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Pushkar is famous for the Lord
Brahma Temple and camel fair, also called as Pushkar Fair. Pushkar is also
an important religious place for Hindus.
Historically, Pushkar always had great strategic importance
and was sacked by Mahumud of Ghanzi on one of his periodic forays from
Afghanistan. Later it became a favorite residence of the great Moghula.
One of the first contacts between the Moghula and the British occurred in
Pushkar when Sir Thomas Roe met with Jehangir here in 1616. The city was
subsequently taken by the Scindias and, in 1818, it was handed over to the
British, becoming one of the few places in Rajasthan controlled directly
by British rather than being part of a princely state.
Culturally Located just 11 kms from Ajmer, the holy
is believed to have been created by Lord Brahma himself. It is as
important as Benaras or Puri. Devout Hindus believe that it is essential
to visit Pushkar at least once in their lifetime.
No pilgrimage is consedered complete without a dip in the holy Pushkar
lake. Pushkar has as many as 400 temples and 52 ghats and the only temple
in the country that is dedicated to Brahama is to be found here. While
Pushkar is a heaven for the religiously inclined, it is also the venue of
one of the country's most colorful cattle fairs - the Pushkar Fair.
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