Image of Asia: Resting at the Pushkar cattle fair in western India



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In this photo by Deepak Sharma, a camel herder stands beside resting camels at the cattle fair in Pushkar, in the desert state of Rajasthan in western India. Hundreds of thousands of camels, horses and cattle from all over northern and western India are bought and sold at the annual fair in the town 325 kilometers (200 miles) southwest of New Delhi. Hindus come during the fair to take a dip in Pushkar Lake, which they believe washes away their sins. They also offer prayers to the god Bramha — who Hindus believe created the universe. Pushkar is home to the only temple where he is worshipped.

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