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The temple of Lord Brahma in Pushkar

The temple of Lord Brahma in Pushkar

The temple of Lord Brahma in Pushkar is located in Rajasthan. It is one of the few temples in India dedicated to Brahma. Brahma is one of the Trimurti, the three forms of the supreme divinity in Hinduism. Brahma is the creator, Vishnu is the preserver, and Shiva is the destroyer.

There are many temples for both Lord Vishnu and Shiva. But Brahma has very few temples. Many legends are associated with the limited number of temples dedicated to Brahma.

As per one legend, Lord Shiva cursed Brahma for lying when he was asked to find the head and foot of a pillar light. Another legend says that Brahma created a beautiful goddess Shatarupa to help him in his job. But he was attracted to her beauty and became infatuated with her. Though Shiva warned him about his wrong attitude, Brahma continued his wrong intention. Then Shiva cursed him.

Some other legend says that Savitri, the consort of Brahma, cursed him so that nobody would worship him. Brahma performed a holy ritual. He needed his consort to finish it. But at that time, his consort Savitri was not available. Then he married another woman, Gayatri, and completed the ritual. Realizing the matter, his consort, Savitri, cursed him.

Whatever the legends say, the Pushkar temple is dedicated to Lord Brahma. Many devotees visit the temple each year to worship him.

Here are some interesting facts about the Pushkar temple:

  • The place is considered holy as lotus petals fell from the hands of Lord Brahma. That’s why the place is called Pushkar.
  • Devotees believe that the temple was built by sage Vishwamitra. It is one of the ancient temples, that is more than 2,000 years old. The temple is built of marble.
  • In the sanctum sanctorum, there is a four-headed idol of Brahma. Only saints are allowed to enter it to perform the puja.
  • The Pushkar Fair takes place in the month of Kartika. The full moon night of Kartika month is significant as the fair ends on that day.
  • The Pushkar lake is considered holy. Devotees take a celestial bath and holy dips in the lake while visiting the deity.

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