demon Vajra Nabha killed the children of Brahma, the Brahma killed him by his weapon, lotus flower. The petals of lotus flower fell at Pushkar also. Pushkar is also the place of Brahma temple. More to come.....
Story of Kumbh Mela : The story of Kumbh Mela is related to pot of Nectar described in ancient Vedic scriptures known as Puranas. Once gods and demons decided to churn the milk ocean to produce nectar and shared it equally. They all were agreed to share it and drunk it. Finally the Mandara Mountain used as churning rod, Vasuki worked as rope for churning. But the Mandara Mountain sunk, so the Vishnu incarnated as a big tortoise and supported it. This process tooks thousand years to churned the milk ocean. The churning of the milk ocean produced deadly poison and it was drunk by Lord Shiva so we call him "Nil Kunth". But few drops of poison fell on the body of snakes, scorpions and other deadly animals. After Shiva drank the poison, surabhi cow, Uccaihsrava horse, white elephant named Airavata, Kaustubha-mani appeared. Finally the nectar pot came out from the ocean. Gods and Demons started fighting after seeing the nectar pot. Gods thought demons will be more powerful than us and never die if they drunk nectar. During the fight, the drops of nectar fells in Prayag, Haridwar, Ujjain, Nashik. Again Vishnu incarnated himself as a beautiful woman to attract the demons. The demons really forgetted everything after seeing her. In the meantime gods drunk the nectar pot and they became the powerful.
It takes place only when the planet Jupiter enters Aquarius and the Sun enters Aries. The sanskrit meaning of Kumbh is "pot or pitcher".
Kumbh Mela : Places
Prayag :Prayag(Allahabad) is located in the state of Uttar Pradesh. The meeting place of the three river Ganga, Yamuna & Saraswati.
Haridwar :It is also located in the state of Uttar Pradesh. The ganga enters here from the Himalayas.
Ujjain :It is located in the state of Madhya Pradesh. The mela organises on the bank of Shipra river.
Nasik :It is located in the state of Maharashtra. The mela organises on the bank of Godavari river.
Bihar Sonepur Fair
Sonepur Cattle Fair : Famous for the cattle fair specially for the elephants. A person can buy elephants, camels, goats, buffaloes, horses etc. in this fair. It is Asia's largest cattle fair. Sonepur is located in the state of Bihar in Saran district. Millions of devotees came here for the worship in Harihar Temple. The mythological fair is started on Kartik Purnima day in the month of November. The devotees worships in Harihar Temple after taking bath in the river Shaligrami(Gandak). The fair ground is full of crowd during the cattle fair. Thousands of people comes to sale the animals. Sonepur is also famous for longest railway platform. Its length is 2,415 feet.
Dadri Cattle Fair : A famous a largest cattle fair celebrated at Dadri, 5 kms from the famous Balia town in the state of Uttar Pradesh. It is also a cattle fair like Rajasthan Pushkar Fair & Sonepur Cattle Fair. It is started in the month of October-November from "Kartik Purnima" and this fair is celebrated for 2 week. People from the far area gather here to buy and sell the cattle.