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 ultimate pilgrimage site in the world.
The beautiful small town of the flamboyant state Rajasthan is a town which is very much famous for its pilgrimage sites. Being the town of lake, Pushkar houses up to 400 temples that are well captivating for their religious believers and the beautiful architectures. Being the only place where Lord Brahma is worshiped, Pushkar again attracts people from all over the world to see and explore the only Temple of Lord Brahma. With devotees all around the town, Pushkar is full of hustle-bustle almost every time of the day. Being a town built around the Pushkar Lake, the lake itself is known for its scenic beauty. The beautiful lake which is worshiped again because of the belief of the history of Pushkar is another attraction of this holy town. Pushkar is the only city of Rajasthan which is not famous for its forts and monuments rather famous for its beautiful temples filled with beliefs and faiths of the devotees and tourists all around the world. Apart from only temples which are its biggest attractions, Pushkar is visited because of its beautiful aura. The alluring beauty of Pushkar again captures the interests of the people. The creamy yet blue colored buildings and the Rajasthani culture is somewhat another fascinating aspect. With some little cafes in and around the city, one may enjoy the coffee and pure vegetarian food especially from the roof top cafes and restaurants. Pushkar also hosts some major national and international festivals that are again known in all over the world and people come down to Pushkar especially to attend these festivals. The biggest Pushkar Fair and International Pushkar Camel Fair are the two festivals that fascinate people worldwide.
Accessibility to Pushkar :Pushkar does not house its airport yet people who wish to reach Jaipur by air can chose the nearest airport which is Jaipur Airport. Since Ajmer is just 11KM away of Pushkar, the nearest railway line can be held from Ajmer Railway station. Yet Pushkar has a wide network of road which makes the reach quiet easy.
Best time to visit : As Pushkar is a holy town, one can visit Pushkar in any period of the year yet the suggested time period if August to March.
Stay in Pushkar : with people visiting Pushkar in a huge number, Pushkar houses Pushkar Hotels that offer a comfortable stay with best of services in the budgets of the travelers.
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.
It is believed that Lord Brahma himself built this temple just right besides his own temple to please lord Shiva. With a beautiful architecture stands this temple that attracts thousands of devotees of lord Shiva every day.
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.
The biggest nearby attraction of Pushkar is the Ajmer Sharif Dargah of Garib Nawaz, the Sufi saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti. Built in 13th century, this beautiful architectural marvel is visited by thousands of people every day to offer their prayers and seek peace.
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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