Pushkar Camel Fair or Pushkar kaMela is an annual five day livestock trade happening in the town of Pushkar in Rajasthan, during the preceding days of KartikPoornima. Pushkar is a holy town with references in ancient Hindu epic stories and is the only place where a Brahma Temple is situated. During the fair, people of Rabari tribe gather in the outskirts of the town with camel and other cattle’s for trade. Their days go in sync with the pace of trading, punctuated by the preparation of food, moments of rest and relaxing around the puffs of opium.
The term ‘Rabari’ is given different meanings in different contexts; they are referred to as outsiders, nomads, shepherds etc. They will be with their animals since the time they are born, until they die. It is a belief that Lord Shiva send them to Earth to take care of the camels owned by Parvati. This group tends to lead a nomadic life by raising all kind of cattle under the open sky, and the ladies in this group are great artists; they are good at doing embroidery, bead and mirror works on cloth and also in doing artwork on earthen pots.