Pushkar in India
¤ Pushkar A Legendary Town
Situated on the fringe of the desert and surrounded by hills on three
sides, Pushkar is a laid back town. A very important pilgrimage spot
for Hindus, Pushkar is famous for its lake. It is believed that Lord
Brahma set out on a quest for a tranquil spot to perfom a yagna
(ceremonial sacrifice) when a lotus fell from his hand. A lake sprang
forth from the ground at the spot where the lotus fell.
legend also links Pushkar to Brahma, but in a slightly different
manner. A demon Vajra Nabh had become quite a nuisance for the people
on Earth, and the Creator of the Universe Brahma decided to put an end
to him. Brahma floated down to terra firma on his lotus and slew Vajra
Nabh with a lotus blossom. The petals landed on the ground and three
beautiful lakes gushed out of the ground. Brahma then performed a
yagna attended by all the gods and goddesses.
However, theres a catch to this story. Brahmas wife
Saraswati was busy elsewhere and couldnt make it to the yagna.
Now since the presence of a wife was crucial for the ceremony, Brahma
maried a maiden called Gayatri. Saraswati, like most wives, couldnt
stomach her husband being stolen by someone else and promptly flew
into a rage, cursing Brahma that he would never be worshipped at any
other place other than at Pushkar. As the curse took effect the moment
it was uttered and couldnt be revoked, the Brahma temple in
Pushkar is the only one in the world where Brahma is worshipped,
although His statues do exist in various parts of India.
large accumulation of travel attractions, Pushkar is famous for its
picturesque sites as well as more than 400 temples. The most important
of the temples is the Brahma Temple (only temple of Lord Brahma, the
creator, in the world). Other important temples are Savitri Temple,
Mahadeva Temple, Rangji Temple, and Varaha Temple. Pushkar Lake is the
site of annual holy bath on Kartik Purnima. Pushkar Bazaar is famous
for its high range of handicrafts. Another important attraction in the
city is Man Mahal built by Raja Man Singh of Amber.
16.34 sq. km
11kms from Ajmer
486 meters above sea level
Hindi, Rajasthani, English
Best Time to Visit :
October to mid-March
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¤ Attraction of Nag Pahar
Nag Pahar or the Snake Mountain
stands as a divider between the lake and the city of Ajmer. The
mountain is famous for Panch Kund and saint Agastyas cave, and
it is believed that Kalidas, the 4th century poet and playwright,
composed Abhigyanam Shakuntalam, one of his finest works, here.
¤ Pushkar-A Famous
In olden days Pushkar was an important pilgrimmage for kings and
emperors, and is believed to have had over 500 temples and more than
50 palaces. One of the most spectacular sights in Pushkar today is not
during the day but by night. Pushkar lake is the venue for deepdan
(offering of lamps) to the lake which comes alive with hundreds and
thousands of tiny earthen lamps floated out into the dark waters,
creating a breathtaking view.
Raja Man Singh of Amer built this little palace for himself for the
times he would visit Ajmer and Pushkar along the banks of Pushkar
lake. Currently it functions as a tourist bungalow run by the
Rajasthan Tourism department. Near the palace is Pushkar palace, now a
Pushkar Cattle Fair
massive cattle fair occurs in October and November around the lake
which is also famous for its crocodiles which, simply put,
means that if you get in you might not get out! The Pushkar Fair, as
the cattle fair is commonly known, attracts thousands of people from
all over the country who come to trade and watch cart and camel races.
A full moon means its time to take a holy dip in the lake in places
where the crocs arent around. The `loading of the camel is
a very popular event in which a camel is made to sit down while as
many riders as is possible plus a few more happily climb
onto the poor animal and go for a ride. Camel polo is another hit with
the people, although its technique and expertise would embarass any
decent horse polo buff.
Each year during Kartik Purnima around 200,000 people flock to
Pushkar for the camel Fair, with 50,000 camels and cattle accompanying
them. For livestock traders, this is a pretty serious affair, and many
travel hundreds of kilometers with the sole intention of getting a
good price for their cattle. While the fair is in progress, a mini
tent city springs up near the lake, seemingly appearing out of nowhere
and disappearing as soon as the festival ends, only to reappear a year
When the fair draws to a close and everyone gets going home, a
strange wailing sound fills the orange evening. These are the wails of
camel mothers separated from their young ones who have been sold off
and who they shall never see again. A truly heart wrenching finalé
to one of the most popular fairs in Rajasthan.
This is one of the famous temple of the world where Lord Brahma is
worshipped. The temple witholds many religious beliefs and is
significant in the heart of Hindus. Brahma temple has marble floors,
stairs and coins. You would love to see the temple marble floors.
This is one of the important attractions of Pushkar and is immensely
important amongst the followers of Hinduism. The lake was devoted to
Lord Brahma. The lake is surrounded by 500 temples, 52 palaces and 52
ghats. Pushkar lake is a must watch during Karthik Purnima wich is
held in the month of November every year, the fest is better known as
the Pushkar fair.
There are number of temples dotted on Pushkar landscape but very few
manage to grab attention of devotees and travellers. Savitri temple is
one which has conquered the hearts of many travellers. You would find
a beautiful statue of Goddess Savitri.
This is one of the famous forts and one can view the beauty of the
ort its Meera Bai miniature paintings inside the Meera Mahal. Another
attractions which you could find here is the Lok Dev temple which was
constructed by Ranjit Singh to honour the sacrifices of the masses.
It is a regal state which ruled by Rathores. The Kishangarh fort is
quite popular for housing miniature painting style which is called the
Kishangarh art. Also try peaking at the Phool Mahal or the flower
palace which is inside the fort and is now operational as heritage
Kishangarh was the royal state ruled by Rathores. The Kishangarh fort
houses the miniature paintings style called as Kishangarh Art. The
Phool Mahal (Flower Palace) inside the fort is now operational as
Just next to Pushkar is Ajmer, which is 11 kms north of Rajasthan.
Founded by Raja Ajai Pal Chauhan, Ajmer is a scenic city of Rajasthan.
¤ Reaching Pushkar
Fly Away :
The city don't have its own airport, but the nearest airport could be
located at Jaipur which is 132 kms away from the the city. The city is
well linked to all major cities like Delhi, mumbai, Kolkata, Jodhpur
On Track :
The nearest rail head is at Ajmer. The city is well connected to all
major cities of India. You would find daily trains connecting Delhi to
By Wheels :
The city is 11 kms from Ajmer Bus stand. Rajasthan Roadways run from
Jaipur to Ajmer. You would find no problem in connectivity from Ajmer
Accommodation in Pushkar :
The town has no many hotels, the famous hotel is Pushkar Palace
(Heritage) which provides the accommodation faciltiy. Ajmer can be the
ideal base to visit Pushkar as the city is dotted with several hotels.
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