10 Famous Temples in Pushkar
Pushkar is the land of temples and one of the most auspicious cities of Rajasthan. Pushkar is one of the most important cultural destinations of India that is visited by a lot of globe trotters. Pushkar Mela, traditionally a religious and cultural event, attracts tourists from across the globe. Since it is one of the religious sites, a traveller makes sure to include as many temples and religious sites of the cities in their itinerary to have a complete outlook of the city. In this city, here are temples that are almost 2000 years old. The temples here have enough stories to tell and everyone must explore them to the fullest. Below are listed the 10 temples in Pushkar that are the most famous.
Brahma Temple: This temple is very important and special because it is the only temple in the world that is dedicated to Lord Brahma. The image of the swan and the red spire are the highlights of this temple. The inner sanctum of the temple has the Chaturmukhi (four-faced) idol of Lord Brahma. There is also the statue of the Sun God or the Surya Devta inside the temple. Ratri Shayan Arati must be attended here.
Raghunath Temple: To begin with, here is the most important temple of the city which is the Raghunath temple. There are two Raghunath temples in the city. This temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. The devotees who are worshipped inside this temple are Lord Venugopal, Lord Rama, Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Narsimha. This temple has seven other shrines with one shikhara each. The architecture of the temple is very aesthetically pleasing. The temple only allows the Indians inside the temple premises.
Varaha Temple: Another temple that is dedicated to Lord Vishnu is the Varaha temple. The mythology tells that there was a devil named Hiranyaksha who wanted to destroy the planet and it was Lord Vishnu who saved Earth from him and all devils. It is said that, at that time, Lord Vishnu appeared in 9 avatars and from that one is Varaha. The temple was built by King Anaji Chauhan in the 12th century. There is a huge statue of Lord Varaha inside the temple.
Savitri Temple: One of the most important religious sites of Pushkar is the Savitri temple. There is a story according to which Savitri Devi was the wife of Lord Brahma. She was once supposed to reach a yagna which Brahma was performing but she couldn’t reach on time.In order to perform the yagna on time, Brahma married a local girl called Gayatri who then became the second wife of Brahma because of which Savitri Devi became very angry. In order to please her, the shrine of Savitri Devi was built. The temple has shrines of both Savitri and Gayati Devi.
Old Rangji Temple: As the name of the temple says, it is a 150 year old temple. The temple is dedicated to Lord Rangji who is also an avatar of Lord Vishnu. The temple is a picturesque one making for a gorgeous backdrops for the pictures. The architecture of the temple is in Mughal and South Indian, and Rajput style. The temple has the idols of Lord Rangji, Lord Krishna, Goddammahi, Goddess Lakshmi and Shri Ramanujacharya.
Pap Mochani Temple: When in Pushkar, one must visit the very famous temple of the city which is the Pap Mochani temple. The temple is dedicated to the Goddess Gayatri. She is believed to be a very powerful Goddess who can remove sins from their devotee’s life. It is also associated with the Legend of the Mahabharata – Ashwatthama is believed to have visited the temple to seek salvation. It is a beautiful temple making for a perfect tourist spot.
Apteshwar Temple: Another famous temple is the Apteshwar temple. Most of the temples in Pushkar is dedicated to Lord Vishnu but this temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The shrine of the main deity here is underground. The temple here has strong spiritual importance for the devotees and the tourists also visit this place for experiencing the grandeur architecture. The main festival that is celebrated here is Maha Shivratri. The main deity or the Shiva Lingam here is served with curd, milk, ghee, and honey.
Atmeshwar Temple: Another temple that is dedicated to Lord Shiva in Pushkar is the Atmeshwar temple. It is one of the most important temples of the city. The Shivalinga is located a few feet below the ground level. The devotees have to walk a narrow hallway to reach the shrine or the Shiva linga. The Shivalinga is seen encircled by a serpent (the Naga) made of copper. The shrine is a beautiful and a unique one.
Saraswati Temple: The temple is dedicated to Goddess Saraswati who is believed to be the Godess of knowledge and art. Goddess Saraswati is another wife of Lord Brahma. The temple premise is very peaceful and the devotees feel tranquility on visiting this temple. The temple is open on all days from 1 am to 9 pm. Mostly the students visit this temple every day or during the Saraswati puja for the blessings of Goddess Saraswati.
Ramavaikunth Temple: The last temple on our list is the Ramavaikuntha temple. Lord Rama is one of the nine incarnations of Vishnu. This temple is also dedicated to Lord Rama. The temple is an old one to be built in 1922 but still as compared to the other temples of the city, this one is quite new. The temple displays the authentic art of that era. It is a temple built on the hill top from which the entire view of the Pushkar town is visible. The temple houses 361 images of Hindu gods.
Not only the temples but just like all the cities of Rajasthan, Pushkar is also famous for the palaces, royal lives of the kings and queens, and the Rajput legacy. Devotees have great faith in these temples and that makes them attract many people from all over the world. The architecture of the temples is also aesthetically pleasing and picturesque. Pushkar tour packages are highly popular among the travelers. Most of the multi-destination Rajasthan travel packages incorporate Pushkar as must-visit popular location.