Popularly known as the land of kings, the royal state of Rajasthan is known for its famous pilgrimage and religious places. The state of Rajasthan encompasses all types of places to visit. From one of the biggest malls of the country, The World Trade Park of Jaipur to the only Bramha Temple in Pushkar, Rajasthan has everything.
The land of Rajasthan has its culture and ethnicity intact. If you want to experience heritage, folk culture and impressive architecture, Rajasthan is the best place. The state is known for its religious places as well. From the beautiful lake of Pushkar to the peaceful Dargah of Ajmer, there are various religious places to visit in Rajasthan.
Here is the list of 15 religious places to visit in Rajasthan. These places are scattered all across the state. Some lie on mountain tops while others are located amidst dessert. These places are-
- Ajmer Sharif Dargah- Ajmer
- Bramha Temple- Pushkar
- Birla Mandir- Jaipur
- Diggi Kalyan Ji Temple – Tonk
- Galtaji Temple- Jaipur
- Govind Devji Temple- Jaipur
- Harshat Mata Temple- Abhaneri
- Karni Mata Temple- Deshnok
- Kaila Devi Temple – Karauli
- Lal Masjid Tijara- Alwar
- Lohagarji Temple- Shekhawati
- Meera Bai Temple- Chittorgarh
- Moti Dungri Temple- Jaipur
- Ramdevra Temple- Jaisalmer
- Salasar Balaji Temple- Churu
Ajmer Sharif Dargah – Ajmer
The Ajmer Sharif Dargah is a Sufi shrine of the Sufi saint Khwaja Mouinuddin Chishti. The shrine was built in the 13th century and is famous today amongst the people of all faiths. Hindus, Muslims and the people of other faith come here to offer “Chadar” to seek blessings of the Sufi saint.
The building of Dargah is made up of white marble with Persian inscriptions running across the length of the entire building. The “Qawwali” sung at the Dargah is that magic one must hear once in life. The words, music and the ambiance of the place just fill you with a sense of devotion. The Dargah teaches you that despite having a difference in their worship methods and gods, people still unite when it comes to the almighty power and worship. If you ever visit Rajasthan, Ajmer Sharif is one of the best religious places to visit in Rajasthan.
Bramha Temple – Pushkar
The Bramha temple of Pushkar is the one and the only temple dedicated to the creator in Hindu mythology i.e. lord Brahma. The temple relates to the mythology that Jagatpita Bramha visited Pushkar to perform yajna and married a Gurjar girl, Gayatri over here.
It is said that Bramha was here cursed by Gayatri that even after being the creator of this world, Bramha would never be worshipped thus this temple even today sustains to be the only Bramha temple. The temple is made up of red stone and silver coin designs are all across the edifice. The inner sanctum of the temple is dedicated to Gayatri and Lord Bramha. The temple is recognized as one of the most religious places in the world. It is also considered as one of the five pilgrimages by the Hindus.
The Pushkar lake is another holy lake attached to this temple’s story. It is said that Bramha dropped his lotus thus creating the Pushkar Lake which literally means made of a flower. It is said that one’s pilgrim is never complete without taking a bath in the holy lake of Pushkar. Thus The Bramha Temple becomes one of the most religious places to visit in Rajasthan and India as well.
Birla Temple – Jaipur
The Birla Temple or the Lakshmi Narayan Temple was built by the famous Birlas during 1988. The temple is known for its marvelous structure made up of white marble. It is located at the base of the age-old Moti Dungri Temple of Lord Ganesha. The temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and his wife Goddess Lakshmi and thus the name Lakshmi Narayan Temple.
The main shrine has the sculptures of Goddess Lakshmi and God Vishnu. Both these sculptures are carved from one piece of marble which makes them more beautiful. There are three domes in the temple which signify the three main religions followed in India representing the secularity of the nation. The temple exhibits marvelous art and scriptures to capture the true essence of India. It as has a museum that exhibits the earlier collection of the Birla family. The Temple is a beautiful destination to visit which will give you peace and an experience of tranquillity. If you are to visit religious places of Rajasthan, Birla Mandir is one of them.
Diggi Kalyanji Temple- Tonk
Diggi Kalyanji Temple is situated in the district of Tonk. The temple is situated 60 kilometers away from the main city. The world “ Kalyan” means prosperity. It is said that Kalyanji was an incarnation of Lord Vishnu, the caretaker of the world. The story goes back to olden times where a king was cursed by an “ Apsara” because he chased the “ Apsara” and did not let her return to “Indralok”. To relieve himself from the curse, the king was told to sit o the coast of a sea and bring with him the statue which he would see floating in the sea. The statue was no other than Lord Vishnu and this statue was drawn to the present place and is worshipped even today. It is said that the one who visits this temple receives “ Kalyan” or prosperity.
