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There are a few places in India that can't be described and Pushkar is one
of them. You have to come here and experience the things first hand to appreciate
the real beauty of this serene town. Surrounded by hills on three sides
and sand dunes on the other, Pushkar forms a fascinating location and a
Pushkar is among the five dhams or pilgrimages that are held in high
esteem by Hindus, the others being Badrinath, Puri, Rameswaram, and Dwarka.
Located along the bank of the picturesque Pushkar Lake at a distance
of 11 km from Ajmer, on the edge of the desert, is the city of Pushkar.
It is one of the five sacred dhams, pilgrimage site for devout Hindu and
is often called as tirth raj (king of all Hindu pilgrimage
Pushkar is so important because it is the only pilgrimage spot, which
has the temple of Lord Brahma in India and the world. There are Five principle
temples, many smaller temples and near about 52 ghats where pilgrims immerse
themselves in the holy waters for a cleansing of both body and soul.
One of the primary temples of Pushkar is the 14th century temple dedicated
to lord Brahma; Lord Brahma is Hindu god of creation. The Brahma temple
at Pushkar is one of its kinds in the world because very few temples of
Lord Brahma exist anywhere in the world.
The great Indian poet, Kalidas, was captivated by the lakeside settlement
of the city and such was the charm of the Pushkar city that it even found
place in his classic, Abhigyan Shakuntlam. The great Hindu epics like
Ramayana and Mahabharta also make references to this religious place regarded
to be Adi tirtha.
The lake at Pushkar is considered to be sacred and has a mythological
significance associated with it. It is believed that Lord Brahma was in
a search for a suitable place to perform a Yagna (fire sacrifice,
a common practice amongst Hindus). While he was contemplating a Lotus
fell from his hand on the wrath and water sprouted from that place and
one of that place was Pushkar Lake where Lord Brahma performed the Yagna.
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Pushkar is also famous for the Pushkar fair, which is held every year in
the month of November. During the Pushkar fair, the sleepy township of Pushkar
comes to life with riot of colors and there are few or if at all any fair
in the world that match the liveliness of the fair. At the Pushkar fair,
worlds largest camel fair is held. The fair starts with the camel
race, with music songs and exhibitions to follow. Camels are bought and
sold during the Pushkar fair. An interesting ritual at the Pushkar fair
is the piercing of a camels nose and wear jewellery of silver and
The Pushkar fair begins on Kartik Shukla Ekadashi & goes on for five
days till Kartik purnima. Thousands of pilgrims and tourists go to the
banks of the Pushkar Lake where the fair takes place. It is believed that
every year during these five days of Pushkar fair, all the gods visit
Pushkar and bless the devout. Thus Hindu pilgrims flock to the Pushkar
Lake to wash away their sins and pay obeisance at the only Brahma temple
in the world.
The Pushkar fair is very popular with the foreign tourists for its grandeur.
Many competitions such as the matka phod, moustache,
and bridal competition attract thousands of tourists every
year. For the visitors also it is an unforgettable experience to be here
at the Pushkar fair. You have to be here to truly understand the fair
with its grandeur. The Pushkar fair is one of the most popular and colorful
fairs of the Thar Desert.
It is reputed as the only one temple dedicated to Brahma in India. A red
spire marks the temple and over the entrance gateway there is a goose,
the symbol of Brahma.
The Savitri Temple, located on a hilltop, is another attraction in Pushkar.
It offers breathtaking views of the Pushkar Lake in the morning.
It is revered as one the most sacred lakes among the Hindus. A dip in
this lake is considered to be auspicious. Many temples located around
the lake add to its charm.
Pushkar comes alive.
Every year during the months of November and December when the world famous
Pushkar Fair is organized. It attracts tourists from across the world
and displays the best of the culture and tradition of Rajasthan.