Jagatpita Brahma (Creator of Universe) Mandir (Temple) also called PUSHKAR TEMPLE is a Hindu temple situated at Pushkar in the state of Rajasthan, India which is located near the sacred Pushkar Lake which has a link in the Shastras.
Pushkar is a combination of two words, ‘Push’ a nd ‘Kar’. While ‘Push’ translates to flower and ‘Kar’ translates to hand, Pushkar signifies the falling of the flower Lotus from Lord Brahma’s hand.
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It is the only temple in the world that is dedicated to Lord Brahma which is said that this temple is about 2000 years old constructed by sage Vishwamitra and it is said that it was later restored by Jagad Guru Adi Shankaracharya after he visited the temple back in the 14th century.
As per the sacred scripture of Hindu religion (Padma Purana), Lord Brahma once came across a demon named Vajranabha, killing and torturing people.
Seeing his wrong doings angered Lord Brahma so he killed the demon with his weapon, the lotus flower. The three petals of the flower are said to have fallen at three different places on Earth where the Pushkar lakes:-
- Jyeshta (big) Pushkar,
- Madhya(middle) Pushkar and
- Kanishtha (small) lakes.
Mythology says that Lord Brahma was planning a Yagna when he visited earth in order to reap benefits of yagna it have to be performed undisturbed.
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Savitri (his wife) couldn’t reach on time and since as per tradition a yagna cannot be performed in absence of wife ,Brahma married Gayatri to perform the Yagna.
As soon as Savitri reached the temple, she became furious seeing Brahma marrying Gayatri. She cursed Brahma saying no one will worship him, she also cursed everyone present at the wedding.
However, Gayatri later lessened the effect of Savitri’s curse with her powers, and hence, temples dedicated to Lord Brahma are few.
The main structure of the temple has the Mandapam and the Grabha Griha (sanctum sanctorum). On the pinnacle of the temple is a figure of Swan, Brahma’s vahan(vehicle).
The grand four-headed idol of Brahma is installed in the Garbha Griha where only sanyasis or saints are allowed to enter and perform the Puja.Apart from this, a marble statue of the Sun God stands guard at the doors of the temple.
- Address: Under Narsingh Temple, Pushkar, Rajasthan 305022
- Pushkar Brahma Temple Timings: 6 AM to 8 PM
- Deity: Brahma
- District: Ajmer
- Affiliation: Hinduism
- Dress Code: No dress code(decent clothes are advised)
- Photography: Not allowed in Temple Premises
- Entry Fee: Nil
- Best Time To Visit: November To March
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Pushkar Temple Pooja Timings
Brahma temple conducts three aratis on a daily basis, first is the Sandhya arati which happens during the evening around 40 minutes past the sunset, second is the Ratri Shayan Arati which happens after 5 hours of sunset, and in the morning, the Mangala arati is held.
Interesting Facts About Pushkar Bramha Temple
- Among the ancient Hindu temples in Pushkar, only a few have survived the wrath of time! The Mughal emperor Aurangazeb had destroyed most of the Hindu temples in Pushkar and it’s an irony that the old temple of Lord Brahma is still perching on the sacred shores of Pushkar.
- The legend of the temple has an indelible link to the sacred Pushkar lake. It is believed that the Pushkar lake was formed out of a petal that fell from Lord Brahma’s lotus! -The ancient Hindu scriptures describes the lake of Pushkar as “Tirtha-Raj”
- The king of sacred water-bodies. Surrounded by 52 bathing ghats, pilgrims throng in to the Brahma temple in large numbers, after bathing in this sacred lake!
- Apart from being a sacred place this place also hosts The Pushkar Camel Fair : Largest Camel Fair in the World whic is witnessed by 200,000 visitors each year.
- The Pushkar Camel Fair starts with buying and selling of camels & horses and by day 5 the mood starts to change towards celebration. Though the last day of the carnival is religious as it is the day of kartik purnima .
- Pushkar is also a big arms market in India with Swords , small rifle, decorated knifes being put on sale.
How To Reach?
The Nearest Airport is located is Sanganer Airport which is located near Jaipur and is about 150 km from the temple.
The closest railway station to the city is the Ajmer Station located 11 kilometres away in Ajmer. The station is connected to all the major cities in the country.
Pushkar is well connected to several parts of the country by road. Buses, cars, cabs can be used to reach Pushkar from the National Highway that links the city to rest of the country. Several State run buses come here.
Where To Stay?
There are many hotels near Pushkar temple so one has a variety of options to choose from depending on your budget.
Approximate costs: 250-1500 INR
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