Religious Places in Rajasthan
Rajasthan is one of the most visited tourist places of our country. Known for its magnificent architecture, rustic people and cultural heritage, the regions attracts a large number of domestic and international travelers. Other than the innumerable forts and palaces, religious places in Rajasthan is a major attraction for both domestic and international tourists.
Top Religious Places of Rajasthan
Pushkar is one of the most ancient cities of India. It is situated on the banks of Pushkar lake. It is also one of the holiest cities of India. Known for its lake, numerous ghats and temples, the city attracts a lot of foreign tourists. It is especially a unique experience to be in Pushkar city during the much talked about Pushkar Fair
. Brahma Temple
Although there are many temples in the city, the most famous one is the Brahma Temple
. Legend says it that the lake was created by Lord Brahma himself. Brahma Temple of Pushkar is the only Brahma temple in the world. As the
name suggests, it is dedicated to Lord Brahma. Experts say that he
temple is about 2000 years old and is one of the most popular tourist
attractions of the region. It is built in marble and stone slabs.
about the architecture of the temple –it is set on high podium, and has
a number of marble steps to enter the temple. The entrance gate archway
is decorated with pillared canopies. The red shikhara of the temple
symbolizes a swan, which was the vehicle of Lord Brahma.
from different parts of the country and even the world visit Pushkar to
seek blessings of Lord Brahma. Each year during Kartik Poornima (October
– November), a big fair is held in Puskar. People from far and wide
visit the town to bathe in the holy Puskar lake during this time.
Pushkar city is also referred to as ‘Tirth Raj’ which literally translates to king of pilgrimages. The lake has 52 ghats where pilgrims can descend in the holy water of the lake. Located just 11 km from Ajmer, one can easily reach Pushkar by both public and private transport.
Ajmer also known as Ajaymeru is surrounded by the Aravalli Hills is wrapped around with lush green hills. Once ruled by Prithviraj Chauhan, today Ajmer is a popular pilgrimage destination for both Hindus and Muslims.
which is popularly known as Dargah Sharif is a shrine dedicated to Sufi saint Moinuddin Chisti. According to an old saying it is believed that people who visit the shrine and pray with dedication and devotion would be able to free their soul.
The shrine complex has various tombs, buildings and courtyards all constructed in typically Mughal architecture. The main gate of the shrine is called the Nizam Gate. The gate next to Nizam Gate is known as Shah Jahani gate, as it was erected by the mighty Mughal ruler – Shah Jahan. It is followed by Buland Darwaza, upon which the Urs flag is hoisted.
It is a very popular tourist attraction of the region. People from different parts of the country visit the mosque. It is also very popular among the international tourists. In addition to that, a lot of film and TV celebrities have often been spotted at Dargah Sharif.
Mount Abu is one of the most loved hill stations of the country and a very popular destination of the state of Rajasthan. It is popular among both domestic as well as international tourists. In addition to being a loved hill station, it is also known for its religious importance.
Dilwara Jain Temples
Dilwara Jain temples
are a great example of fine architecture and intricate stone carvings. Thee temples were built between 11th and 13th century and still stand strong. Symbolizing the rich past of the bygone era, these temples are located just 2.5 km from Mount Abu. The lush green mountains of Mount Abu give a very pleasant look to this architectural marvel. A popular tourist attraction of the region, the temple attracts a lot of domestic and international travelers as well.
The temple complex consists of five main temples dedicated to the five Jain tirthankars (saints).
- Shree Mahavir Swami Temple – Built in 1582 this temple is dedicated to Lord Mahaveer, the 24th tirthankar of Jains.
- Shri Adinath Temple – This is the oldest of all Dilwara temples. It 1031 AD by Vimal Shah and is dedicated to Lord Adinath – the first tirthankar of Jains. The temple has an open courtyard surrounded by corridors all beautifully decorated with marble carved stones. The internal dome is beautifully decorated with floral designs.
