Pushkar, India is unlike any other state of Rajasthan. The white little town curled around the holy lake is bathed in mysticism and legend. The word ‘Pushkar’ itself means lotus flower.
Legend says that Brahma, one of the Hindu Holy Trinity and creator of the world, struck the demon Vajra Nabha with his weapon, a lotus flower. Upon impact (that killed the demon) the flower petals fell in three places – one of them being Pushkar – where it gave birth to a lake.
Today Pushkar, India is not only a famous Hindu pilgrimage town, it is also a temple for the deity, Brahma. It’s recognized as Adi Teerth or Teertharaj, which means ancient holy place, or the most important of holy places in that order.
Once there, it’s easy to get around the city on foot. There are plenty of tour guides and companies that can help you go on spiritual walking tours. These are an excellent method to explore the various temples and other interesting sights of Pushkar. Remember that not all temples will accommodate tourists, so be sure to observe locals and treat the place with utmost respect.
If you don’t have a lot of time, opt to limit your visits to Pushkar Lake, and the temples of Brahma and Savitri.
Pushkar Lake is considered to be one of the holiest sites for Hindus, encircled by about 500 temples and 52 ghats (bathing spots). In the months of October to November, you may find yourself surrounded by pilgrims and devotees because of Kartik Poornima, a religious festival held during this time. There is also Pushkar Fair and Pushkar Camel fair, exhibiting local dishes, dances, cattle, and competitions that will surely delight your senses.
Brahma Temple is one of the rarest in the world because even in India, it’s one of the few temples dedicated to Lord Brahma. It has a wonderful view of the lake, and is welcome to tourists, especially during Kartik Poornima. Everyday, expect to hear enigmatic chanting from this temple, especially before sunrise and after sunset.
Savitri Temple on the other hand, is dedicated to Savitri, wife of Lord Brahma. This is the second most important temple that’s worth a visit. Nestled on top of a hill, it takes 650 steps to reach the top. Plenty of pilgrims and devotees also journey here, so it’s best to time your stopover, so you can make the most of it.
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