>> About Pushkar
is a town in the state of Rajasthan in India. Pushkar means born due
to a flower. In Hindu mythology it is said that the gods released
a swan with a lotus in its beak and let it fall on earth where Brahma
would perform a grand yagna. The place where the lotus fell was called
Pushkar. It is situated at 14 Km North West from Ajmer and is one
of the five sacred dhams (pilgrimage sites for devout Hindus.) It
is often called "Tirth Raj" - the king of pilgrimage sites
- and has in recent years become a popular destination for foreign
Pushkar lies on the shore of Pushkar Lake. It has five principal temples,
many smaller temples and 52 ghats where pilgrims descend to the lake
to bathe in the sacred waters. One of the primary temples is the 14th
century temple dedicated to Brahma, the Hindu god of creation. There
is one unique Temple of Lord Brahma in Pushkar which are very rare
in this world .
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11-kms from Ajmer (132 kms from Jaipur in the state of Rajasthan)
on the edge of the desert lies the tiny tranquil town of Pushkar along
the bank of the picturesque Pushkar Lake. This is an important pilgrimage
spot for the Hindus, which has the only temple of Lord Brahma in the
country and the world. Lord Brahma is known as the creator of the
world as per the Hindu mythology.
The pushkar lake also has a mythological significance associated
with it. As per hindu mythology, Lord Brahma was on his way to search
for a suitable place to perform a "Yagna' (a fire sacrifice),
while contemplating a lotus fell from his hand on the warth and
water sprouted from that place. One of them was Pushkar where Lord
brahma performed "Yagna".
As indicated by Pushkar's position as the starting point of the
grand pilgrimage, the worship of Brahma was considered highly important
at the end of the first millenium BC. Pushkar is the only pilgrimage
shrine dedicated to Brahma in the whole of India. The function of
Brahma - creating the world - has been completed, while Vishnu (the
preserver) and Shiva (the destroyer) still have relevance to the
continuing order of the universe. Brahma is also a god of the Aryan
invaders and during Vedic times, his cult temporarily displaced
the more ancient indigenous Shiva and Shakti cults. With the passing
of the period of major Aryan influence, these deities reemerged
more powerful than before.
The 'Nag pahar' or the Snake Mountain forms a natural boundary
between Ajmer and Pushkar. Surrounded by hills on three sides, pushkar
abounds in temples. Of these the most famous is the only Brahma
temple in the world.
Then there is the holy lake, which has 52 ghats and pilgrim taking
a ritual dip in the lake is a common sight specially during the
A city of Pilgrimage from time immemorial with over 500 temples and
ghats, Pushkar begets a legacy of timeless architectural heritage.
Pushkar radiates an ambience of peace and spirituality that casts
a lure to visit again and again.
has an immense hidden potential as a tourist destination:
- The Pushkar fair is amongst the largest cattle fairs in the world.
- Amongst the oldest cities in India, with references in mythology
and the Mahabharat - Site of the only temple in the world dedicated
to Brahma - the creator.
- The site of the holiest lake in the country.
- 52 bathing ghats, which are linked to the lunar calendar, enclose
the lake. Each ghat has its own miraculous qualities and powers of
- This city of temples has over 500 temples built over different eras
with varied architectural styles.
- The rose garden of Rajasthan - the essence of the famous Pushkar
rose is exported the world over.
- The most varied terrain in Rajasthan with sand, rock, hills, vegetation
and lakes is ideal for adventure activities.
- Proximity to a number of heritage properties in the area.
- A number of fairs and festivals in Pushkar, especially on the new
and full moon days.
- The Dargah of Khwaja Moin-Uddin-Chishti amongst the most sacred
Muslims shrines is located at near by Ajmer.