The statue dates back to 5600 hundred years ago and is one of the oldest functional temples of the Hindus. The statue is made up of white marble and the temple is the best example of craftsmanship at its peak. The inner sanctum of the temple is supported by 16 pillars which are beautifully carved and amaze its visitors. The temple even after so many years receives a huge number of pilgrims every year from across the country. This temple can be considered the oldest, functional, religious place to visit in Rajasthan.
Galtaji Temple – Jaipur
Known as the Monkey Temple, Galtaji is one of the oldest temples of Jaipur. With stories of pre-historic times, the temple of Galtaji is located on the outskirts of Jaipur. The temple is located in the laps of Aravali hills which make the setting more pleasant. It looks more like an old haveli rather than a temple.
The temple has a huge number of springs and Kunds. Among these the Galtaji Kund is considered most sacred. A huge number of devotees come here in the month of Ashwin to take a holy dip in the Kund. The water comes from the ‘Gaumukh’ which is a statue in the shape of a cow. Galtaji leaves you to astound because of its location high up on the hills and the peaceful ambiance around. While visiting Jaipur, you must visit this pilgrimage to look upon the city from a height.
Govind Devji Temple – Jaipur
The temple of Govind Devji is situated in between the City Palace complex. It lies between the Chandra Mahal and the Badal Mahal. The temple was built in 1735 by Sawai Pratap Singh II. The story goes back to the time of Sawai Jai Singh II. It is said that Sawai Jai Singh II brought this statue from Vrindavan. The statue was said to be made by Brajnabh, the great-grandson of Lord Krishna by the instructions of his grandmother. Thus this idol of Govind Devji is known as Brajkrit.
The temple has prayers 7 times a day and devotees are always present during these wonderful, heart-melting Aartis. The Morning Prayer or the Prabhat Aarti is carried out in the early morning before the sun rises. Even at this time, the temple is full of Bhakts and this is said to be the best time to visit the temple. The Temple of Govind Devji is also famous for its amazing, scrumptious Laddoos which are given as the “ Prasad”. Govind Devji is always flooded with devotees which makes it one of the most famous temples of the state and a must-visit religious place of Rajasthan.
Harshat Mata Temple – Abhaneri
The Harshad Mata temple is located in the town of Abhaneri. Harsh means happiness thus Harshad Mata is considered the goddess of happiness. Adjoining to the Chand Baori, the Harshad Mata temple was beautifully built in the 7th century. it was damaged by Mahmud Ghazni during his visit. The ruins of the damaged part can still be seen in the temple. Harshad Mata is believed to be spreading joy and glow and thus the village was named Abha Nagari or the city of lights which has now become Abhaneri.
The temple is located 33 kilometers away from the main town. The temple is beautifully constructed and when one visits this amazing place situated on the top of a hill, it will not only give you peace but also immense joy and as the goddess is known to spread happiness and Harsh.
Karni Mata Temple – Deshnok
The Karni Mata Temple is located in Deshnok. The temple is also known as the “ Temple of Rats” as around 25000 rats live in the temple which is said to be the sons of Goddess. Karni Mata was one of the warriors of Bikaner of Charan caste. The legend goes back to the mythological time when Laxman, one of Karni Mata’s son drowned in water and died. The Goddess asked Yama to revive her son which was granted as the wish that all her sons would reincarnate as rats. From that day onwards, Karni Mata has been worshipped immensely.
Even after having around 25000 rats, there has been no sin of single diseases caused by them. Among hundreds of black rats, there are few white rats that are considered the holiest as they are worshipped as the sons and the goddess herself. The food which has been nibbled by these rats is considered to be holy and is eaten by devotes with much pleasure.
The construction of the building was completed by Maharaja Ganga Singh. The architecture of the temple is Rajput but resembles a little to the Mughal style. The temple is visited by a huge number of devotees. One must visit the temple during Navratras when there is a Fair held for 9 days in the temple. Karni Mata is worshipped all across India specially by Rajputs as their “Kuldevi” or ancestral deity. Deshnok is not only a religious places to visit but a tourist attraction all over the world. It is one of the most interesting religious place to visit in Rajasthan.
