Gandhi remembered at Pushkar Ghat – Seminar organized on Gandhian Values

Homage paying ceremony to father of nation Mahatma Gandhi was held at Gau Ghat Pushkar on12th feb.2016. The holy ashes of Gandhi ji were immersed in the holy lake at this Ghat on 12th feb. 1948. Since then this is a yearly event. A Gosthi (Seminar) was organized on this occasion which was participated by Chief Guest Hon’ble Principal of Regional Institute of Education Ajmer Prof. V.K. Kakria, other distinguished participants were Acharya Ramrtnacharya of Balmukand Ashram, Educationist Thakur Prasad, Denmark Scholar Mr. Stein, Hansraj Ajmera including spiritualist Sadhvi Aprna Ji and Young Website Designer Sachin Parashar and Anadi Prasad. Prizes were also distributed to the Girls Students of Govt. Girls Higher Sec. School who took part in the essay competition on “Gandhian  Values”. Students of Richa Rehabilitation Centre also participated, organizer Janardan Sharma convener of Gandhi Vichar Manch delivered the note of thanks.

Diya Aur Batti Hum – Soraj, Sandhya and Babho in Pushkar

The most curious name Hanuman Gali is finally allotted to a lane (jawadiya gali) in Pushkar.  On the special occasion of 1200 episodes completion the Municipal Corporation of Pushkar and government of Rajasthan had renamed  Jawaliya Gali as Hanuman Gali officially.
It was a crazy view, when public coming from different corners of Pushkar and Ajmer  waited eagerly for the TV stars  Bhabho (Neelu Vaghela), Sandhya (Deepika), Suraj (Anas Rashid)  to arrive at Ceremony of Renaming a Lane to Hanuman Gali. And when it happened, the crowd went gaga.
Deepika, who plays the role of Sandhya on the show DABH, posted the snapshot of the article and wrote, “In today’s #Bombaytimes. Yes it’s true,thank you so much for this love. We are going on 5th Dec to #pushkar #Rajasthan. So all the #pushkar #Rajasthan fans don’t miss this chance to meet us. She continued, “Friends,This whole trip is organised solely by @shashisumeetproductions specially for #Diyaaurbaatihum fans. Thank you #Sumeet sir for this initiative.” DABH has been topping the TRPs from the time it was aired in 2011.
Deepika gave a beautiful message to keep the Holy town Clean and friendly for pilgrims and tourists. PushkarGuide.com salutes the crew of Diya Aur Baati Hum for promoting the Holy Town at national level with great respect. We believe that the spirit will be continued…
Diya Aur Batti Hum – Soraj, Sandhya and Babho in Pushkar

The Sacred – Pushkar Fair 2015

Finally the International Pushkar fair reached to a happy ending on 25th nov. Pushkar. This fair was full of surprises Chief Minister visited mela The CM was delighted to participate in the religious affairs. On Monday morning, she visited the Gwalior Ghat where she was welcomed by hundreds of women devotees. Gwalior Ghat is the place where her ancestors too offered prayers.

The district administration first time made experiment of Pushkar cattle fair and made it a festival of long fifteen days in which the cattle fair started on November 12 and ended on Sunday. From Sunday, the religious customs will start which will continue till November 27.

The international cattle fair of Pushkar is gradually turning into a centre of classical music and fusion of cultures, especially Hindustani with Sufi tunes. The fair since long is known for the roaring of camels and horses in the sand dunes of this majestic land. The fair this time also providing stage to talents who want to stage show for horse riding and made camel dance.

Shree Cement The Sacred, Pushkar

The Pushkar fair 2015 turned into a centre of classical music, meditation and a place for showing talent to hundreds of people. “The Teamwork Arts organized the spiritual festival ‘The Sacred” in which chief minister Vasundhra Raje participated after the ‘maha arti’ at Pushkar Ghat on Sunday.

Several famous artists performed the fusion of Sufi, Rajasthani, and Hindustani music and made the spectators sway to the melody. The idea of the programme was to made the music cross boundaries of religion. “The concert was great as it represented the great India,” said Bhagwat Singh of Kota, who attended the programme with his family.

The programme will continue till November 24 in which artists like Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, Kailash Kher, Shubha Mudgal, Nathulal Solanki and artists from Spain and other parts of the world are participating.

Even the Indian Ocean Band staged a cultural programme in Pushkar and made the spectators flow in the beats of drums.

Content – TOI

Pushkar Master Plan – For Development

If you are concern about Pushkar this news will bring a big smile on your face. Our state government is planning to draw a master plan to develop the holy town Pushkar and its surrounding area – Budha Pushkar, Madhya Pushkar etc.

State’s devsthan minister Amraram Chaudhary and Rajasthan Heritage Conservation and Development Authority chairman Onkar Singh Lakhawat toured the town and its surrounding villages with a team of government officials and locals early this week. In a meeting held after an informal survey, the officials were directed to prepare a draft master plan of Pushkar once the cattle fair gets over on November 27.

