Pushkar

Pushkar

Once Lord Brahma, the empowered creator of the universe, desired to have a place on earth dedicated to him, so he threw three lotus petals toward the earth. When the petals landed, three holy lakes sprung up. Because the lakes had been created from the flower (puñpa) thrown from Brahmä’s hand (kara), the area became known as Puskar. The three lakes became known as Jyeñöha Puskar (“senior Puskar”), Madhya Puskar (“middle Puskar”), and Kaniñöha Puskar (“junior Puskar”), or Budha (“old”) Puskar, as it is more commonly known today.

These three places are located within the radius of six miles. 1) Senior Pushkar- where hotels are located is considered the most holy, because the lotus fell here first. 2) Middle Pushkar- is 3km down the road had has a small hanuman temple and a 200 year old banyan tree. 3) New (junior) Pushkar- 3km further north, has a small Krishna temple. Pushkar word may also be derived from word 'Pushkarni' means- Lake.