Located 14 km northwest of Ajmer, Pushkar is a sacred town in Rajasthan. It lies on the edge of the Pushkar Lake and is known for an annual fair as well as important temples in the vicinity. It is mentioned in the Mahabharata and the Ramayana, and is one of the few places in India where a temple is dedicated to the Hindu god of creation, Brahma. The town is based around the holy lake of Pushkar. Spread over 22 sq km, it is surrounded by as many as 52 bathing ghats. A bath here is considered to cleanse one both of sins and skin diseases. There are over 500 temples in the vicinity of the lake. Pilgrims visit Pushkar in large numbers around Karthik Poornima which falls between end-October to end-November. That is also the time when the sleepy town comes alive with a frenzied burst of activity for the Pushkar Fair, world’ s most famous livestock and camel fair, which has put this town on the international tourist map.