Tuesday, May 10, 2011

A Goddess Scorned

The most important temple in Pushkar is Jagatpita Brahma Mandir, the Brahma Temple.  Over 2000 years old, this is one of the few temples in India dedicated to the Lord Brahma, and it's conveniently located right in the middle of the city of Pushkar.  Why, you might ask, are there so few temples dedicated to Brahma?  Well, after Brahma dumped his wife Savritri (just because she was slightly delayed in attending Brahma's fire sacrifice ceremony) for a young, nubile milkmaid, Savitri laid a curse on Brahma: he could never again be worshipped.  Savitri was a reasonable lady though and eventually conceded that Brahma could be worshipped in - and only in - Pushkar.   Boo-ya.  Meanwhile, Savitri got her own temple, high in the hills surrounding Pushkar Lake. 

I wanted to make clear to Dave the repercussions of someday taking on a younger trophy wife, especially as I neared the ripe old age of 30, so I insisted that we pass on the Brahma Temple and instead pay our respects to Savitri.  The forty minute hike up the hill was hot and sweaty, and we encountered many obstacles - playful children, evil monkeys, and determined pilgrims.  Like all Indians, these elderly ladies pushed, shoved and barrelled past us on the narrow, rocky path to the top.

This fellow danced (horribly) to his father's (horrible) sitar playing.
We happily gave them some rupees to stop.
Two little boys wrapped Dave up in a dirty blanket while laughing hysterically.
Aw.  This momma and baby monkey are so cute...
... but this pack of monkeys is completely terrifying.

Coming through!  Outta the way!

Even the monkeys knew that these women weren't stopping for nobody.
The women were quite friendly once they reached the temple, though.
View from the top (there was no photography allowed inside the temple itself)
 All of our Pushkar photos are available here.

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