A new day brought us more closer to the Thar Desert, to the city of Pushkar, known as a town on the edge of the desert. It is famous for its holy lake, temples that annually attracts pilgrims and the camel festival.
Pushkar is one of the five sacred places that are highly worshiped by Hindus and Sikhs.
In Hindu religion, it is believed that during a certain war, Lord Brahma had slayed the demon, Vajra Nabh, with a lotus flower, whose petals drifted down to earth and were spread in three areas in and around Pushkar, where lakes was created. Even the name of the city, Pushkar, in Sanskrit means “blue lotus” flower.
The water of this lake is believed to have healing properties and a dip in the lake implies washing away the sins.
We reached our hotel – Pushkar Fort, around lunch time and it gave us a little time to enjoy the amazing complex before our Pushkar city walking tour.
Once in the city we realized that it is a really small little village, having one main street filled with markets selling local crafts.There is also quite a “spiritual” vibe about the place, lots of people come here to wash their sins in the watter of the lake.
After a short walk down the main street we stopped to visit the Brahma Temple, which is a rare religious site that is dedicated to the lord of creation. There are very few Brahma Temples in the world. Because Brahma hasquite a few worshipers.
In Hindu religion there is a Trinity of Gods, Brahma is the God of creation and accepted as the creator of the entire universe. There may be two main reasons why Brahma is not popularly worshiped among Hindus: The Curse of Saraswati and the curse of Shiva.
The Brahma temple in Pushkar is very small. The main temple holds the image of four-headed Brahma and his consort Gayatri (goddess of milk).
After the temple visit had a walk around Pushkar Lake.
Pushkar’s life revolves around its holy lake. It was a very interesting sight.
We took off our shoes and went around the lake, observing the people that were praying. The lake is surrounded by “Ghats” which are used for bathing in and washing clothes.
Many locals were coming here, especially in the evening to wash their sins. It was very interesting to watch.By the lake many rituals and offerings happen throughout the day, and during the night huge Aarti ceremonies take place and are watched by a lot of people.
Aarti is a traditional Hindu worship ritual that is performed every night in Pushkar. Similar rituals also happen every night in Varanasi.
Pushkar is also famous for its annual Camel fair, where people use to trade cattle, horses and camels. It lasts for around 7 days and attracts nearly 200,000 people. It’s one of the most recommended attraction in Pushkar.
We didn’t have the chance to see it, but we enjoyed our staying in Pushkar. It was different than any other cities that we have seen and it was very interesting.