Rajasthan the place of magnificence is a visual delight of palaces, mansions, shrines, forts, culture, fairs, festivals and traditions. The Religious Places in Rajasthan attracts not only pilgrims or devotees but also tourists from all over the world to admire these stunning monuments and temples of great artistic beauty and get fascinated by its aura and charm. These religious places brings out a pure feeling of dignity and harmony.
Here is a list of some of the most significant religious destinations in Rajasthan:
The Ajmer city located on lake Ana Sagar is one of most important, sacred and religious site in India. Situated in the centre of Rajasthan state and surrounded by great Aravali ranges, the Dargah of saint Saint Moinuddin Chisti is an important religious place for Muslims and is respected by Muslims and Hindus, as well. When the Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti also known as sufi saint came from Persia to Ajmer in 1192, he was a “Living Spirit” of harmony and peace and dedicated his whole life for the uplifting of poor. Thousands of tourists and pilgrims visit Ajmer on the saint’s death anniversary or yearly Urs or during October.
Not only pilgrims and tourists but many art lovers visit Dargah to see its beautiful architecture. The beautiful buildings, courtyards, Daalaans and tombs in the dargah displays the example of superb and unique Mughal architecture. The grave of the saint is adorned with marble dome, surrounded by beautiful silver platform. The Mughal era gave utmost significance to this dargah.
Brahma Temple, Pushkar
Pushkar is known as one of the oldest city in India and is also one of the 5 dhams dedicated to Hindus. Pushkar has around 500 temples. The city is well-known for having the only temple devoted to Lord Brahma in the world. The temple of the “creator god”, Lord Brahma was constructed in 14th century and is situated near Pushkar Lake. There are multiple stories and beliefs attached to this temple. As per Hindu mythology, it is said the Lotus flower accidently fell from the hands of the creator of this Universe. The flower then fell into the Valley and created a lake. The Lord then decided to name this place after the flower, hence it is named as Pushkar. The flower fell into the valley is then called as Pushkar Valley and the lake is popularly known as Pushkar lake. The setting of the nature near this beautiful temple is mesmerizing.
The architecture of the temple reflects royal and traditional Rajasthani touch. The steps are made of marble will take you inside the shrine where a silver turtle is placed embossed in floor surrounded by hundreds of silver coins fixed in the floor itself.
The temple has a significant place in the Hindu religion. Every year, the temple is visited by hundreds of devotees from various part of the world.
Osian situated between Jodhpur and Bikaner is also commonly called as the “Khajuraho of Rajasthan”. Osian is very old and ancient temple city and is famous for the beautiful Jain and Hindu temples. Osian has many temples out of which are Surya Mandir, Sachyayya Mata Temple, Kali Mandir and Lord Mahavir’s are the most prominent and main temples. There is also a beautiful shrine of Shree Guru Jambhashwar in Osian which situated near the Osian Railway Station. The most significant Jain temple is dedicated to god Mahavir.
Osian temple city is located around 65 km to the north of Jaipur in Rajasthan state. One can get a magnificent wide aerial view of the whole place from the beautiful Sachiya Mata Temple which has perfect backdrop of bright golden sand dune from all around.
Ranakpur city is one of the main five religious and most important places of Jain community and the place has a huge value among the Jains. The city has exceptionally carved Jain Temples which are also famous for its splendid milky white marble which are during the Rana Kumbha’s period of power in 15th century. The main shrine is lso known as “Chaumukha Temple” which literally means “Four Faced” and is devoted to god Adinath.
The breathtaking and distinguished architectural way of the Temple is spectacular and unique. The main structure has 1444 pillars which holds the 80 domes and 29 halls. The 1444 beautiful pillar are carved in a way that no two pillars are alike and each has its own unique carving which offers a stunning view to the beholders. In addition to this, other important structures of the temple includes 9 basements, almost around 84 statues of gods and demigods. The stunning carving of the interior part is decorated with the paintings of plant and floral patterns and Jain saviours is mesmerizing.
Govind Devji Temple, Jaipur
The temple of Govind Devji is one of the important and well-known temple of Rajasthan, situated in the Jaipur city. The shrine the temple is of great Hindu god Krishna Ji also known as Govind Devji. The history of the temple dates back to 534 AD. The idol of the temple was brought and established here by great Sawai Jai Singh from Vrindavan and since the temple is visited by thousands of pilgrims and tourists every year. It is also said that the temple was even visited by the Samode’s royal family and even Rawals visited the temple to seek the blessings of the god.
Dilawara Temple, Mount Abu
Situated at about 2.5 km from the desert state’s only hill station, Mount Abu, Dilwara temple is one of the finest and most beautiful temples in India. The temple is known for its finest architecture and elaborated carving that displays the excellent work of artists. The history of the Dilwara temple goes back in to the 13th century when it was actually built, mainly during 11th and 13th century built by Vastapul Tejpal. For Jains, these 5 prominent and wel-known marble temples of Dilwara is considered as an important and sacred place and also known as one of the most gorgeous Jain religious place in the world.
The Dilwara temples stands strongly amidst the range of forest hills and is protected by high wall covering around the complex. The oldest temple in Dilwara complex is “Vimal Vasahi”. This temple is devoted to the very first Jain Tirthankar, Adinath and the construction of this temple took long 14 years. The second most important temple is dedicated to 22nd Jain Tirthankar, “Luna Vasahi” and the construction of this temple took almost 15 years to stand. The rest 3 temples in the Dilwara complex are “Mahaveerswami”, “Khartar Vasahi” and “Bhimashah Pittalhar”.
These stunning marble temples have a magnificent entrance and the entire construction and architecture of the temple reflects the most promising Jain values such as honesty, simplicity and frugality. The beautiful marble complex is definitely a treat to the eyes.
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