Pushkar Camel Fair Near Pushkar Lake Known for Brahma Temple and Palaces

Pushkar is a pilgrim town at average elevation of 510 meters or 1,670 feet above sea level, in Ajmer district, Rajasthan, India. The town is considered as one among the 5 sacred dhams for a Hindu. (Hindi word dham means pilgrimage site)

Pushkar temple
Pushkar Lake.

Pushkar is believed to be one of the oldest existing cities of India. Legend is that the town’s creation is associated with Lord Brahma. The town lies on the shores of the famous Pushkar Lake.

It is believed that Pushkar Lake was formed by the tears of Lord Shiva. The legend is that when Goddess Sati died (the first consort of Lord Shiva), God Shiva cried so much that his tears created two ponds; Pushkar Lake and the Lake at Ketaksha (which literally means ‘raining eyes’) in nearby Pakistan.

Many Hindus believe that visiting Pushkara and taking a dip in the holy waters of the Lake is the last step to attain salvation; after visiting the other 4 holy pilgrim sites. Some Hindus believe that taking the dip here is equivalent to 100 years of meditation.

Camels at a watering point at Pushkar Camel Fair.
Famous Brahma temple at Pushkar.

There are many temples at this town. Many were damaged centuries back and some of these were restored. The most famous among such temples is the Brahma Temple built during the 14th century. Very few Lord Brahma temples exists in the world.

There are around 400 to 500 temples and more than 50 palaces around the lake. Still, the lake appears serene and calm.

How to I Go to the Pilgrimage Town of Pushkar?

Pushkar is located at around 14 kilometers north-west of Ajmer Town, head quarters of Ajmer District. Marwar bus stand to the north of Pushkar is well connected to major cities like Delhi, Jodhpur and Bikaner. Ajmer bus stand is the other major nearby bus stand, which is connected to almost all nearby cities and towns.

Budha Pushkar Halt railway station with station code BPKH, a small station with 2 platforms, is the nearest station to Pushkar town. Ajmer railway station is the nearest major railway station, where almost all trains stop.

The nearest airport, Sanganer Airport at Jaipur, is at around 145 kilometers from Pushkar.

Pushkar Camel Fair

Camels at a watering point at Pushkar Camel Fair
Camels at a watering point at Pushkar Camel Fair.

This town is also famous for its annual Camel fair, Pushkar Camel Fair, held in November. The annual trade fair which is also called as Pushkar Festival, is one of the largest livestock fairs (mainly camels) in the world.

Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga and Maha Shakti Peeths in India

Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga is a famous Lord Shiva temple in Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh and is one among the 12 Jyotirlinga temples in India.

Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga at Ujjain
Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga at Ujjain

Three storied Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga temple, sacred abode of Lord Shiva, is believed to be built in 6th century B.C on the banks of Rudra Sagar lake. The main deity is placed as dakshinamurti, i.e. facing the direction of south. Ujjain Jyotirlinga temple is the only such temple among the 12 Jyotirlinga temples.

12 Jyotirlinga tour packages are available with tour operators across India, for those interested in visiting these 12 holy adobes of God Shiva. Idols of Ganesh, Parvati and Karttikeya are also there in West, North and East sanctums of this holy temple.

The shrine at Ujjain is also one among the 18 Maha Shakti Peeth in India. Shakti Peethams are the places of worship, where the ashes of the goddess Shakti or Sati were placed.

Maha Shivaratri is the main festival here and a huge fair is conducted during that time. 7th century.C.E, Tamil Shiva Poets and saints like Tirugnanasambandar, Sundarar and Tirunavukkarasar has glorified this temple in their works.

The present day structure of the temple was built in 1736 and renovations were carried out in later years.

How Do I Go To Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga Temple?

Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga temple is the heart of the Ujjain City. the city of Ujjain is well connected by roads to all parts of India.

Ujjain Junction railway station is the main railway station in the city.

Indore Devi Ahilyabai Holkar Airport at a distance of around 55 kilometers, is the nearest airport to Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga and Shakti Peeth in India.