According to the Hindu scripture Padma Purana, Brahma saw the demon Vajranabha (Vajranash in another version) trying to kill his children and harassing people. He immediately slew the demon with his weapon, the lotus-flower. In this process, the lotus petals fell on the ground at three places, creating three lakes: the Pushkar Lake or Jyeshtha Pushkar (greatest or first Pushkar), the Madhya Pushkar (middle Pushkar) Lake, and Kanishtha Pushkar (lowest or youngest Pushkar) lake. When Brahma came down to the earth, he named the place as “Pushkar”.
Pushkar Lake at Pushkar, Rajasthan
Brahma then decided to perform a yajna (fire-sacrifice) at the main Pushkar Lake (Today’s Pushkar Lake, above). To perform his yajna peacefully without being attacked by the demons, he created the hills around the Pushkar — Ratnagiri in the south, Nilgiri in the north, Sanchoora in the west and Suryagiri in the east — and positioned gods there to protect the yajna performance. However, while performing the yajna, his wife Savitri (or Sarasvati in some versions) could not be present at the designated time to perform the essential part of the yajna as she was waiting for her companion goddesses Lakshmi, Parvati and Indrani. So Brahma married a Gurjar girl, Gayatri and completed the yajna with his new consort sitting beside him, holding the pot of amrita (elixir of life) on her head and giving ahuti (offering to the sacrificial fire).
Brahma performing Yajna with Gayatri at Pushkar.
When Savitri finally arrived at the venue she found Gayatri sitting next to Brahma which was her rightful place. Agitated, she cursed Brahma that he would never be worshipped, but then reduced the curse permitting his worship in Pushkar only. Endowed by the powers of yajna, Gayatri diluted Savitri’s curse, blessing Pushkar to be the king of pilgrimages.
Only Temple dedicated to Creator God Brahma and known as Brahma Mandir (Temple) at Pushkar, Rajasthan, opposite the Pushkar Lake.
Creator God Brahma