5 Places To Visit In Pushkar

Pushkar is a religious town located in the Ajmer district of Rajasthan. Although small land remote, Pushkar is perhaps one of the most important religious locations for the Hindus. This is because the town houses the one of the few ancient Brahma Temples in the world. Legend goes that due to an ancient curse from his consort Saraswati, Brahma was doomed to only be worshipped in one place. This place is Pushkar, next to the Pushkar Lake, which is also associated with Brahma, having been formed by a petal from his sacred lotus.

Cradled within the scenic Aravali ranges, Pushkar is a mere half an hour’s drive from the city of Ajmer. It is also connected by rail to Ajmer, which is consequently connected to all major cities. Air transport is farther away in the capital city of Jaipur.

The climate in Pushkar is much like the rest of Rajasthan. Thus, the area is most appealing during the winter months. The Pushkar Fair, an important Rajasthani event, takes place in November and thus this is the most important season for tourists. The place should be avoided in peak summer, when temperatures rise to unbearable levels.

1. Brahma Temple

Brahma Temple

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Located next to the Pushkar Lake, which is also linked with the Creator, Lord Brahma, this is famous as being the only Brahma Temple in the world, thus gathering devotees from far and wide. Believed to be over 2000 years old, the structure is built on a raised level, in marble and stone slabs. There is a red pinnacle and a peacock motif. Legend has it that due to a curse by his consort Saraswati, Brahma was doomed to only be worshipped at this spot in the whole world.

Interestingly, a temple called Atpateshwar dedicated to Lord Shiva is also present within this complex, on an underground level. It is said that this was also built by Brahma himself to satisfy Lord Shiva.

2. Pushkar Lake

Pushkar Lake

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This artificial lake, spread across 22 square kilometres, and having 52 banks, holds great significance in Hindu mythology. It is said to have been formed by the falling of a petal from the sacred lotus flower of Lord Brahma during his battle with the demon Vajranabha. The city of Pushkar has been built around this lake. One can offer prayers to the Creator at the lake and take a walk around the perimeter of it. A few species of birds can be seen here. One can also witness many ascetics going about their prayers and rituals. The lake is especially beautiful during the time of sunset.

3. Sunset Cafe

This quaint cafe, although much like the other cafes within the city, is markedly different. It is located off the banks of the Pushkar Lake, directly opposite from the Brahma temple. Outside seating offers one an amazing view of the lake and the city. International cuisines can be tasted here, along with tea and snacks. Confections include a German bakery, which serves the most unique and delicious cheesecakes that one can taste.

4. Pushkar Market

Pushkar Street Vendors

Pushkar Street Vendors – Photo by Arian Zwegers, CC BY 2.0

The town of Pushkar has essentially sprung up around the temple and the lake. Thus there is a large market surrounding the lake where one can experience a mixture of various cultures. This market includes not only clothing, jewellery and other local artefacts but also beautiful artwork and sculptures that have been designed by locals. There is also a variety of cafes to choose from, all having a similar mixture of foreign cuisines.

5. Savitri Temple

Savitri Temple

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A temple dedicated to the anger of Goddess Saraswati when she cursed Brahma has been erected on Ratnagiri, the highest hill amongst the surrounding area, at the western end of the lake. A short trek takes one here and breathtaking views of the sunset and the surrounding hills can be had from here. This is considered a major temple for one to complete their worship of the creator Brahma.

There is also a smaller temple called the Pap Mochani temple, dedicated to the second wife of Brahma, Gayatri, portraying her apologies to Saraswati.

Pushkar is a town that has avoided the ravages of time and kept its simplistic nature, despite its religious importance. A perfect place for someone looking for a spiritual experience.