List of Temples to Explore in Pushkar
The quaint town of Pushkar often finds mention in the holy Hindu scriptures as being the sole place on earth having a temple dedicated to Lord Brahma. Pushkar is known for an array of things, including Pushkar Lake, Man Mahal, the annual Pushkar camel fair and balloon rides. However, the one thing that clearly sets it apart from the other things is its charm of being at the pinnacle of spirituality, for it houses some of the most famous temples of the city. Given below is the list of temples that you must explore when you are in this city:
Jagatpita Brahma Mandir
According to popular belief, the history of this temple is closely intertwined with Pushkar Lake. Dating back to the 14th century, this temple is made entirely out of marble & stone slabs. Being one of the few temples dedicated to Brahma, the Hindu deity who is believed to be the creator of the universe, it is bedecked with a distinct red coloured apex. It also has a mesmerizing motif of the Hamsa bird. The temple has an image of Lord Brahma and his consort Gayatri. A popularly held notion is that this temple was built by the sage Vishwamitra following a yagna conducted by Vishwamitra.
Constructed in the 12th century, the Varaha Temple is known to have been demolished by Aurangzeb, the last successful Mughal Emperor. It was then rebuilt by Raja Sawai Man Singh II in the 18th century. It is supposedly the largest and the oldest temple of Pushkar. Dedicated to Varaha (The Boar), Vishnu’s third incarnation (avatar) it houses the image of lord Vishnu.
Situated on the Ratnagiri Hill, the Savitri Temple is a famous Hindu pilgrimage site. Although it is dedicated to Goddess Savitri, you will also find the idols of Lord Shiva and his other consort Gayatri. In this temple, it is Savitri who is worshipped before Gayatri. You will have a pretty strenuous walk up to the temple. It is held that the harder you work the more merit or ‘Tapas’ you will earn.
Sri Vaikuntha Swamy/ Rangji Temple
The city houses two Rangji Temples. While the old one is simply known as Rangnath temple, the new one is called the New Rangji Temple. The latter is dedicated to Vaikuntha Venkatesh. Constructed in 1823, this architectural marvel assimilates the Dravidian, Rajput and Mughal architectural styles. It is devoted to the Vaishnva sect.
Legend has it that Apteshwar Temple was brought into existence by Lord Brahma to placate Lord Shiva. Situated adjacent to the Brahma Temple, this shrine is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is frequented by the devotees of Lord Shiva on the festival of Mahashivratri. It has a scintillating white marble statue of the deity having five faces Sadyojat, Vamdev, Aghor, Tatpurush and Ishan. While four of them represent the four cardinal directions, the fifth one, which faces the sky, symbolizes purity and spiritual growth. Some devotees also opine that the five faces represent five elements that make up matter – Prithvi, Varun, Vayu, Agni and Akash.
Pushkar, the spiritual capital of the nation is one of the major centers of pilgrimage. Lined with an array of some of the most famous and nonpareil temples of the nation, it should definitely be a part of your itinerary.