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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

What is the history and culture of Pushkar?

Shikha Gautam DEC 10 2012
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History never tires to fascinate you, isn't it? If Pushkar is your next destination, then the historical and cultural milieu of this place will actually excite you enough.

This town in the Ajmer district of Rajasthan is surrounded by hills on three sides and the desert on the fourth side. Pushkar considered one of the five ‘Dhams' in Hinduism, the others being Badrinath,

Rameswaram, Puri and Dwarka. The religious atmosphere, the numerous temples, the ghats, all contribute to make this ‘Adi Tirtha' site one of great reverence for Hindu devotees. In fact, the legends say that at one point of time, Pushkar had about 500 temples and around 50 palaces. The Mughal king, Aurangzeb tried to destroy them but all in vain.
It is believed that Lord Brahma killed the demon Vajranash with a lotus flower. Three petals of the flower descended on the earth and the places where they landed gave birth to three lakes, namely Jyaistha, Madhya and Kanistha Pushkar. At Kanistha Pushkar, Brahma performed a sacrifice on Kartik Purnima (the full moon day of the Kartik month), thereby sanctifying this place. Amazingly, Pushkar is the only temple in the whole world dedicated to Him.

The holy books of Ramayana and Mahabharata are full of accounts and anecdotes about Pushkar. And consequently, the populace of Pushkar has inherited this spiritual lineage. A dip in the Pushkar lake here is believed to wash away your sins. The ghats of the town are often used to conduct yoga sessions.

Non-vegetarian food and alcohol are strictly prohibited in this place as they are seen by the citizens as a corrupting influence.

People are simple-minded, helpful and take pride in their cultural and artistic productions of items like fabrics, handicrafts, music, etc. Moreover, the Gujjar folk dances are again a highlight of their cultural heritage.

Immerse yourself in the religious setting of this place and feel blessed for having set foot on this pious land and explore more Pushkar tourism. If you've already booked a ticket to Pushkar, then check for its PNR status on ixigo.

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