of interest in Rajasthan
founded by Raja Ajaipal Chauhan in the 7th century AD. It was under
the rule of the Chauhans until it was lost by Prithviraj Chauhan to Mohammed
Ghori. But later, Rana Kumbha of Mewar and Raja Maldeo of Marwar
reestablished Rajput rule here. It is situated about 130 kms South
West of Jaipur, at the foot of a hill.
Islam co-exist here with the Pushkar temples, lake & the Dargah of
Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti.
is the tomb of
the Sufi Saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti (1142-1236 AD). Muslim devotees
visit during the Urs Mela of the saint, lasting 6 days. The devotees
sing Qawwals in praise of the saint's virtues and offer an embroidered
cloth called chadars at his grave. This shrine was visited by Akbar,
Shah Jehan, Jehangir. Emperor Akbar is said to have worshipped here
seeking the saint's blesiing for a son.
of Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti
Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti' shrine
Mela, offering chadars
is a red Digambara (Jain) temple built in the late 19th century.
In a double storeyed hall, there is a splendid display of wooden gilt representations,
glass engravings & paintings describing the Jain faith about the creation
of the world.
is a mosque built
by Mohammed Ghori in 1193 AD in just two and a half days, considered to
be built on the ruins of a college and temples.
is a placid artificial
lake built in the 12th century by Anaji Chauhan and the embankment was
further beautified by the Moghul Emperors Jehangit and Shah Jehan.
by Ajaipal Chauhan in the 7th century AD.
is the holy lake
of the Hindus. The town lies 11 kms form Ajmer and is seperated from
Ajmer by the Nag Pahar (Snake mountain). Near the lake is the Brahma
temple.It is believed
that Lord Brahma was looking for a suitable place for performing a vedic
yagna. A lotus from his hand fell on the earth and water is said
to have sprouted in the spot, which was Pushkar. This was the
holy spot chosen by Lord Brahma for his yagna.
On the full moon
day in November (Karthika Pournami), hindu pilgrims gather here to take
a holy dip in the sacred waters of the Pushkar lake and thank the weather
Gods. The Pushkar Fair is another great attraction, when every item
is available for purchase for the villagers. There is joyful singing
and dancing. The camel mela one of the most interesting features
of the Pushkar mela extends for a fortnight (begins at the new moon after
Diwali, extending upto the Karthika Pournami). The location will
be filled with camels, horses and cattle and there will be a grand cattle
auction on Karthika Pournami. Beautiful decorative pieces for the
animals are sold at the fair. The camel race, tug of wars and camel
rides are also very interesting.
dip in the Pushkar Lake