A small pond-sized city located in the admits of Arawali Range of Rajasthan in the district of Ajmer, Pushkar is considered to be the God of the pilgrimage sites. A small city with creamy blue colored buildings and scared temples, it is the city that attracts people from all over the world. With its famous Pushkar Camel Fair and festival held in November fascinates numerous people worldwide. Being the most important pilgrimage center Pushkar has a life of hustle- bustle all most every part of the day. With the belief of bathing in the Pushkar Lake that attains ultimate salvation, plenty of devotees visit Pushkar every day to attain ultimate Moksha from the cycle of birth and rebirth. The only place in India which houses the only Lord Brahma Temple, plenty of devotees visit Pushkar everyday from all over India to visit this temple and offer pilgrim to the Lord of the Universe, Lord Brahma.
Being the only land to the only temple of Lord Brahma, Pushkar has a historic significance that is reflected while Pushkar is known as the ultimate pilgrimage site where people can attain their ultimate salvation. The history of Pushkar is founded in Padma Purana, Srstikhanda, chapter 17 that states that once as Lord Brahma was got to a notice that people were been killed by a demon and so he intoned a mantra on his Lotus Flower and killed the demon. In this process the petals of the flower feel on three places those are now known as Jestha, Madhya and KanisthaPushkar. Later Lord Brahma went to Pushkar to perform some sacrifice with many other devas and bharmanas. To have a safe yajna he created hills nearby Pushkar that includes Ratnagiri in South, Nilgiri in North, Sanchoora in West and Suryagiri in East.
Later as the wife of lord Brahma refused to come for the yajna, Lord Indra, the kings of heaven was ordered to find a suitable girl who was Gyatri who married Brahma and performed the yajna. While yajna was being performed the wife Sarasvati saw that Brahma has been married without her permission and he cursed Brahma to be only worshiped in Pushkar, lord Indra to be defeated in all battles and the bharamanas who were performing the yajna will be poor throughout their lives. Yet Gayatri diluted her curse and blessed Pushkar as the King of Pilgrimage, Lord India would always have his heaven and the bharamanas to be the scholars known till the world ends. Since then the Temples of Sarasvati Devi and Gayatri Devi can also be found in Pushkar and the Pushkar Brahma Temple is the ulti.
The red spired Brahma Temple constructed during the 14th century makes the city of Pushkar even important and charming. Commencing from the month of October to the end of March is regarded as the best-suited month of exploration.
The calmness and artistry soaked town of Pushkar is dotted with all the kinds of Place of stay; from the basic hotels to the Heritage hotel. It’s also gifted with luxurious resorts; one can also plan on staying at the campsite. Pushkar is effectively equipped with numerous options driven by exciting activities and amenities.
A spiritual town of North nicknamed as Tirthraj Pushkar situated in the Ajmer district of the state of Rajasthan is home to the rarely found Brahma Temple. This town is home to some striking destinations like – Pushkar Lake| Brahma Temple| Rangji Temple etc.
Numerous questions arise in your head the moment you step into a whole new destination and it becomes much of an insightful task in lining down to a conclusion finalizing of what to buy and what not to. It becomes way too easier when someone hands you a list mentioning the finest items to buy from where you are travelling to.
Here are the names of some shopping spots where one should prefer visiting while out for shopping in Pushkar –
1- The shopping stalls of Pushkar Fair 2- The Handicraft stores 3- Sadar Bazaar 4- The Sarafa Bazaar 5- The Kedalganj Bazaar 6- The Jatin Handicraft 7- The Antique Boutique 8- The Shiv Shakti Art and Handicraft 9- The D&G Handmade Jewellery 10- Shiva Cloth Store
What to buy from Pushkar – Traditional Rajasthani Art| Puppets| Miniature Paintings| Ethnic Jewellery| rose perfumes| Leather goods| home decorative| embroidered Sarees| Sohan Halwa| Incense sticks| Textiles and Fabrics.
Varied essence soaked dishes, unusual style of cooking: the Rajasthani Cuisine is a mixture of numerous tastes offered in a plate. It was highly influenced by both – the war-like lifestyles of its inhabitants and the availability of ingredients in this arid region of Rajasthan.
Some of the delicious must-try dishes are – Malpuas| Pyaaj Kachori| Dal Baati Churma| Bajre Ki Roti| Poha Pizza Pakwan| Poori Aloo| Lassi etc. Pushkar is home to a huge fair that attracts the largest number of footfalls in comparison to the overall presence witnessed in other months of the year.
The Pushkar Camel fair is an annual multi-day livestock fair and cultural fete organized on a wider expanse in the holy town of Pushkar. This fascinating fair alone attracts over 200,000 visitors; it starts with the Hindu calendar month of Kartik and ends on the Kartik Purnima [falls somewhere in the month of October and November in the Gregorian calendar]. The Official Language of Pushkar is Hindi. Pushkar houses a holy lake called as the Pushkar Lake; it’s encircled by 52 bathing Ghats, where pilgrims gather in huge numbers to take a bath in the sacred water. There are over 500 Hindu Temples situated around the lake precincts. The divine occasion of Kartik Poornima is when most of the crowd is witnessed around the Lake.
The striking town of Pushkar is a pilgrimage spot for Hindus and Sikhs; Days of folk music, dance performances, magic shows, Ferris wheels, shopping stalls, play rides, delicious eateries, horse and camel races etc contributes towards the overall frame of the Pushkar Fair. The locals of this city eagerly wait for the arrival of this incredible festival; it’s one of the largest horse, camel and cattle fairs in the country. Several cultural events and competitions are a significant part of this grand fair.
Being the only temple of Lord Brahma and that too in Pushkar, it is the biggest attraction of Pushkar. With thousands of devotees of Lord Brahma make visit to the temple every day, the temple hosts the Aarti three times a day, the Sandhya Aarti, Ratri Shayan Aarti and the Mangla Aarti.
The holiest lake of India, it is believed that one dip in the water of the lake washes away the sins of the entire life providing one shall attain salvation post his death. The mesmerizing lake houses 52 Ghats around the lake and has a busy life with the majors of people who come down to worship and perform aarti and other yajnas with the help of pandas and bharamanas.
The temple dedicated to Goddess Sarasvati and the first wife of Lord Brahma. The temple is situated on the Ratnagiri hill behind the temple of Lord Brahma. The way to one of the most visited temple of Pushkar is a trek of almost half hour which is full of the magnificent views of the city.
Constructed on the eastern side of the sarovar, this alluring palace was built by Raja Man Singh of Amber. With a pure Rajasthani style of architecture, this beautiful structure is well known in Pushkar. Now as the palace is converted into a tourist bungalow, it is now maintained by the Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation.
As it is believed that the lotus flower fell on the Purnima Day and since then Pushkar got its birth. To celebrate the occasion every year in October-November Pushkar Camel Fair is held. With more than 50,000 devotees and plenty of national and international tourist who come down to attend the festival, it hosts many activities that includes the processions, horse show, camel races, camel and cow beauty contests, acrobatics, camel safaris and plenty of them.
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