Pushkar Tourist Places | Pushkar Lake in Rajasthan

28th Apr 2020
Photo of Pushkar Tourist Places | Pushkar Lake in Rajasthan by Hanu Singh
Day 1

Pushkar Lake

Located in the small town of Pushkar in the Ajmer district of Rajasthan, The Pushkar Lake is one of the most prominent spots of pilgrimage as well as the site of the world famous Pushkar Fair. Encircled by numerous temples and ghats (bathing spots), the lake draws thousands upon thousands devotees every year to its threshold, to gain spiritual distinction and attain salvation by taking a dip in its holy waters. As the Kartik (Oct-Nov) month descends, the site becomes the focus of soulful devotion and pilgrimage as auspiciousness of this time is highly emphasized in Hindu sacred texts. At the same time, Pushkar Fair wonderfully exhibits the vibrancy of Rajasthan with exotic colors, dishes, dance, cattle fair and numerous entertaining contests and competitions. With amazing spiritual atmosphere, Pushkar Lake remains the site of timeless reverence and spirit.

What is the meaning of name Pushkar?

The different meanings of the name Pushkar are:

Sanskrit meaning: Like the blue lotus. Indian meaning: Like the blue lotus.

Why is Pushkar holy?

Mahabharata mentions that Pushkar is a holy place of the god Vishnu, considered as the Adi Tirtha where millions of tirthas united during sunrise and sunset, and visiting the lake and taking a holy bath in the lake would wash off all sins.

Who built Pushkar Lake?


Brahma is believed to have built the lake by combining the waters of other Hindu holy sites such as Badrinath, Jagannath, Rameshwaram and Dwarka. There is a chhatri in the centre of the lake, which was built in the 18th century.

Why do foreigners visit Pushkar?

History has it that the fair was started to attract the local cattle traders to do business during the holy month of Kartik Poornima. However, with time, Pushkar fair has attracted travelers from across the globe.

Why is Brahma temple only in Pushkar?

Pushkar is often described in the scriptures as the only Brahma temple in the world, owing to the curse of Savitri(Saraswati), and as the "King of the sacred places of the Hindus".