Pushkar - 15km northwest of Ajmer in the state of Rajasthan - is one of the holiest sites in India. What makes it so scared to the Hindus is the presence of some 500 temples, which surround the lake. Devotees congregate in these temples in large number to seek the blessings of the gods. Some of the important shrines are the Brahma Temple, Savitri Temple, Rangji Temple, Varah Temple and Apteshwar Temple. Visit these temples with India Profile. It is advisable for the visitors to remove their shoes at a reverential distance from these temples.
Undoubtedly the most important shrine in Pushkar, this temple is the only one exclusive to Brahma, revered as the Creator in the famed Hindu Trinity. Legend has it that it is the where Brahma performed a Yagya.
The Varah Temple is dedicated to Vishnu, Preserver in the Hindu Trinity of Gods. The temple is home to an image of Vishnu in his fifth incarnation of wild boar. Constructed by King Anaji Chauhan (1123-1150), the temple is equal in importance to the more famous Brahma Temple. It is believed that Vishnu came to earth to kill the demon Hirnayaksh who had stolen the Vedas. He took the shape of Varah (wild boar) and killed the demon thereby liberating the world from his atrocities.
Dedicated to Savitri, one of Brahma's wives, the temple is located on the highest hill above the Pushkar town. You have to climb a long series of steps to reach the shrine. The temple offers a panoramic view of the Pushkar Lake and surrounding sand dunes.