Jagatpita Brahma Mandir is a Hindu temple situated at Pushkar in the Indian state of Rajasthan, close to the sacred Pushkar Lake to which its legend has an indelible link. The temple is one of very few existing temples dedicated to the Hindu creator-god Brahma in India and remains the most prominent among them.
Although the present temple structure dates to the 14th century, the temple is believed to be 2000 years old. The temple is mainly built of marble and stone stabs. It has a distinct red pinnacle (shikhara) and a hamsa bird motif. The temple sanctum sanctorum holds the central images of Brahma and his second consort Gayatri.
The temple is governed by the Sanyasi (ascetic) sect priesthood.On Kartik Poornima, a festival dedicated to Brahma is held when large number of pilgrims visit the temple, after bathing in the sacred lake.
Pushkar is said to have over 500 temples (80 are large and the rest are small); of these many are old that were destroyed or desecrated by Muslim depredations during Mughal emperor Aurangzeb's rule (1658–1707) but were re-built subsequently; of these the most important is the Brahma temple. Though the current structure dates to the 14th century, the original temple is believed to be 2000 years old.The temple is described to have been built by sage Vishwamitra after Brahma's yagna.It is also believed that Brahma himself chose the location for his temple. The 8th century Hindu philosopher Adi Shankara renovated this temple, while the current medieval structure dates to Maharaja Jawat Raj of Ratlam, who made additions and repairs, though the original temple design is retained.
Pushkar is often described in the scriptures as the only Brahma temple in the world, owing to the curse of Savitri, and as the "King of the sacred places of the Hindus". Although now the Pushkar temple does not remain the only Brahma temple, it is still one of very few existing temples dedicated to Brahma in India and the most prominent one dedicated to Brahma.International Business Times has identified Pushkar Lake and the Brahma temple as one of the ten most religious places in the world and one of the five sacred pilgrimage places for the Hindus, in India.
How to Reach
There are no regular flights from other major cities of the country to Pushkar. Nearest airport is Sanganeer Airport.
127 km away
Sanganeer Airport (JAI), Jaipur, Rajasthan
161 km away
Jodhpur Airport (JDH), Jodhpur, Rajasthan
Pushkar does not have an train station. Nearest option is Ajmer Junction.
10 km away
Ajmer Junction (AII), Ajmer, Rajasthan
10 km away
Daurai (DOZ), Ajmer, Rajasthan
You can easily get regular buses to Pushkar from other major cities of the country.
Bus Station(s): Pushkar , Pushkar