According to ancient vedic tradition, there are five well known sacred lakes collectively called Panch-Sarovar. They are namely, Mansarovar, BinduSarovar, Narayan Sarovar, Pampa Sarovar and Pushkar Sarovar; hence, Pushkar is considered one of the most sacred places in India.
It has 52 ghats of which Varaha, Brahma and Gaughats are the most important. A dip in the sacred lake is believed to cleanse sins and cure skin diseases.
Auspicious Times for Bathing
Kartika Purnima, last five days of month of Kartika.
A story tells of a ninth century Rajput king, Nahar Rao Parikar of Mandore, chasing a white boar to the lake shore on a hunting expedition. In order to quench his thirst, he dipped his hand into the lake and was astonished to see that the Leukoderma marks on his hand had disappeared. Impressed with the sacred curative nature of the lake, he got the lake restored to its glory. After discovering the curative characteristics of the lake water, people have since visited the lake to take a holy dip and cure themselves of skin problems.