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Number of Ghats : 52

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Pushkar Lake, Pushkar Overview

Pushkar lake perched amidst the Aravalli ranges in Pushkar, Rajasthan. Surrounded by 52 bathing ghats ( a flight of steps leading to the water) and over 500 temples, it is regarded as the sacred lake for the Hindus in India where pilgrims throng in large numbers to take a holy bath.

According to Hindu theology, there are five sacred lakes collectively called Panch-Sarovar namely- Mansarovar, Bindu Sarovar, Narayan Sarovar, Pampa Sarovar and Pushkar Sarovar. Amongst these, Pushkar Sarovar or Lake is the most significant. It is believed that the lake was formed where petals of  Lord Brahma's lotus fell when he was destroying Vajra Nabha.

Located in the oldest city of Pushkar which is often called as 'Tirtha-Raj' or the king of pilgrimage, the existence of the lake takes one back to the 2nd century BC. The lake witnesses millions of devotees flocking here because of the belief that the famed waters of the Pushkar wash away the sins of the whole life. On the holiest day of Kartik Poornima, a dip in the lake is considered equal to the benefits accrued by performing yajnas (fire-sacrifices) for several centuries.

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Attractions at Pushkar Lake

On the periphery of the Pushkar Lake, there are various temples and ghats that add to the sanctity of the place. They make it a complete paradise for religious people. It is said that around 500 temples surround the lake, some of them had been destroyed and re-built subsequently. The most significant among them is the Brahma Temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Other temples located near the lake are the Varaha Temple, Savitri Temple and Gayatri temple.

There are 52 ghats near the Pushkar Lake which are an integral part of it. Used for sacred bathing and rituals, ten of these ghats have been declared as the 'Monuments of Sacred Importance'. There are- the Varaha Ghat, the Dadhich Ghat, Saptarishi Ghat, Gau ghat, Yag Ghat, Jaipur Ghat, Karni Ghat and Gangaur Ghat, Gwalior Ghat, Kota Ghat. It is believed that the water of these ghats have medicinal values and can cure all the skin problems. Most of the ghats have been named after the kings who built them. There are a few exceptions like Varaha ghat is named since Vishnu appeared here in the form of a boar. Brahma Ghat is named since Brahma bathed here. The Gau Ghat was renamed as Gandhi Ghat after Mahatma Gandhi's ashes were immersed at this ghat.

Best Time To Visit Pushkar Lake

The ideal time to visit the Pushkar Lake is between October to March when the winter season arrives. The temperature looms around 22 degrees Celsius which is not too cold. The weather remains pleasant. The summers are sweltering with the mercury rising to 45 degrees Celsius. In winters, you will also get to witness the exuberant Pushkar Fair which is held in November on Kartik Poornima.

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Tips For Visiting Pushkar Lake

1. Avoid eating non-vegetarian food in Pushkar.
2. Be careful while hiring guides as they tend to loot the visitors easily
3. Be cautious of sadhus trying to extract money

How To Reach Pushkar Lake

Pushkar Fair is located in the middle of the city, near the Brahma Temple. Since the town is small, you can easily explore the town and reach the Pushkar Lake on foot.

History of Pushkar Lake

According to the inscriptions found at Sanchi and the records made by Chinese traveller, Fa Xian, the Pushkar Lake existed even in the 2nd century BC. According to a story, a Rajput king, Nahar Rao Parihar of Mandore, dipped his hand into the lake for quenching his thirst. He was surprised to see that the Leukoderma marks on his hand vanished as soon as he dipped it. Astonished by the curative characteristics of the lake, he restored it, and since then, people have been visiting the lake to solve their skin problems.

It is also said that Guru Govind Singh, the 10th Sikh guru recited Guru Granth Sahib on the banks of this lake. During the Mughal rule, the importance of the lake faded a little because of the pilgrim tax and ban on religious processions. However, during Akbar's reign, its revival took place, and the importance was restored.

The Rajput rulers of Amber, Bundi, Bikaner and Jaisalmer made endeavours to restore its importance and the surrounding temples. Many other rulers are responsible for the modern additions to the building of ghats and the renovation of temples like -Maharaja Man Singh I of Amber for the Raj Ghat and Man temple, Maha Rana Pratap for the Varaha temple, Daulat Rao Scindia for Kot Tirth Ghat, the Marathas-Anaji Scindia for the Koteshwar Mahadev temple and Govind Rao and the Maratha governor of Ajmer for Shiva Ghat.

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