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The mystical, charming and laidback desert town with 52 Ghats and 500 temples around the holy Pushkar Lake is a sacred place of worship for Hindus and a hub of culture and heritage evocative of Rajasthan. Pushkar is also famous for its annual Camel Fair organised in November.
Pushkar is a canvas of mythology, spirituality and tradition painted with the colours of desert life. Pushkar is a place to be experienced not just visited. Temples, Ghats and the riotously colourful Camel fair give it a unique identity.
With narrow streets peppered with small eateries serving continental fare and crumbling Havelis set amongst hundreds of temples, Pushkar is quintessential spiritual India welcoming  the solace seeker, the traveller and the drifter in a smoky haze of meditation.
Waking up to the chants from the temples in the early hours when the sun is about to rise, then walking the narrow streets crowded with pilgrims and tourists jostling for space and then watching the crimson sun disappear behind the sand dunes in the evenings, all in the course of a day at Pushkar.
Mythological stories abound in this holy city of the sacred lake. The lake is Pushkar’s “raison d’etre”. Lord Brahma, the creator of earth, killed a demon with his weapon - a lotus flower - and in the impact three petals fell here. At the places where the lotus petals fell three sacred lakes emerged. The three places are located within a radius of six miles.
Lord Brahma performed a Yagna here. It is believed that during Karthik Poornima (a full moon night), the moon turns the water of  the lake into Amrit (nectar of immortality) and the one who takes a dip in the lake is absolved from all sins. There is a canopy or Chhatri in the middle of the lake. It was built by a noble of Khimsar to mark the Yagna performed by Lord Brahma.
The most famous temple in the area is dedicated to Lord Brahma. In fact, this is the only temple in the entire country which is dedicated to Lord Brahma. It is said to be due to his wife Savitri’s  curse, that Brahma is worshiped almost exclusively at Pushkar. Located on the bank of the lake this temple manages to stand out of the crowd of other temples for its rich carvings.
Pushkar buzzes with activity in November, when the Pushkar camel fair takes place. On the road, buses, jeeps and cars collate in befuddled mass, raising dust, while the fairgrounds throb with life from the assimilating crowds of sellers, buyers, tourists and camels in a maddening euphoric chaos of sound, smell and colour.
Temples
Almost 500 temples are located mainly around the Pushkar Lake. The main ones include: Brahma Temple: This is the most renowned temple of Brahma, the creator of earth as per Hindu mythology. Lord Brahma is worshipped here in the form of a life sized four headed statue, atypical of Brahma statues, establishing his omnipresence. The Brahma temple is highly revered amongst the devotees. Interestingly the floor of the temple is studded with coins placed by devotees to mark the birth or death of their loved ones. Varah Temple: This temple dates back to the 12th century. It was destroyed by Aurengzeb, the Mughal Emperor and later rebuilt by Sawai Jai Singh, the Maharaja of Jaipur, in 1727 AD. Beautiful carvings and ornamented images are the prime attractions. Savitri Temple: Located at a height, this temple can be reached by climbing steps. It provides a view of Pushkar Lake and nearby villages. Mahadeva Temple: A white marble Shiva with five faces adorns this temple as the principal deity. The statue is beautifully ornamented. Ramavaikunth Temple: This temple was constructed in the 19th century by south Indian artisans. Its prime attractions are its Gopuram or archways. The stone Gopurams have more than 360 idols of Gods and Goddesses carved over them.
Ghats
As many as 52 Ghats surround Pushkar Lake. People take a dip in the holy waters of these Ghats. The Ghats of Brahma, Varsha and Gau are the oldest and it is auspicious to offer prayers here. Many Ghats are believed to have distinct powers: Roop Kund is the Ghat to bath for beauty and youth. Naga Kund provides fertility. Kapil Vyapi Kund heals leprosy and Mrikand Muni Kund grants eternal wisdom.
Vishwamitra Ashram
Located in the Nag Hills, this ashram is quite secluded and dedicated to the Saint Vishwamitra, who wanted to be a Brahmarishi through penance. Lord Indra felt threatened by him and thus sent an extremely beautiful courtesan Menaka to break his resolve and stop his penance. Menaka successfully enticed Vishwamitra and a daughter, Shakuntala, was born out of their relationship - Lord Indra achieved his goal.
Local markets of Pushkar sell traditional Rajasthani handicrafts. Stone jewellery, puppets and embroidered clothes can be bought. During the Camel fair, many stalls sell a variety of local craft items. Camel covers, beads, lack bangles and local textiles are interesting buys.
Pushkar Mela:
The unique Pushkar Fair is a vibrant Kaleidoscope of colours and crowds. It is the largest cattle fair in the world. The fair takes place every year for three days from the Hindu calendar dates of Kartik Ekadashi to Kartik Poornima. It generally falls in the month of November. During this period the serene town of Pushkar becomes a noisy and bustling venue. Travellers from around the world, cattle, vendors, saints and dancers all merge to form a never ending crowd of colours.
Nearly 200000 people visit Pushkar during the fair. Thousands of camels are sold and bought by the locals here. Camels are the main mode of transport for the desert villages in Rajasthan. People look forward to this fair eagerly.
Although it is a place for cattle trade, the fair has attractions like Camel beauty pageant and cultural performances by various Rajasthani artists. Camels are decorated with ornamental saddles and colourful embroidered clothes. Events like tug of war between men and camel and camel dance shows take place. The Pushkar fair is a perfect place to see the rich cultural heritage of Rajasthan in a rural ambience.
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