About eleven kilometres from Ajmer is the holy village of Pushkar

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The city of adhai-din-ka Jhonpra and the well- known shrine (Dargah)of the Muslim saint, Khwaja Moin-ud-din Chishti, where a huge annul Urs fair is held.

at the foot of the Taragarh hill - Aravalli range)

Ajmer is the holy village of Pushkar
Almost in the centre of the state, at the foot of the Taragarh hill (a part of the Aravalli range), lies the strategic city of Ajmer which became Akbar’s military headquarters. The city was earlier associated with the legendary figure of Prithviraj Chauhan, the city of adhai-din-ka Jhonpra and the well- known shrine (Dargah)of the Muslim saint, Khwaja Moin-ud-din Chishti, where a huge annul Urs fair is held. Founded by Ajai Pal Chauhan in the 7th century, it was a flourishing city five hundred years later, when Prithviraj Chauhan lost his empire to Mohammed Ghori, who sacked the city in 1193. Later, Akbar annexed it to the Mughal Empire in 1556. It was here, in 1615, that Sir Thomas Roe, Ambassador of King James I, presented his credentials to Emperor Jahangir. It was also near here that the war of succession between the sons of Shajahan was born in 1659 by Aurangzeb.

A hundred and fifty later, the British directly ruled a part of Rajputana from this place. It is here that Swami Dayanand Sarawsati, the founder of the Arya Samaj, passed his last days and breathed his last in 1883.

About eleven kilometres from Ajmer is the holy village of Pushkar, or the Lake of Lotuses, where a big fair is held during Kartik Purnima every year. With its camel, bullock and horse racing, the fair is becoming more and more popular. Pushkar also one of the few temples dedicated to Brahma in North India.

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
7th Oct 2015 (#)

Thanks for the history lesson very interesting post!

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