Temples in Pushkar (Pushkar Temples)

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Savitri Temple Pushkar

Pushkar is surrounded on three sides by hills. One of the hill is known as Ratnagiri., the highest on the southwest which houses the Goddess Savitri, the estranged wife of Brahma. The savitri hill is around 750 feet elevated by near by surrounding. Pilgrimage to savitri hill is 1.5Kms. It is strenuous and hard. It is believed that harder one tries, the more tapas (heat generated by penance) is gained. When Brahma performed yajna at Pushkar, due to some reasons Savitri could not reach the site of yajna at right time. Then Brahma performed yajna accompanied by a local girl, Gayatri – who become second wife of Brahma. This annoyed the first wife Savitri and she went to the hilltop. Then the agreement was made Savitri will always be worshiped first and then Gayatri. Tradition still continues – first arti is performed at Savitri temple and then at Gayatri temple. The idols of both Savitri and Gayatri are now installed at the savitri temple. Though the idols of Savitri supposedly dated back to the 7th century AD, the Bangar family built the temple itself in the early 20th century.

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Pushkar is full of temples, great and small, that is why it is called the town of temples. It has mentioned in Rigveda that there are 3,339 devtas (gods). While Puranas has mentioned 330 million gods. Thus one can assume that there is one god on every three hindus. (around 900 million hindus on this earth). It is believed that Pushkar was on of the favoured places for Devtas to visit, which why a pantheon of gods have made there are then 400 temple in and around Pushkar.

One of the major thriving temple of Brahma, in Pushkar can be identified by it red spire and by the image of Hans (the swan considered sacred to Lord Brahma). This temple built with the marble is decorated with silver coin. Beside there is silver turtle on the floor of temple. The chaturmukhi (four faces) Brahma is idol is houseed in Garbha Griha or "Womb home" which is the sanctum sanctorum. Above the Garbha Griha a super srtucture called Shikhara is composed of many shikhara. Interestingly the marble staute of surya standing sentinel at the Brahma temple is shown wearing boot. It is a pointed out that while all gods are shown with the bare feet, the figure Surya wears an ancient warrior's boot. This was considered a luxury accorded to him by the iconographers who did not want his feet to be scorched by the heat generated by him self. Mogul Emperor Aurangzeb is said to have destroyed this temple followed by a period of fear and confusion. More

Varah temple is the largest and the most ancient temple of Pushkar. Varah The Boar is the third incarnation (avatar) of Lord Vishnu. Legend has it that Varaha rescued the earth from depth of the primeval water, where it had dragged down by a demon (Hirnayaksh). The Ghaznavid army first destroyed this temple in the reign of Arnoraja (1123-50) and later by Aurangzeb. Before destruction it was said to be 150 feet in height and covered with the finest specimens of Hindu sculpture. Even today, three centuries after the last desecration and destruction, broken stone lintels, carvings and architectural tit bits can seen strewn all around in temple premises

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Pushkar is full of temples, great and small, that is why it is called the town of temples. It has mentioned in Rigveda that there are 3,339 devtas (gods). While Puranas has mentioned 330 million gods. Thus one can assume that there is one god on every three hindus. (around 900 million hindus on this earth). It is believed that Pushkar was on of the favoured places for Devtas to visit, which why a pantheon of gods have made there are then 400 temple in and around Pushkar. More

Brahma Temple Pushkar: One of the major thriving temple of Brahma, in Pushkar can be identified by it red spire and by the image of Hans (the swan considered sacred to Lord Brahma). This temple built with the marble is decorated with silver coin. Beside there is silver turtle on the floor of temple More

Savitri Temple Pushkar Pushkar is surrounded on three sides by hills. One of the hill is known as Ratnagiri., the highest on the southwest which houses the Goddess Savitri, the estranged wife of Brahma. The savitri hill is around 750 feet elevated by near by surrounding. Pilgrimage to savitri hill is 1.5Kms. It is strenuous and hard. It is believed that harder one tries, the more tapas (heat generated by penance) is gained.

Pushkar General Info.

Population of Pushkar 16,000 (lum sum)
Area of Pushkar 5.10 sq. km.
Language spoke in Pushkar Hindi, English, Rajsthani
Temperature of Pushkar Winter: 5.0-22.0oc Summer: 29.0 - 41.0oc
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