The Holy city of Pushkar in Rajasthan, India hosts the amazing Camel ( plus cattle and Horse) Fair annually in the month of November( Kartik in Hindi) .
It culminates with the first Full Moon ( Kartik Poornima) after Diwali ( festival of Lights) .
Built around a lake which is revered , Pushkar is inseparable from mythology and folklore. See the featured image with the Bael tree in the foreground and the auspicious lake surrounded by temples and ghats.
The bael tree with its football sized fruits ( the bael) is similarly entwined with Mythology and Legends.
This gorgeous Bael tree was photographed in the courtyard of a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva in Pushkar.
The Bael ( Hindi) Tree, Golden Apple ( English) , Wood apple ( English), Aegle marmelos ( Scientific) is Native to the Indian Sub Continent.
The trifoliate leaves or Bael Patra are symbolic of the Hindu Trinity, Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. There are hundreds of legends and you can discover them as you travel across India.
The three lobed leaves are offered to Lord Shiva and placed face downwards .
There are numerous legends about the origins of the Beal
( Bilva) Tree one of which traces the tree to the Goddess of Wealth, Lakshmi.
The fruit is large and almost the size of a football. It has a soft pulpy centre from which a delicious juice is extracted.
The Juice or Sherbet ( Hindi) has numerous health benefits and mention of the same is found in ancient scriptures dating back to 2000 BC.
Wood Apple or Bael.
The Bilva, Bael, Wood Apple Tree is a natural Pharmacy and has numerous curative properies for ailments from cholera , asthama and diabetes. (http://www.speakingtree.in/allslides/10-amazing-health-benefits-of-bilva-leaves)
Be spellbound and enchanted by this magical tree.Look out for it on your travels .