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Pushkar is located in the middle of Rajasthan, 14km (9 miles) from Ajmer. I came here from Jaipur via Ajmer before heading on a rather arduous 5 hour bus trip to Jodhpur. I spent a couple of days here and enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere and great western food. Some visitors spend months here at a time and I can see why!
Pushkar means 'A pond created by a flower' and is regarded to be the abode of Lord Brahma, one of the three Hindu Gods forming the great Hindu trilogy. According to the text, Pushkar came into being when Lord Brahma, Creator in the Hindu Trinity, dropped petals of lotus flower (pushpa) to earth from his hand (kar) to kill a demon. This resulted in the formation of three lakes in the desert land. The largest of these lakes is today revered as one of India's most sacred sites and bounded by temples and 52 bathing ghats. The lake was actually created in the 12th century when a dam was built across the headwaters of the Luni River. To bathe at Pushkar is thought to be more important than at any other place. A story goes that Brahma wanted to perform the yagna (a ritual of sacrifice) 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 in India and so this, and the lake, are the main reasons why Hindu pilgrims come to Pushkar.
The Savitri Temple is located on top of the Ratnagiri Hill which is about 1km south-west of the lake. I got to the top... more travel advice
There are buses that depart pretty regulary to Pushkar from near the Nasiyan (red) Temple on Prithvi Raj Road in Ajmer.... more travel advice
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