It was my second day at Ajmer and I have already made plans to visit the Pushkar Lake Ajmer today. It is located in the town of Pushkar, and is about 12.5 km from the hotel. I had the cab arranged to come to the hotel at 8.30 am. I got up at 6 am, went for a walk in the garden surrounding the hotel, and had my breakfast by 8 am. I was ready when the cab arrived. It took about 20 minutes to reach the lake.
Pushkar lake is one of the important pilgrim centers for the Hindus. A dip in the water is believed to wash away all our sins and it is said that it will cure all skin diseases too. The lake is large and has an area of 22 sq km. The origin of the lake dates back to fourth century or more, as coins belonging to the fourth century contain mentions of the lake. It is believed that Lord Brahma performed sacrifice here on the day of Karthik Purnima, which is the full moon day in the month of Karthik. The temple here is dedicated to Lord Brahma, and it is the only temple in the world that is dedicated to Brahma.
There are 52 bathing ghats on the lake. A ghat is a number of stone steps leading to the lake. Out of these 52 ghats, ten are the most important ghats. During the Karthik Purnima and the four days preceding it, thousands of devotees gather to take a holy dip in the lake.
I too stepped into the lake and had dip in the water. I saw that there were many species of fish in the lake. After a dip in the lake, I went to the temple and offered my prayers. The temple is open from 8 am to 1.30 pm and then from 3.00 pm to 9.00 pm. There were many other temples surrounding the lake and I heard that about 500 temples are there.
With the Aravalli hills at the backdrop, Pushkar Lake Ajmer looked very beautiful. I spent about 2 hours at Pushkar Lake and then decided to visit Foy Sagar Lake, which was another popular lake in the city.