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Varaha Temple

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Distance (From Pushkar Bus Station): 0.5 Kms

Trip Duration (Including Travel): 30 Mins

Place Location: Near Pushkar Lake

Transportation Options: Walk/Trek

Travel Tips: None

At a distance of 500 m from Pushkar Bus Station and 600 m from Pushkar Lake, Varaha Temple is one of the largest and ancient temples located in Pushkar town of Rajasthan. It is a Vaishnava temple and also one of the famous temples in Pushkar.

The Varaha Temple was built by King Anaji Chauhan in the 12th century AD and is dedicated to Varaha, the third incarnation of Lord Vishnu. The temple was destroyed by Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb and was then rebuilt in the 18th century by Raja Sawai Jai Singh II of Jaipur.

According to a legend, Lord Vishnu turned himself into a wild boar and came to earth, to kill the monstrous demon Hirnayaksh, who was going to destroy the whole universe. 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. It is one of the most visited temples in Pushkar.

This is a fortified temple in Pushkar and is considered to be the most ancient temple in the city. The temple has 2 feet white idol of Lord Varaha in the sanctum sanctorum. Various sculptures, elegant carvings, life-size statues of door men and gold-styled pillars depicting Garuda, the mythical bird are situated within the temple.

Timings: 6 AM - 12 PM & 4 PM - 8 PM

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