Our centre at Khetri constructed a temple of Holy Mother Sri Sarada Devi in the Savitri temple premises at Pushkar, Rajasthan, which was inaugurated on Friday, 8 October 2021. A marble statue of Holy Mother was installed in the shrine. Swami Shantatmanandaji Maharaj, Secretary, Ramakrishna Mission, Delhi presided over the consecration ceremony. The ceremony included a morning procession, special puja, havan, pushpanjali, devotional songs etc. and it was attended by about one hundred devotees from Rajasthan, Delhi and other parts of India.
‘Pushkar Tirtha’ is one of the oldest and most sacred places of pilgrimage in India. Pushkar, in the midst of the Aravalli range, encompasses the exotic and sacred Pushkar lake or ‘Brahma Sarovar’. As the legend goes, the lake, considered one of the five most sacred lakes (Panch-Sarovar) of the Hindus, was created when a lotus dropped to the ground from the hand of Lord Brahma.
Atop a hillock, behind the Brahma temple, is a temple dedicated to Goddess Savitri, Lord Brahma’s consort. This was the place she was absorbed in intense austerities (tapasya). The Savitri temple offers a panoramic view of the Brahma Sarovar and the town of Pushkar.
Holy Mother Sri Sarada Devi embarked on a pilgrimage, after the mahasamadhi of Sri Ramakrishna, in 1886. Upon her arrival at Pushkar, Holy Mother, first took a bath in the Brahma Sarovar and then visited the Lord Brahma Temple. She then climbed up the Savitri hill to visit the Savitri Temple. It is said that the Holy Mother immediately entered an exalted state of consciousness, and was immersed in that state for a long time.