- Shri Parshvanath Temple – This temple was built by Mandika clan during 1458-59 AD. It is a three storeyed building and the tallest of the five Dilwara temples. The temple is dedicated to Lord Parshvanath. On all the four faces of the sanctum on the ground floor are four big mandaps. The outer walls of the sanctum comprise beautiful sculptures in gray sandstone.
- Peethalhar Temple – The temple is called ‘peetalhar temple’ because most of the statues are made of brass. This particular temple was built by Bhima Shah, a minister from Gujarat dynasty.
- Luna Vasahi Temple – Luna Vasahi temple was built in and is dedicated to the 22nd saint of Jainism – Shri Nemi Nathji. Therefore, the temple is also referred to as Shri Nemi Nathji temple.
The main hall or Rang mandap features a central dome from which hangs a big ornamental pendent featuring elaborate carving. The hall has 360 tiny idols of Jain trithankar all minutely crafted on marble. All these idols are crafted in white marble and the idol of Shri Neminath Ji is made up of black marble.
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Religious Tours in Rajasthan
A lot of tourists and travelers
head to the colorful state of Rajasthan to witness the array of
religious sites. The most popular destinations to be covered under
religious tours include the following – Jaipur, Udaipur, Ranakpur, Pali,
Chittorgarh, Jodhpur, Deshnoke etc.
The map below shows the important places for religious tours in Rajasthan. Click on the places to learn more about temples and dargahs in that city.
Temples in Rajasthan
The temples of Rajasthan are known not only for their religious significance but for its architectural and artistic brilliance. So one can find people of all religion visiting the temples as a tourist spot other than only as a religious place .
Birla Temple - Jaipur
One of the most famous tourist attractions of Jaipur
, the Birla Temple
is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and goddess Lakshmi. It was built by the renowned business tycoon, the Birlas. It is built in white marble and is an example of fine architecture. The three beautiful and intricately carved domes of the temple are the highlights of the overall architecture. The temple has been embedded with beautifully carved sculptures and idols.
In the evening the temple is lit up and is a splendid sight. The exterior walls of the temple have Hindu mythological themes all over while the interiors are adorned with beautiful sculptures and carvings.
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Ranakpur Jain Temple
Ranakpur Jain temple of Rajasthan
is one of the five most important temples for Jains. Situated 60 km north of Udaipur, it is a popular tourist attraction and people from different parts of the country visit the temple. Known for its brilliant architecture, Ranakpur Jain temple is also very famous among international tourists. The temple structure is aesthetically carved in amber stone and was constructed way back in 1439 AD. It was built by Seth Dharna Shah, who was a prominent Jain businessman, with the help of Rana Kumbha.
The intricate carvings and the magnificence of the structure is the main highlight of the temple. The ceiling is beautifully adorned with geometric patterns and carvings. One of the largest subterranean vaults make the base of this colossal temple sprawling an area of 48000 sq. ft. There are a total of 1444 columns in the temple, each of which has a different carving than the other. In the assembly hall, there are two big bells weighing 108 kg whose sound echoes in the entire complex.
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Karni Mata Temple
The most famous temple dedicated to Karni Mata
is located in Deshnoke,
which is 30 km from Bikaner city in Rajasthan. The temple is a very
popular tourist attraction and people from different parts of the state
and the country visit the temple to seek Karni Mata’s blessings. The temple is popularly known as ‘temple of rats’. The temple is home to about 20, 000 rats and these holy creatures are referred as ‘kabbas’. Out of the thousands of black rats present, there are some white rats as well in the temple. These white rats are considered very holy. Legend says that sighting a white rat is considered a special blessing.
The architecture of the temple is typically Mughal and it is said that the construction of the temple was completed in the early 20th century. The front facade of the temple is made of marble, which has solid silver doors built by Maharaja Ganga Singh. The intricate carvings on the pillars and the walls are a fine example of Mughal artistry.
