Puskar, the Lake of Salvation

Puskar Lake with Sabitri Hill at the background
Puskar Lake with Sabitri Hill at the background
Ghat or Bathing area in the lake
Ghat or Bathing area in the lake
The Sabitri Hill with the temple dedicated to Sabitri, the consort of Lord Bramha
The Sabitri Hill with the temple dedicated to Sabitri, the consort of Lord Bramha
A Ghat with stairs
A Ghat with stairs
The serene Puskar Lake
The serene Puskar Lake
Puskar lake
Puskar lake
Old buildings on ghats
Old buildings on ghats
Fauna of the lake
Fauna of the lake
Puskar --- another view
Puskar --- another view
Blackwinged stilt --- found in Puskar lake
Blackwinged stilt --- found in Puskar lake
Playing in the lake
Playing in the lake
Pigeons on a ghat
Pigeons on a ghat
Front gate of Bramha temple, Puskar
Front gate of Bramha temple, Puskar
Ornamental Rajasthani swords on sale at Puskar
Ornamental Rajasthani swords on sale at Puskar
Old Ranganath temple
Old Ranganath temple
Old Ranganath temple : another view
Old Ranganath temple : another view
Decorations on Old Ranganath temple
Decorations on Old Ranganath temple
Feeding the pigeons at Puskar
Feeding the pigeons at Puskar
A Ghat in Puskar
A Ghat in Puskar
A ghat : another view
A ghat : another view
Ghat : another view
Ghat : another view
Sethani temple with distinctive Dravidian Gopuram, PUSKAR
Sethani temple with distinctive Dravidian Gopuram, PUSKAR
Gayatri Mata Temple, Puskar
Gayatri Mata Temple, Puskar
Puskar is not only a Hindu pilgrimage place, it is holy for others too....a  Gurdwara of Sikhisim at Puskar.
Puskar is not only a Hindu pilgrimage place, it is holy for others too....a Gurdwara of Sikhisim at Puskar.
Road to Puskar from Ajmer, through the Nag Parvat (Snake Hills)
Road to Puskar from Ajmer, through the Nag Parvat (Snake Hills)
Road to Puskar from Ajmer, through the Nag Parvat (Snake Hills) : another view
Road to Puskar from Ajmer, through the Nag Parvat (Snake Hills) : another view
The tall pinnacle of Bramha temple, Puskar
The tall pinnacle of Bramha temple, Puskar
Bramha temple, Puskar
Bramha temple, Puskar

According to Hindu mythology, Puskar is the place where Bramha the Creator, one of the three trinities of Hinduism, performed a Yagna or sacrificial ritual at the bank of a lake amidst hills & deserts of Rajasthan, India.

A picturesque place , surrounded by hills of the Aravalli range, Puskar, situated at an altitude of 1539 feet, boasts of a beautiful lake called the Puskar lake around which this small hamlet is built. Situated about 14 km from Ajmer, a city famous for the Dargah of the Muslim saint Hazrat Khawaja Moinuddin Chisti, Puskar is well connected to Jaipur, the state capital of Rajasthan & Delhi, the capital of India.

Puskar is a very important pilgrimage site for Hindus. As per Hindu mythology, Puskar is the abode of Bramha the Creator, the first of the trinity (the other two being Vishnu the Sustainer & Shiva the Destroyer). Brahma ‘s divine consort Savitri is also residing here , albeit in a lonely temple on the top of a small hill about 3 km away. Other important gods & goddesses of Hindu pantheon like Vedamata Gayatri also reside here.

Pushkar’s history dates back to the 4th century BC. Greek and Kushan coins date Puskar back to this time. The inscriptions found at Sanchi attest to the Puskar Lake's existence to the 2nd Century BC. This suggests that Pushkar was an ancient pilgrimage centre. From time immemorial, thousands of saints & holymen came here to meditate & perform sacrifices. The great Hindu epics Ramayana and Mahabharata refer to Pushkar Lake as Adi Tirtha, or the "original sacred water-body".

The main attraction of Puskar is the central lake. A huge one with crystal clear greenish-blue water, this rain-fed lake is extremely sacred to Hindus. The lake has a water surface area of 22 hectares (54 acres).The depth of water in the lake varies from season to season from 8–10 metres (26–33 ft).

It is believed that Brahma had performed Yagna here at the bank of this beautiful lake. It is considered a highly prized ritual to perform PUJA here. Daily thousands of devout Hindus come here to take a holy dip in the lake & perform Puja. There are 52 Ghats or bathing areas in the huge lake, each with a distinct name & appropriate mythological history. It is customary to walk barefooted around the lake performing Pujas at the ghats. It is said that a dip in the lake is credited with holiness, assuring salvation from all sins. It is now one of the five holiest centres of pilgrimage for Hindus.

Puskar is dotted with thousands of temples, the most famous of which is the temple dedicated to Bramha, & it is arguably the only Bramha temple in India. The Bramha temple is situated at BrmahaGhat by the side of the Lake. It is a huge temple with tall red-colored pinnacle.

Other famous temples include the Old Ranganatha temple, a magnificent temple with mixed Nagara & Dravidian style & the Ram Vaikunth temple (popularly known as the Sethani temple) with distinctive white Gopuram of Dravidian style.

In November every year, a cultural fare is organized at Puskar by the Tourist Department called the Camel Fare. One can see thousands of local people with their colorful costumes performing several cultural acts like folk dances & songs. Artisans with traditional craftworks throng the fare. Several colorful festivities including camel race are conducted in the fare. It is an exotic treat to the eyes.

Puskar is a must see for the general tourists as well as the devout pilgrims.

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maddot 5 years ago from Northern NSW, Australia

Wonderful hub on Pushkar. Loved your photos. makes me want to return to the place.


sharmila ghosh 5 years ago

pictures of pushkar are lovely....wonderful place attracts me much.


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roc6 5 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

Beautiful place, on my must do places to visit, thank you.


mou sen  5 years ago

nice photos....

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