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HRIDAY and Pushkar

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Ministry of Urban Development, Government of India, launched the Heritage City Development and Augmentation Yojana (HRIDAY) scheme, with a focus on holistic development of heritage cities. The scheme aims to preserve and revitalize soul of the heritage city to reflect the city’s unique character by encouraging aesthetically appealing, accessible, informative & secured environment.[/toggle_box]

[toggle_box title=”Which Cities are included in HRIDAY ? ” width=”Width of toggle box”]Cities identified for the HRIDAY scheme are Amaravati, Gaya, Dwarka, Badami (Karnataka), Puri, Amritsar, Pushkar-Ajmer, Kanchipuram, Vellankani, Warangal (Telangana), Varanasi, and Mathura. [/toggle_box]

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City Project Implementation City PMU Establishment Administrative and Operating Expenses IEC DPRs ad HMP Development Capacity Development Total * Amount in INR Crores
Ajmer 35 0.79 0.25 1.5 1.5 1 40.04
Amaravati 20 0.52 0.24 0.5 0.5 0.5 22.26
Amritsar 60 1.05 0.27 3 3 2 69.31
Badami 20 0.52 0.24 0.5 0.5 0.5 22.26
Dwarka 20 0.52 0.24 0.5 0.5 0.5 22.26
Gaya 35 0.79 0.25 1.5 1.5 1 40.04
Kanchipuram 20 0.79 0.25 0.5 1 0.5 23.04
Mathura 35 0.79 0.25 1.5 1.5 1 40.04
Puri 20 0.79 0.25 0.5 0.5 0.5 22.54
Varanasi 80 1.05 0.27 3 3 2 89.31
Vellankanni 20 0.52 0.24 0.5 0.5 0.5 22.26
Warangal 35 0.79 0.25 1.5 2 1 40.54
Total Allocation to Cities 400 8.91 3 15 16 11 453.9

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[toggle_box title=”What are the benefits to Holy Town Pushkar ?” width=”Width of toggle box”]As per Times of Ajmer 17 crores have been sanctioned for the beautification of Ghats at Pushkar. Restrooms and changing room will be constructed for the number of visitors that throng the place. And The word famous temple of Lord Brahma will be repaired and proper parking facility will be constructed.

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Chamunda Devi (Shakti Peeth) Temple

Chamunda Devi Temple in Pushkar (Shakti Peeth in Pushkar)

Chamunda Devi Mandir (Temple) located in the hills of Pushkar is considered as 27th Shakti Peeth (As per temple’s pundit with reference to Devi Bhagwat Puran).

 

[quote]The Shakti Peetha (Sanskrit: शक्ति पीठ, Śakti Pīṭha, seat of Shakti) is a places of worship consecrated to the goddess Shakti or Sati, the female principal of Hinduism and the main deity of the Shakta sect.[/quote]

When Sati, the wife of Shiva and the first incarnation of Parvati, sacrificed herself at a yagna being performed by her father the King Daksha; a very distraught Shiva started dancing with her body. The world was terrorized from this Tandava Nritya and to stop the devastating penance, Vishnu used his Sudarshan chakra (the whirling knife on his finger tip) and completely cut up Sati’s body in several pieces. Wherever her body parts felt, a temple was erected to commemorate different manifestations of Shiva and Parvati and became a Hindu pilgrimage. They are called Pitha or Sakti Peethas.

temple-shakti-peeth-india-pushkarThis place is the 27th power places where the wrists of the goddess fell; the wrists have the significance that we do all the action from the hands via wrists. There are beautiful erotic statues of Shiva and of Shiva and Parvati in an embrace inside the temple which is shown to public only on the special occasion. There is a Kali statue on the extreme left and Gouri Ganesh on the extreme right. It is believed that all the statues are extremely old and relates to the Treta Yuga.

Chamunda Devi Mandir is considered as the ideal place for Gayathri Mantra sadhana.

