Pushkar Lake Located in Pushkar, a small town in Ajmer district of Rajasthan, Pushkar Lake is one of the most prominent places of the world famous Pushkar fair along with pilgrimage. Surrounded by many temples and ghats (baths), the lake pulls thousands of devotees every year on their threshold, achieves salvation by attaining spiritual glory and diving into their holy water.
As it descends in the month of Kartik (October-November), this place becomes the center of spiritual devotion and pilgrimage because this time the auspiciousness of the Hindu sacred texts is very much emphasized. At the same time, Pushkar Fair exhibits the vibrancy of Rajasthan with glorious colors, dishes, dances, animal fairs, and many entertaining competitions and competitions. With an amazing spiritual atmosphere, Pushkar Lake is a place of timeless reverence and feeling.
Pushkar Lake has incredible historical and religious significance. It mentions many sacred Hindu texts and sources and is mainly associated with Lord Brahma, who is considered to be a creator outside the Trinity of deities-Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh. According to most versions of the lake-related legend, when Lord Brahma slaughtered the demon Vajranabh, then three petals of his divine lotus fell into three parts, waterfalls were made in their place, which is known as Pushkar. Later, Brahma also made a sacrifice at that place. However, at the end of this ritual, he was cursed by his first wife, that he would be worshiped at this place.
Dating of the lake archeology suggests that the lake was also present in the fourth century BC. In later times, it was referred to in many sources – from the inscriptions of Sanchi to the record of Chinese traveler Fae Jian. Over time, many Rajput rulers of Ajmer and local leaders tried to restore Pushkar’s glory. In the short period of Mughal rule, the importance of this lake was reduced except for the reign of Akbar.
Significance of Pushkar Lake
Pushkar Lake is one of the most sacred places for Hindus and is reached at this place only for religious purposes. The lake is with religious importance, apart from about 500 temples and 52 ghats. People from all over the country and from all areas come here to immerse themselves in holy water. However, bathing in Pushkar during Kartik Purnima (full moon day), it holds special significance in the month of Kartik (October-November) because it is considered very auspicious. Also, the orbiting the lake with the Hanuman and Krishna temple in the surrounding area is also considered to be religiously favorable.
It is believed that bathing in the lake during Kartika, all sins are washed away and the diseases of the body of the devotees, especially skin diseases, are dispelled. Ramayana and Mahabharata refer to Pushkar Lake as Adi-Tirtha, while the lake is also counted in the highest panch-Sarovar. The lake has been marked as one of the ten most religious places in the world and is one of the five top holiest places for Hindus in India. This site is also home to the world’s only Brahma temple.
Pushkar Mela is one of the central attractions of the lake and during this time there is a huge inflow of pilgrims and tourists from all four directions. Every year the fair starts with the Academy Ekadashi and ends on Kartik Purnima. This time is not only suitable for pilgrims, but also for the local people, by having a holy dip in the sacred water of the lake, it is a great business opportunity when tourists come to participate in colorful events far and wide. Are. Pushkar Fair is also Asia’s largest camel fair.
Pushkar Lake Ghat
The embankment covering the feet of descending stone or the banks of the lake is one of the most important parts of pilgrimage in Pushkar. Originally there were twelve Ghats in Pushkar but now the number has been increased to 52. Each wharf of Pushkar has its own importance because it is believed that the water of each valley has different properties.
The environment and the spiritual atmosphere on the ghats are wonderful and provides a close understanding of Hindu beliefs and practices. Two of these 52 Ghats have special significance. Gau Ghat – Where vast ash of the greats like Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru, and Lal Bahadur Shashtri were immersed on the Brahm Ghat, it is believed that Lord Brahma himself worshiped and inviting all the celestial beings in the Hindu calendar was the sacrifice Done.