A holy lake lies in Pushkar. It is world-famous because the sacred body of water is said to have come from the navel of Vishnu. In other legends, it is said that the lake came to be when Brahma dropped the Lotus flower. Pushkar is known the world over for its religious significance. Found in the Indian state of Rajasthan, Pushkar has long been a famous pilgrimage destination for followers of the Hindu religion.
There are 52 ghats leading to the holy Pushkar Lake, also known as the Pushkar Sarovar. These are bathing platforms and series of steps leading into the water. Hindu devotees from all over India and abroad come to this place to take a dip or bathe in the sacred waters. In Hindu belief, this washing of the bodies in the holy waters also washes away the sins for the sake of the salvation of the soul or what is called moksha. The atmosphere in this lake in Pushkar is serene and quietly pious. Most importantly, families come to Pushkar Lake to perform the Hindu ritual for the dearly departed loved ones called Pind Daan.
To attain mukti or the liberation from the karmic cycle of birth and rebirth, the ritual of Pind Daan is performed for the benefit of the souls of the departed loved ones and the spirits of ancestors. When performed during the period of Ashwin, Pind Daan takes a more significant turn. The symbolic offering called pind is used by the Brahmin pandits during the ritual. Of the seven pinds used, one pind is offered specifically for the soul of the departed loved one, the rest of the pinds are offered to the spirits of ancestors. Pind is a rice ball with wheat and oat flours in it, mixed with honey, sesame seeds, and dried milk.