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Located on the banks of Pushkar Lake in the heart of the city, Mahadev Temple- also known as Apteshwar Mahadev Temple, is a popular Hindu pilgrimage site in the city of Pushkar. Enshrined by Lord Shiva, the temple was built in the 19th century and boasts of a spectacular architectural style. Constructed in white marbles, the temple house a five faced idol of Lord Mahadev- four of its faces represent the four directions that they face, while the fifth one looks upwards and is a symbol of purity and spiritual progress. The five faces are called Sadyojat, Vamdev, Aghor, Tatpurush and Ishan.
These five faces of Lord Mahadev also represent the five elements - Prithvi, Varun, Vayu, Agni and Akash. Other than that, the idol is adorned in ornaments and jewels. Besides, there are several beautiful carvings and intricate decorations around the walls and the pillars signifying the Hindu deities, gods and goddesses. Mahadev Temple stays especially crowded on the occasion of Shivratri which is celebrated here with a great deal of zeal and fervour.
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