Religions and Religious Thoughts of India

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Religious Pilgrimages of India

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PUSHKAR MELA

 

The Religious Pilgrimage of Indian Hindus

The Pushkar Fair is held in the month of Kartik on the full moon day in Pushkar, a small sleepy town in the Ajmer district of Rajasthan. Pushkar has been known as the centre of Brahma worship since 1250 AD. Pushkar is home to one of the only two temples dedicated to Brahma, the other being at Khedbrahma in Kerala. It is one of the innumerable temples skirting the large Pushkar Lake. This lake, with 52 ghats, is the focal point for the confluence of a mass of people from all parts of the country. The fair itself centres around the event of taking a dip in the Pushkar Lake on the full moon night. Due to its association with Brahma, Pushkar is considered to be the tirtharaja, the king of all pilgrimage sites. It is believed that the Pushkar Lake was blessed by Brahma and anyone who takes a dip in the lake would go to heaven. According to the Puranas, a pilgrimage to Pushkar destroys all evil and gives the dead access to the three worlds. One who has bathed at the lake there and worshipped Brahma achieves salvation. For this reason, thousands of people gather here for this great annual pilgrimage. Ancestor worship is also an important aspect of this pilgrimage. Oblations to Agni, heaven, earth and Yama are also offered. The nearby temple of Savitri also attracts many married women, especially from Bengal, who worship the goddess and seek the boon of eternal company with their spouse. Pushkar is also the site for the biggest cattle fair in India. Scholars suggest that the cattle fair was an extension of the religious event of taking a dip in the lake.
 

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