Location of the Pushkar Lake :
Pushkar is an artificial lake located in the state of Rajasthan in India.
It is situated near the Pushkar town in the district of Ajmer. The lake is
beautifully surrounded by the deserts and hills from all the sides. It
covers the total area of about 5 km. It gets separated from the city of
Ajmer by the snake mountain known as Nag Parbat. The pious Pushkar Lake is
regarded as the sacred lake among the Hindus in India. It is the only lake
connected with Lord Brahma in the whole country. The city of Pushkar is
situated on the banks of the Pushkar Lake. The lake has around 400 temples,
52 palaces and 52 ghats and each ghat has water of special powers. The lake
is known for its serene atmosphere throughout the year. Some of the most
popular among them are Brahma Ghat, Gau Ghat and Varah Ghat.
of the Pushkar Lake :
The lake was constructed in the 12th century with the estabishment of the
dam across the headwaters of the Luni river. Among the Hindus, it is
believed that the lake was created with the lotus blossom dropped from the
hand of Lord Brahma, during the battle with the demon Vajra Nabh. It is same
destination where the sage Vishwamitra mediated for the thousands of years.
Also the Sanskrit poet and the playwriter Kalidas, chose the setting for his
masterpiece Abhigyanam Shankuntalam here.
Significance of the Pushkar Lake :
Pushkar lake is mostly known for its religious importane. Every year this
sacred lake of Pushkar attracts the thousands of pilgrims from all around
the world. During the full moon day of Kartika Purnima in the month of
November, devotees gather here to take a dip in its holy water. It is
believed that by taking a bath in the lake one can achieve moksha.
Man Mahal Palace :
Man Mahal Palace is located in the banks of the Pushkar Lake. The
magnificent Mahal was built by the Raja Man Singh. He built this palace so
that he can visit the city of Ajmer and Pushkar easily. Presently it is the
tourist bungalow run by the Rajasthan Tourism Department.
Pushkar Fair :
It is the most colourful fair celebrated on the banks of the Pushkar Lake.
Held in the month of November, it is the world's largest camel fair and
is truly amazing. Thousand of camels and cattle are traded here during the
fair. Camels are decorated beautifully and paraded on the sand dunes. Tribal
villagers dressed up in their traditional costumes, come together for a
kaleidoscopic open-air festival filled with camel races, acrobats,
fortune-tellers, shopping, dancing and feasting. The fair ends on the full
moon light on the Hindu month of Kartik. The main attractions of the fair
are camel races, Laadoo Oonth, music and dance.