1.5 Lakh devotees takes holy dip at Pushkar Sarovar

More than 1.5 lakh devotees today took holy dip in the Puskhar sarovar here during Shahi Snan on Kartik Purnima marking the end of week-long Pushkar Fair which featured Camel Fair, Hot Balloon flights and a number of other entertainment and cultural programmes during the course of the annual festivities. A number of Sadhus, monks and priests reached the ghats of the holy sarovar in traditional procession for the auspicious Shahi Snan(royal bath). After taking holy dip at the Saptarishi ghat and other ghats the devotees visited the ancient Brahma temple and performed pooja.
Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot also participated in the mela today. The week long Cattle Fair coincided with the annual event and has emerged as the spotlight of an Indian holiday. It's during this event that the population of 14,000 swells to over 200,000 while the festival hosts over 50,000 camels which are sold, raced and decorated.