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Pushkar means born due to a flower. In Hindu mythology it is said that the gods released a swan with a lotus in its beak and let it fall on earth where Brahma would perform a grand yagna. The place where the lotus fell was called Pushkar.
Pushkar is situated 14 kms north west from Ajmer and is considered one of the five sacred dhams or pilgrimage site for devout Hindus.
Pushkar lies on the shore of Pushkar Lake. It has five principal temples, many smaller temples and 52 ghats. Pushkar has one of the primary temples built in the 14th century temple dedicated to Brahma, the Hindu god of creation. Very few temples to Lord Brahma exist anywhere in the world. Pushkar is also famous for its annual Pushkar camel fair.
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The prime attraction of Pushkar is the Pushkar Lake which is considered sacred like the Mansarovar Lake in Tibet. Pushkar has become a place of Hindu pilgrimage because of this holy lake. Legend has it that this lake was consecrated to Lord Brahma, the creator of the universe when a lotus dropped from his hand into the vale and a lake emerged in that place. The picturesque lake is encircled by 500 temples, 52 places, and 52 ghats. Devotees take a religious dip in the spiritual water of the lake which is said to have miraculous power.
The most important temple in Pushkar is the temple of Lord Brahma, one of the holy trinity of Hinduism. In fact it is the only Hindu shrine in the world where Lord Brahma is worshipped. The temple houses a life-size idol of Lord Brahma.
This temple is located at the top of the Ratnagiri Hill and is dedicated to Savitri, the wife of Lord Brahma. The temple houses a magnificent statue of goddess Savitri.
Other noteworthy temples of Pushkar are the 19th century Mahadeva temple that is dedicated to Lord Shiva, Rangaji temple that is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and the Varaha temple that is also dedicated to a deity who is one of the incarnations of Vishnu. All these temples exhibit outstanding art, architecture and craftsmanship.
Pushkar Bazaar – The colorful and vibrant Pushkar Bazaar is a shopper’s delight. One can buy great souvenirs like silver jewelry, embroidered shoes, wall hangings, shoulder bags, embroidered fabrics, decorative items and much more.
The Pushkar Fair is the largest cattle fair in Asia and is held in the month of November during the Kartik Purnima (day of full moon in the Hindu lunar month of Kartik) when hundreds of thousands of pilgrims take a holy dip in the sacred Pushkar Lake. This spectacular event is worth witnessing when the cold November nights are lit up by campfires and the air resonates with folk dancing and singing.
Location and Access
The small town of Pushkar is nestled in the laps of the Aravali hills and is located 14 km away from Ajmer, 145 km away from Jaipur. Udaipur, Jodhpur and Delhi lie at a distance of 289 km, 214km and 403 km respectively.
DISTANCES OF THE GREENHOUSE RESORT from different cities:
- Ajmer-20 km
- Jaipur-150 km
- Udaipur-289 km
- Bikaner- 250 km
Air- The nearest airport is the Jaipur Airport from where regular flights to Udaipur, Jodhpur, Delhi, Mumbai, Calcutta, Ahmedebad, Goa, Indore, Chennai are available.
Rail-The nearest railway station is Ajmer from where direct trains for Jaipur, Delhi, Jodhpur, Udaipur, Mumbai and destinations are available. The Shatabdi Express connects Ajmer with Delhi.
Road- Pushkar is connected with Ajmer through road. Buses, taxis and jeeps are also available.