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Pushkar

Pushkar Lake:

The Pushkar Lake is said to have been created when a petal from Brahma’s lotus fell on the land. The lake is something akin to a miracle in the midst of the arid and dry desert. Pilgrims who are eager to wash all their sins away, flock to the lake and its many ghats to take a holy dip in the waters. The water of the lake is said to cure numerous ailments and have been proven to contain several chemicals that facilitate the enrichment of the skin. The lake is surrounded by more than 350 temples and 52 ghats. The Pandas present at the ghats possess thorough knowledge and wisdom of the lake but need to be dealt with firmly as they attempt to extract their portion of money.

 

Brahma Temple:

The city of Pushkar is home to the only temple dedicated to Lord Brahma in the world. In spite of the presence of the temple, the Lord is not worshipped. Legend states that Lord Brahma, married a local girl and has been cursed by her that he would lose the right to be worshipped at any place other than Pushkar. This is believed to be the reason why the only Brahma temple in the world is located within the city. The temple had been rebuilt in a magnificent manner in the year 1809. The highlight of the temple is the four-faced idol of Lord Brahma, accompanied by his coy wife, Gayatri. At the entrance of the shrine stands a turtle, molded out of pure silver, which is captures the attention of tourists. A maroon spire marks the entrance and a goose can be seen perched atop the gateway to the temple.

 

Pushkar Cattle Fair:

Apart from being a holy pilgrimage site, Pushkar city is renowned for its Cattle Fair. The name of the fair is misleading since other activities are also present such as sports, auctions, markets and musical encores. Millions of devotees are drawn to Pushkar Lake at the time of Kartik Purnima to take a sacred dip and this offers an opportunity to the organizers and traders to create a festive bonanza for the pilgrims. The main draw of the fair is the trading of camels and other domesticated animals. A chain of cultural events are held before the fair, including camel races and fabulous puppet shows.

 

Varaha Temple:

One of the nine incarnations of Lord Vishnu, the Varaha form was adopted in order to eliminate all evil from the face of the earth. The temple was erected in the early 12th century, but was destroyed by Aurungzeb, the fanatic Muslim Emperor of the Mughal dynasty. The temple was later rebuilt in 1727. A magnificently bejeweled image house is thehighlight of the temple. The temple is considered to be among the three best temples in the city of Pushkar.

 

Savitri Temple:

The temple dedicated to Savitri, the wife of Lord Brahma, was constructed in the year 1687. The Savitri Temple is located on top of the Ratnagiri Hill. Local legend states that the Goddess rested upon the hill on her arrival on earth and refused to join her husband when she found out that he had taken a local girl, Gayatri, as his wife. Her temple is located right in front of the temple of Brahma and is considered to serve the purpose of a lookout for the Goddess for her disloyal husband. The temple can be reached by travelling on foot through the hills. The temple provides a picturesque view of the lake at Pushkar and the adjoining desert.

 

Merta:

Merta is a city close to Pushkar, famed for its group of temples and stunning palaces. Located in the district of Nagaur, Merta boasts of many unique attractions such as the 400 year-old Meera Bai Temple, the Bhanwal Mata Temple and the Aurungzeb Mosque. Established in 1480, Merta happened to be a famous trade center and was the site of several wars for the supremacy of the desert.

 

Aptaeshwar Temple:

One of the holiest temples in the city of Pushkar, the Aptaeshwar Temple was built in the 10th century. The temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva, was destroyed by Aurangzeb but was rebuilt later. The temple is basically an underground shrine. The Aptaeshwar Temple appears to have been crafted out of the womb of a mother and houses a Shiva Linga in the main hall.

 

Rangji Temple:

The architecture of the Rangji Temple reflects the unique blend of the culture of the state of Rajasthan. Erected in the South Indian Style with hints of Mughal architecture, the temple boasts of a grand gopuram. The temple is dedicated to Rangji, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu, and was built in the year 1823 by Set Puran Ganeriwal. Many pilgrims are drawn to the temple for its South Indian style essence and rituals.