Kartik Poornima: this is what everyone has been waiting for. As the full moon (Poornima, in the Hindu lunar month of Kartik) reaches its lunar zenith, tens of thousands of pilgrims spill onto the bathing ghats surrounding Pushkar Lake to immerse themselves into its waters.
It is precisely at this time that, according to Hindu tradition, bathing in the Lake’s holy waters will wash away all sins – a spiritual benefit that extends to the husband of any Hindu woman who bathes here on this day and is the equivalent of performing yajna (fire-offering ritual worship) for several hundred years.
While Kartik Poornima is celebrated all over India, it is of special significance here in Pushkar, where it marks the anniversary of the gathering of celestial beings called by Lord Brahma when he first performed yajna on the banks of the lake that he had created at Pushkar.
Kartik Poornima foms the closing of the Pushkar Mela, one of India’s most important trade and religious fairs, which opens with the Pushkar Camel Fair.