What is the Story Behind Brahma Temple, Pushkar?
While Pushkar is a small town in Rajasthan, it is known for many things – it’s innumerable beautiful Ghats, splendid lakes, the famous cattle and camel fair and its unique, Brahma Temple. Here, we are going to unravel all the myth and mystery that makes the celebrated Brahma Temple what it is today.
Located in the vicinity of the famous Pushkar Lake, at a site chosen by Brahma himself, the Jagat Pitta Shri Brahma temple is built to commemorate Lord Brahma, who is believed to be the creator of this universe according to the sacred Hindu literature. The temple particularly comes alive on the festival of Kartik Poornima, when thousands of pilgrims from all across the country throng the temple after having a dip in the holy Pushkar Lake.
Made of marble and stone slabs, this sacred place is crowned by a distinctive red pinnacle or shikhara and a motif of the hamsa bird, which is an aquatic animal. As you enter the temple, you will be delighted to see a pillared outdoor hall or the Mandapa and the sanctum sanctorum or Garbhagriha. This part of the temple has the marble image of four-headed Brahma and Gayatri, his consort.
Although the structure of this renowned Hindu shrine goes back to the 14th century, legend has it that this temple is at least 2,000 years old. According to Padma Purana, Brahma was displeased to see the demon Vajranabha harassing people. Driven by the spirit to bring justice, Brahma slew the demon with his lotus-flower. Petals of the flower fell on three places giving birth to 3 lakes: the Pushkar Lake, the Madya Pushkar and the Kanishta Pushkar. When Brahma descended on earth, he named the place “Pushkar” or the place where the flower (“pushpa“) fell from his hand (“kar“).
Brahma then decided to perform a fire-sacrifice at the main Pushkar Lake. While performing the yajna, his wife Savitri got delayed as she was busy waiting for Goddesses Lakshmi, Parvati and Indrani. Infuriated, Brahma asked God Indra to find a suitable match for him to get married to so as to complete the yajna. Indra found Gayatri, a Gujjar’s daughter who was sanctified by passing through the body of a cow. Brahma then wed Gayatri and concluded the yajna. Savitri, who arrived at the scene by this time, got irked and cursed Brahma that he would be never worshipped. Eventually, she was pacified to diminish the curse, thereby permitting his worship in Pushkar. She also cursed Indra to be easily crushed in battles and Vishnu to experience parting from his wife as a human.
Conferred with powers of yajna, Gayatri mitigated Savitri’s curse, blessing the city to be the zenith for all pilgrimages, Indra would get to retain heaven, and Vishnu would be born as Rama and will eventually unite with his consort Sita.
Thus, now we know why there’s no other temple dedicated to Brahma in the entire country and why this holy shrine is one of its kind.