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Pushkar Travel Guide
Pushkar Travel Guide
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Hindu Pushkar is a very important pilgrim centre, for one visit to this holy
place in a lifetime is highly prescribed. 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 elsewhere.
Pushkar is a much loved tourist destination, many who visit there just fall
in love with the place and overstay. Sit
on the edge on the desert it is separated from Ajmer by the Nag Parbat (the
snake hill). The town has very distinct tourist excitement with narrow lanes
lined with shops selling various accessories and rooftop restaurants. Despite
its high tourist profile the town maintains some mystical charm.
Pushkar is world famous for its cattle fair normally held in the Hindu month
Kartika, which is around Oct-November. At this time the town jam-packed with
tribal people from all over Rajasthan and tourist. It is commonly known as Camel
fair, bringing with them several camels and cattle to the pilgrimage. A Fair
ground is fashioned and is packed with shops selling souvenirs and eateries.
Games and circus shows also goes on. And villagers come sell camels, horses,
elephants and cattle and other livestock. Elaborate arrangement for staying
of visitors is made including luxury tents. Just dont miss the Pushkar
Fair if you are India around that time.