Brahma Temple- Pushkar
This is probably the only important Brahma Temple in the country where the Creator of Universe is worshipped with immense faith. Located on the Brahma Ghat of Pushkar Lake, the temple has a four faced idol of Brahma installed in 1809.
The temple was originally built in the 12th century but suffered severe destruction at the hands of Aurangzeb. He disliked the lifesize image of Lord Varah with a head of boar and body of a man. Later, Sawai Jai Singh reconstructed the temple in the 18th century. The temple is worth seeing because of its beautiful carvings, sculpture and embellished image house.
This temple is built atop Ratnagiri hill and pays respect to Brahmas wife, Goddess Savitri. A one hour trek takes tourists up the temple from where a splendid view of the surroundings - Pushkar Lake and sand dunes of nearby villages- can be enjoyed. The temple was built in 1687.
This is an underground shrine which is believed to have sunk over the years. There is a lingam installed in this temple.
Two Raghunath temples adorn the city of Puskar. The old one has the deities of Narsimha, Laxmi and Venugopal in it and was built in 1823. The newer temple has deities of Vaikunthanath and Laksmi.
This lake is believed to have appeared all by itself when the lotus flower fell off from the hands of Brahma. The lake is surrounded by 52 ghats and 400 temples. A holy dip in the water of the lake, especially during Kartik Purnima, is considered extremely auspicious to purify human soul. Today, after a bad monsoon the water of the lakes dries up which takes away half the attraction of Pushkar city.
This is slightly different attraction in Pushkar. The Nag Pahar literally translates into Snake Mountain. It is believed that originally the mountain had a colossal height, though with the passage of time its height kept on decreasing. It is also believed that one day the mountain will disappear altogether leaving no trace of its existence. The hill has Nag Kund where Vatu, Brahma's son lived after he was cursed for creating mischief by Rishi Chyavan. Even Agastya muni's residence is said to be a cave on Nag Hill. A visit to both this mountain and the Kund is considered extremely auspicious to ward off evil.
The largest Camel Fair in the world is organized in this little town of Pushkar at the auspicious occasion of Kartik Purnima. Tourists from all over the world gather to experience the Pushkar extravaganza when commercial and religious activities blend almost perfectly to create an unforgettable scenario.