Since the beginning of time, temples are the centre of cultural development for any region. Temples are also the cynosure of profound art, architecture and literature of that era, and home to rich mythological stories which have passed on from generations to generation! In the modern era, these temples then uphold timeless vibrant traditions in their own unique style. Let’s explore the 10 fascinating temples of Rajasthan that have echoed through the catalogues of every traveler:
1. Ambika Mata Temple, Udaipur
(The Khajuraho of Mewar!)
Dedicated to Goddess Ambika, this temple was built around 961 AD. Older the temple, richer is its glory; Ambika Mata Temple is also one of the prime attractions of tourists in Mewar. More than the spellbinding architecture, this temple is famous for its timeless carvings & sculptures.
Trivia: The style of this temple is completely unique and new to this region which makes Ambika Mata Temple one of its kind.
Prime Attraction: Annual fair – held with great vibrance and grace during Navratri.
2. Galtaji Temple, Jaipur
(Home to the sacred mischiefs!)
Monkeys and mischief often go hand in hand, but not at Jaipur’s Galtaji Temple. Located in the pristine mountains of Aravalli, this marvelous temple of Rajasthan is often dominated by monkeys – the devotees of Lord Hanuman. Small ‘kunds’ have been constructed inside the temple to give it a ravishing yet devotional look.
Trivia: The Galtaji temple is indeed a collection of different temples located on the hilltop of the Aravalli ranges.
Prime Attraction: Festival of Makar Sankranti is celebrated widely as a part of the temple’s annual fairs.
3. Shila Mata Mandir, Amer
(A shinning locus amidst the soothing Amer hills)
Shila Mata Temple is an architectural grandeur! A beautiful blend of Mughal & Rajput construction. Dedicated to Goddess Shila Mata, this temple on the principles of vastu and thus it constantly radiates positivity attracting tourists on large scale.
Trivia: The graceful idol of Goddess Shila Mata was retrieved from Jessore, Bangladesh in 1604 by Maharaja Mansingh.
Prime Attraction: 9-day festival of Navratri marks a great significance for the devotees of Goddess Shila Mata.
4. Shri Eklingji Temple, Udaipur
(The royal deity of Mewar!)
Lord Shiva rests with pride and valour in the sanctum of Shri Eklingji Temple. Built in the 8th Century CE, this devotional centre has attracted a large number of pilgrims and tourists from all parts of the world. One can clearly see the dominance of traditional Indian architecture and carvings.
Trivia: This timeless epitome of artistry bathed in the glory of royal poojas & traditions is more than 1300 years old!
Prime Attractions: Eklingji Patotsav and Maha Shivratri are two prominent festivals celebrated with great pomp!
5. Ranakpur Temple, Pali
(A temple designed by God himself!)
Ranakpur Temple is one of the 5 major pilgrims of the Jain religion. The temple is one of the major tourist destinations for people from every walks of life. This religious site stands gracefully in the valleys of the Aravalli Ranges.
Trivia: The temple endorses more than 1400 carved pillars and covers a significant area of 48,000 sq. ft.
Prime Attraction: The uniquely constructed idol of four-faced Tirthankaras symbolize their quest for exploring the cosmos!
6. Karni Mata Temple, Bikaner
(The temple where rats decide the destiny of every pilgrim!)
Karni Mata Temple dates back to the 15th Century and dedicated to a popular religious personality – Karni Mata. It is believed that due to her mystical vision, the village gained popularity and prospered all the way! Karni Mata Temple is also located in Mathania, Deshnoke, Udaipur & Alwar.
Trivia: Karni Mata is an incarnation of Goddess Durga.
Prime Attraction: The temple is dominated by 20,000 rats which surprisingly are very friendly and pose no harm to humans.
7. Brahma Temple, Pushkar
(Against the stereotypes of Indian mythology!)
A small town Pushkar in Rajasthan is the only town to have the temple of God Brahma in the entire country. God Brahma was cursed to have any temple dedicated to him, even though the Brahma Temple receives a great response from pilgrims even today.
Trivia: Brahma Temple is located between the temples of Savitri (his wife) and Gayatri (other consort of Brahma).
Prime Attraction: The only temple dedicated to Lord Brahma.
8. Birla Temple, Jaipur
(The epitome of religious unison!)
Originally known as the Laxmi Narayan temple, Biral Temple is a popular site of pilgrimage and a high grossing tourist destination. White marble with carved mythological scenes created this wonderful temple.
Trivia: BM Industrial Foundation invited Mahatma Gandhi to inaugurate the Birla Temple.
Prime Attraction: The temple has three domes built specifically to represent three different religious domes.
9. Parshuram Mahadev Temple, Jodhpur
(The story of two Gods!)
Mythology says that Lord Parshuram constructed this cave with his legendary axe to worship Lord Shiva. The pilgrimage is indeed a trek towards attaining divinity. Its importance and popularity has gained the temple the title of ‘Amarnath of Rajasthan’
Trivia: The temple has 9 water kunds which literally never go dry.
Prime Attraction: Shravan Shukla Shasthi and Saptami marks the beginning of a great, pious fair.
10. Mehandipur Balaji Temple
(Evil stands no chance to flourish!)
Mehandipur Balaji Temple is a must-visit for every staunch devotee of Lord Hanuman. People also firmly believe that the priests in this temple can perform an exorcism and often visit this place to reclaim themselves from the clutches of evil spirits.
Trivia: Priests and saints carry out the ritual of healing one’s soul inside the temple. Exorcism does take place here.
Prime Attraction: Chaitra Pournima, Ashwin Pournima and Hanuman Jayanti are the popular festivals of this temple.
Rajasthan might be the state of royal Rajputs and magnificent forts, but there is soft devotional aspect of the largest state of India which remains unseen by tourists. The given listicle sheds a light on 10 temples of Rajasthan which will evoke positivity and radiance in your busy lifestyle.
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