PUSHKAR - THE SANCTITY TO HOLY TOWN
it is only 11 km from Ajmer, the little pilgrim town of Pushkar transports
you to another world. The road from Ajmer crosses a pass in the Aravalli Hills
called Nag Parbat (Snake Mountain), and brings into view the tranquil lake
and the peaceful temple town set by its side.
According to legend the holy Pushkar Lake sprang up when a lotus petal fell
from the hand of Lord Brahma, the Creator. It has the same sanctity for the
Hindus as the Mansarovar Lake in Tibet, and devout Hindus aspire to come here
at least once in their lifetime.
The lake is girdled with 52 ghats (wide stone steps leading down
to the water), built by different kings and nobles. Expect to see pilgrims
taking a ritual dip in the lake whenever you are by the lakeside. With hills
on three sides, Pushkar is swarming with temples, said to number over 400.
The most famous of these is the Brahma Temple, the only one in India where
Lord Brahma, the Creator, is worshipped. The temple is at one end of the Sadar
Bazaar is marked by a red
and the beautiful statue of a hans (swan), Lord Brahmas
vahana (celestial carrier) over the entrance.
The towering gopuram of the Rangaji Temple decorated with over
360 carved images dominates the area. The temple is noteworthy for its south
Indian style of architecture.The Savitri Temple, dedicated to Lord Brahmas
consort, stands on a hill behind the Brahma Temple. The view of Pushkar Lake
and surrounding landscape is simply magical. The other important temples are
those dedicated to Mahadev, Badri Narayan, Gayatri and Varaha.
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