Kaila Devi Temple – Karauli
The Kaila Devi temple is situated in the district of Karauli. Kaila Devi is considered as one of the nine “Shaktipeeth”. The temple is situated on the bank of Kalisal river and is known for its beautiful shrine. It is believed that the worshippers of Kaila Devi in Kalyug would be granted all their wishes. The name Kaila comes from the Goddess Kaileshwari. The temple beholds a great fair during Navratras and you can see a flood of devotees at this place from Rajasthan as well as nearby states of Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh.
Lal Masjid, Tijara- Alwar
The Lal Masjid is a mosque located in the town of Tijara and is known for its red sandstone structure. There are three domes in the mosque from which the southern dome has fallen. The Masjid is not so much visited by tourists and thus remains quiet and calm. One can see the clear sky and feel the soothing air around when near this architectural edifice. The Lal Masjid can be visited anytime but the best time to see this beauty is in the evening when the chirping of birds and a cool breeze would bring you peace.
Lohagarji Temple – Shekhawati
The temple was originally named “Lohagarl” which means the place to melt iron. The mythological story related to the place is that during the time of the war of Mahabharata, the weapons of Pandavas were made here at this place. Iron was melted in huge amounts thus the name given to the place is Lohagarl.
The place has the only temple dedicated to the “Pandavas”. Bhim Kund is a huge Kund which is now dry. It is said that Bhim used to take a bath in this Kund. The size of this Kund is enormous making one wonder the size of “ Mahabali Bhim”.
Lohagarji is visited by a huge number of pilgrims to take a dip in the holy Kunds of the temple. The village is also famous for the variety of pickles which are made at home. While going to the temple, you may see a number of stalls selling various kinds of homemade pickles which makes this place more interesting. Lohagarji is another religious place to visit in Rajasthan.
Meerabai Temple – Chittorgarh
Meerabai is known as the biggest devotee of Lord Krishna. She was the queen of Chittorgarh who left everything after the death of her husband Rana Sanga. It is said that Rana Kumbha asked Meerabai to come back to the palace and live a good life which was not accepted by the former. Meerabai has written beautiful padas in her devotion to Lord Krishna. These padas or poetries are so splendid that students of Hindi literature have them as a subject.
The temple is built in a northern style and has a sculpture of Meerabai and Lord Krishna. The temple where Meerabai used to worship Lord Krishna is located proximal to the famous Vijaya Stambha. This temple is a must-visit religious place of Rajasthan if you ever visit Chittorgarh.
Moti Doongari Ganesh Temple – Jaipur
The Moti Dungri Ganesh temple is known across the country. The word Moti means pearl and Dungri means a small hill in the local dialect. The temple is situated on the foot of Aravali hills. The name comes from the Moti Dungri hill which just resembles a pearl drop. The story goes back to the early 18th century. The temple was built by Seth Jai Ram Paliwal. The King of Mewar sent the idol in a bullock cart. The bullock cart apparently stopped at the Moti Dungri hill and it was decided that the temple would be constructed there only.
Today the temple is one of the most famous temples of Rajasthan. The first invitation of a Hindu marriage is sent to Lord Ganesha and then others. What makes the idol special is its right side twisted trunk which is considered auspicious. The architecture of the temple is like a Scottish castle. If you are visiting Jaipur, this temple should be visited by you at first because it is believed that any event which starts after the worship of Lord Ganesha always goes well. This is one of the important religious places to visit in Rajasthan.
Ramdevra Temple – Jaisalmer
This is one of the most secular temples to visit in Rajasthan. The Ramdevra temple is mostly assumed to be a temple of Lord Ram but is not. The story goes back to the time when King Ajmal of Pokhran had no child. He went to Dwarka and was blessed with two sons by Lord Krishna’s powers. The younger son Ramdev was said to have miraculous powers. He later became a “Pir”.
Since then Pir Ramdev is worshipped by the believers of all faith across the country. The most famous thing related to Ramdevra is that the devotees sing the songs of Ramdevji all night long without breaks. A large festival known as the Ramdevra Fair is held in the months of August and September which attracts a great number of tourists.
Salasar Balaji Temple – Churu
The Salasar Balaji is one of the famous Religious places to visit in Rajasthan for the devotees of Lord Hanuman. The temple is located in the town of Salasar in the district of Churu. It is much visited by the devotees from Rajasthan and Haryana. The temple organizes a huge fair in Poornima of Kartik month and Hanuman Jayanti.
So, these were some famous and interesting religious places to visit in Rajasthan. One must visit this royal state once in life to experience grandeur, culture, and vibrance.
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