Goddess temples – Savitri temple on top of Ratnagiri hill behind Brahma temple and Paap Mochini Ekadashi mata temple on top of little smaller hill behind Marwar Bus Depot are two places most of us wish to trek during Pushkar tour.
The trekking desire was discussed with Krishna – a friend. Early morning hours we climbing to reach Paap Mochini Ekadashi mata temple – 30 minutes trek.
The temple was just open, early morning cleaning was going on. Jeetendar Parashar – The caretaker present.
Parashar are from Parashara Maharishi – They say. Am I correct?
Yes you are – He said.
Upon query he narrated history.
Do you know the story about Pushkar?
Yes, I know but if you narrate in short, I am happy to listen – said I.
‘Paap’ is sin and ‘Mochini’ pardon as per Hindi English translation thus, Paap Mochini Ekadashi mata is Goddess who relieve devotee from all his/her sin/s done during his/her life time.
As per Hindu there are three major Devtaas – Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh (Shiva). Vishnu place on earth is at Gaya, Bihar, Mahesh at Kashi (Banaras), Uttar Pradesh and Brahma Pushkar, Rajasthan.
Once Vishnu was sleeping a lotus flower sprouted from his navel and Brahma was self-born. Brahma cited Vishnu, Mahesh about their respective places upon earth and worship by devotees but nothing for self. Vishnu was convinced presented lotus to Brahma and said: Throw it towards earth, wherever it is dropped you will have a place for yourself and devotees will worship you. Brahma did the same. The lotus dropped upon earth bounced at three places – one was named ‘Shrestha Pushkar’, second as ‘Madhya Pushkar’ and last one ‘Kanishtha Pushkar’ also known as Buddha Pushkar.
About Buddha Pushkar there is another interesting history – said Jeetendar.
Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb was a cruel ruler demolished many Hindu temples once reach Kanishtha Pushkar. While washing face within the holy reservoir, Kanishtha Pushkar he saw his image as an old man and was afraid. Since then Kanishtha Pushkar was named as Buddha Pushkar.
‘Push’ is flower, ‘Kar’ hands thus if both words merged it is Pushkar also known as Shrestha Pushkar. Pushkar lake was formed the moment lotus dropped within the area. Shretha Pushkar or Pushkar is the place for Brahma since then. He meditated for 10,000 years at this holy place and organized Yagya (scared fire). All devtaas were invited to join including her wife Savitri through son Narad. Narad to test how much his father give importance to his mother suggested Savitri to arrive at the Yagya location little late than the prescribed time. Everybody was present except Savitri. Auspicious time was running out Brahma was annoyed. Brahma requested his Dwarpal – Indra and Kuber to bring a suitable woman for the Yagya so that it is started.
Eight km from Pushkar is Naand Gaon popularly known as Nand Gaon (it is said and believed Nanda Saraswati flows underground). Indra and Kuber arrive at Yagya location with a woman from Nand Gaon. Brahma sprinkle holy Pushkar lake water for the purity of the woman for Yagya named her ‘Vedmata Gayatri’ and married to complete Yagya.
About another woman presence with Brahma as wife was heard by Gayatri she became furious curse Brahma and entire devtaa present within the Yagya area. Indra, you will always face defeat in war and Brahma, you will never be worship by anyone upon planet earth.
This was terrifying, everybody was afraid but upon request by all devtaas she calm down and said – Only at Pushkar Brahma will be worshiped only by saints not by family members and she left towards Ratnagiri hill where currently is Savitri temple which is about one hour trek.
Savitri rodra roop is of Kali present at Kali Ghat, Kolkata – said Jeetendar.
Now the question was for devtaas how to get rid of sin that is done by being present within the Yagya because as per Hindu marrying two wives is a sin and to be present with the same is also part of the sin. All devtaa started praying God to remove them from the sin that was done unintentionally. At that time divine forecast was heard – opposite Savitri hill Paap Mochini Ekadashi Mata will be present. Whoever visit Goddess will have respite from all types of sins and curse. Since then devotees visit Paap Mochini Ekadashi Mata to get rid of sin/s and curse.
It is also said Tretayug Ram was incarnation of Vishnu and Hanuman of Lord Shiva. They both fought and killed Ravana – a Brahman. Killing Brahman as per Hindu is worst sin. They also visited temple to get rid of sin.
Bhado Ekadashi (just before Krishna Janmashtami) there is festival within temple area. Kirtan is organized at night. Devotees from surrounding areas visit in large number for prayers and offerings.
Thank you Jeetendar – said I. It was indeed useful history. Thanks again & again.
And I inquire about the water well present near by because usually on top of hill you won’t find water well. It is built by forefathers to store rain water for usage – said Jeetendar.
Brilliant idea and we towards the temple for pray and donation.
Best Time To Visit
Savitri temple – Sunrise
Paap Mochini Ekadashi Mata temple – Sunset