Brahma Temple , Pushkar
Brahma temple in Pushkar is a rare religious site that is dedicated to the lord of creation, Lord Brahma. The reason behind it being rare is that the temple is amongst the very few existing temples of Lord Brahma in India. Known as the Jagatpita Brahma Mandir, this Hindu temple has its address in the Pushkar town of Rajasthan.This temple is dedicated to creator God, Brahma is the most prominent shrines of Pushkar.
Days of construction of this temple dates back to the 14th century. However, Indian Mythology believes the origin of this temple took place 2000 years back in the history. Located close to the sacred Pushkar Lake, the temple is a highly prominent tourist attraction; with large flock of tourists visiting it especially on the auspicious occasion of Kartik Poornima.The outdoor hall of the temple is known as the mandapa and the interior of the temple is called the garbha griha. The walls inside the temple are inlaid with thousands of silver coins on which the devotees have written their names which marks as a sign of their offering to Lord Brahma. You will also notice a turtle made of silver which has been displayed on the marble floors of the temple. The central image of Brahma which is called the chaumurti is of a huge size adorning the garbhagriha of the temple.
As per the sacred scripture of Hindu religion; Padma Purana, Lord Brahma once came across a demon named Vajranabha, killing and torturing people. Seeing such atrocity, the Lord slayed the demon with lotus flower (his special weapon). While doing so, some petals from the lotus flower fell at three places on the ground. This resulted into the creation of three sacred lakes, which in today’s times are known as the Jyestha Pushkar, the Madhya Pushkar and Kanishta Pushkar.
Later on, when the lord made his visit to earth, he started with the preparations of a yajna (fire sacrifice) at the Jyestha Pushkar Lake. In order to perform the yajna undisturbed by the demons, Lord Brahma created a chain of hills around. However, his wife Savitri was not available for the Yajna, which was disruptive of the proceedings.
On this, Lord Brahma requested Lord Indra to send him a suitable consort to complete the Yajna. When a Gujar’s daughter, named Gayatri was finally sent to take the seat next to Brahma as his wife, Savitri arrived. Feeling agitated, she cursed Brahma that the Lord would never be worshipped by anyone. She later on permitted his worship only in Pushkar. This entitled Brahma temple in Pushkar as the most prominent place to worship the lord.
The famous Brahma temple in Pushkar is an altogether marble structure and sports a Southern style of temple architecture. Built on a raised platform, the temple’s entrance which is decorated of pillared canopies has to be reached through marble steps.
After making the entrance, comes the pillared outdoor hall also known as Mandapa. Situated further to the Mandapa is the sanctum sanctorum (Garbhagriha). At the central position of the Garbhagriha, lies the statue of Lord Brahma seated in a cross legged position. The interiors of the Pushkar Brahma temple also contain the images of the Lord of Preservation (Vishnu), glided Garuda (eagle man) and Dvarapalas (gate-keepers)
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