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    Sunset by the Lake

    by RAJASTHANBYCAR Updated Jun 3, 2008

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    Every evening a crowd gathers at the Sunset Cafe in Pushkar to watch the sunset. Pushkar has the perfect setting for an unbeatable sunset with its beautiful lake, mountain and bathing ghats which glow yellow in the fading light. Tourists mingle with locals, taking photos as the sun slowly sets to the sound of drums.

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    Pushkar Temples

    by mallyak Written Feb 12, 2008

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    Pushkar has the Famous Brahma Temple which holds utmost importance to the pilgrims as it is the only temple in India dedicated to Brahma. It's marked by a red sphere, and over the entrance gateway is the Hans, or goose symbol, of Brahma. Inside, floor and walls are engraved with dedications to the dead.

    The one hour trek up to the hill top Saraswati Temple overlooking the lake is best made early in the morning; the view is magnifi

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    Ghats along the Pushkar Lake

    by mallyak Written Feb 12, 2008

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    Numerous ghats run down the lake and the pilgrims are bathing in the lake's Holi waters. Photography is prohibited.

    General Tips
    If you wish to join them, do it with respect - remove your shoes and do not smoke.
    Beware of the priests!-They will force you to performaing an Arthis and then try charging you exhorbirantly for the small ceromany.

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    Visit Pushkar Lake

    by PeteG Written Jan 24, 2008

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    The ghats at Pushkar lake

    Pushkar lake is a holy lake and around it are 52 ghats, which are steps leading down to it water where people go to bath, pray and receive blessings.

    It is very atmospheric and if you are there at a busy time of day it is an incredible site.

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    brahma temple

    by mantru Written Dec 8, 2007

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    The Brahma temple is an important pilgrim centre for the Hindus. It is nestled in the Pushkar valley which lies beyond Nagaparvat and the Anasagar lake. This place, full of natural beauty, holds a special place in the hearts of Indian for it is believed that Lord Brahma, together with all the gods and goddesses, performed a Yagya here. Legends also has it that the ancient lake Sarovar had appeared miraculously, when a lotus fell from the hands of Lord Brahma and dropped into this valley.Brahma Temple The most famous temple in Pushkar, this is the only temple dedicated to Lord Brahma (the creator of the universe according to Hindu mythology) in the entire country. You can identify it by its red spire and by the image of a hans(the goose considered sacred to Lord Brahma).This temple built with marble is decorated with silver coins and there is a silver turtle on the floor of the temple.

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    Camel ride

    by 6aruna Written Nov 28, 2007

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    If you are planning to go to pushkar plan for a camel cart drive for one hour during sun set .The owners will take you far away from the bustle to the foot of the mountains and you can see camels resting .Against the evening sun everything looks ethereal.

    I borrowed this picture from my brother

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    Palace/Krishna Temple

    by Willettsworld Written Nov 4, 2007

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    As I was walking around Pushkar admiring the architecture, I walked past this beautiful building which, as you can see from the outside, is very ornate and finely decorated with rich wall paintings which look like they've been recently restored. I walked inside and was greeted by a guy who started showing me around and stated that the building had been a former palace and was now a Krishna Temple and that it was 165 years old. He started opening curtains which opened into some rooms filled with altars and idols. The building looks like it doubles as a residence as well as a temple with multiple families living in it.

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    Brahma Temple

    by Willettsworld Written Nov 4, 2007

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    The story goes that Brahma wanted to perform the yagna (a ritual of sacrifice) at the most auspicious time but his consort Savitri whose presence at the yagna was vital for its performance kept him waiting. Irritated by this Brahma married Gayatri, a milkmaid and installed her instead. Savitri on seeing someone else in her place was infuriated and cursed Brahma that he would be forgotten by people on earth and never worshiped. She relented on pleas from other Gods that he could only be worshiped in Pushkar, hence there are no Brahma Temples elsewhere in India and so this 14th century temple, and the lake, are the main reasons why Hindu pilgrims come to Pushkar.

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    Old Rangji Temple

    by Willettsworld Written Nov 4, 2007

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    This beautifully ornate temple was built in 1844 by Seth Poorammalji Ganeriwal, a community originating from Rajasthan. The temple complex consists of idols of the presiding deity, Lord Krishna as well as Lord Rangnath, Goddess Laxmi and Godammaji and Shri Ramanujacharya. The walls of the temple feature beautiful paintings and sculptures depicting mythological themes of Hinduism.

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    Hanuman Temple

    by Willettsworld Written Nov 4, 2007

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    The Hanuman Temple is a three storey modern structure that lies to the eastern end of the town on the road that goes to Ajmer. Hanuman is the monkey god in Hinduism and his statue is displayed in a few places along with Lord Rama who he aided in rescuing his wife, Sita, from from the Rakshasa king Ravana. I suppose the temple is here because of the monkeys that roam around the nearby hills (especially on the nearby Ratnagiri Hill where the Savitri Temple is located).

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    Countryside

    by Willettsworld Written Nov 4, 2007

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    If you climb up the nearby Ratnagiri Hill where the Savitri Temple is located, you get a great view of the surrounding countryside around Pushkar. The vegetation was fairly brown and dry due to the lack of rain but there were green areas which I presume were irrigated in order to grow crops.

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    Sikh Gurdwara Temple

    by Willettsworld Written Nov 4, 2007

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    Near the bus stand where the buses go to/from Ajmer, lies this Sikh Gurdwara Temple. It looks very new, so-much-so that they're still constructing the main gateway as it's still made from bricks without the whitewash appearance of marble. The temple is faily ordinary except that it has a series of finely carved doors. The views from the rear of the temple are nice as you get a good view of the Savitri Temple on Ratnagiri Hill.

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    Ghats

    by Willettsworld Written Nov 4, 2007

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    Pushkar has 52 ghats - sets of steps that lead down to the waters edge so that bathers can bathe. Devout Hindus make at least one pilgrimage to Pushkar and bathe at the holy ghats to wash away their sins, thereby earning themselves a place in heaven. A few of the ghats have their names displayed in large yellow signs. Some have particular importance: Vishnu appeared at Varah Ghat in the form of a boar, Bramha bathed at Bramha Ghat and Ghandhi's ashes were sprinkled at Ghandhi Ghat.

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    Pap Mochani Temple

    by Willettsworld Written Nov 4, 2007

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    On a northern hill sits the temple of Pap Mochini (sin absolving), housing Ekadashi Mata. This is considered the best place to seek retribution for killing any living being. It is believed that "Ashvathama", cursed by Krishna in the Mahabharata to roam the world for three thousand years, comes here annually to seek retributions.

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    Pushkar Lake

    by Willettsworld Written Nov 4, 2007

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    This lake is believed to have been created by a lotus flower which fell from the hand of Lord Brahma, the Creator. It was actually created in the 12th century when a dam was built across the headwaters of the Luni River. The lake is semicircular around which are 52 ghats (stepped areas where bathers can bath in the water). The maximum depth of the lake is 10 meters. The lake is a holy place and is known as the king of the "Trithas". To bathe at Pushkar is thought to be more important than at any other place. A holy dip in this lake on Kartika Purnima is thought to be salvation giving. I loved it from viewing it from its southern side where it's very quiet. You can see all the daily life and rituals that go on around the lake from sitting on this side of the lake.

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