Pushkar for a devout Hindu Pushkar is a very important pilgrim
centre, for one visit to this holy place in a lifetime is highly
Brahma forms the great Hindu trilogy of Brahma, Vishnu and
Shiva, each symbolising the lifecycle of birth, preservation and
destruction. Brahma the creator is depicted as of four bearded
heads and four hands each holding a book of Vedas (knowledge).
His vehicle is the swan and his consort is Savitri. According to
the legend Pushkar means a pond created by flower, was formed
when Brahma dropped a lotus flower on the earth to determine a
place for his yagna, a holy sacrifice. The story goes that
Brahma wanted to perform the yagna at the most auspicious time
but his consort Savitri whose presence at the yagna was vital
for its performance kept him waiting. Irritated by this Brahma
married Gayatri, a milkmaid and installed her instead. Savitri
on seeing someone else in her place was infuriated and cursed
Brahma that he would be forgotten by people on earth and never
worshiped. She relented on pleas from other Gods that he could
only be worshiped in Pushkar, hence there are no Brahma Temples
Fair & Festivals
The well-known and marked with largest participation of all the
festivals of Rajasthan, Pushkar is an important pilgrimage as
well as the venue of a mammoth cattle fair. Bazaars, auctions,
music and sports are highlight of this event.
The Pushkar Fair, a major tourist attraction draws people from
all over the globe to the ancient and secluded environment of
Pushkar town. Pushkar Fair is perhaps the largest cattle fair in
the world. Rajasthan which is enriched by cattle wealth is the
home to many recognized breeds of cattle
The world-famous Fair is held in the sacred and peaceful town of
Pushkar, 11 kms. north-west of Ajmer. It transforms into a
spectacular fair ground for twelve days during the month of
Rajasthan's most famous fair, it brings together camel traders,
pilgrims visitors, and those who're here simply to participate
in one of the season's most colorful social events, Besides
tented camps, there are hundreds of shops selling everything
from handicrafts to spices, foodstuff and jewellery, for
visitors a number of activities are also arranged but most
simply with to stay within fair grounds to watch the fascinating
Rajasthani village metamorphose before their eyes.
Historically, Pushkar always had great strategic importance and
was sacked by Mahumud of Ghazni on one of his periodic forays
from Afghanistan. Later it became a favorite residence of the
great Moghula. One of the first contacts between the Moghula and
the British occurred in Pushkar when Sir Thomas Roe met with
Jahangir here in 1616. The city was subsequently taken by the
Scindias and, in 1818, it was handed over to the British,
becoming one of the few places in Rajasthan controlled directly
by British rather than being part of a princely state.
Places to see
Pushkar boasts temples, through few are as ancient pilgrimage
site many were destroyed by Aurangzeb and subsequently rebuilt.
The most famous is what is said to be the only temple in India
dedicated to Brahma. It's marked by a red spire and over the
entrance gateway is the Hans, or goose symbol, of Brahma, who is
said to have personally chosen Pushkar as its site. The Rangji
Temple chosen is also important.
The one - hour trek up to the hilltop temple overlooking the
lake is best made early in the morning; the view is magnificent.
Ghats Numerous ghats run down to the lake, and pilgrims are
constantly bathing in the lake's holy waters. If you wish to
join them, do it with respect - remove your shoes, don't smoke
and don't take photographs. This is not Varanasi and the
pilgrims here can be very touchy about insensitive instruction
by non - Hindus.
Pushkar is a relatively small town and easy enough to get around
on foot There are no auto-rickshaws in the town center. A
bicycle is best to get around.
Pushkar main bazaar is a tangle of narrow lanes lined with an
assortments of interesting small shops.
Particularly good buys include silver and beaded jewellery,
embroidered fabrics, bed and cushion covers. Rajasthani puppets
and fusion music. Its also great place to but books. There's is
a excellent range of second hand novels in various language
How to Reach
By Air » Jaipur Flight Schedule
The nearest airport from Pushkar is Jaipur. Jaipur is well
connected to all the major cities which includes Delhi, Mumbai,
Kolkata, Jodhpur, Udaipur. Recently, flights to Dubai has also
started from Pushkar by Indian Airlines.
The nearest railway station for Pushkar is Ajmer, which is on
the Broad Gauge and hence connected to all the metro cities of
India. There are daily trains from Delhi in morning (Shatabdhi