Pushkar is a renowned Hindu pilgrimage town located just 14km from Ajmer, in Rajasthan, and at a height of 510m. The nag Pahar (Serpent Mountain) is natural boundary between Ajmer and Pushkar.
The word ‘Pushkar’ means lotus flower, which is said to be the seat of Brahma, one of the Hindu holy trinity, who is worshipped as the creator of this world. As per the myths, Hindus have five sacred dhams and Pushkar is one of them.
The small and picturesque town of Pushkar has it’s own mystic allure and houses over 300 temples and 52 ghats in Pushkar Lake, which is a legacy of timeless architectural heritage. The lake is considered as the most sacred lake in Hindu mythology. During the days of the famous Pushkar Camel Fair, the otherwise tranquil lake is engulfed with religious fervor. Thousands of devotees collect to take a dip, sadhus descend from the Himalayas and people pray for salvation to the sound of verses from the Holy Scriptures, which fill the air.
How to Reach Pushkar
How to reach Puskar by air
Sanganer Airport, in Jaipur, is the nearest airport connecting Pushkar to the rest of India and abroad. Located at a distance of 146 km from Pushkar, this airport is well-connected to the major cities of India including Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Indore, Jodhpur and Udaipur.
How to reach Puskar by rail
Ajmer is the closest railway station from Pushkar at a distance of just 11 km and is conveniently connected with the major cities of Rajasthan and India.
How to reach Puskar by road
Pushkar is easily connected to the major roadways and national highways of Rajasthan and India. The Marwar bus stand is situated in the north of Pushkar and is linked to long distance places, like Delhi, Jodhpur and Bikaner.
Places of interest in Pushkar
Pushkar Fair: It is one of the major attractions of the city which is held for almost five days. It is one of the largest cattle fairs in the country which usually includes 50,000 camels brought here to be sold or you can say traded. Camels are adorned with beautiful jewellery of silver and bead. This five day festival is a period of merry-making for the villagers. Tribal villagers, dressed in their dazzling traditional best, come together for a kaleidoscopic open-air festival filled with camel races, acrobats, fortune tellers, dancing and feasting.
Pushkar Camel Fair 2014 Date: 30 October – 6 November
Said to be created from the beautiful petal fallen from Brahma’s Lotus. According to legend, the Lord Brahma destroyed the demon Vajra Nabha. This lake has numerous ghats where lots of pilgrims do numerous hectic activities. Here one can wash away their sins by just taking a dip in the lake.
Brahma temple is said to be the only existing temple dedicated to Lord Brahama in India. This temple, built with marble, is decorated with silver coins, and there is a silver turtle on the floor of the temple. The image of Brahmaji in Pushkar is in a seated Palthi position. The chaturmukhi (four faces) Brahma is idol is houseed in Garbha Griha or “Womb home” which is the sanctum sanctorum and Above the Garbha Griha a super srtucture called Shikhara.
Pushkar is surrounded by many hills one of the hills on the southwest houses the Savitri Temple. When Brahma performed the yajna at Pushkar, his wife Savitri could not reach the yajna in time. So Brahma performed the pooja with the help of a local girl, Gayatri – who then become the second wife of Brahma. This enraged Savitri and she sulked off to the hilltop. Then the agreement was made that Savitri would always be worshiped first. This tradition still continues, first the aarti is performed at Savitri temple and then at Gayatri temple. Idols of both Savitri and Gayatri are now installed at the Savitri temple.
Best time to Visit Pushkar
Pushkar has an extreme climate. The maximum temperature during the summers can go up to 40-45oC while in the winters it can be below 10oC. There is not much rain during the monsoon. The best season to visit this place is in the winters (October to March).
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