There are several magnificent temples in Rajasthan that are thronged by devotees and tourists all year round. These Rajasthan temples are a reflection not only of the faith of the people but also of the great Rajasthan architectural style. You will usually found Shikhara or spire, mandap or outer chamber and intricately carved sanctum sanctorum where deities preside in almost all Rajasthan Temples.
Brahma Temple in Pushkar is the only temple of Lord Brahma in India which is a major tourist attraction. Dilwara Temples in Mt. Abu and Ranakpur Jain Temples are highly revered by Jain followers.Besides this, Govind Dev Ji Temple (Jaipur), Osian Temple (Jodhpur), Birla Lakshmi Narayan Temple (Jaipur), Mehandipur Balaji Temple (Dausa), Karni Mata Temple (Bikaner), Eklingji Temple (Udaipur) and Shree Nathji Temple in Udaipur are some of the most revered Rajasthan Temples that are revered by a large number of faithfuls. A pilgrimage to Rajasthan Temples will make you spiritually elevated and satisfied.
- Govind Dev Ji
- Birla Lakshmi Narayan
- Karni Mata
Dilwara Temples are situated 2.5 km from Mt. Abu Hill Station in Rajasthan. Legendary Dilwara Temples are actually a group of five temples (Vimal Vasathi Temple, Luna Vasathi Temple, Pittalhar Temple, Parshavanath Temple and Mahaveer Swami Temple) which were constructed between 11th to 13th centuries AD and are world famous for their intricate marble work.
These Jain temples are situated on wooden hills amidst mango trees. Ornamentally carved opulent doorways, pillars and ceilings of these temples are simply amazing. Dilwara temples are dedicated to five deities viz. Adinath, Rishabh Dev, Neminath, Mahavir Swami and Parshvnath.
Ancient Dilwara Temples have a magnetic lure that draw tourists and devotees to them from far and wide. Dilwara Temples are a great example of Jain architectural style.
Govind Dev Ji Temple is located within the precincts of City Palace in Jaipur. Aartis are conducted seven times a day in the temple with full devotion which are attended by large number of devotees.
Idol of main temple deity viz. Govind Dev was installed in this 18th century temple by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh, who is believed to have brought it from Vrindavan . Govind Dev Ji Temple premises are thronged by visitors during Janmasthmi festival (birthday of Lord Krishna) which is celebrated here with much fanfare.
Lord Krishna is worshipped here with the name of Govind Ji, alongwith Radha deity. The spire less temple's huge sanctum sanctorum is filled the sounds of "Radhe -Govind" during kirtans, pujas and aartis.
Brahma Temple in Pushkar is the only temple in India which is dedicated to Lord Brahma, the Creator among the Trinity of Hindu gods. The 14th century temple is built in marble and is easily visible from a distance with its striking tall red spire.
You can reach the sanctum sanctorum through a flight of marble steps, which houses a life size idol of Lord Brahma with four hands and four faces, all facing four principal directions. A Hans (goose) and silver turtle guard the entrance to the temple.
According to the legends, nearby Pushkar Lake was created when a Lotus leaflet fell on the ground from Lord Brahma's hands. During the annual Pushkar Fair, the temple is thronged by visitors and devotees. Brahma Temple is one of the prime attractions of Pushkar.
Popularly known as Birla Temple, Lakshmi Narayan Temple of Jaipur is dedicated to Lord Vishnu (Naryan) and his consort Lakshmi (The goddess of wealth). The beautiful white temple is situated south of Jaipur, just below Moti Dungri Fort.
It was built in 1988 by B.M. Birla Foundation in pure white marble whose 3 domes dominate the skyline of the southern part of Jaipur. Stained glass windows of the temple have been decorated with the images of gods and goddesses from Hindu mythology. Lord Ganesha's idol is also an attraction of the temple which is nearly transparent.
Fascinating exteriors and splendid interiors of Birla Lakshmi Narayan Temple are a superb example of modern Hindu architectural style. When lamps and lights glow up in the temple at night, it presents a spectacular delight to the viewers.
Osian Temples are situated 65 km north west of Jodhpur, which are actually a group of 18 Jain and Hindu temples which were constructed between the 8th and 12th centuries, mostly by the rich Oswal Jain community of the region.
Sun Temple is the oldest temple of the group whose intricately carved doorway is considered among the finest temple doorways in India. Harihara Temple is famous for its beautifully decorated walls. The group has at least 15 Jain temples, Mahavira temple being the most spectacular ones among them.
Other important temples of the group are Sachiya Mata Temple, Pippala Devi Temple, Shiv Mandir and Vishnu Mandir. Nearest airport to Osian Temples is at Jodhpur while the temple complex is connected by road through National Highway 11.
Mehandipur Balaji Temple is located in Dausa, Rajasthan. Main deity of the temple is Lord Hanuman who is believed to possess divine powers to cure the people suffering from evils of malignant spirits and black magic.
People do charities like feeding the poor, incapacitated and homeless people, stray animals etc. and perform religious rituals in the temple to ward off the evil spirits. Mehandipur Balaji Temple is the last respite for thousands of santakwalas (the possessed people) who throng here every day.
Mehandipur Balaji Temple is thronged by faithful during festive times like Hanuman Jayanti, Holi, Dussehra, Diwali as these festivals are considered to be the most auspicious and right time to get rid of evil spirits.
Ranakpur Jain Temples were built during the reign of Rana Kumbha and are one the five most important pilgrimage sites for Jain devotees in India.
The temples are situated in the tranquil environs of Aravali Hills range, 90 km off Udaipur in Rajasthan. Chaumukha Temple is one of the most important temples of Ranakpur, whose 80 domes are supported on 400 columns and 24 pillars. The columns change color from golden to pale blue during the course of day, which is a testimony to the brilliant workmanship of its craftsmen.
Main deity of the temple is Adinath whose chamber is surrounded by several shrines and domes. Surya Narayan Temple, Patriyon ka Mandir and Amba Mata Temple are among the other highly revered temples of Ranakpur Jain Temples complex.
Karni Mata Temple is located in Deshnok town, 30 km off Bikaner on Jodhpur Road. Solid silver doors of the temple were donated by Maharaja Gaj Singh.
Legends have it that kabas (rats) are the incarnated members of Karni Mata's family and hence they are considered holy. In fact, these fat rodents run riot in Karni Mata Temple complex and you can watch them in thousands sharing their feedings with humans. The sanctum sanctorum has several holes in the walls to facilitate easy movements for holy kabas, and wire grille has been placed to prevent predators eating them.
White kabas are very rare in the temple and it is considered auspicious if someone runs across your feet in the courtyard of Karni Mata Temple. A grand festival is held here during Navratri when the temple complex is flocked by devotees.
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