As a Pushkarite we have this town really deserves global attention. It has much more than we think. Pushkar is a place where Lord Brahma the creator of universe performed great sacrifice for creation, the only temple of Lord Brahma in the world stands here with its ancient glory, Lord Rama offered ‘oblation’ to his departed father Dashrath while in exile, Lord Krishna meditated here, Arjuna the great warrior stayed here along with his consort Subhadra (Krishna’s sister), Sages namely Agastya, Vaamdev, Vishvamitra etc. performed meditation in their caves nestled in the Nag Pahar here, Mahatma Budha and other monk came here. Moghal emperor Zehangir came 15times and built his palace here, rose scent was invented by Noor-Zehan here; Fragrance of roses can still be felt in air here rose-products and textile items are exported globally etc.

Sacred Pushkar Fair 2015

To be held at Pushkar, Shree Cements The Sacred festival, which is slated to take place  between November 22-24, boasts of an eclectic line-up of artists and spiritual exhibits.

“The idea was basically to try and bring together everything that touched upon the sacred and also show that spirituality crosses all religious boundaries. We wanted to look at both Pushkar and Ajmer at the same time, where two completely different religions are co-existing,” Sanjoy Roy, managing director, Teamworks Arts, the festival organiser, told IANS here.

“We wanted to create a space for people to come to listen morning and evening music and re-discover the pleasure of spirituality as your own space,” he added.

The festival, which features artists from genres as diverse as sufi, Rajasthani folk, world music, Hindustani classical among others, is a way to showcase how art and culture can transcend boundaries of religion and language, Roy said.

“In today’s day and time, when we are seeing so much intolerance, it’s imperative that all of us in the cultural space come together to showcase music that crosses all boundaries of religion, language, of different kinds of differences that have cropped up,” he said.

As to why Pushkar was chosen as a venue for this festival, Roy revealed that it was initially a suggestion given by Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje.

“The suggestion came from Vasundhara Raje. Apart from the camel fair, there was nothing specific happening there. When I went and saw the Pushkar kund, I realised it is such a stunning backdrop,” he said.

The three days of the festival, which will take place at different venues, including the Raj Bohra Ghat, sand dunes and Ajmer Fort, will add up to the prevailing spiritual ambience of Pushkar, Roy said.

“People come and pray there, and you can come and sit and enjoy the music there. The idea is not to disrupt anything, but to add to it.

“The idea was what would work in morning and evening. A lot of international tourists coming in, the idea was to do something that was unique. Programming anything is complex. This year’s progamming is just to see what works,” he added.

The festival line-up features artists like Kailash Kher, Shubha Mudgal, Nathulal Solanki with 52 Nagaras, Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, Yom & Wang Li, La Grande Chapelle, Jaisalmer Boys among others.

The festival will also showcase Buddhist meditation by Khen Rinpoche Jangchup Choeden, guided Jain meditation by Tikam Chand Jain, Vayu Yoga by Capucine Redon and Pushkar Heritage Walks.

Source – newkerala.com

Dussehra – Pushkar Festival

The holy town Pushkar gathered at Mela Ground Pushkar to celebrate the great festival of Dussehra on October 22 (Thursday). It is a festival that marks the victory of good over evil. After the event of Ramlila (a dramatic folk re-enactment of the life of Rama) it was the final performs on the tenth day a battle between Rama and Ravana. Lord Ram is made to shoot an arrow of fire at Ravana and the huge figure is burnt.

Like all festival the town celebrated this festival with great enthusiasm. A huge procession of Lord Rama reached to Mela Ground where n the middle of the ground effigy of Ravana, that can be seen from afar. Various events were performed and the entire ramlila was presented briefly. The burning was the climax of a day full of activities celebrating Dussehra, along with a fireworks display.

 Dussehra and Ramlila – Pushkar Festival Gallery

Pushkar Fair 2015 – News Update

The holy town is ready for International Pushkar Fair 2015.

As we all know the town is known for Pushkar Fair, which will be organized in the next month. The town attracts thousands of tourists and lakhs of pilgrims every year. Given this peculiarity the local administration has also decided to give it a special touch. A meeting of officers was called by District Collector Arushi Malik on preparation of this international event. Proper sanitation, lighting, parking and security were the core issues of the meeting.

pushkar-ghats-fair-2015Actually Pushkar fair is the combination of two fairs – Scared Pushkar Fair which is matter of Hindu religion and Cattle Fair where thousands of cattle traded. It is believed all the deities of Hindu came here to take holy dip in Pushkar Lake during Pushkar Fair. This sacred event last for five days commonly known as Panchtirthi Snan (Bath of Five Days) from Kartik Ekadashi to Purnima.

