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Pushkar City Tour Guide

Most Popular Tourism delight holy city and Well-known Hindu pilgrim centre. Among the five "dhams" or pilgrimages that are held in high esteem by Hindus. Surrounded By Desert And Snake Mountain. This Traveler Friendly Town Clings To The Side Of The Small Pushkar Lake With Its Many Bathing Ghats And Temples Puskhar Is A Very Important Pilgrimage Center.

Pushkar radiates am ambience of peace and spirituality that casts a lure to visit again and again. Spirituality and relaxed nature of Pushkar attracts tourist from several countries. Pushkar is 140 KM away from Jaipur state capital of Rajasthan (India). & about 11 Km From Ajmer. Puskhar Is A Very Important Pilgrimage Center of Hindu's. The Brahma temple is the most important temple here and is, in fact, the only Brahma temple of India.

Pushkar is among the five "dhams" or pilgrimages that are held in high esteem by Hindus. It is said that in battle lord Brahma killed the demon "Vajra Nabh" with a lotus flower, whose petals floated down to earth and landed in three places in and around Pushkar where lakes sprang up.

Pushkar is internationally known for its colorful cattle fair when thousands of devotees from all faiths assemble to take a dip in the holy lake. "Rajasthani" Dance, "Rajasthani" music, gaily-attired folks and various cultural events add to the fun and major Attraction of the occasion. The phenomenal camel races are the most interesting part of the fair augmented by cattle auction and colorful shops exhibiting beautiful handicrafts.

The Temple town has withstood the test of time, and has been a mute witness to the procession of history from the epic "RAMAYANA", to "Fa-Hien's" account of Pushkar in the 4th Century AD. ,and to the time of Muslim invasion.

According To Hindu Mythology the three pushkar's were formed when three lotus petals dropped from Brahma's hand as he searched for a place for a fire rite (Yajna). Three lakes are surrounded by three hills,which represents the three fires of Brahma's sacrifice in pushkar and the holy lake represent the Vedi. This whole area was known as Pushkaranaya in Hindu Mythology. Pushkar Ksetra could be compared with pushkar Velley of today. After been discovery of "Sarasvati River" (Among the Three Most worshiped river's of Hindus ("Ganga", "Jamuna", " Saraswati" ).

Bramha Temple
One of the major thriving temple of Brahma, in pushkar can be identified by its red Spire and By the image of Hans (The swan considered sacred to Lord Brahma). The "Chaturmukhi" (Four Faces) Brahma idol is housed in "Grabha Grih" (WOMB house) which is the sanctum sanctorum. The sanctuary has silver doors inside a carved marble gateway. Steps in the corner lead to a small cave dedicated to Lord Shiva. A beautifully carved silver turtle is set on the floor in the front of the "Garbha Grih". This temple Built with Marbles is Decorated with Silver Coins. The temple walls are also adorned with graceful peacocks, the celestial vehicle of Goddess "Saraswati" (The Goddess of wisdom and Consort of Lord Brahma.).
Bramha Temple is alone in the World.

Brahma forms the great Hindu trilogy of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva, each symbolizing the lifecycle of birth, preservation and destruction. Brahma the creator is depicted as of four bearded heads and four hands each holding a book of Vedas (knowledge). His vehicle is the swan and his consort is Savitri.

According to the "Padam Puran",The Hindu religious text
Pushkar means a pond created by flower, was formed when Brahma dropped a lotus flower on the earth to determine a place for his yagna, a holy sacrifice. The story goes that Brahma wanted to perform the yagna at the most auspicious time but his consort Savitri whose presence at the yagna was vital for its performance kept him waiting. Irritated by this Brahma married Gayatri, a milkmaid and installed her instead. Savitri on seeing someone else in her place was infuriated and cursed Brahma that he would be forgotten by people on earth and never worshiped. She relented on pleas from other Gods that he could only be worshiped in Pushkar, hence there are no Brahma Temples elsewhere

PUSHKAR LAKE
Pushkar lake: It is surrounded by hills on three sides and desert on the other side. The cave of Saint "Agasthya" was located on the snake mountain here. There is one belief that "Kalidasa", the Indian counterpart of Shakespeare, had this place as his locale for his Sanskrit drama, "Shakuntalam". According to a legend, the lake was formed when Lord Brahma wanted to perform a "yagna" here. A temple dedicated to him can be seen here.

