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Pushkar

Pushkar is a holy town in the state of Rajasthan famous for the Pushkar lake, various ghats and temples spread all around the lake. It is located about 11km away from Ajmer and is separated  by 'Nag Pahar' (Snake Mountain) is the abode of Lord Brahma, the Creator. Pushkar is one of the oldest cities of India and has in recent years become a popular destination for foreign tourists.

The word 'Pushkar' means lotus flower, which is said to be the seat of Brahma, one of the Hindu holy trinity, who is worshipped as the creator of this world. Pushkar is one of the few temple of this important deity in the whole world. Other temples of Brahma include Bithoor in Uttar Pradesh, India; village Asotra near Balotra city of Barmer district in Rajasthan; Mother Temple of Besakih in Bali, Indonesia; and Prambanan in Yogyakarta, Indonesia.This is also considered as Adi Teerth or Teertharaj meaning ancient holy place or the most important of holy places ('Tirth Raj' - the king of pilgrimage sites).

For Hindus, no pilgrimage to complete without a visit to Pushkar. Legend has it that this is the first place on Earth that was created by Lord Brahma. The Pushkar Lake is believed to have been created by Lord Brahma himself and has the same sanctity for Hindus as the Mansarover Lake in Tibet. During the month of Kartik (October/November), devotees throng in large numbers here to take a dip in the sacred lake. The Pushkar lake has 52 ghats where pilgrims descend to the lake to bathe in the sacred waters.

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Holy Lake at Pushkar

The legend has it that the demon Vajra Nabha killed Brahma's children, he in turn struck him with his weapon, a lotus flower. Vajra Nabha died with the impact, and the petals of the lotus fell at three places. One of them is Pushkar, where it gave birth to a lake. Brahma is supposed to have performed sacrifice at this lake on Kartik Purnima (the full moon day of the Kartik month (generally in the month of October - November)), hallowing the place.