Visit to Pushkar Temple and Lake, Rajasthan

‘Pushkar’ in Sanskrit means born out of a flower. The legend is that: A demon Vajra Nabha who had killed Lord Brahma’s children was struck dead by Brahma with his weapon, a lotus flower. The petals from the lotus flower fell at three places, lakes sprung up in these places. One of them, the largest is the Pushkar.

Brahma Temple in Pushkar

The Pushkar city around the lake has around 400 temples, the most famous being the Brahma temple. Built in 14th century, it is the only temple in the world to be dedicated to Lord Brahma. The temples of Pushkar were ruined by Aurangazeb, particularly the Varaha temple. Aurangzeb was quite disappointed with the enormous statue of Varaha, the god with the body of a man and the head of a wild boar! No photography was allowed inside.

pushkar-temple

There is a swan at the entrance of the temple crowned with a red spire. Inside there is a turtle made of silver, placed when the temple was rebuilt in 1809. The temple walls and floors were studded with coins, placed by devotees to commemorate the death and birth of near and dear ones.

52 Bathing Ghats of Pushkar Lake

There are 52 bathing ghats (series of steps leading to the lake) around the Pushkar Lake. Enlarge the pics to see the steps leading to the lake. Hindus consider it holy taking a dip there. Water at each of these ghats is believed to have miraculous healing power.
The water around Roop Tirth gives beauty and charm
A dip in the Kapil Vyapi Kund helps in curing leprosy
Mrikand Muni Kund is believed to grant the boon of wisdom
Naga Kund is believed to give fertility
… 48 more.

pushkar-lake

I did not take a dip; instead I took handful of water from some of the ghats and poured it over my head. My head was soon dripping with water.

For the World, Pushkar is famous for the Pushkar Camel Fair. It is the world’s largest camel fair. This year it is scheduled to be held between: 25 October – 02 November, 2009.

Albert Hall Museum, Jaipur, Rajasthan
Taragarh Fort, Bundi

45 Responses to “Visit to Pushkar Temple and Lake, Rajasthan

  • Indrani, what attractive images of the Pushkar city landscape. What a wonderful and interesting place!
    Have a very nice day!

  • a very informative post and i learned what a ghat was. i always wondered what the stairs were that went down into the river other than being handy and useful.
    thanks for sharing and have a wonderful week.

  • Very interesting!I’m learning so much,today,from everyone’s posts.
    Thank you for teaching me something today.

  • That is such an interesting history… and a beautiful location!

  • Beautiful shots, Indrani, and a wonderfully informative post! And like Erin, I learned what a ghat is. Thanks for all the lovely and interesting informtion. Have a great week!

  • I did enjoy this mmini history cum geography leson! It looks like a beautiful place, too. Thank you…

  • How beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing the photos and providing information on them as well. I really enjoyed this.

  • Your posts are always so interesting and great shots too. Looks like a beautiful place.

  • These myths are fascinating. That’s an intriguing place, to be sure.

  • I love the name of Pushkar! Lovely views, as always Indrani. I’ve always wanted to visit India and in the meantime, I get to enjoy your blog!

  • Fine pictures and great information. ABC is broadcasting on TV a series about India. It is a fantastic country, so much culture and so “many” of everything. It is a whirlwind of colour, food, languages, stories etc.

  • 400 temples!! whoaa that is something cool! 🙂

  • I’ve never seen a photo of a ghat that I didn’t immediately fall in love with, and here is another!!

  • Very nice pictures and informative post.

  • Very beautiful part of the world where you are. Each week your photos show the rich history and culture of your country. Lovely post. Have a nice day.

  • I can’t hear enough of India! Thank you for sharing!

  • You have very interesting and educational blog about your own world. Thank you for embedding some history of your Pushkar. Beautiful pictures of your beautiful place.

  • Very interesting, looks like a beautiful and peaceful place.

  • Every time I come here I learn something about India and I admire your beautiful photos of amazing buildings, the likes of which are not found in Europe! Thanks for sharing your world and for your visit.

  • India us indeed steeped with so much history. Makes me want to explore it all the more. Thanks for a very interesting and informative post complete with beautiful photos.

  • Thank you for sharing a piece of history! And what lovely photos! =)

  • India is such a BEAUTY 🙂
    I must take a vacation to India,
    than I can see everything
    with my eyes:)

    Born out of a flower,
    sounds funny 🙂
    But interesting!!

    Oepssssss I didn’t now that
    a lotusflower can kill 😉

    If I were you than I have jumped
    in the water,
    you never know what
    you’re missing….

  • Thanks for sharing. Very interesting. I think that camel fair would be extremely interesting to see!

  • It is so nice to see something from India and learn more about ancient cultures that is so very different from our western european way of living. Thank you for sharing and have a great week!

  • a very nice blog you have….I want to visit rajasthan….so many things to do…so less time….

  • Born out of flower.
    That is very poetic. And that legend is quite fascinating. I would love to learn Sanskrit…but first I’d love to go to India!

  • I love the colors in the photograph. That turquoise and peach color are stunning together. Looks like such an interesting place. I like your write-up on it. What an interesting legend of the lotus flower.

  • This is very informative post and thank you for writing about it. There is a temple here in LA and it has a lake,and lots of lotus flowers, too. It was founded by Paramahansa Yogananda.

  • What an interesting peek into Pushkar, tks for that and happy week..well, weekend’s near – hugs/M

  • Very informative and great pictures..liked your simple and easy style

  • Beautiful location and the snaps. I liked the temple reflection in the water with the mountain in the background.

  • that was a wonderful post…

  • i’ve heard a lot abt the pushkar mela…
    btw the last 2 pics are really nice

  • I was thinking where I heard this name Pushkar and at end u remind me. Nice knowing about this place and the lake.

  • Informative and interesting post. I’m sure you were blessed with water sprinkled on your head.

  • That looks like such a wonderful place to visit 🙂

  • I am reminded of my visit to Pushkar some years back. The pictures of the lake are beautiful.

  • thanks for sharing
    just dropping by here again have a great day and happy blogging

  • Wow! Pushkar is so pretty. I would love to visit it and take a dip in the lake. 😛

  • Someday, if all thy blogs are compiled and published as a book and titled … “India by Indy”… who knows…. you might become like J K Rowling..!!!

  • Your pictures of Pushkar are absolutely beautiful. Thank you so much for telling us about this interesting place. I found your post to be fascinating.

  • nice captures. I am planning to attend that event.

  • As always…enlarging your pictures, I almost feel like I am there.

    I’d be scared of what I would do to that water, if my horns touched it…. giggle :0)! That’s what happens when my day starts off with a good laugh (referring to top post)…feels good!

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