The pious Pushkar Lake, believed to have been created by the falling of lotus from the hand of Lord Brahma. It is considered to be as old as the creation. The lake is considered as one of the most sacred spots, and believed that one dip in the waters of lake on Kartika Poornima is equivalent to performing yagnas for several hundred years.
The charming lake amidst the hills has fifty-two bathing ghats, built around lake. The water around each ghat is supposed to have special powers. The Naga Kund is believed to give fertility, Roop Tirth gives beauty and charm, Kapil Vyapi Kund water helps in curing leprosy and a dip in the Mrikand Muni Kund grants the boon of wisdom.

Pushkar Lake is semicircular lake around which there are 52 "Ghats". The max depth of the lake is 10 mts. The lake is a holy place and is known as the king of the "Trithas". The bath at Pushkar is thought to be more important than at any other place. The holy dip in this lake on kartika Purnima is thought to be salvation giving.The man who BATHES in the Shukla Paksha of Karitha month and has the Darshan of varah will not take rebirth on this earth and enjoy the bliss of heaven. The people who have a holy dip at the lake on karitha Purinama, gain the fruit equal to do the Jap and Tap for one hundred years. There are many yajna spots which cannot be counted even by Vrihshpati, the teacher of the gods.

Pushkar is a town in the state of Rajasthan in India. Pushkar means born due to a flower. In Hindu mythology it is said that the gods released a swan with a lotus in its beak and let it fall on earth where Brahma would perform a grand yagna. The place where the lotus fell was called Pushkar. It is situated 14 Km from Ajmer and is one of the five sacred dhams (pilgrimage sites for devout Hindus.) It is often called "Tirth Raj" - the king of pilgrimage sites - and has in recent years become a popular destination for foreign tourists.
Pushkar lies on the shore of Pushkar Lake. It has five principal temples, many smaller temples and 52 ghats where pilgrims descend to the lake to bathe in the sacred waters. One of the primary temples is the 14th century temple dedicated to Brahma, the Hindu god of creation. Very few temples to Lord Brahma exist anywhere in the world. Other temples of Brahma include those at Besakih in Bali, Bithoor in Uttar Pradesh, India, and Prambanan in Indonesia.

Savitri Temple
The temple of Lord Brahma's first wife. It is located on the hill behind the Brahma temple and one has to climb a long series of steps to reach the shrine. It commands a panoramic view of the beautiful lake and the picturesque surrounding of the villages.

Saraswati Temple
Saraswati is the wife of Brahma. Literally her name means 'the flowing one' .In the Rig Veda she represents a river deity and is connected with fertility and purification. She is considered the personification of all knowledge - arts, sciences, crafts and skills. She is the goddess of the creative impulse, the source of music, beauty and eloquence. Artists, writers and other individuals involved in creative endeavors have for millennia come on pilgrimage to Pushkar to request the inspiration of Brahma and Saraswati. According to a theory,the shrine myths are often metaphorical expressions of the particular power of a pilgrimage place, the lake, hill and area of Pushkar have a spirit or presence that awakens and stimulates the human capacity of creativity.

OLD RANGJI TEMPLE
Lord Rangji is incarnation of Lord Vishnu. This temple was built in 1823 by Seth Puranmal Ganeriwal of Hyderabad. This temple is unique due to confluence of South Indian style (Dravid) & Rajput style of architecture.

New Temple
The gracious temple is very conspicuous, due to its south Indian style of architecture. It has a high rising Gopuram typical of southern India
Pushkar has more than 400 temples, the other important temples are Balaji Ka Mandir and Man Mandir.

WARAH TEMPLE
The Warah temple houses an image of Lord Vishnu in the incarnation of wild boar. The temples of Lord Brahma and Warah are considered equally important. This ancient temple believed to be constructed by Chauhan King Anaji (1123-1150), and was renovated by Gokul Chand Parikh a Scindia minister in 1806.

My thologically a very important temple and is believed that Lord Vishnu came on the earth in the incarnation of Warah (Wild boar) to kill the demon Hirnayaksh and liberate the land from his atrocities. After the Ajmer victory. Mohammad Gauri destructed the temple.

Pushkar is also famous for its annual Pushkar Camel Fair.

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