Why Pushkar Should Be on your Rajasthan Trip ?
Pushkar is a town on the Shore of Pushkar Lake in Ajmer district of Rajsthan. It is one of the five Sacred Dhams (pilgrimage sites) of the Hindus and also referred as the Tirth Raj or The King of all Pilgrimage sites of Hindus. Pushkar is full of ancient temples, most of which have been rebuilt after been demolished during the muslim conquest in this area. Most famous of all the temples here is the Lord Brahma Temple, which is one of the very few temples in the World, devoted to Lord Brahma. The full moon day is the day, according to the Hindu mythology, when the Hindu God Brahma sprung up the Pushkar Lake, thus devotees coming here take dip or bath in its sacred water on this day.
The place of Pushkar is also famous for an annual five day camel and livestock fair, which is amongst the largest of its types in the World, known as Pushkar Camel Fair or Pushkar Mela. Apart from the selling and buying of camels and other animals, the fair also has numerous of other attraction to it as well, “Bridal Competition”, “Moustache Competition”, “Matka Phod” to be named as few.
Intresting Facts about Pushkar Temple
- It is believed that the pond in Pushkar was formed of the tears of the Hindu God Shiva, who cried so much after her wife Sati passed away, that the tears thus produced fell down on the earth and resulted into two ponds full of tears. One of them being the pond of Pushkar and other at Ketaksha.
- It is also famous that the Indian God Brahma performed a yagna here to protect this place from demons. To offer Ahuti for the yagna the wife of Brahma, Saraswati, were required to be there, but she was not there that time. So the Lord Brahma married Gayatri, a Gurjar girl, to complete the yagna. When Saraswati came to know about this, she got so angry that she cursed Bramha to be worshipped in Pushkar only and nowhere else in the World. That is why the Brahma temple here is among the rare Brahma (creator of the World) temples in the World.
- According to the Indian mythology, even after visiting all the Hindu pilgrim towns and temples (Four Dhams), the salvation is not achieved until the Pushkar is not visited for worship.
How to reach Here
- The nearest airport is Jaipur International Airport, and it takes about three hours to reach Ajmer from there via easily available transport Buses. The roads are very good and journey comfortable.
- Ajmer Railway Station is the nearest railway station to Pushkar. There are daily trains from delhi, twice a week from bangalore and Mumbai to Ajmer. Ajmer is about 11 km away from Pushkar and taxi fare from Ajmer to Pushkar is about Rs 150.
- You can also easily get regular buses to Pushkar from other major cities of the country.