 

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Kanbay- Ksheer Sager Temple India

Kanbay (Ksheer Sager (Lord Vishnu’s Residence) is situated in Pushkar forest,(pushkararanya) bank of the river Nanda (Saraswati) 08 K.M away from Pushkar town. Here Lord Brahma took birth from Lord Vishnu’s navel lotus. Lord Vishnu killed two demon  Madhu and Kaitabh and he gave order Lord Brahma to perform penance (self mortification). After self mortification Lord Brahma created the world. Lord Vishnu came
again on the earth as a Aditi’s son. To set an example He (Lord Vishnu) performed penance ( Self mortification) for ten thousand years on one leg. Lord Shiva also came with him and He (Lord Shiva) performed  penance (Self mortification) for nine thousand and one hundred years. Lord Som (The Moon) performed penance  (Self mortification) for one thousand  years. God of Fire (Agni Dev) performed penance  for four thousand years. The Yaksha Pushp mitra performed penance  for one thousand years and he became Kuber ( God of Money).
Sheshnag performed penance  hanging on the tree for one thousand years without  taking any food . Himwan performed penance  for eleven hundred years . In this area Saraswati (Nanda) does the chanting of Vedas Which can be understood by only highly spiritual person.  Aditya
(The Sun)  ,Vasu, Rudra, Marudgana, Ashvini Kumar Gandharva, Kinner, Nag & Varun they all performed penance  in this area.
2. At the end of the Satyuga Lord Brahma organized Yajya in pushkar. Lord Vishnu stayed at Kanabay (Ksheersagar). And he protected the complete activities of the Yagya. Here in Kanbay secret and Silent prayer and worship has done by lord Brahma. He also performed  circumlocution of 72 K.M. (24 Kosi Parikrama) silently.

3. When Lord Rama came in  Pushkar with Sita and Laxman. They also stayed here and performed penance  for one month secretly & Silently.

4. At the time of Lord Krishna incarnation once two prince Hans and Dimbak came in Pushkar. They became very powerful because of Lord Shiva’s boon. They tortured hermit  Durvasa.
Although Durvasa was powerful hermit but he knew the Lord Shiva’s  boon to Hans and Dimbak. So he went to Dwarika and narrated  the whole story to Lord Krishna. Lord Krishna challanged both princes and invited to fight in Pushkar Forest Lord Krishna came with his army and brother Baldav While Hans and Dimbak came with their friend Vicharkra ( A great powerful demon ). A big war was fought .  Eighty seven thousands Elephants and three hundred million horses were killed in this war. At last Lord Krishna killed the demon Vichakra with a Agniban (fiery arrow) . Hans and Dimbak ran away to Mathura . Lord Krishna went their and killed them . He came back here in pushkar. All hermits with Durvasa worshiped Lord Krishna the day was Lord Krishna’s Birthday (Krishan janmastmi) from that  day in Kanbay (Ksheersagar) the celebration is continue yet for last five thousand years. When all hermits and holy men (Rishi and munies) requested him Lord Krishna made promise to come in Pushkar Fair with Radha. People belives that Lord Krishna comes every year in Pushkar Fair with Radha.

5. Vedvyas (Krishna Daiwapayan ) who himself an incarnation of  Lord Vishnu made his residence (Ashram)  Near Kanbay at the bank of Nanda. He wrote purans and divided the Vedas here. Rishi chyawan (A hermit) who performed penance the sun here. He made  his residence (Ashram)  near Kanbay and the sun came here therefore the people know this area as  a Soorajkund Village.

6.  Prachi Nanda Sarswati Junction (Sangam) :  This area started from Kanbay and goes up to Mandka  (Nand)  . At the time of yajya third day Lord Brahma told the people  to go and  take holy bath in sangam in pushkar  forest. This sangam area situated in western part of  pushkar  where is dense dates  plants forest. This sangam area lenth is 4 k.m. from Kanbay  to  Nand .  Here is most ancient statue of Lord Shiva near Makareshwar and Lord Vishnu’s oldest statue of  the world in Kanbay. Near here at the bank of  the Nanda  river   seven hermits  (Sapt Rishi’s)  residence (Ashrams) were situated . The Dharma ( relgion) came himself here and gave boon to Nanda (Saraswati) therefore this area became holy place .
According to Purans the people who donate land and gold here they get  eternal ( Akshaya fal) and get success every where. The people who take  holy bath in Nanda and Ksheer sagar and worship Lord Vishnu with Laxmi they get prosperous life. And Lord Vishnu fulfils the desire of every devotee.

