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Pushkar Travel Guide

Explore Pushkar

The charming town has many beautiful sightseeing places, with his more than 400 temples, each one more picturesque than other. The Pushkar Lake is a holy place where many people dip on the Karttika month, and the most important temple is the Brahma Temple. Another important attraction of Pushkar is Man Mahal, Savitry Temple, Mahadeva Temple, Rangji Temple, and Varaha Temple.

Brahma Temple

The Brahma Temple is the only temple where Lord Brahma is worshiped; it is located on the banks of the Pushkar Lake, and has special position in Hindu Pantheons, also is the principal attraction of Pushkar. The temple was built in the 14th century and has stands on a raised platform; the temple has marble floors and stairs where it is customary for the devotees to put coins to mark the birth and deaths of their loved ones. These marble steps lead up to the temple that has a red spire and an image of Hans, the vehicle of Brahma. Inside of the temple is life size four armed idol of Lord Brahma in the vestibule, and a lovely silver carved turtle.

Pushkar Lake

The picturesque Pushkar Lake is another important attraction and it has immense significance for the followers of Hinduism. The lake is said to be originated when the petals of the lotus flower fell from the Lord Brahma’s hands on the earth and a lake of the clear blue water emerged at this place. The entire Lake is surrounded by more than 400 temples, 52 palaces, and 52 ghats, and during Karttika Purnima in November every year, devotees take holy bath in the lake and a fair is organized, known world over as the Pushkar Fair.

Savitri Temple

The temple is located on the top of the Ratnagiri Hill, and dedicated to Savitri, the wife of Lord Brahma, the temple was built in 1687. An interesting legend is attached to the temple, when Lord Brahma performed a Yagna (holy fire devoted to gods) which cannot be realized without his wife, and then he married with Gayatri, a local milkmaid after purifying her. When Savitri came to known of all this, furiously she cursed her husband that he would never be worshiped anywhere except in Pushkar and that too only once a year, after of cursing her husband she left for the Ratnagiri Hill, later Savitri was immolated herself there. For reach the temple is necessary one hour trek to up the temple from where a splendid view of the surroundings, Pushkar lakes and sand dunes of nearby villages can be enjoying. And inside of the temple is beautiful statue of the Goddess Savitri.

Varah Temple

The temple was built originally in the 12th century, and the Mughal emperor Aurangzeb is said to have destroyed it. He diskilled the life-size image of Lord Varah with a head of boar and body of a man. However, Raja Sawai Jai Singh II of Jaipur thought differently, and in 1727 reconstructed the temple which now has a highly decorated inner sanctum where an idol of Varah is placed, and beautiful carvings make to embellish the image of the house.

Mahadeva Temple

The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva, or called the Destroyer, who has five faces, and it was built in 19th century. Mahadeva Temple is remarkable for its elegance of structure, and is perhaps the finest of all temples in and around Ajmer and Pushkar, and inside of the temples is a statue of Mahadeva which is made entirely of white marble.

Raghunath Temples

Two Raghunath Temples exist in Pushkar; one which is called the old that was built in 1823, and keeps images of Venugopal, Narasimha (Vishnus’s fourth incarnation) and Lakshmi, the goddess of the wealth. And in the other relatively newer temple has deities of Vaikunthanath and Laksmi. In the case of these temples have a bit problem, because exist little sign which says “Foreigners not allowed”, for this reason tourist cannot visit the temples.

Naga Pahar

This mountain is also called Naga Hill which means Snake Mountain, stands as a divider between the Pushkar Lake and the city of Ajmer. The legend says that the mountain had a colossal height, and with the passage of the time its height kept on decreasing and is believed that one day the mountain will disappear altogether leaving no trace of its existence. The hill has Nag Kund where Vatu, Brahma's son lived after he was cursed for creating mischief by Rishi Chyavan. Even Agastya muni's residence is said to be a cave on Nag Hill. A visit to both this mountain and the Kund is considered extremely auspicious to ward off evil.

Other temples and bathing ghats exist surrender the lake and thought of the city. You can visit temples such as the Aptaeshwar Temple, Rangaji Temple, Gayatri Temple, Pap Mochini Temple, and others.

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