India is blessed with an abundance of religious locations where one can find peace, harmony, and oneness with God. The religious places have their own importance and stories of their significant origins. Located in Rajasthan, Pushkar is one of the most famous destinations where Hindu devotees go for their pilgrimage. Pushkar has built its existence and religious significance since the Ramayana was born. A famous place for Hindu pilgrimage, Pushkar attracts many visitors throughout the year. According to the Hindu epics, Pushkar sits majestically by a holy lake that appeared when Brahma dropped the Lotus flower.
Pushkar is renowned for its holy body of water, a holy lake. Said to have originated from Vishnu’s navel, Pushkar has around 400 intricately-designed temples and over 52 bathing ghats or series of steps leading to the lake. Prayers are offered in the temple with the chants of Lord Rama being played on the soundtrack. The whole area evokes of a serene holy atmosphere while drums, gongs, and devotional songs fill the air. Tourists come for the atmosphere of religious serenity.
The Pushkar Lake or Pushkar Sarovar is regarded as a sacred lake among the followers of Hinduism. As stated in Hindu holy scriptures, the lake is called a "Tirtha-Raj" or the king of pilgrimage sites that involve a body of water. Throngs of Hindu pilgrims come every year to the lake and take sacred baths in its ghats. The baths are said to wash away the sins of mortals.
One of the most important reasons why Hindu devotees come to the place is for the performance of the Hindu ritual for the dearly departed loved ones called Asthi Visarjan. Its holy waters are recommended for the performance of the ritual that assures of a more peaceful afterlife for the departed souls. In Asthi Visarjan, the cremated remains and bones of the deceased are immersed and scattered in a holy body of water. This act is said to bring peace and salvation or moksha for the departed soul.