dead fish floating after Poornima celebrations


Often described as a feast for the eyes, Pushkar Fair is among India’s famous religious festivals and livestock fairs. Featured in numerous travel shows, films and magazines, the Pushkar Fair offers a once in a lifetime magical experience for travelers – looking for out of the world experience.The Pushkar Fair is celebrated for five days from the Karthik Ekadashi to Karthik Poornima (full moon day) according to the Hindu calendar, about 10 days after Diwali.

Every year thousands of pilgrims congregate for a holy bath in Mathura to mark Kartik and other celebrations, after these celebrations cleaning the ghats is a major task for municipality. There is always a support  from the civilian volunteers and organizations to help municipality in cleaning. Every year the challenge is clearing the dead fish from the lake. This is become a routine story here in Pushkar lake every year, I’ve been told that 50,000 fishes died last year after the festival, said a priest at the ghat. This is due to the lighting ghee and oil lamps (diyas) inside the pond by pilgrims. They never listen to public notices._AA76282full moon apears on a Poornima,  Pushkar. Rajasthan

_AA76315cleaning the ghats by ‘civil defense’ volunteers in Pushkar. Rajasthan

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_AA76318 clearing dead fish from the lake, Pushkar, Rajasthan

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3 thoughts on “dead fish floating after Poornima celebrations

  1. Otto von Münchow November 27, 2014 / 6:42 am

    I think it’s important to honour old traditions like the Pushkar Fair, but at the same time finding ways to not harm the environment. But I am not one to judge. Generally I enjoy festivals, not the least as a photographer.

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  2. devtank November 16, 2014 / 1:33 am

    The problem is trying for force Indians to change their millennia old tradition. The solution is to allow them to continue it but to change the lamps to something else that is less toxic but which still covers the needs of the pilgrims. Vegetable oil or coconut oil lamps might work without the fish fallout..

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    • Gireesh GV November 16, 2014 / 10:10 pm

      true, very well observed.

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