One of the holiest places, Pushkar in Rajasthan is now getting wired. From Friday, free Wi FI on 52 ghats of Pushkar started, enabling tourists, pilgrims to access Net during their visit here. A private company along with BSNL has collaborated to bring wi fi to the city of Pushkar, about 142 km from the state capital, Jaipur. .
Tourists can enjoy free Wi Fi around 300 metres of these ghats for the first 15 minutes. Then Rs 30 will be charged for 200 MB, Rs 50 for 400 MB, Rs 90 for 800 MB and Rs 150 for 1.5 GB for three days. The plan would have to be bought from the private company.
Ajmer’s Dargah Sharif also became a wi fi zone in the past few months.
Pushkar is often known as the Brahmanagri as it is the only place in the world to have a temple dedicated to the Lord Brahma. The holy lake of Pushkar is surrounded by ghats or embankments where HIndu religious ceremonies are conducted by the pilgrims. Originally there were just 12 ghats at Pushkar, also referred to as the Original Ghats of Pushkar and attributed to Rao Nahar Mal Parihara of Mandor (Near Jodhpur 7th Century).
Today there are 52 Ghats at Pushkar with several old and new temples co-existing . Watching life at these ghats gives a great insight into the religious beliefs of the Hindus. These ghats at Pushkar are not only visited by the pilgrims but also abode to various sadhus, ascetics and their sects. There are more than 500 temples in Pushkar and is often referred to as the temple town. A dip in the holy lake is considered auspicious.
Puskhar get most of its pilgrims for the Kartik Poornima, usually held in November-December. The Pushkar fair or Pushkar mela commences on Prabodhini Ekadashi and continues till Kartik Poornima, the latter being the most important. This fair is held in honour of Lord Brahma. A ritual bath on Kartik Poornima in the lake is considered to lead one to salvation. It is believed circling the three Pushkars on Kartik Poornima is highly meritorious. Sadhus stay from ekadashi to full moon day in caves. About 200,000 people and 25,000 camels assemble in Pushkar for the fair. Pushkar fair is Asia’s largest camel fair.
In Varanasi, the Wi-Fi system was launched in December last year at its most famous Dashaswamedh Ghat and Sheetla Ghat. With the launch of Wi-Fi zone at the two ghats, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Lok Sabha constituency took a step towards digitizing Kashi and making it a ‘smart city’. This was the first phase for giving free Wi-Fi zones.