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(Ref: Padma Purana - Shristi Khanda - 15)

Lord BrahmaMeditation: I meditate on the sacred pilgrimage of Pushkara which is an abode of Lord Brahma.

Lord Brahma searching place for a sacrifice: Once Lord Brahma decided to perform a sacrifice and was searching for a suitable place. He came down to earth and entered a forest, which later came to be known as Pushkara.

Description of Pushkara forest: The forest was adorned with many trees, creepers and flowers. It was filled with the sound of birds and fragrant with abundant flowers. The six seasons delighted the sense of smell and sight. The wind took fragrance from the flowers and perfumed the sky, earth and the quarters. There were many trees and creepers like Naga, Karnikara, Sinduvara, Kunda, Sarja, Arjuna, Atimukta, Sala, Ashoka, Panasa, Sarala, Malati, Kadamba, Sirisa etc. The trees were full of abundant flowers and appeared like a spring festival. The cuckoos and parrots sang and the peacocks danced. The charming forest appeared like the garden of Indra.

Forest trees worshipping Lord Brahma: Lord Brahma saw the forest with pleasing eyes. Seeing the Lord, the trees poured their flowers with devotion.

Lord Brahma giving boon to the Pushkara forest: Accepting the flowers offered by the trees, Lord Brahma told them to ask for a boon. The trees requested the Lord to stay with them in the forest. Brahma granted the boon making that the best of sacred places. He favoured the trees that they will always be full of flowers and fruits and remain youthful.

Lord Brahma throwing lotus on the Pushkara forest: Lord Brahma remained there for thousand years. Thereafter, one day He threw a lotus on the ground. With a great sound it made the earth tremble and also agitated the oceans and the three worlds. The celestial beings were afraid and went to the abode of Lord Brahma. Not finding the Lord, they went to the abode of Lord Vishnu to know the cause of that sound. Lord Vishnu told them the cause and together they went to the Pushkara forest. But the gods could not see Lord Brahma in the forest. Vayu told the gods that they need to perform penance with great devotion to see Lord Brahma.

Penance of the devas at Pushkara: The gods took due initiation from guru Brihaspati and performed penance at Pushkara. They took bath in the holy lake, observed silence and restrained their senses. By the meditation their minds became absolutely pure.

Darshan of Lord Brahma: When the minds of the gods became absolutely pure by meditation, Lord Brahma became visible to them. The gods eulogized the Lord and asked the reason of that great sound and agitation when He threw the lotus. Lord Brahma told them that by throwing the lotus, he destroyed the demon Vajranabha for the welfare of the gods.

The name Pushkara: Lord Brahma told the gods that since He dropped the lotus there, therefore the place will be known as Pushkara.

Lord Brahma makes Pushkara an altar for yagna: Lord Brahma then founded a sacred place there in the north of Chandranadi and river Saraswati was flowing by its east. The Pushkara Kshetra is the altar of the sacrifice made by Lord Brahma.

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