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Pushkar Travel Guide

Pushkar Travel Guide

The town of Pushkar is located in eastern Rajasthan State, on the south west of Jairpur, to 11 kilometers to northwest from Ajmer, on the edge of the desert, and on the shore of Pushkar Lake. The town is surrounded by hills on its three sides.

The beautiful town is now a centre of the Hindu pilgrims. According to the Padma (Lotus) Purana, the town born when the Lord Brahma, Hindu god of the creation, dropped his lotus flower (pushpa) to earth from his hand (kar) to kill a demon. According with the legend Pushkar means a pond created by flower, or born due to flower. Pushkar now is one of the five sacred dhams, and often is called “Tirth Raj” that means the king of pilgrimage sites. Of all India, only in Pushkar exists a temple dedicated to Brahma, and very few temples to Lord Brahma exist anywhere in the world. A legend said that when Savitri the wife of Brahma saw someone else in her place was infuriated and cursed Brahma that he would be forgotten by people on earth and never worshiped. Since he could only be worshiped in Pushkar, therefore there is no Brahma Temples elsewhere.

When Brahma dropped his flower, its petals landed in three spots, where magically appeared water, formed three small blue lakes, after, on the banks of the Pushkar lake Brahma convened a gathering of some 900,000 celestial beings, all Hindu Pantheon. Now, the lake is surrounded by whitewashed temples and bathing ghats. Pushkar has the most famous Brahma Temple, five principle temples, around of 400 smaller temples and 52 ghats, there pilgrims descend to the lake to bathe in the sacred waters, which is believed to cleanse the soul of all impurities.

Pushkar is also famous by its trade fair which is a riot of colors, especially red and yellow, in its annual religious festival, Rajasthani villagers also buy and sell livestock at what has become the largest camel market (unt mela), the atmosphere is charged up as if the accumulated enthusiasm of the people throughout the year has finally found expression, when more than 200,000 dealers, tourist and traders fill the dunes to the west of the lake. These legendary color of the camel mela, combined with beautiful desert scenery and heady religious atmosphere of the temples and ghats, which give to Pushkar a prime tourist destination.

The best time to visit Pushkar is in the winter between September and March, but generally the climate of Pushkar is extreme with high climatic variations between the seasons. The days in the summer are very hot and the nights are cold, the range of the temperature during winter is of 10ºC, and rains are not much during the monsoon.

Pushkar Travel Guide

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