Pushkar is a quaint little town of Rajasthan that holds immense religious values for the people of the entire state and also for the entire country. The city is known for its sacredness and piousness which is adored by the millions of people who visit this city. The city is known for as the “ Tirtha Raj ” or the land which is considered as the ‘ King of Pilgrimage ’ amongst the Hindus as the land is considered as very pious as it was created by Lord Brahma- who is known as the creator of the world. The city is quietly settled around the Pushkar Lake which is the main center of the crowd of pilgrimage and the city gets thousands of people in the occasion of Karthik Purnima who wants to take a dip in this holy lake.
According to the history of Pushkar the city has extreme significance in Hindu Mythology and that is why the tourist or the pilgrims who visit this city do not forget to visit the important temples amongst the 500 temples. Some of the significant temples are Brahma Temple, Savitri temple, and many others and the city is also having 52 ghats surrounding the beautiful Pushkar Lake which create a splendid view of the city.
According to the ancient history of Pushkar, the city is believed to be the holy seat of Lord Brahma as the meaning of Pushkar is the lotus. According to the historical sagas , the city of Pushkar is considered as one of the petals of the lotus flower that was used by Lord Brahma to kill a demon and he was killed but one of the three petals fall on earth amongst which Pushkar is one of them.
And Brahma chose this place to perform a Yagna to protect the place from the attacks of the demons and the rituals was to be performed by his consort Savitri, and she was not present at that time. So, Lord Brahma had to marry a Gurjar girl Gayatri who performed the rituals and that is why the priests of the temple still belong to this community.
And the place of the yagna is also famous for the popular Pushkar Fair. There is another story that is famous among the people here and that when Goddess Sati died, her husband Lord Shiva cried for so long that his tears created two holy ponds and one of them in Pushkar Lake.
The Pushkar fair is considered as one of the integral parts that are carrying the heritage of Pushkar History and the fair is considered as the World’s largest camel Fair. The fair is a livestock fair and people deals in cattle such as cows, sheep, camels, and goats.
And the fair is also a place where you can see some interesting competitions such as long mustache, matkaphod which are considered as a part of the culture of Rajasthan. One can also see the very renowned camel race of Rajasthan in this fair.