Pushkar City Guide
Location: Rajasthan, India
Significance: Hindu Pilgrimage City of Rajasthan
Best Season: October To February
Language: Hindi, Rajasthani, English
Pushkar is one of the most important Hindu pilgrimage places and referred as ‘Tirth Raj' or the king among places of pilgrimage. The charming lake of Pushkar is surrounded by hills on three sides and sand dunes on the fourth and presents an ideal site. It is believed to be the abode of Lord Brahma (the Creator of the World). It also has the only temple of Lord Brahma, one of the most important member of the Holy Trinity of Hindus who is known as 'The Creator'.The picturesque sacred Pushkar Lake is is supposed to have appeared miraculously when a lotus flower fell from the hands of Lord Brahma and dropped into this valley.
It is believed that on Kartik Poornima (in October or November), one dip in the holy waters of lake is equivalent to performing yagnas for several hundred years. Just as Kashi(Banaras) is their 'guru' or preceptor. No pilgrimage to Badri Nath(Himalayas), Jagannath (Orissa), Rameshwaram (Tamil Nadu) and Dwarka (Gujarat), the four principal places of pilgrimage for the Hindus is complete till the pilgrims bath in the sacred waters of Pushkar.As per the Hindu Mythology there are Panch Sarovar (Five Lakes) namely Man sarovar, Bindu Sarovar, Narayan Sarovar, Pampa Sarovar and Pushkar Sarovar.
There are 52 bathing ghats, built around the lake. The water around each ghat is supposed to have special powers. The Naga Kund is believed to give fertility, Roop Tirth beauty, Kapil Vyapi Kund water helps in curing leprosy and a dip in the Mnkand Muni Kund grant the boon of wisdom.
According to Hindu mythology, all the gods visit Pushkar for five days in a year to bless the devout and absolve them of their sins. There are many legends associated to the origin of Pushkar and Pushkar Fair but they have one thing in common. They are all associated with Lord Brahma. A visit to pushkar Fair is an experience of a lifetime and is certainly not worth a miss.
Photography is prohibited on the Ghats of the Pushkar Lake, while people bathing in the lake..
FAIRS AND FESTIVALS
Pushkar Fair - Held in the Indian month of Kartik which usually falls in October or November. One of the most sought-after fair in Rajasthan. It’s an awesome experience of gala occasion which is full of music and dance, fun and frolic, echoing songs in the desert land and colorful costumes of the performers with the picturesque sand dunes as its backdrop, the camel fair and camel, horse and donkey races are the featured events of the fair. There is a tourist village designed to complement the natural beauty of the site, arranged in blocks of tents that have unique identity and are named after the famous Rajasthani dances.
One can shop for textiles printed in Ajmer and Jodhpur, bead necklaces of Nagaur, woollen blankets of Merta, brassware of Jodhpur and Jaipur, saddles, ropes, and many others assorted household items. Cultural shows, competitions and exhibitions are organized and movies are shown to enliven the event. One can also savor the songs and poems and bards that recite tales of valor, romance and heroism of bygone days.
Extreme desert climate, hot, scorching days and cold nights in summers while the winters are pleasanter which gives you a great experience.
HOW TO REACH
By Air: Nearest airport – Jaipur which is well connected with Delhi and Mumbai. It is also well connected with Udaipur, Jodhpur, Jaisalmer, Ahmedabad, Aurangabad and Calcutta.
By Train: Nearest railway station – Ajmer which has a good network of trains with Delhi, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Ahmedabad, Mumbai and other major cities of the country.
By Road: Well connected with Ajmer by roads, this in turn is connected to the major cities of Rajasthan, Delhi and Mumbai.