Shreenathji Nathdwara Temple
Shreenathji Nathdwara temple is located at a distance of 48 km from Udaipur and is dedicated to Lord Krishna. The deity’s idol made out of single block of black marble is placed in the temple. People from far and wide visit the temple and it is a major tourist attraction of the region. he interesting thing to note is that the temple is famous with both domestic as well international tourists. Apparently, the temple is the second richest temple of the world.
Located on the banks of Nakki River in Mount Abu, Ragunath temple
is one of the main tourist attractions of the region. The temple was constructed way back in the 14th century and is a famous pilgrim place for Hindu religious devotees. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shri Raghunath ji, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. It is very popular especially among domestic pilgrims.
Nasiyan Digambar Jain Temple
Popularly known as ‘Red Temple’, Nasiyan Digambar Jain Temple is situated in Ajmer. It is a popular religious place of the region and attracts a lot of people each year. It is a fine example of magnificent architecture and is dedicated to first Jain Tirthankara, Rishabhadev. The construction of the temple began in 1864 AD and completed in 1895 AD.
It is a double storey structure. The first floor of the temple is popularly known as Swarna Nagari hall. It is an example of grandeur and is made in typical Jain style architecture. The hall constitutes gold plate replicas of every Jain temples of the country. It is estimated that nearly 1000 kg of gold has been used in the construction of this masterpiece temple. The interiors of the temple are decorated with embellishments and marvelous gems. The ceilings have silver bells hanging all over.
The second floor houses a big hall which contains a series of large wooden figures representing Jain mythology. There is a museum in the temple premises that displays artifacts. The temple attracts people from all over the country.
Jagdish Temple - Udaipur Jagdish Temple of Udaipur
is one of the most popular Hindu temples. Originally known as temple of Jagannath Rai, it is a very famous tourist attraction of the city. it is situated in the city palace complex. The temple was built in 1651 by Maharana Jagat Singh and is dedicated to Lord Laxmi Narayan. The idol is carved out of a single piece of black stone. It is built as per Hindu architecture and complies to all Vastu rules. The main highlight of the temple is the detailed carvings on the pillars and the opulent architecture. it is a three storeyed temple with carved pillars, decorated ceilings, painted walls and lush halls.
Mehandipur Balaji Temple
Mehandipur Balaji temple is dedicated to Lord Hanuman. A lot of people visit this temple to get rid of their physical problems as well.
It is a popular belief that people suffering from malignant spirits and black magic or spell get their relief when they wholeheartedly pray to Lord Hanuman in this temple. The 'Mahant' of the temple, Shri Kishor Puri Ji, prescribes the treatment. It usually includes reading holy texts and even follows a strict vegetarian diet, and even afflicts physical pain to one's body.
The famous Eklingji temple
is located in a small town of Eklingji, which is 22km north of Udaipur. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and was built by Bappa Rawal in 734 A.D. The temple is a popular tourist attraction and its main highlight is the magnificent architecture. The double storeyed building, carved towers, pillars and domes and pyramid style roof talk about the grandeur of the structure. The temple houses a unique four faced idol of Lord Shiva made of black marble. The height of the idol is around 50 feet and the four faces of the idol symbolize the four forms of Lord Shiva.
In the temple complex the main main temple is a huge pillared hall called the 'mandap'. Also there are two images of Nandi carved in black stone and brass respectively. Another main attraction of the temple is the Shivlinga garlanded by a silver snake. The main temple also consists of silver doors and two water tanks.
The ancient city of Osian
is reckoned for its architectural temples that date back to the medieval age. These temples which are a proof of the golden bygone era are situated on the verge of the picturesque Thar Desert. Osian city was founded by Utpaladeva, who was the Rajput Prince belonging to Pratihara Dynasty.
Located at an approximate distance of about 65 km from Jodhpur, these temples speak volume about the culture and heritage of the region. Ossian city is one of the earliest medieval cities in India.
