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Kolayat Fair

A cow profile. Photo by Poppy Da Costa ũ Whatsonwhen

Nov 2009 (annual)
Kolayat Fair, the largest in the Bikaner district, sees people come from far and wide to trade buffaloes, camels, horses and cattle. The crowds are swelled by those arriving for more spiritual reasons, namely a pilgrimage to the town's lake.
People visit Kolayat throughout the year to take dips in the holy lake, but the most auspicious time to visit is on Kartika Poornima, the full moon day of Kolayat Fair. The lake is dotted with temples, the most famous of which is dedicated to the sage Kapil Muni, who is believed to have meditated here for the redemption of mankind. The lake has 52 ghats, many of which are shaded by banyan trees.
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