The Spiritual Fascination of Rajasthan

Rajasthan, the vivacious state of India is geologically divided into 2 key provinces, the great Thar Desert & Aravalli mountain ranges. However, the hot weather conditions could not administer to outshine the zeal of neighboring people. To a certain extent, the inhabitants of Rajasthan have converted the desert region into a vital element of their livelihood. Rajasthani people always make an effort to haul out the most vividness from their region. The affluent history which has been cherished since primeval era, the outstanding confidence of populace and varying landscape have made this state as one of the most well-known tourist destinations of the nation. Traveling around the wonders of Rajasthan is breathtaking! Besides its royalty in heritage and culture, Rajasthan is prosperous in terms of spirituality as well. The chief pilgrim spots in Rajasthan can be noticed in Pushkar, Jaipur, Mount Abu, Udaipur and Jodhpur.

Let’s get to know about the wonderful spiritual places in Rajasthan.

Galta, Jaipur : Galta temple in Jaipur is placed at a distance of about 10 km from the pink city of Jaipur. Galta is a sacred pilgrimage with a unique temple devoted to the “Sun God”. Galta temple is unique and exclusive temple of Sun God in Rajasthan. Positioned in calm green scenery, Galta temple is positioned nearby the lush green gardens. Sun temple was established by great Divan “Kriparam”. Situated on the pinnacle of the knoll, this temple is noticeable from any place in pink city. This primeval pilgrim centre is placed in the middle of the mountains thus protecting the city. Being a 250 year old temple, ancient scriptures says that “Saint Galav” had existed and meditated here. The protection of Galta temple is backed up by the famous Birla family. The temple is a cosmic complex that was fully constructed with pink stones. Both exteriors & interiors walls of Galta temple boast several obscure statuettes and vivid paintings of God Vishnu, Brahma, Parvati & Ganesha. Also, one can find a small number of wall paintings that illustrates scenes from spiritual festivals and state celebrations. Each and every pillars of the temple have also been carved with refinement. The Galta temple also had some gorgeous frescoes of the prehistoric era.

Govind Dev Ji temple : A lot of temples in Jaipur are well known for their imaginative exquisiteness. However, the Govind Devji temple is unique. This temple preserves an idol which has been adored by the imperial family of Jaipur from 18th century when it was transported to Jaipur from Vinadavan. Govind Devji temple is devoted to God Krishna. This temple has uncomplicated structural design with an open-columned porch and a vaguely hollowed quad that is bounded by a low banister. It is believed that the image of God Krishna was carved by Vijranath, the grandson of Lord Krishna and supreme carver of ancient era. An assortment of spiritual program is conducted at Govind Dev Ji temple on every ‘Krishna Janmashtmi' (the holy birth of God Krishna). The amazing fact is that the figurines of Radhikaji & Govind Devji are jet black and dressed up in dazzling gold jewelries.

Brahma temple, Pushkar : The Brahma temple is a vital pilgrimage for the people who belong to Hindu religion. This temple is cuddled up in Pushkar valley which lies further than Anasagar Lake and Nagaparvat Lake. The Brahma temple was constructed with marble and is festooned with silver turtle on the base of the temple. The temple is chock-full of natural exquisiteness and holds a singular place in the hearts of Hindus. It is said that Lord Brahma had conducted a huge “Yagya” in this place in cooperation with all the deities. In accordance with the fable, it is believed that when a lotus dropped from Lord Brahma’s hands, the valley of ancient Sarovar Lake materialized astoundingly. Both images of Lord Brahma in Pushkar are placed in a seated “Palthi” arrangement.

Dilwara temple, Mount Abu : Dilwara temples are located in Mount Abu. They are known as “Arbudgiri” in prehistoric Jain & Hindu scriptures. Being the solitary hill-station in the state of Rajasthan, Mount Abu is a crucial Jain pilgrimage hub. The Dilwara Jain temples in close proximity to Mount Abu are well thought-out to be magnum opus of temple construction. On the request of King Bhimdev, the Vimalvashi temple was constructed by “Vimalshah”, the commander-in-chief around 1031 A.D. More or less, 1,500 employees worked hard for years to build this temple. The temple has 48 pillars in which 16 pillars have the imagery of female figures that are in dancing poses. The ‘Randg’Mandap is a fine-looking architectural marvel. The images of Lakshmi & Saraswati are also placed. The creative roots are adorned with deities and elephants. Other than these exclusive pieces of architectures, the Dilwara temples devoted to Parshvanath, Lord Mahavir and Rishabhdev are also traditional instances of sculpture.

Eklingji Temple, Udaipur : Eklingji is essentially a conurbation filled with temples. This temple is positioned 12 miles to the North of Udaipur city at a distance of about 22 km from Udaipur. Eklingji is a multifarious of around 108 ancient temples that are carved out of marble & stonework. Eklingji temple was established in 734 AD in order to spread the divine blessings of Lord Shiva who is adored as the final truth, the superlative power and the only “Parabhrama”. Lord Shiva is highly respected by the Mewar family. The Eklingji temples are elegantly built and devoted to the powerful God Shiva, who was considered as the protector divinity of Mewar Maharajas who were believed to be “Dewans” of Eklingji.

Ossian temples, Jodhpur : Ossian temples can be found at the boundary of Thar Desert which is around 65 km north-west of Jodhpur city. The Ossian temples are built in the premature medieval era of 10th century. Albeit Ossian does not come under the general tourist destination lists of India, this city was once a wealthy conurbation possessing over hundred Jain & Hind temples that dates back to the Medieval epoch. Fable says that this city was established by a Rajput prince named Utpaladeva who belonged to ‘Pratihara’ empire. The Ossian temples are considered as the most primitive temples of all medieval temples in the state of Rajasthan. Carcass of numerous temples points the modern city of Ossian. The former temples look like tiny shrines of just 8 feet in height. In the midst of these obscured engraved stonework structures, 3 such structures are devoted to Lord Harihara, who is the supreme power of deities Shiva & Vishnu.

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