Pushkar is a major holy city in Rajasthan known for being home to one of the rarest temples of Lord Brahma on the planet. Devotees visit here from all over the world to take a dip into the sacred water of Puskhar Lake and to delve into the spirituality sprawling around. The town has a string of temples dedicated to various Hindu deities. Pushkar also organizes the grandest cattle fair, the Pushkar Mela in the month of November. This grand five-day camel fair paints the cultures and traditions of Rajasthan and hosts some interesting competitions like "matka phod", "longest moustache", and "bridal competition".
This is a major attraction here. The temple is dedicated to Lord Brahma, the Hindu creator-god. The temple belongs to the 14th century and is made of marble and stone slabs. It is beautified with a unique red pinnacle (shikhara) and a hamsa bird motif. Inside the temple you can see an idol of four-headed Brahma and his consort Gayatri (goddess of milk).
Pushkar Lake is a sacred lake in Pushkar town. It has 52 bathing ghats where devotees can be seen taking a holy bath to wash away their sins. During Kartik Poornima, thousands of devotees can be seen around the lake performing various rituals.
Varah Temple of Pushkar is dedicated to Varaha, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. The locals visit here in large number to worship the deity. This historic architectural wonder was built back in the 12th century by King Anaji Chauhan. The temple was then destroyed by the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb. Later in 18th century Raja Sawai Jai Singh II of Jaipur took over the renovation of the temple. The temple has an idol of Lord Varaha in white color apart from beautiful sculptures, carvings and gold styled pillars.
Pushkar Camel Fair or the Pushkar Cattle Fair is held annually in the holy town of Pushkar. A vast township springs up besides the lake in the Pushkar town. Pushkar itself is situated scenically amidst Aravali Hills and sand dunes. Apart from the spiritual aspect, the fair also is a big commercial opportunity for the rural people who bring their camels and other cattle here to trade. Consequently, a large number of stalls vending textiles, silver jewelry, household goods as well as crafts of Rajasthan and Rajasthani traditional food come up during this period. Camel races and other contests like the best decorated camel, bets mustache for men and tug-of-war are held. Folk music and folk dance performances add to the enjoyment of all visitors.read more...
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