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Jamdagni Kund and Punch Kund Pushkar | Tourist Attractions

Punch Kund and Gau Mukh

Panch kund is 2.5 km away from pushkar towards east direction. The temple is dedicated to five Pandavas and to Krishna. The five kunds are called Naga, Surya, Ganga, Padama and Chakra. The temple is less than a century old, but the kunds are ancient. Black snake is worshiped at the Nag kund. It is believed that bath in this kund makes one immune to snake bite

Jamdagni Kund

Jamdagni Kund is situated about 2.5 km Naukhandi Hanuman on main ajmer pushkar road. It is located above the devrani jethani baori, in Nag pahar. Late Naga Arjun baba was the priest; who was earlier a Magistrate and judge in Bangladesh. This is the most prominent and lively ashram on the Nagpahar. It is a bit modern temple with over construction and over painted in blues and whites. It is a scenic spot. On the second and third day of deepawali, the Yamuna is believed to dispatch its water to the jamdagni kund, and bathing here is considered auspicious on those two days. Jamdagni was a hermit with majestic powers, which made him to get gifts such as Vaishnava Chapa or bow. Surya gave jamdagni an umbrella and sandals to save him from scorching heat. Jamdagni was proud possessor of the divine cow “kamdhenu” which could feed thousands. The cow became the cause behind his murder, then later on his son Parashuram gave him life again. Parashuram set out to destroy the Kshatriyas in anger of revenge.

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Vaidhnath Temple Pushkar | Shiva Temple | Picnic spot Pushkar

Vaidyanath is one of the four important Shivalingas gurding four directions. It is considered as the re-creation of one of the 12 jyotirlingas. It is located at a distance of 10 kms in north east of Pushkar. A melted road reaches vaidyanath which stops by large Banyan tree. Creating this atmosphere of a vedic vatika (forest). It has five steeped reservoirs, which overflows from one into another, which looks like a beautiful spring. This is one of the famous spot for picnic. Dharamshala here provided place for cooking and Brahmchari Maharaj provides utensils.

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Shiva Temple

Atmateshwar Mahadev Temple – A Temple of Lord Shiva

One of the principal Hindu deities, worshiped as the destroyer and restorer of worlds and in numerous other forms. Shiva is often conceived as a member of the triad also including Brahma and Vishnu. Shiva or Siva one of the greatest gods of Hinduism, also called Mahadeva. The “horned god” and phallic worship of the Indus valley civilization may have been a prototype of Shiva worship or Shaivism. Shaivism is mentioned as early as the Upanishads and the Mahabharata (500–200 B.C.). Shiva is identified with the fierce Vedic god Rudra and, in his terrible aspect, is the god of destruction and cosmic dissolution. He is commonly worshiped in the form of the lingam, or symbolic phallus. His other main forms are the great yogi, or ascetic, and Nataraja, Lord of the Cosmic Dance. As a yogi he is depicted as seated deep in meditation in the Himalayas, holding a trident, a snake coiled around his neck, his body smeared with ashes, and his hair long and matted. As Nataraja, he is shown four-armed, bearing various emblems, and dancing on one foot on a prostrate demon. Shiva’s mount is the bull Nandi, and his consort is the goddess Uma, Parvati, Durga, or Kali.

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Ajay Pal Temple | Lord Shiva Temple Pushkar India

Ajaypal Temple – a temple of Lord Shiva

Ajay Pal is around 10kms. From Pushkar. Raja Ajay Pal, the founder of Ajmer City, founded this temple in 11th century AC. The temple surrounded on all side by boulders of marble which make it very picturesque place and also object of attraction. The Ajay Pal temple along with Ajgandheshwar temple located in depression surrounded on all sides by hills. To reach this place one has to negotiate tortuous pathways and small hills.

Journey to Ajaypal Temple

Motorbike is the best vehicle to go there. Bitumen road leading from the base of Savitri hill, will take you towards Kharekdi village. During initial 3 kms. The road passes through forest which is unexpected is thar desert. As you reach close to kharekdi village the forest replaced by sand dunes then the road passes through a valley surrounded by hills both sides. After journey of seven kilometers you will reach kharekdi. Just at entry into kharekdi the road divides in two. One passes through village and other by passes it. After covering 300 meters of by pass you will see a hand pump and dusty road on right side. You straight for 100 meters and then turn towards right. For next 3 kms the road is dusty and little dumpy also. It will take through houses and fields. The final 1 km of road is through rocky terrain. Here path is tortuous be careful and drive little slowly. Just before last 500 meters, there is a Bhairon ji temple from here you should turn to right to reach Ajay Pal. Along the pathway you have opportunity to watch village life. Herds of goats, school children and women folk with colourful Rajasthani dresses and man folk with colourful turbans. On this rout there in no restaurant so you advise to carry water bottle, snacks and camera with you. The rainy season (augest-october) You can see springs, canal check dams, water fall and small streams flowing there.