All the temples are carved with red sandstone and the splendid architecture is the main highlight of these temples. There are many temples in the main complex. Three of these temples are dedicated to Harihara- or the union of Vishnu and Shiva.
Govind Devji Temple - JaipurGovind
is an integral part of the City Palace complex in Jaipur.
It is a very popular temple and is visited by many people annually.
Dedicated to Lord Krishna, the temple is known for intricate detailing
and has been well preserved by the earlier royal family. Lord Krishna’s
idol placed in the temple was brought from Vrindavan and was installed
here by Sawai Jai Singh.
Akshardham Temple - Jaipur
One of the most popular religious places and tourist attractions of the pink city, Akshardham temple is
known for its magnificent architecture. In addition to the architecture, the sculptures, intricate carvings and the well landscaped gardens are also the highlight of the temple. It is dedicated to Hindu god, Lord Narayan.
Adishwar Temple – Pali
Adishwar temple is also known as
‘Chaumukha Temple. This 15th century temple is known for its unique architectural style of a Nalinigulm Vimana, a heavenly aircraft. It is one of the largest Jain temples and is a popular tourist attraction of the region. The innermost part of the temple houses a four faced image of Lord Adinath.
Devotees from far and wide visit the temple all
year round. It has three storeys, 80 domes, and 29 halls. Visitors get surprise by seeing the pavilions of the temple which are supported by 1444 pillars. Each pillar is carved in a unique design and no two pillars have the same design.
Meera Bai Temple – Chittorgarh
The temple is located in the Chittorgarh fort and it is in the compound of Kumbha Shyam Temple. Meera Bai is said to be the most ardent devotee of Lord Krishna and Chittorgarh was her birthplace. Rana Kumbha built the temple to honor her devotion.
The temple is built in typical north
Indian style with an open arcade in the region of the chamber with four pavilions in each angle. The intricate architecture of the temple talks about the grandeur of the bygone era. The walls of the temple are adorned with bhajans that Meera Bai used to sing for Lord Krishna.
Nimbo ka Nath Temple – Pali
Famously known as Nimbo ka Nath Mahadev, this temple in Pali is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Experts say that this
is the same temple where where Kunti, mother of the Pandavas, worshipped the Hindu deity Shiva during period of exile. Fairs are held near the temple each year on the eve of Shivratri and Baisakhi Purnima.
Popularly known as Salasar Dham, it is a Shakti Sthal or ‘Power Place’. It is dedicated to Lord Hanuman. Located in Salasar town of Churu district of Rajasthan, the temple attracts devotees from far and wide. Large parts of the temple are constructed using white marble while the prayer hall the Sanctu Sanctorum has a marvelous work of Silver and Gold. The intricate carvings at the main entrance are also the highlight of the architecture.
The temple was constructed in 1754 AD by Mohandas.
Later on Rao Devi Singh, Jagirdar of Sikar made it with concrete and his descendants Kaniram and Ishwardas gave the temple its present look. It is believed that if devotees pray with devotion they get their wishes fulfilled.
Naldeshwar Temple - Alwar
Naldeshwar is small town located on the outskirts of Alwar city. Naldeshwar is known for an ancient Mahadeva Temple. The beautiful temple at Naldeshwer is a fine example of the culture of the region. It is a splendid structure and the access to the temple itself is alluring.
Mosques in Rajasthan
Rajasthan is one of the few states in India which was not entirely ruled by the Muslims but the Muslim rulers and invaders have left their mark from time to time. Their influence can be seen in the architecture of temples and monuments. Rajasthan is also noted for a number of mosques and masjids and people from all over India visit these religious places.
Shah Jahan Mosque - Ajmer
Housed within the famous Dargah Sharif of Ajmer is Shah Jahan mosque. It is made of white marble and a fine example of Mughal architecture. The intricate carvings and detailed work are the highlights of the mosque. The mosque features 11 arches that add to the overall grandeur. Shah Jahan mosque was built by the mighty Mughal ruler, Shah Jahan and is white and green in color. It is a popular tourist attraction for both domestic and international travelers.
