For a devout Hindu Pushkar is a very important pilgrim centre, for one visit to this holy place in a lifetime is highly prescribed.
Brahma forms the great Hindu trilogy of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva, each symbolising the lifecycle of birth, preservation and destruction. Brahma the creator is depicted as of four bearded heads and four hands each holding a book of Vedas (knowledge). His vehicle is the swan and his consort is Savitri. According to the legend Pushkar means a pond created by flower, was formed when Brahma dropped a lotus flower on the earth to determine a place for his yagna, a holy sacrifice. The story goes that Brahma wanted to perform the yagna at the most auspicious time but his consort Savitri whose presence at the yagna was vital for its performance kept him waiting. Irritated by this Brahma married Gayatri, a milkmaid and installed her instead. Savitri on seeing someone else in her place was infuriated and cursed Brahma that he would be forgotten by people on earth and never worshiped. She relented on pleas from other Gods that he could only be worshiped in Pushkar, hence there are no Brahma Temples elsewhere.
Pushkar is a much loved tourist destination, many who visit there just fall in love with the place and overstay. Situated on the edge on the desert it is separated from Ajmer by the Nag Parbat (the snake hill). The town has very distinct tourist excitement with narrow lanes lined with shops selling various accessories and rooftop restaurants. Despite its high tourist profile the town maintains some mystical charm.
Pushkar is 14 km away from Ajmer. It is ambiance by hills from three sides and butte on the fourth side. Pushkar is fascinating destination and famous for its cattle fair, forts and palaces. Pushkar is the holy place for Hindu pilgrimages because of the trinity of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva.Pushkar has 400 temples in which most of them are devoted to Lord Brahma. This place attracts thousands of visitors every year from all across the world.
We explores Pushkar for a month and understands the importance of this place. Pushkar covers an area of 16.34 sq.km. The languages used by people are Hindi, English and Rajasthani. If you are making plan to explore Pushkar on your Rajasthan Tour during your India Tour than the ideal time to visit is between October to March
Tourist Places in Pushkar
Pushkar is world famous for its cattle fair normally held in the Hindu month Kartika, which is around Oct-November. At this time the town jam-packed with tribal people from all over Rajasthan and tourist. It is commonly known as Camel fair, bringing with them several camels and cattle to the pilgrimage. A Fair ground is fashioned and is packed with shops selling souvenirs and eateries. Games and circus shows also goes on. And villagers come sell camels, horses, elephants and cattle and other livestock. Elaborate arrangement for staying of visitors is made including luxury tents. Just don’t miss the Pushkar Fair if you are India around that time.
This is the only existing temple dedicated to lord Brahma and was constructed in the 14th century, standing on a high plinth with marble steps leading up to it.A beautiful carved silver turtle sits on the floor facing the sanctorum or Garbha Griha. The marble floor around the silver turtle is embedded with hundreds of silver coins, with donors name engraved on them.
Brahma temple is one of the major attractions for tourists. This temple is dedicated to Lord Brahma. The temple has floor of marble, coins and stairs have been given by the devotees to symbolize the death and birth of their love ones.
3Old Rangji Temple
Lord Rangji is an carnation in of lord Vishnu. This temple was built in 1823 by Seth Puran Mal Ganeriwal of Hyderabad.This temple is unique due to confluence of South Indian style (Dravid) Rajput and Mughal style of architecture.
There are quite a few people in Pushkar who offer horse or camel safari. Camel safaris are a splendid way of taking in the sights and experiencing the rugged beauty of the desert. The camels may look aloof, but they are known as the lifeline for the desert people, whose major mode of transportation depends on camels only, also known as the "Ship of the desert".
The pious Pushkar Lake, believed to have been created by the falling of lotus from the hand of Lord Brahma. It is considered to be as old as the creation. The lake is considered as one of the most sacred spots, and believed that one dip in the waters of lake on Kartika Poornima is equivalent to performing yagnas for several hundred years.The charming lake amidst the hills has fifty-two bathing ghats, built around lake. The water around each ghat is supposed to have special powers. The Naga Kund is belived to give fertility, Roop Tirth gives beauty and charm, Kapil Vyapi Kund water helps in curing leprosy and a dip in the Mrikand Muni Kund grants the boon of wisdom.
Pushkar Lake is one of the main attractions for visitors. It has infinite significance for the Hindu followers. The lake is devoted to Lord Brahma. The whole lake is surrounded by 500 temples, 53 Ghats and 52 Palaces. There is grand fair in Pushkar during the time of Kartik Purnima in the month of November.
A temple dedicated to the first wife of Lord Brahma the Savitri temple is located on the hill behind the Brahma Temple which can be reached by a flight of steps. The temple offers a panoramic view of the lake and the surrounding desertscape.
Savitri temple is devoted to Savitri, wife of Lord Brahma. It is located anthills of Ratnagiri. There is fascinating statue of Savitri inside the temple.
On the banks if pushkar is the magnificent palace built by Raja Man Singh 1 of Amer now converted into the RTDC Hotel sarovar it offers a comfortable accommodation to the visitors.
8The Brahma Temple
It is the only temple in India dedicated to Lord braham. The temple is marked by a red spire and over the entrance gateway us a beautiful statue carrier of Lord Brahma.
An array of stalls all along the main bazar are renowed for embroidered fabrics and shoes colourful beads and bangles, brass utensils, belts studded with brass, cloth covers for cammels with mirror work colourful saddles and leather goods beautiful wall hanging and shoulder bags.The prime shopping spots are home circus, Bazar, Sarafa bazar, Malakhera Bazar and kedalganj Bazar.
Pushkar Bazaar is local the market that offers you tourist wide range of jewelries, fabrics, costumes and accessories.
Excursions from Peharsar
Kuchaman is popular for its fort which shows you the magic of past era. Kuchaman, Kishangarh and Roopnagar are the best place for the excursions from Pushkar. You will find the miniature paintings of Meera Bai's life in Kuchaman. There are various magnificent paintings of Lok Devtas like Sant Gogaji, Sant Tejaji, Sant pabu Rathore, Sant Ravi Das, and many more. Meena Bazaar is another attraction for the tourists.
Kishangarh is famous for its fort along with miniature paintings. It was ruled by the Rathores. Kishangarh has famous flower palace (Phool Mahal) but now it has been changed into a heritage hotel.
Roopnagar was formed by Roop Singh of Kishangarh. It has 9 towered forts that reflects you a different styles of architecture.
Ajmer is 14 km away from Pushkar. It has a famous Dargah of Sufi Saint Hazrat Khwaja Moinuddin Hasan Chisti along with the attraction of Anna Sagar Lake, the Arhai Din Ka Jhonpra and the Nasiya temple.
5Sambhar Lake :
Sambhar Lake is a declared wetland of international importance and a wonderful place for excursion. It is a place where horizons stretch to infinity and water and sky merge in a shimmer of gauzy blue. The lake is considered as the bird watchers paradise and home to around 140 species of avifauna.