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Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Brahma Temple

On the banks of Pushkar near Ajmer stands the only Brahma Temple of the country. The temple is regarded sacred among the Hindus. Lord Brahma is considered one of the trinity- the three prime gods who undertake to create, preserve and destroy completing the cycle of the Universe. It is believed to have been constructed in the 14th century.
Many legends are associated with the lake and the temple. It is believed that Lord Brahma had slain the demon Vajra Nabh with a lotus flower. When the petals of the blossom hit the ground, the sacred Lake Pushkar sprang up. Thus on the banks of the lake a temple to Brahma was built. Another religious tale says that Brahma had descended here to perform a sacrifice (yagna) and had left his wife Saraswati back in the heavens. Since it could only be performed if accompanied by his wife, Brahma married a local lad called Gayatri. Saraswati flew into a rage and cursed her husband when she came to know of the incident. It is because of that curse that Brahma is not worshipped anywhere as the main deity except at Pushkar. The idol is a life sized one of the four armed God.
The marble steps leading to the inner premises of the temple, the elaborately carved swans and the silver inlaid marble archways enthrall the spectators. The floor is embellished with silver coins bearing the donors names and the red spire towers atop the temple honoring its fame. A silver turtle welcomes the devotee into the inner sanctum and the presence of the divine is felt at every nook of the temple. A number of beautifully carved peacocks have been sculpted to enhance the aesthetic appeal of this holy shrine. The Kartik Purnima is the most important festival celebrated at the Brahma Temple Ajmer.