The picturesque Pushkar is set in a valley just about 14 km off
Ajmer in the north Indian state of Rajasthan.
Surrounded by hills
on three sides and sand dunes on the other, Pushkar forms a fascinating
location and a befitting backdrop for the annual religious and cattle fair.
Pushkar is among the five dhams or pilgrimages that are
held in high esteem by Hindus
, the others being Badrinath, Puri,
Rameswaram, and Dwarka. It is said that in battle lord Brahma killed the
demon Vajra Nabh with a lotus flower, whose petals floated down to earth and
landed in three places in and around Pushkar where lakes sprang up.
According to legends, Pushkar Lake was surrounded by 500 temples and 52
palaces (several rajas and maharajas maintained palaces here for pilgrimage)
at one point.
The Brahma temple is the most important temple here
and is, in fact, the only Brahma temple of India. It is interesting to note
that Brahma is not worshipped, even though he is one of the Holy Trinity of
Hinduism. Brahma, it is said, had descended on earth to perform a Yajna
(fire-sacrifice). His wife Savitri was not with him at that time and the
Yajna would be incomplete without her.
Therefore, Brahma married a
local girl and sat down for the Yajna. Meanwhile Savitri landed on earth
and, upon finding this new bride sitting next to Brahma, cursed him that he
would never be worshipped anywhere else on earth.
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Prime Attractions of
Pushkar » Pushkar Lake (11 km)
lake, situated on the edge of the desert and surrounded by hills on three
sides, is separated from Ajmer by Nag Pahar the snake
mountain. On this mountain the Panchkund and the cave of saint Agastya are
located. It is believed that Kalidasa, the 4th century Sanskrit poet and
playwright, chose the setting for his masterpiece Abhigyana
Shakuntalam in this forest heritage.
According to legend, the
origin of Pushkar dates back to the time when Lord Brahma was on his way in
search of a tranquil land to perform a Yagna. A lotus fell from
the hand of the Lord into this valley. A lake sprang up on this spot and was
dedicated to him. A Brahma temple located here is a popular place of
pilgrimage. » Pushkar Fair
one of the most colourful fairs of India. Lakhs of pilgrims throng the lake
during the annual cattle fair. Besides trading of horses, camels, cows and
bulls, there are exciting camel-cart races and cultural events. Clothes,
household items and leather goods are for sale during the fair. On full moon
of Kartik (Nov.) pilgrims take a holy dip in the lake.
» The 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.
» Man Mahal
Along the banks of the
Pushkar Lake is the former residence of Raja Man Singh I of Amer, Man Mahal.
Presently it is converted to RTDC Sarovar Tourist Bungalow ensuring
convenient accommodation to travelers. Pushkar Palace (Kishangarh House)
adjoining it is a heritage hotel. » Savitri
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. Places to Stay in
With the increase in the popularity of Pushkar and the interest
shown by the tourists abroad, the place has now many decent accommodation
options available. One can chose from a variety of options like budget,
mid-range, and luxury accommodations.
Shopping in Pushkar
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.
How to get there » Air
The nearest airport is
Jaipur (145 km), from where one can take flights for Delhi and Mumbai.
Ajmer is the nearest railway station
from where one can take trains for the major destinations in Rajasthan and
other parts of India. » Road
is connected to Ajmer by road, which is around 14 km away. We would provide
you all India tourist permit vehicles for the local transportations and also
for the intercity drives too.
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