There are so many legends associated with Pushkar. Located in the Ajmer District it is one of the five sacred Dhams for Hindus. The origin legend is found in the Padma Purana. Vajranabha, a sly devil, was wrecking havoc on the land, killing and maiming. In the process, he annoyed the ten faced god and creator of the universe, Brahma. Brahma used his weapon- the lotus, to kill him. Three petals from that lotus fell softly on the earth resulting in three springs that went on to form three lakes. The Jyeshta Pushkar Lake, or the first, the Madhya Pushkar Lake, also known as the middle, and the Kanishta Pushkar Lake, the youngest. Pushpa means flower and Kar means hand, so Pushkar is the place where a flower fell from the hand of Lord Brahma. The Pushkar Lake is also considered the source of five streams including the great Sarasvati. The town of Pushkar curls around the lake and, either has the only Brahma temple in the world or one of the few depending on which site you look up. The temple itself is about 2000 years old and is said to have been built by Viswamitra after Brahma’s yagna, which he performed after vanquishing the demon. To perform his fire-sacrifice in peace, Brahma is said to have created the hills that surround the town, adding further mystique to what some consider the most mystical place in Rajasthan. 52 bathing ghats and 400 temples all tremble with the chants of the ages and create the perfect backdrop for The Sacred, a music festival focusing on lifting the spirits.
The Sacred, sponsored by Shree Cement, is a festival that echoes this spirituality and its line up, while eclectic, is unified in its theme of looking inwards and is consequently divided into three parts. Morning music, meditation and evening music. We will look at the lineup in more detail but here’s a little taste of what you can experience when you visit Pushkar this December. You can wake up to the beautiful sound of the flute played by Grammy award winning Shashank Subramanyam with the waters of the Jaipur Ghats as a backdrop. Or you can decide to meditate at the ghats with the likes of Geshe Dorji Damdul, the official translator of the Dalai Lama in 2005. If the morning music is to soothe the mind, the evening will stir your soul with perhaps the most diverse lineup we have ever had the privilege of writing about at Eventraveler. Listen to great poetry being sung by the Padmashre awardees, the Gundecha Brothers or tap your feet to Daler Mehendi. There’s the Jean-Paul POLETTI & the Men’s Choir of Sartene whose music oscillates between the sacred and the popular. My personal favorite though would be The Soil, a four-member acapella group who perform Kasi Soul an eclectic mix of musical genres such as jazz, hip hop, Afro-pop and Afro-soul. Their song Joy will raise your soul to the heavens even without a dip in the ghats.
Eventraveler is so proud to be part of this festival. All details can be found here.