Adhai Din ka Jhonpra - Ajmer
Adhai Din ka Jhonpra is one of the most popular mosques of Ajmer. It was built by Qutub-ub-din Aibak in 1199 AD.
Experts believe that the mosque was built in just two and a half days. It is a fine example of Indo-Islamic architecture. The mosque is enveloped by a seven-arched wall that is inscribed with verses from the Koran. Various small archways made from yellow sandstone adorn the front façade of the mosque.
Churches in Rajasthan
Though Rajasthan has a few followers of Christianity, some churches in Rajasthan are a must visit during your trip to the state.
New Life Fellowship Church - Jaipur
New Life Fellowship Church is one of the most famous churches of Jaipur. A popular tourist attraction, the church has been serving the lord for more than two decades now. The intricate interiors and old world architectural style are the highlights of the church.
Pentecostal Mission Society’s Church – Jaipur
Pentecostal Mission Society’s Church is said to be the most respected and most visited church of Jaipur. In addition to that it is also one of the most well-known churches of the pink city. A lot of locals and foreign tourists visit this church. The architecture of the church is the highlight and during Christmas and Easter the entire church is brightly lit up.
Shepherd Memorial Church – Udaipur
Shepherd Memorial Church is one of the oldest churches of Udaipur City. It was built in 1877 and was named after Dr. James Shepherd. Historians believe that the land was gifted to Dr. Shepherd by the then Maharaja of Udaipur.
The architectural style of church is highly influenced by British architecture. The prayer hall is big enough to seat 300 people. The old stones and the high pillars of the church make it look similar to churches of Italy and Germany.
Our Lady of Fatima Cathedral – Udaipur
Our Lady of Fatima Cathedral is the only Catholic Church in Udaipur. The beautiful interiors and wide open areas surrounding the church are the main highlights of this church. It is a popular tourist attraction of the city.
It is believed that a devotee of Our Lady from Germany sent the statue of Our Lady of Fatima to India. It arrived in Mumbai in 1964 and was then shipped to Ajmer. In Ajmer, the statue remained unopened from 1964 to 1967. It was then installed in the church. Today it stands strong in the prayer hall that can accommodate about 500 people.
St. Gregorios Orthodox Church – Udaipur
St. Gregorios Orthodox church is a popular church of Udaipur and a famous tourist attraction. The origin of the church can be traced back to A.D 52 when St. Thomas, one of the disciples of Jesus Christ came and established Christianity in the South Western parts of India.
The church is named after St. Geevarghese Mar Gregorios of Parumala. The construction and architecture style of the church resembles the churches of Syria. The prayer hall is big enough to seat around 200 people.
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Unique Temples of Rajasthan
There are temples in Rajasthan which are noted not only for their religious significance but for some unique characteristic. It is only in India that you will find people worshipping a bike and rats!!
Galtaji Temple in Jaipur
The temple complex encompasses natural fresh water springs and 7 holy ‘kunds' or water tanks. Among these kunds, the ‘Galta Kund', is the holiest one and is believed to never get dry.
Bullet Baba Temple in Jodhpur
This is a temple to worship a Bullet motorcycle! Locals believe that after the owner of the bike met with an accident and died on the spot, the police impounded the bike only to find it at the accident spot the following day miraculously.
Karni Mata Temple near Bikaner
This temple is home to 20,000 'holy' rats and it is considered lucky if you happen to spot a white one!
Sas Bahu Temple near Udaipur
The two temples are given the name because of their close proximity and close relation. Since the mother-in-law and daughter-in-law both are closely connected, similarly these temples are also closely associated.
Tanot Rai Mata Temple in Jaisalmer
Situated very close to India-Pakistan border, this temple is respected by all the soldiers of the Border Security Force (BSF) because of miracles in 1965 AD and then in 1971 AD war with Pakistan