Pilgrimage in Paradise
Pushkar is a sacred town for the Hindus, situated 11 km's. to the North-West
of Ajmer. The charm of this sleepy, lakeside settlement so captivated the
great Indian poet, Kalidas,that it found a place in his classic, Abhigyan
Sakuntalam. The Great Hindu epics of Mahabharat and Ramayana make references
to this religious place regarded to be Adi Tirtha Evidence points to its existence during the 4th century B.C., presence of a lake in such inhospitable surroundings of a desert is no less than a miracle.
The legend about the Creator God, Brahma describes the creation of this lake. When 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 a lake sprung into being. Brahma is supposed to have performed sacrifice at this lake on Kartik Purnima (the full moon day of the Kartik month), hallowing the place. Sacred to Brahma, Pushkar boasts of its temple dedicated to him, which is the only one of its kind in the world. A dip in the waters of Pushkar and worship at his temple ensure salvation. So thousands flock to Pushkar to observe the ritual on Kartik Purnima, or on any of the four days preceding it.