Pushkar boasts temples, though few are as ancient as you might expect at such an important pilgrimage site, since many were destroyed by Aurangzeb, a Mogul ruler and subsequently rebuilt. The most famous is the Brahma Temple, said to be the only temple in the world dedicated to this deity. The Brahma temple is an important pilgrim centre for the Hindus. It is nestled in the Pushkar valley which lies beyond Nagparvat and the Anasagar Lake. This place, full of natural beauty, holds a special place in the hearts of Indian for it is believed that Lord Brahma, together with all the gods and goddesses, performed a Yagya here.
Pushkar Lake is an artificial lake, located near the town of Pushkar in Ajmer District. The lake was created in the 12th century when a dam was built across the headwaters of the Luni River. Legend has it that the lake was created when a lotus blossom dropped from the hand of God Brahma into the Pushkar valley. It was also the site where the Sage Vishwamitra meditating reputedly for thousands of years. Thousands of pilgrims come to bathe in the waters of the lake during the festival of Kaartika Poornima in November.Circled by some five hundred odd temples, the lake has 52 ghats, which connect the temples to the water. These ghats were constructed by the rulers of the different erstwhile princely states of Rajasthan and some of them are aptly named after the states.
Savitri Temple: Dedicated to goddess Savitri, the first wife of Lord Brahma, it’s the second most important temple in Pushkar. Located just behind the Brahma Temple on a hilltop, it provides a panoramic view of the scenic Pushkar Lake and exotic sand dunes nearby
Rangji or Rangnath Temple: Rangji Temple is known for its gracious south Indian style of architecture. The temple houses a huge image of Lord Vishnu. It has a high rising ‘Gopuram’ (large gate) and Garuda pillars studded with a mythical bird styled in gold.
Varah Temple: One of the most sacred temples in Pushkar, Varah Temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. It has an image of Vishnu in the incarnation of wild boar. According to a legend, Lord Vishnu visited the earth in the incarnation of a Varah (Wild boar) to kill an atrocious demon Hirnayaksh.
Apteshwar Temple: Another important temple in Pushkar, this 12th century temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva.
Things to Do in Pushkar
Pushkar offers an exciting range of activities to its visitors. You can enjoy excursions to Kuchaman famous for its fort and palaces, Kisangarh famous for Kisangarh Art, Ajmer famous for Dargah of Sufi saint Khawaja Nizamuddin Auliya, and Sambhar Lake. You can simply sit on the bank of the Pushkar Lake and enjoy the beautiful vistas. Don’t forget to take stroll down the Pushkar Lake in the evening. As the sun sets, the lake changes color and offers a wonderful sight. On tours to Pushkar, you can also shop for exquisite souvenirs, ethnic jewelry, brassware, embroidered textiles, miniature paintings, leather goods, mesmerizing puppets and pottery. During Pushkar Fair, you can shop for unique items like beads, lovely colorful bangles, leather goods, camel cover, and much more.Visit Pushkar during the festival to experience the original charm of the town. An exciting camel safari is another exciting activity that you can enjoy on your Pushkar tour.