Thousand of foreign tourists come here to enjoy this special event. The administration organized various events and competition during Pushkar fair. The main competition can be named as Horse Race, Camel Race, Football match between Indian and Foreigners, Rangoli Competitions, Dance Competition, Bridal Competition of Foreigners, Turban Competition between foreigners, different races competition between local and tourists etc. Apart from this administration organized eye catching events like – Balloon Show Folk Dance, Cultural Events, Signing Night, Various Exhibitions to attract more tourists.

 

 

Shradh, Pind Daan, Tarpan in Pushkar

Shradh / Pitra Paksh – 2015

On the land of Lord Brahma the special rituals of Shradh / Pitra Paksha are performed in remembrance of ancestor by their families. As per hindu calendar the Krishna paksha of Ashvini month is known as shradhh and, each day is dedicated as Tithi (date) of an ancestor on the tithi he/she had passed away.

As per Padma Purana Pushkar is most significant place for performing the rituals of Shraadh for the departed souls to stay in peace and be happy. Lord Rama and Pandwa came here at Pushkar to perform here Shradha ritual for their ancestor.

According to Bhagwat Geeta

“acchedyo ’yam adahyo ’yam

akledyo ’sosya eva cha

nityah sarva-gatah sthanur

achalo ’yam sanatanah” (Bhagwat Gita: Chapter Two verse 24)

“Sri Krishna said: This individual soul is unbreakable and insoluble and can be neither burned nor dried. He is everlasting; present everywhere, unchangeable, immovable and eternally the same.”

As the soul is ever lasting, Hence It became very significant to perform Shraddh during Pitru Paksha  for the departed souls to rest in peace. Shradh rituals can be performed by the family member of deceased person especially by son or grandson, few additional steps has to be flowed if the rituals are performed by other person.  It is very special event performed on the Bank of Pushkar Lake involves certain steps.

  • Sankalpa – Commitment before performing ritual describing all details.
  • Pind Daan – (Pind – round balls of flour created with special mantra for rituals) is done for for the salvation of the soul of their ancestors.
  • Tarpan or sprinkling of water is performed, along with repetitions of mantras and texts from the Veda.

Under the guidance of priest a person who is performing rituals has to repeat the mantras after the priest, two more brahmins are invited to the house during the ritual. Devotee make Donation of food, clothes after this ritual.

Ganesh Festival, Ganesh Visarjan Pushkar 2015

The day has finally arrived at the festive town Pushkar when Ganesha’s / Vinayaka’s Idol will be immersed. The devotees from Pushkar including Chairman of Nagarpalika Pushkar Shri Kamal Pathak and Managing Trustee of Shri Teerth Guru Purohit Sangh Pushkar Shri Sarvan   indulged in the procession from day when idol of Lord Ganesha was established. However In order to save the Pushkar Lake from pollution caused by Ganesh Visarjan, the idol immersion has been banned in Pushkar Lake.

It has been a huge celebration for 10 days which is ending with enthusiastic immersion procession of Lord Ganesha and the final offerings to Lord Ganesha in the form of coconuts, flowers, and sweets on the Anant Chaturdasi, the last day of 10-day Ganesh Festival.It was a touchy moment for devotees as they kept lorg ganesha for 10 days. On the day of immersion of idols at Gau Ghat, all safety measures and steps to take care of devotees’ convenience are being taken.

Pushkar Ganesh Visarjan Festival Gallery

 

Gurudwaras in Pushkar – Gurdwara Singh Sabha


GURUDWARA –  Gurdwara Singh Sabha

This is significant that the annual fair of Kartik Purnima (the full moon – night ) is held at Pushkar on the birth day of Guru Nanak dev, the founder of Sikhism in India, which enhances its prominence. This is interesting to note that Guru Nanak visited Pushkar in the year 1509 AD to have a holy dip in Pushkar Lake on the full moon night of Kartik Purnima, on his birthday.

This place of religious and political significance was also visited by Guru Govind Singh on the same auspicious day i.e. on Kartik Purnima in the year 1706 AD to have a holy dip in the lake at Gau Ghat. He held a conference with the contemporaneous Rajput rulers to enlist their support for deliverance motherland. He is believed to have encamped at Pushkar for over a week and gave Hukumnama to Pundit Chetandas, which is still in the possession of Pundits descendants and bears certificate by the management of Golden temple Amritsar for its validity.

A small Gurudwara building was constructed at Pushkar in the beginning of 19th Century to commemorate the visits of both Guru Nanak dev and Guru Govind singhji. This has been demolished for its renovation and reconstruction about five years back and vast unique Gurudwara building of white marble has been put up spread over pushkar-gurudwara10 Bighas of land in its place. Through large scale Kar sewa under the able and worthy guidance and direction of renowned Sikh saint and veteran Kar Sewak Baba Lakha Singh the present monument was built. Baba’s head quarter tagged with scores of charitable units from Schools to Hospitals and Inns running Langar in Kota city of Rajasthan. The Gurudwara at Pushkar has been formally inaugurated on 23rd October 2005 albeit the Kar Sewa is still going on and regular Langar – Prasad is also distributed daily.