"Pushkar Lake or Pushkar Sarovar (Sanskrit: ??????-?????) is located in the town of Pushkar in Ajmer district of the Rajasthan state of western India. Pushkar Lake is a sacred lake of the Hindus. The Hindu scriptures describe as it as \"Tirtha-Raj\" - the king of pilgrimage sites related to a water-body and relate it to the mythology of the creator-god Brahma, whose most prominent temple stands in Pushkar. The Pushkar Lake finds mention on coins as early as the 4th century BC.\nPushkar Lake is surrounded by 52 bathing ghats (a series of steps leading to the lake), where pilgrims throng in large numbers to take a sacred bath, especially around Kartik Poornima (October-November) when the Pushkar Fair is held. A dip in the sacred lake is believed to cleanse sins and cure skin diseases. Over 500 Hindu temples are situated around the lake precincts.\nTourism and deforestation in the surroundings have taken a heavy toll on the lake, adversely affecting its water quality, reducing the water levels and destroying the fish population. As part of conservation measures, the government is undertaking de-silting, de-weeding, water treatment, and afforestation as well as mass awareness programme."
"The Pataleshwar Mandir is a Hindu Temple in the city of Hajipur, Bihar, India. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, it is located at Jadhua Road, Hajipur. As per local folklore, it is said to have been in existence since ancient period and Lord Shiva is believed to be in the form of Lingam here. Apart from anthropomorphic images of Shiva, the worship of Shiva in the form of a lingam, or linga, is also important. The worship of the Shiva-Linga originated from the famous hymn in the Atharva-Veda Samhita sung in praise of the Yupa-Stambha, the sacrificial post."
"Jagatpita Brahma Mandir (Hindi: ????-???? ??????? ?????) is a Hindu temple situated at Pushkar in the Indian state of Rajasthan, close to the sacred Pushkar Lake to which its legend has an indelible link. The temple is one of very few existing temples dedicated to the Hindu creator-god Brahma in India and remains the most prominent among them.\nAlthough the present temple structure dates to the 14th century, the temple is believed to be 2000 years old. The temple is mainly built of marble and stone stabs. It has a distinct red pinnacle (shikhara) and a hamsa bird motif. The temple sanctum sanctorum holds the central images of Brahma and his second consort Gayatri.\nThe temple is governed by the Sanyasi (ascetic) sect priesthood. On Kartik Poornima, a festival dedicated to Brahma is held when large number of pilgrims visit the temple, after bathing in the sacred lake."
"The Rangji temple shines out reflecting the spectacular blend of cultures of Rajasthan. The temple has been constructed in South Indian style (though the mughal architecture peeks from a few points) and boasts of a high rising Gopuram which is very graceful. The temple is unique and is revered as the top three temples of Pushkar. \nThe Rangji temple is dedicated to Rangji, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. Built by Seth Puran Mal Ganeriwal in 1823, this temple has been attracting the pilgrims for its South Indian style rituals and essence."
"The Savitri (Brahma's desolate wife) temple built in 1687 is perched atop the Ratnagiri hill. The Goddess is believed to have rested on the hill upon arrival and refused to join her husband who had married a local girl Gayatri. \nHer temple is smack in front of the Brahma temple and is believed to serve as a lookout for the Goddess for her erring husband. The route to the temple is through the hills and takes around an hour. Further, the temple atop the hill and its surroundings provide a breathtaking view of the Pushkar Lake and the surrounding desert."
"Varaha (Sanskrit: ????, \"boar\") is the avatar of the Hindu god Vishnu in the form of a boar, succeeding Kurma and preceding Narasimha. Varaha is listed as third in the Dashavatara, the ten principal avatars of Vishnu. When the demon Hiranyaksha stole the earth (personified as the goddess Bhudevi) and hid her in the primordial waters, Vishnu appeared as Varaha to rescue her. Varaha slew the demon and retrieved the Earth from the ocean, lifting it on his tusks, and restored Bhudevi to her place in the universe.\nVaraha may be depicted completely as a boar or in an anthropomorphic form, with a boar's head and human body. His consort, Bhudevi, the earth, is often depicted as a young woman, lifted by Varaha. The earth may be depicted as a mass of land too."