Pushkar is a town in the Ajmer dist of Rajasthan. It holds immense religious values for the people of the State and also for the entire country. The city is known for its sacredness and piousness which is adored by millions of people who visit it.
The city is known for as the “Tirtha Raj” or the land which is considered as the ‘King of Pilgrimage’ amongst the Hindus. The land is considered very pious as it was created by Lord Brahma- who is known as the creator of the world.
Pushkar city has over 500 temples with the main Pushkar temple dedicated to Lord Brahma. Although the Pushkar temple is not the only Brahma temple in the country, still it is one of the very few existing temples that are dedicated to Lord Brahma.
Although the structures of the temple dates back to 14th century, but it is believed that it is nearly 2000 years old. The Brahma temple is an altogether marble structure and sports a Southern style of temple architecture.
(Varaha temple picture)
Built on a raised platform, the temple’s entrance which is decorated of pillared canopies, has to be reached through marble steps. The city is quietly settled around the Pushkar Lake which is the main center of the crowd of pilgrimage.
On Karthik Purnima, thousands of pilgrims take a dip in this holy lake. Pilgrims also visit the important temples amongst the 500 temples. The city also has 52 ghats surrounding the Pushkar Lake.
Pushkar has a history of habitation that goes a long way back. Folklore says that when Lord Brahma came down to earth, he named the place where the flower (pushpa) fell from his hand (kar) Pushkar. For this reason pilgrims from across India revere the lake and temples.
The Pushkar Fair is considered as one of the integral part that is carrying the heritage of Pushkar History. The fair is considered as World’s largest Camel Fair. There are also competitions such as long moustache, matkaphod, considered as a part of the culture of Rajasthan.
One can also see the very renowned camel race of Rajasthan in this fair. Each year the fair starts at Prabhodini Ekadashi and ends at Kartik Purnima.
Though there's a temple dedicated to Lord Brahma here, the main deity is the holy water of the lake and not any of the idols. This makes this place comparable to Haridwar and Prayag, where also water is the holy element and worshiped.
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