Chasing Sunset at Savitri Temple, Pushkar
Pushkar is a beautiful pious city in the Indian State of Rajasthan. Your trip to Pushkar is incomplete without watching the hypnotic sunset of the city from Savitri Temple. Located at a height of 750 feet on the Savitri Hill, the temple has a fascinating history and a great religious significance.
History of Savitri Temple
It is believed that once Lord Brahma, who is known as the creator of the Universe according to Hindu mythology, was performing a holy yagna on the banks of Pushkar Lake. The presence of his wife, Goddess Savitri, was required to complete the rituals. However, since Savitri was late and the auspicious moment was passing, Lord Brahma married a local girl named Gayatri and completed the yagna. When Savitri discovered this, she was furious and went to the hilltop. The temple is constructed on the same hill. Later, an agreement was made that Savitri will always be worshipped before Gayatri. This tradition is carried on even today. The first aarti is performed at the Savitri temple and then at the Gayatri temple.
The temple is open 7 days a week from 5 am to 12 pm, and then from 4 pm to 9 pm. There is no entry fee.
How to Reach Savitri Temple
There are 200 steps that devotees take to reach the temple. Don’t worry, you can opt for another way as well. There is a ropeway that offers a fun ride to the temple. You can enjoy the breathtaking views of Pushkar city while sitting in a cable car.
We preferred to reach Savitri Temple via cable car and the ride was amazing, although a little scary. We were running a little late than planned and quite worried if we would miss the sunset, but thankfully we reached on time.
As we reached the hilltop of Savitri Hill, the sun just started going down. It seemed to merge with the sky creating layers of multiple colours. No doubt Nature has the best set of crayons. No painting can ever be painted so beautifully as the nature paints sunsets on the canvas of the sky.
After enjoying the euphoric sunset, we entered the temple to seek blessings of the Goddess. Since the temple is on a hilltop, it offers panoramic views of the Pushkar city including the beautiful Pushkar Lake. You can sit there for hours and simply enjoy the nature around you. There are many notorious monkeys around, so be careful with your sunglasses, wallets, camera and other belongings. We used our selfie stick to scare them off.
There were a couple of vendors offering colourful turbans on rent for photography. The price was 10 INR per turban and we didn’t mind spending some bucks for the memorable pictures.
Overall, it was an evening well spent. The cable car ride, amazing views, jaw dropping sunset, beautiful nature surrounding us and some sweet memories – everything was just perfect about this trip.