Dev Diwali literally means “the Diwali of the Gods” or “Festival of Lights of the Gods”. It is celebrated in the Hindu month of Kartika (usually November or December) and is observed on the full moon night (the 15th lunar day on Kartika).
The festival is mainly observed in one of the oldest livings cities in the world and a city considered as a symbol of Hindu renaissance, Varanasi. It is believed that the Gods descend on Earth to take a holy dip in the Ganges. In honour of Ganga (Ganges River), the steps of all Ghats of the Ganges River are decorated with millions of diyas (lamps).
On the occasion of Dev Diwali, devotees perform Kartik Snan (taking a holy bath in Ganges) and deepdan (offering of oil lighted lamps). Ganga Aarti is performed in the evening by 21 Brahmin Priest with 24 young women, with full devotion and rituals involving chanting hymns, rhythmic drum beating, conch shell blowing, and brazier burning.
At the night, the peaceful water of Ganga reflect the flickering lights of lamps creating an spectacular sight that attracts tourist from all over the world. This also gives a perfect photo opportunity to capture the real essence of this festival making it a lifelong memory.
The Pushkar Fair also referred as Pushkar Camel Fair is held in the Hindu month of Kartika (usually late October or November). The iconic fair is one of India’s largest Camel, Cattle and Horse fairs that attract millions of tourist.
Approximately 30,000 camels come together on the small desert town of Pushkar, in India's state of Rajasthan, for the annual Pushkar Fair. The original intent behind the Pushkar Fair was to attract local traders to do business, however; the fair has now become a major tourist attraction and creates a stir among visitors with its awe-inspiring celebrations.
Cultural events and competitions takes place at the fairgrounds. From camel dancing to camel beauty contest, from tug of war to longest moustache and bridal competition and from snake charmers to carousel rides there are several activities for visitors. Pushkar is also an important pilgrimage site for Hindus hence apart from the livestock trading and cultural festival the city also attracts huge number of pilgrims.
It's a fascinating and peculiar sight, and a great opportunity to witness an old traditional-style Indian festival. The fair is definitely a priceless treat for the international travelers who want to witness the vibrant culture and traditions of Rajasthan.