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Pushkar is a sacred town for the Hindus, situated 14 kms. 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 Tiratha. Evidence points to its having existed during the fourth century B.C. lake in the inhospitable surroundings of a desert is no less than a miracle.
Pushkar is a town in Ajmer district in Rajasthan, India. It is situated 14 km northwest of Ajmer, 150 km from Jaipur, Rajasthan’s capital and 400 km from Delhi.
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Blue Lotus Festival will happen at the end of winter season which is considered the best time for visitors. The days are bright and sunny and the nights are considerably cooler during this time. Temperatures can vary in between 8C to 25C. No rain.
Pushkar is one of the oldest towns of India. It is one of the five significant pilgrimage centers for devout Hindus. The date of its actual origin is not known, but legend associates Lord Brahma with its creation. It is believed that Brahma(the creator) performed penance here for 60,000 years. Pushkar in Sanskrit means blue lotus flower. Hindus believe that the gods released a swan with a lotus in its beak and let it fall on earth where Brahma would perform a grand yagna. The place where the lotus fell was called Pushkar.
Pushkar is already mentioned in ancient and most important Indian epics – Ramayana and Mahabharata. This fact, along with archaeological traces being found, prove that the city existed already in fourth century BC.
According to Hindu mythology, at the time of beginning of universe a blue lotus flower sprang from the navel of lord Vishnu. Brahma took birth from that lotus. Brahma then threw a lotus flower to select suitable spot for the sacrifice (yajna). Lotus fell at particular place and water spurted from there giving it a shape of pious Pushkar Lake; which is even today revered as the supreme place of pilgrimage for Hindus. According to the legends, the lake is believed to have miraculous heading and purifying water.
The Lake surrounded by 52 ghats is the place where devotes and tourist gather. Most of the ghats are around three hundred years old and are enclosed by innumerable small temples . Various ghats were built by former rulers which include Jaipur Ghat, Bhartpur Ghat, Gwalior Ghat, Jodhpur Ghat, Kota Ghat, Sikar Ghat along with Gau Ghat, Varah Ghat where pilgrims take holy dip for salvation.
More information about Pushkar lake can be found at very detailed Wiki page: Pushkar Lake on Wikipedia
Pushkar is one of the most famous places in Rajasthan to shop for different kinds of handicraft produced traditionally in this region.
There are many bustling and vibrant shopping arcades in Pushkar that enthrall visitors such as Sarafa Bazar, Kedalganj Bazaar, and Baza Bazar.
Enjoy ample of shopping experience including Textiles, Clothes, Ethnic Jewelry, Leather Goods, Puppets, Brass Utensils, Pottery, Embroidered Beads, Bangles, Miniature Paintings and much more.
By introducing eco-friendly solutions, we want to raise the environmental awareness in local area, keep the site clean and provide the audience with maximum satisfaction.
Green Pushkar experience will include:
- Organic food stands at festival side.
- Usage of mostly recyclable materials on the festival site for food serving, decoration, etc.
- Making the best use of natural light for music shows (fireplaces, torches, sunlight) as it also refers to traditional ways of performance.
- Special deals for bicycle rental for BLF participants – cycling is not only the easiest way to communicate between venues, but also the best manner to enjoy local nature, visit historical site and enjoy the real Indian experience.
For renting bicycles visit Malakar Bicycle Rental (near Sikh Temple/ Police Post). Rate is only 50 rupees per day!