Brahma Temple, Pushkar
In the famed town of Pushkar, its history rooted in Hindu theology, stands the Brahmaji temple, one of the very few shrines (some consider this the only temple) celebrating the holiness of Lord Brahma. Though the current structure dates to the 14th century, the original temple is believed to be 2000 years old. The temple is said to have been built by sage Vishwamitra after Brahma himself chose the location for his temple. The renowned Hindu philosopher Adi Shankara renovated this temple. The current structure is said to have been renovated and refurbished by Maharaja Jawat Raj of Ratlam though the original temple design was retained.
Brahma came to known that a demon, Vajranash, was wrecking evil on the people here so the Lord intoned a mantra on a lotus flower and killed the demon. During this process the parts of flower fell on three places which came to be known as Jyaistha, Madhya and Kanistha Pushkar. Brahma then went ahead to perform a yagna to protect this place from evil. The consort of Brahma, Savitri, who was needed to perform the rituals was absent; hence Gayatri, ...View more
Gurjar girl, was married to Brahma and performed yagna. Angry at this act, Savithri cursed Brahma saying that he would be worshiped in Pushkar only and no where else.
Like the architecture of Somnath temple, the Brahma Temple also is constructed with stone slabs and blocks that were joined together with molten lead. The red shikara (spire) of the temple and symbol of a hamsa (a swan or goose) are exquisite. The shikara is over 200 Meters high. There is a silver turtle in the mandap that is displayed on the floor of the temple facing the Garbhagriha. Brahma's idol is made of marble and was deified by Adi Shan...View more
ara in 718 A.D.Picture Courtesy: commons.wikimedia.org
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Only Sanyasis (Ascetic) are allowed to enter the Inner Sanctum and perform the Pooja.
The temple is at 1 KM walk from spots where you would find transportation.
Aarti timings are very peculiar.
Pushkar is a prominent pilgrimage centre, with the Pushkar Lake holding a special place in Hindu religious stories. It is one of the oldest existing cities of India. Pushkar is also famous for its annual fair (Pushkar Camel Fair) held in November. Pushkar has around 500 temples out of which 80 are still there. Pushkar is considered as king of pilgrimages and there is a rustic charm to religion, here. The annual Camel Fair is the best representation of the Rajasthani Tradition and Culture. Livestock trading still takes place here. Alcohol, eggs and meat are banned in Pushkar.
Brahma Temple Rd, Ganahera, Pushkar, Rajasthan
By air - Sanganer airport, Jaipur which is 146 km from Pushkar is the nearest airport. It connects Pushkar to the rest of India and the world.
The priests perfrom the regular pujas and rituals to the deity. Three aartis are held at the temple - 2 hours before sunrise, 40 minutes past sunset and 5 hours after sunset.
Silver Coins, with names inscribed on them, are put on the walls inside the temple. Prasad and garlands are common offerings at the Brahma Temple.
The Brahma Temple is visited by pilgrims after taking a ceremonial bath in the Pushkar lake.It is also a practice that visit to the Brahma temple is followed by worship of his consort Gayatri. Special rites are performed on all poornimas (full moon days) and amavasyas (new moon days)
October/ November - Kartik Purnima, Pushkar Camel Fair