February 27, 2015

India Photo Diary: Pushkar





Pushkar was easily one of my favorite places I visited in India. It is a small town in the middle of a desert. The town consist 16,000 people and most take their religion like a sport rather than a hobby.

The town of Pushkar is known for its one and only temple of Brahma. The story went like this: Brahma slew a demon trying to harass and kill his people. During the process, Brahma's weapon, a lotus flower, fell and landed in Pushkar. It created a lake filled with water and then came life. Eventually it became Pushkar city.

Brahma decided to perform a fire-sacrifice and invited all the Gods. However, his wife, Savitri, was late to the sacrifice (as our guide said, "women are always late, right?"). The sacrifice could not be performed unless Brahma was accompanied by a wife. Brahma waited and waited, and eventually got angry at Savitri for being so late that he married another woman while waiting. Her name is Gayatri. Brahma and Gayatri completed the fire-sacrifice together.

When Savitri finally arrived she found out that Brahma got married while she was absent. Savitri was angry and gave Brahma two curses: that Brahma would only have this one and only temple on earth, and that no one can worship Brahma at his one and only temple. Brahma was very sad, and asked his wife to be a little more lenient. So Savitri told Brahma that while people cannot worship Brahma at his own temple, they can worship Brahma at Pushkar lake. So 'til this day, all the worship has been and is done at the lake while the temple is only for visiting purposes.

"Has anyone tried making another Brahma temple since?" I asked our guide.
"Yes, but they all suffered from bad fortune." Our guide replied.
"Like what?"
"Death, mysterious illnesses, or losing ALL of their money." Our guide was very serious.

Because Pushkar has Brahma's only temple in the world, the city itself is very holy. And the people don't continually hassle you, they don't pressure you, they leave you alone unless you approach them. And because Pushkar has Brahma's only temple, the city itself is vegetarian. You cannot find alcohol or meat in the city. Not even eggs. No movie theaters are allowed either. Instead, the streets are filled with cute stores, delicious vegetarian eats and book stores where "50 Shades of Grey" was placed right beside Dalai Lama's "The Art of Happiness: A Handbook For Living"- it's hard not to love a place that's outlawed movie theaters but finds it perfectly acceptable to read erotica books right after religion practicing.

16 comments:

  1. Haha... that last line made me laugh ... no movie theaters but no issue with reading 50 Shades of Grey... what a contrast ;-)

    Julie... I love all your pictures, you look amazing in the red outfit... such a great experience ♡


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  2. Love the vibrant colours in your photos! :-)

    Tanya x

    http://www.tanyablackstar.co.uk/

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  3. Wow, your photos are so beautiful! And I love your description of the city ♥
    Amy xx

    Perfect Imperfections

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  4. Lovely look.. Saarhi suits you a lot.. so beautiful dear.

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  5. Great story, I seriously love hearing about these 'historical' stories, there are usually plenty in asian countries and I they are always so fascinating and I never let doubt come into play because it's a part of their culture and how their society/beliefs have been shaped. That's great that this town was such a chill relaxing place. And YES, no porn but Kama sutra, erotic sex books and other types of sexual literature are not banned!

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  6. I love that whole story behind this holy city. It's so great to hear about other cultures, and learn new things. Love your photos too! You're so beautiful! <3 :)

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  7. Such a touching story! I've been to India on several occasions but not to this city. Gosh, I've always wanted to put on a sari. You look fabulous, babe! xoxo

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  8. You and your photos are absolutely stunning! Pushkar sounds and looks like an absolutely incredible place.

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  9. You look great in that sari.

    I want to go here! Sounds like an amazing place to visit. And I love vegetarian food!

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  10. woaw!!! wonderful exotic pics!!! amazin post, luv <3 <3 <3

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  11. what a beautiful trip! I would love to visit this great country someday.. :)

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