Pushkar Lake, Pushkar
Pushkar is a fantastic fusion of history and mythology that makes it worth the travel. Located just 11 km west of Ajmer, Pushkar is sacred to the Hindus. The lake at Pushkar is believed to have been created by Lord Brahma himself and has the same sanctity for Hindus and Mansarover in Tibet.
The holy lake is an attraction by itself at Pushkar and has immense significance for the followers of Hinduism. According to legends, the consecrated lake formed with the touch of Brahmas lotus petal, is believed to have miraculous healing and purifying powers.
In Hindu Mythology, no pilgrimage is considered complete without a holy dip in any one of the numerous bathing ghats in Pushkar.
The lake is hugged by 52 ghats, teeming with sadhus, devotees and enthusiastic tourists.Most of the ghats are about 300 years old, and have innumerable small temples.
You would be amazed to know that 400 temples surround the small pilgrimage site. The bathing ghats in Pushkar lace the lake and hundreds of Hindu pilgrims assemble at these holy ghats to bathe, pray, or simply watch the proceedings. Pushkar Lake is considered one of the holiest spots, and a single dip in the waters of the lake on Kartik Poornima is believed to be equivalent to performing yajnas for several hundred years.
While you spend time here, you would discover that the bathing ghats in Pushkar are each linked to the lunar calendar. The water at each, as they believe, is considered bestowed with miraculous healing powers. If the water around Naga Kund is believed to boost fertility, Roop Tirth gives beauty and charm, Kapil Vyapi Kund helps cure leprosy, and a dip in the Mrikand Muni Kund is believed to grant the boon of wisdom.
Based on the royalties who frequented and worshipped at Pushkar, the various ghats are called; the Jaipur Ghat, Bharatpur Ghat, Holkar Ghat, Gwalior Ghat et al. Keeping up with the tradition, Queen Mary on a visit here, is said to have renovated the Zenana Ghat. You would also be taken to the Gau Ghat, which is the main ghat. The Varaha Ghat is where the Lord Vishnu is said to have appeared in his third incarnation as a boar, or varaha.
Once in Pushkar the priests aplenty will lead you to perform puja at the ghat for your seven generations and you own spiritual evolution. Thousands of devotees throng the bathing ghats during the famous Pushkar Fair. And even on an ordinary day scores of pilgrims and regular tourists can be seen taking a ritual dip.
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