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Savitri Temple Pushkar

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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Rangnath Temple Pushkar India | Vishnu Temple

Rangnath Temple Pushkar

This is the largest and the most imposing of the modern temples, and is situated at the entrance to the town of Pushkar. It belongs to the Shirveshnva sect of the hindus, which was founded by Shi Ramanujacharya who flourished in the 11th century of the Christian era. The Vaishnavas and the Saivas the worshippers of Vishnu and Shiva are the two principal sects to which most of hindu belong. Vaishnavism is divided into four sub-sects or Sampradayas –the Shri Vaishnava, the Vallabh, the Madhva and the Naibarak. The Shri Vaishnava Sampradaya was founded by Shi Ramanujacharya who was born in 1016 A.D. in Bhutpuri, Madras (Chennai) Presidency and preached in Shrirangam near Trichnopoly. Shrirangam is principal seat of this sect . The vallabh Sampradaya was founded by Vallabhacharya, and its chief seat now is Natha-dwara near Udaipur in Rajputana. Madhavacharya was the founder of Madahva Sampradaya, and its center now is in South India. The fourth Naibarak branch of the Vaishnavas originated in Northern India, and its chief seat is now Salemabad in the Kishangarh State in Rajasthan.

Old Rangnath Temple and New Rangnath Temple Pushkar

In Pushkar the two temples of the Ramanuja or Shri Vaishnava creed are (a) the temple of Sri Rama Vaikuntha and (b) the Rangji-ka-Mandir. The Sri Vashnava sampradaya is divided into three principal branches, according as they follow the Jayakhyam, the Satavata and the Paushkara Samhitas of the Panchratra, sacred literature of Vaishnavas. The Srirama Vaikuntha temple belongs to Jayakhyam; and the Rangji-ka-Mandir to the Paushkar sect. There are slight differences of ritual between the three branches of Ramanuja Vaishnavism, as well as in the outward marks on the foreheads of their followers, which distinguish them. But the real difference is that the Jayakhyam is the original and orthodox creed, and its ritual is wholly in Sanskrit, while the ritual of others is both Sanskrit and Tamil, as they attempted to reach the masses, who are all Tamil speaking people, while the Sanskrit is the language of the Pundits of Northern India. The srirama Vaikuntha follows the Jayakhyam Samhita, which according to its followers, was first preached by Bhagwan to Narad Muni, who in his turn recited it to five Rishis at Prabhaskshetra in the province of Gujrat.

The Viman of Gopuram over the inner temple of Srirama Vaikuntha was built in accordance with the rules architecture given in jayakhyam Samhita, as also the size and shape of idols. The idol in this temple is Paramurti, and the Rangji temple Vibhava. The viman is built of stone and contains signs of 361 gods or Devatas. In front of the inner temple or Nijmandir, stands the golden Garud Dhwaja Khambha, representing the garuda, the Vahan of Vishnu. In the early Mahotsava, this Dhwajkhambha is worshipped for ten days. One of the earliest mentions of Garud Dhwaja is to be found in the Bhilsa inscriptions of the second century A.D., which says, that a Garud Dhwaja was erected by Helliodoros, a Greek convert to Vaishnavism.

The outer Gopuram, built over the principal entrance of the temple is of brick and mortar, which admits of elaborate carving. This was also built and decorated by South Indian masons imported for the purpose. At the four corners of the temple, on the walls are placed four images of Garuda, to show that it is a Vaishnava temple.

The Srirama vaikuntha temple contains one principal temple called the Vaikuntha Venktesh, and eight other temples, (1) the Lakshmiji temple dedicated to the first wife of Bhagwan (2) the Godambaji, the second wife of Bhagwan (3) Raghunath ji (4) Srirangnath Bhagwan (5) Sudarshan Bhagwan, illustrating the Sudarshana Chakra of Bhagwan’s forces (7) Ramanuj Mandir (8) Vedantdeshik, dedicated to the man who resuscitated strengthened the Ramanuja cult four hundred years after it was founded.

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Varah Temple, Pushkar | Vishnu Temple

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. The temple was restored by the Hada Chatrasal of Bundi. The Varah Ghat is stillone of the important ghats, and 7.0 Kos Parikrama normaly begins from here. Situated near to Varah and Kurmanchal ghat a charity home was put up by Rani Ahilya Bai Holkar of Indore, who was a great shaivite.