is an enchanting small town located exactly on the edge of the desert
and is situated just 11 kms from Ajmer, but separated from it by Nag
Pahar, the Snake mountain. The town frequently visited by the devotees
lies to the side of the small Pushkar Lake with its multitudes of
bathing ghats and temples. Pushkar is a very important pilgrimage centre
for the Hindus and is thronged by plethora of sadhus and devotees.
Pushkar is recognised in the country for its Camel Fair which takes
place here each October/November. This huge assembly of camels, cattle,
livestock traders, pilgrims, tourists and film-makers is one of the
planet's most incredible events. Its an event that should not be missed.
Pushkar is a "City of Temples" , though not as much old but
in number as generally claimed. The Brahma Temple is the most famous
temple in the town and is said to be the only dedicated to Lord Brahma
in India. A red spire marks the temple, and over the entrance gateway is
the Hans (goose), the symbol of Brahma who is said to have personally
chosen Pushkar as his place.
Temple of Savitri, the wife of Lord Brahma, is situated on a hill top
and is another important temple here. It takes a one-hour trek to reach
the temple which presents a beautiful view of Pushkar Lake in the
morning. Other major places to visit in Pushkar are numerous ghats that
run down the lake.
Pushkar is a quaint
little town, which time seems to have forgotten. The focus point
is a lake surrounded on all sides by 52 ghats (wide steps leading
to the waters edge). The town has over 400 temples of which the
famous ones are the Brahma Temple, the Rangji Temple (with a decidedly
South India flavor) and the Savitri Temple, built atop a hill.
The other important temples are those dedicated to Mahadev, Badri
Narayan, Gayatri and Varaha.
When visiting Pushkar a visit to the Brahma temple and the lake
is a must. At the lake, you can witness various prayer ceremonies
and the holy bath by the pilgrim who come from all over India.
The priests at Pushkar are supposed to maintain the genealogical
records of all Hindu families and many pilgrims come to visit
their priest and get their "records" updated. You can watch the
traditional Aarti being performed in the evening. At sunset, you
can watch the lights of the temples around the lake come on one
after another accompanied by Shlokas sung melodiously by priests
at the different temples.
A visit to the Savtri temple should be undertaken by those ready
for a steep uphill walk. Though once at the top, the view of Pushkar
Lake and surrounding landscape is simply magical.
On request a special day time Aarti service with a short prayer
ceremony or an evening Diya Arti Service (with small floating
candles) can be organized.
Pushkar, an important religious place for Hindus, is located only 11
kms from Ajmer in Rajasthan . This little town is hugely known for the "Pushkar
Fair' (where the mass trading of camels takes place), "the Lord
Brahma Temple", a "picturesque lake' and "camel fair".
Pushkar houses as many as 400 temples and 52 ghats, which includes the
Brahma temple, the only temple dedicated to Lord Brahma in the country.
Pushkar is amongst the important pilgrimages in the country visited by
devotees from all over the country.
According to the legend, the Pushkar lake was formed where Lord Brahma
- the lord of creation - dropped a lotus on the day of the full moon.
Every November, the famous Pushkar Fair is held for 7 days which begins
on Noami ( the ninth day of the month of Kartik, Oct- Nov, of the Hindu
calendar) and finishes on Kartik Poornima (Full Moon). The Fair is
marked by a gathering of thousands of camels, cattle and horses for
trade, with added attractions of games, races, local folk dances, song
How to get there:
Pushkar lies at a distance of 11 km from Ajmer, which serves as the
base for the most of the long-distance journeys to and from Pushkar.
» By Air :The nearest airport from Pushkar is
located in Jaipur which is 131 km away.
» By Rail :Ajmer which is situated at a distance
of 11 km from Pushkar, is the nearest railway station. Ajmer in turn is
well connected with major destinations in Rajasthan.
By Road :Pushkar has to two bus stands. The Marwar bus stand is
situated to the north of the town by the post office and has buses to
some long distance places including Delhi, Jodhpur and Bikaner. The
Ajmer bus stand is located east of the Pushkar town and offers bus
services to Ajmer and Jaipur.