Brahma Temple in Pushkar is one of the most famous and only few of the temples dedicated to Lord Brahma in the holy city of Pushkar, Rajasthan.
This Pushkar Brahma Temple is the place of deep spirituality and thousand of devotees come here to pay homage to the many gods that reside in this temple town.
Pushkar city has over 500 temples with the main Pushkar temple. It is dedicated to lord Brahma and the only Brahma temple anywhere in the world.
Although the structures of the temple dates back to 14th century but it is believed that the temple is about 2000 years old.
History of Pushkar Brahma Temple :
According to the Padma Purana, the story behind Pushkar temple is that Lord Brahma was in search of a suitable place to perform a yajna when the lotus he was holding fell from is hand and landed on the Earth.
Miraculously a lake sprang up at the place where the Lotus touched the earth and Brahma considering it a good omen decided to perform his yagna and named the town as a flower in Hindi is ‘push’ and hand is ‘kar’, therefore the land was named Pushkar.
But when his wife Saraswati failed to join him, he married a local maiden Gayatri and completed the ceremony, on getting to know about this, an enraged Saraswati cursed Brahma that from this day forth he would be worshiped only in the land of Pushkar and nowhere else on Earth.
Architecture and Fair :
The temple is constructed on the banks of the Pushkar Lake in the 14th century. Pushkar temple spreads the splendid aura around it.
Built on a raised platform, it has marble steps, a hans (goose-the official carrier of Brahma) in the gateway with a red sapphire on its crown.
It also has beautifully carved silver turtle sits with its face towards the sanctum sanatorium. This temple has a four-headed idol of Lord Brahma which is magnificent.
During the Kartika Purnima (Full Moon) in the months of October- November, Pushkar temple is crowded with thousands of devotees as it is the time which marks the period during which Brahma performed his Yagna in Pushkar.
Holy dip in the water of Pushkar Lake and bow their head before the Jagat Pita, Lord Brahma has its own significance in Hindu culture. This is also the time when the sleepy town of Pushkar comes alive with the joyous Pushkar festival.