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Pushkar Fast Facts
- State: Rajasthan
- District: Ajmer
- Famous for/as: Temples,Forts,Palace,Miscellaneous,Lake
- Population: 11,506
- Area: 16.34 sq. km
- Altitude: 510 m
- Language: Hindi, Rajasthani, English
- Best Season: Oct - Mar
- Weather: Summer 25 to 45°C, Winter 8 to 22°C
- Clothing: Pack light cottons, sunglasses, a wide brimmed hat and lots of sunscreen to battle the harsh summer sun. If you're travelling in the winter months carry a thick jacket or coat, gloves, socks and a sweater as it can get pretty cold. Even though chemist sho
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- Pincode: 014581
- STDCode: 014581
POLICE : Police : 100 Police Station : 0145-2772046 HOSPITAL : Govt. Hospital : 0145-2772029 TOURISM BOARD OFFICE : Tourist Information Bureau : 315714 Tourist Information : 1364
Pushkar, India Overview
Pushkar is a town in the Ajmer district in the Indian state of Rajasthan. It is situated 14 km (8.7 mi) northwest of Ajmer at an average elevation of 510 m (1,670 ft) and is one of the five sacred dhams (pilgrimage site) for devout Hindus. According to Hindu theology , the pond at the Katas Raj temple Near choa saidan shah in Chakwal District of Pakistan has a theological association with Lord Shiva; it was formed by the tears of Lord Shiva which he is believed to have shed after the death of his wife, Sati. The story goes that when Sati died, Lord Shiva cried so much and for so long, that his tears created two holy ponds – one at Pushkara in Ajmer in India and the other at Ketaksha, which literally means raining eyes, in Sanskrit. It is from this name that the word Katas is derived. It is often called "Tirth Raj" – the king of pilgrimage sites – and has in recent years become a popular destination for foreign tourists.
Pushkar is one of the oldest existing cities of India. It lies on the shore of Pushkar Lake. The date of its actual origin is not known, but legend associates Lord Brahma with its creation.
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Pushkar, India History
Pushkar is one of the oldest cities of India. The date of its actual founding is not known, but legend associates Lord Brahma with its creation.
According to legend, Brahma was in search of a place for Mahayagna and he found this place suitable. After a long time, Brahma came to known that a demon, Vajranash, was killing people here so the Lord intoned a mantra on a lotus flower and killed the demon. During this process the parts of flower fell on three places which were later known as Jyaistha, Madhya and Kanistha Pushkar. After this Brahma performed a yagna to protect this place from demons. The consort of Brahma, Saraswati, were needed to offer Ahuti for the yagna but she was not there that time so Gayatri, a Gurjar girl, was married to brahma and performned yagna. This act made first wife of Brahma, Saraswati, angry and she cursed Brahma saying that he would be worshiped in Pushkar only. From that day the priests in Brahma temple are from Gurjar community.
The Mahabharata says that while laying down a programme for Maharaja Yudhishthara’s travel, “Maharaja after entering the Jungles of Sind and crossing the small rivers on the way should bathe in Pushkara". And, as per Vaman Purana, Prahlada on his pilgrimage to holy places visited Pushkarayana.
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