Pushkar: Explore for Temples, Roses and Camel Fair

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Located to the northwest of Ajmer, a holy place known as Pushkar is situated. Pushkar is a holy place for the Hindu devotees. It is famous for the only temple of Lord Brahma situated in the whole world. Pushkar is known as Tirth Raj as this is the place of penance of many rishi munis. Pushkar is situated between the Nag Pahar (snake mountain) which is having caves where sages Agastya, Vamdev, Jamadagni, Bhartrihari, etc did penance for years.

Brahma Temple Pushkar
Brahma Temple
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Lord Brahma who is considered as the creator of the universe, his only world-famous temple is in Pushkar. Thousands of devotees every year flock to the temple for prayers. Hindus consider a journey to Pushkar to be the ultimate pilgrimage that must be undertaken to attain salvation. There is only one Brahma Temple and that too is in Pushkar is the outcome of Savitri’s curse to Brahma for marrying another Goddess, Gayatri, while starting his yagna in Pushkar.

Pushkar Lake
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Pushkar lake is a major tourist attraction which is believed to be generated when Lord Brahma dropped a lotus to the ground. That’s why the place is having the name Pushkar after the lotus.  It is believed that bathing in the waters of the lake on Kartik Poornima (during the Pushkar Fair) will remove the sins and cure skin diseases. All 52 bathing ghats that surround Pushkar lake attracts pilgrims from all over the world.

There is a temple right behind the Brahma temple dedicated to Savitri, the wife of Lord Brahma. The other temples that are worth seeing are Rangji Temple, Varaha temple, Gurudwara, Atmateshwar temple, Pap Mochini temple, and etc.

Pushkar is known as the Rose garden of Rajasthan as it has a huge variety of roses that are exported to other countries too.

Pushkar Mela
Camel Race: Pushkar Mela
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Pushkar is also famous for the camel fair or Kartik mela that is held from Karthik Ekadashi to Karthik Purnima as per the Hindu calendar. A wide range of activities and events held in the fair that represent the culture of Rajasthan. Camel trading, camel race, camel safaris, cow and horse beauty contests, camel parades, camping, hot air balloons, etc are the main highlights of the fair.

Camps at Pushkar Mela
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The best time to visit the Pushkar is during the late October to November as a traveler can also enjoy the Kartik Mela or Camel fair. Summers are extremely hot, not suitable for traveling. But if one wants to have a pure glimpse of Rajasthan with cuisines, culture, dresses, folk dance, etc, they must visit the Pushkar during the colorful and vibrant camel fair.

Seema Jain

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