Epitome of Divinity Pushkar
Pushkar pilgrimage is revered as a journey to one of the chief journey places among the Hindus. Legends associated with Pushkar consider that Pushkar Lake was created out of a lotus flower that dropped from the hands of Lord Brahma. The only temple in India dedicated to Lord Brahma is located in Pushkar. The tourists, pilgrims, sadhus, merchants, musicians, dancers, magicians, and many others flock to Pushkar during the Fair held on Karthik Poornima. The essence of the town, its people, their culture, the colors and liveliness of the place is witnessed during the Pushkar Fair. The temples and Ghats are filled with pilgrims offering pujas to the gods.
Pushkar Pilgrimage Tour includes:
Brahma Temple: One of the main sites of Pushkar pilgrimage, Lord Brahma performed a Yagna on the same spot where the temple stands. All Hindu gods and goddesses participated in the Yagna. The structure of Brahma Temple has a red spire that distinguishes it from the other temples in Pushkar. The magnificent Brahma Temple is built with marble quite distinct. A Goose, the symbol of Lord Brahma, is seen at the entrance of the temple. The decorations of the temple of Lord Brahma include silver coins. A silver turtle adorns the black and white floor of Brahma Temple. The faces of Brahma looking in the four directions symbolize the supervision of the Lord over the whole creation.
Pushkar Lake: Is considered to be holy by most Hindus and a dip in the lake is held to be very auspicious. Legend has it that the creation of the lake was the result of a lotus falling off from Lord Brahma's hand who was desperately seeking a place to carry out a yagna. 52 bathing gates have been constructed around the periphery of the lake. The waters of each of these Ghats is said to possess miraculous medicinal powers.
Savitri Temple: Built in 1687, it enshrines the deity Savitri. Pilgrimage to Savitri hill is 1.5Kms. It is strenuous and hard. It is believed that harder one tries, the more tapas (heat generated by penance) is gained. Her temple is smack in front of the Brahma temple and is believed to serve as a lookout for the Goddess for her erring husband, Brahma.
Ranganatha Temple: The Old Rangji temple dates back to 1823, when it was built by Seth Puran Mal Ganeriwal of Hyderabad. It is known for its gracious South Indian style of architecture. It is dedicated to Lord Rangji, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. The temple houses a huge image of Lord Vishnu. It has a high growing 'Gopuram' (large gate) and Garuda pillars studded with a legendary bird styled in gold.
There are two aspects to the Pushkar Fair - the livestock fair and the pilgrimage. The trade in cattle and camels is the main attraction for tourists and locals and happens early in the festival. The quaint town of Pushkar comes alive during the fair. The fair reaches a crescendo on the night of the full moon when pilgrims take a dip in the holy lake. During the Pushkar Fair pujas are performed almost continuously by the priests, who guide people through the rituals of taking the holy dip in lake.
How to Reach
By Air: Sanganer Airport located at Jaipur is nearly 130 km from Pushkar.
By Rail: Ajmer is the nearest railway station to Pushkar and is well connected to all the major cities.
By Road: Many public buses and state run buses from Ajmer run on a regular basis and well connected to major cities of Pushkar.