Watch out for fake brahmin at Pushkar Lake!

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Originally Posted by sab kuch milega View Post I've had a couple pull the sacred threads out of their shirts to show me!
It's not just Brahmins who wear the sacred thread: it's male members of the "twice-born" castes. And furthermore, there is no law prohibiting anyone who might be so inclined from wearing a thread around one's shoulder.
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Originally Posted by Golghar View Post It's not just Brahmins who wear the sacred thread: it's male members of the "twice-born" castes. And furthermore, there is no law prohibiting anyone who might be so inclined from wearing a thread around one's shoulder.
Thanks for the correction; I didn't know other castes could be "twice born". As for the thread, I kinda took that with a grain of salt...in Pushkar, anyway!
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If you are insisted to do it is not religious

If you are doing anything without your desire or consent it is not religious.
The pooja ritual in Pushkar is for Hindus mainly but if you wish you do it its fine but if you are forced to do it is not divine anymore.

The priest in Pushkar are only descender(from the families ) of priest and are not
real one who go through proper education.
This is a group of young people who find this way for easy money and take advantage of tourist.
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I have had two nice pujas at Pushkar...
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The remedy for any potential scammer anywhere in India is the same. Ignore them. No fake Brahmin in Pushkar is forcing you to do anything. I'm not sure why non-Hindus would be paying anyone to do a ritual at Pushkar Lake in the first place. What is the point exactly? You can't go in the Brahma temple, you can't go in New Rangji mandir. You can easily enjoy the lake without doing puja.
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Originally Posted by India-012 View Post The remedy for any potential scammer anywhere in India is the same. Ignore them. No fake Brahmin in Pushkar is forcing you to do anything. I'm not sure why non-Hindus would be paying anyone to do a ritual at Pushkar Lake in the first place. What is the point exactly? You can't go in the Brahma temple, you can't go in New Rangji mandir. You can easily enjoy the lake without doing puja.
Are you a caucasian? Are there any restrictions imposed on (perceived) non-hindus? What about the other mandirs in Pushkar, are white folks allowed in there?
Elaborate on this, if you don't mind.
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Originally Posted by surya2015 View Post Are you a caucasian? Are there any restrictions imposed on (perceived) non-hindus? What about the other mandirs in Pushkar, are white folks allowed in there?
Elaborate on this, if you don't mind.
Foreginers are not permitted in the Brahma Temple or in New Rangji Mandir. Old Rangji is ok. There may be other temples in Pushkar that are off limits to foreigners, but offhand I'm not familiar with any other than these two. The enforcement is quite strict. I don't know if it is only an Indian/foreigner distinction, or religous. I would be surprised if non-Hindu Indians are barred, but I don't know.
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"Foreigners?" How would they know? Do they check passports? Amazing how many of my Tamil Brahmin friends are actually American.

Never been there, but I suspect it will be not different to the situation at some temples here, where the sign says, "Non-Hindus not allowed..." but the implementation is people who do not look Indian not allowed.
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I am pretty sure I was in the Brahma temple in January,I asked some one who was local if I could enter and he said it was fine. There was a ceremony taking place so I did not hang around to long. I also had the flower scam pulled on me,but as knew what was about to happen it did not bother me. Mind you the bloke wasnon to happy with his ten rupee donation.
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Originally Posted by lismoresimon23 View Post I am pretty sure I was in the Brahma temple in January,I asked some one who was local if I could enter and he said it was fine. There was a ceremony taking place so I did not hang around to long. I also had the flower scam pulled on me,but as knew what was about to happen it did not bother me. Mind you the bloke wasnon to happy with his ten rupee donation.
I would be very surpised if you were able to enter the Brahma temple. I would be shocked if you were able to even start walking up the steps. I know the right people in Pushkar and I would never get as far as the entrance, but I guess it could happen.
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Yes, people who don't look Indian
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Originally Posted by lismoresimon23 View Post I am pretty sure I was in the Brahma temple in January,
ditto. I was in Pushkar two years ago and I also went into that temple, no problem. no one tried to stop me or hassle me.

I guess maybe I look Indian.

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Originally Posted by Nick-H View Post "Foreigners?" How would they know?
You have to ask?
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You have to ask?
Yes... Because I know so many "Indians" who are actually American. But I forget what the point was...
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So who are the right people in Pushkar ?

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