The Varaha Temple
Budha Pushkar (Old Pushkar)
Anyway, the second day I wanted to literally go the extra mile and see something else. After some reasearch, I decided to visit what they call the Boodha Pushkar / Budha Pushkar (Old Pushkar). It is around 4 KMs away from the Pushkar town. I coudl not figure out where to look for buses and so ended up walking the whole way, following the map. The road was mostly empty, except a few cows and the local band of brothers.
Eventually I reached the Budha Pushkar, which turned out to be a nearly dry pond. I was there at the fag end of winter, months after the last bout of rain. So, I was not expecting much but this makes one wonder about the origin of these places. There seemed to be no other vistor present at that point of time.
I could not find much information but considering the name, this must have been the original site for much of what is at Pushkar today. Environmental changes, especially changing of river courses might have deprived it of its regular water flow. Anyway, it is still an important site for locals and pavilions have been built surrounding the pond and there is a temple too. Nevertheless, I spotted many water birds, and also a few peacocks here, mostly because it is desolated and peaceful compared to the actual Pushkar.
Savitri Mata Temple & Ropeway
My last act during this trip was to try the newly opened ropeway up to the Savitri Temple. It is located atop one of the hillocks beyond the Pushkar town. Just like the previous two, this temple also gave me a lot of confusions. Apparently, it is dedicated to the wife of Lord Brahma & considering Pushkar’s Brahma connection, I was not surprised by the same. However, Brahma’s wife is generally known to be Saraswati. So, who is Savitri? The only option is the assume the both to be the same.
Anyway, the primary allure of this temple is its location. From the hilltop, you get a panoramic view of Pushkar and earlier the only option was to hike up the hill. However, this new ropeway was opened a couple of years ago (I think it wasn’t there when I visited the first time). You need to buy tickets (forgot the price) and you can go and come back on the same ticket. I walked a couple of KMs beyond the town to reach the foothill, where the ticket counter is located.
The temple itself is a live temple, already too crowded with people. It was also dark inside and even if there was, I could not spot any archaeological delights. Nevertheless, the view was worth it. It somewhat reminded me of the view of Shravanabelagola Town from the top, although from a much higher altitude. While I coming back, I ditched the ropeway and took the stairs for better photographs.
So, this ends my second visit to Pushkar. This time I visited mainly to relax. I tried to visit these additional temples which are not always talked about, but mostly I relaxed and walked around the town doing nothing, and occasionally consumed Israeli food (Yes, they are there too!). I think it remains one of the few places in the plains that I can even think of visiting to do nothing.