Apart from being the attraction centre for wildlife enthusiasts and desert lovers, Rajasthan is also well-known as a shrine as it is home to a number of temples. Here, we have listed some of the most popular temples in the desert state.
1. Salasar Balaji Temple:
Lord Hanuman is the presiding deity in the town of Salasar and the Salasar Balaji temple is a dedication to the deity. It is believed that the temple was constructed in 1754 AD, pujas and aartis are done on a daily basis as devotees of Lord Hanuman visit the temple regularly. Ashvin Purnima and Chaitra Purnima are the two main festivals celebrated in the temple.
2. Sai Dham:
Located at Rani in Pali district, Sai Dham is a replica of the original Shirdi Sai Baba temple. The assembly hall in the front of the temple can accommodate about 300 people. Sai Dham is believed to be a sacred and powerful place in Marwar region. There is a replica statue of Shirdi Sai Baba which stands 5ft 5inch tall and is made of white marble. The temple is also well-recognised for the silver ornamental work.
3. Mehandipur Balaji Temple:
Mehandipur Balaji Temple is located in Duasa district of the state and is a noted Hindu temple. Hanuman is the main shrine in the temple and has a reputation of exorcism of evil spirits and ritualistic healing. Due to this reason, the temple attracts a myriad of pilgrims from Rajasthan as well as from other parts of the country (especially in the northern part).
4. Galtaji Temple:
Galtaji is a pilgrimage site located in the town of Khania-Balaji and Temple of Galtaji is the main temple amongst several other temples in Galtaji. The Temple of Galtaji is a retreat for Hindu ascetics and is well-known for its painted walls, carved pillars, and pavilions with rounded roofs.
The tiered pools in the temple are a bathing spot for Hindu pilgrims. Amongst several festivals celebrated in the temple, Makar Sankranti is the most prominent one.
5. Karni Mata Temple:
Located at Deshnoke, Karni Mata temple is dedicated to Karni Mata and is popular for the large population of black rats. These rats are considered holy and are called kabbas. Curious tourists and Karni Mata devotees from across the country visit the temple throughout the year. Ashvin Shukla Dashmi, Chaitra, and Karni Mata Fair are celebrated in the temple.
6. Brahma Temple:
Dedicated to Hindu creator God, Brahma, Brahma temple is built of stone slabs and marble and is believed to be 2000 years old. The temple celebrates a festival held on Kartika Poornima in the honour of Lord Brahma. Brahma temple is also considered as the very few existing temples dedicated to Lord Brahma.
7. Ambika Mata Temple:
Also known as the Khajuraho of Mewar, Ambika Mata Temple is dedicated to Ambika Mata who is believed to be an incarnation of Goddess Durga. The temple is popular for its several inscriptions.
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