Famous for its colorful aura, notable attractions, and the amazing Thar Desert, Rajasthan is also home to some of the world’s most famous Religious attractions, the one of the top ones being the Dargah of a Moinuddin Chishti at Ajmer. Some of the pilgrim places of Rajasthan are:
The Ajmer Sharif Dargah at Ajmer is the shrine of the sufi saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti, a highly revered saint. The shine is one of the topmost religious attractions of Rajasthan and draws visitors from all over the world, especially during the Urs of the saint. The shrine houses the grave (Maqbara) of the revered saint. The shrine can be accessed via the main Gate called the Nizam gate. The Shahjahani Gate, built by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan, and the Buland Darwaza made by Sultan Mahmood Khilji are two other gates to the shrine.
Located at a distance of 30 kms from the city of Bikaner, the Karni Mata temple is a famous Hindu temple made in honor of Mata Karni. Also known as the Temple of Rats, the temple enshrines more than 20,000 black rats, which are considered holy by the visitors. It is believed that the stepson of Karni Mata, Laxman drowned in a pond while attempting to drink water from it. Karni Mata begged the god of death, Yama to revive him, who permitted all of Karni Mata’s children to be reincarnated as rats.
The Dilwara Jain Temples of Mount Abu were built during the 11th & 13th century AD. Known for their beautiful marble work, the Dilwara Temples are highly revered by the Jains. The Jain temples comprise five beautiful temples, namely the Vimal Vasahi, Luna Vasahi, the Pithalhar, the Parshvanath, and the Mahavir Swami. The opulent entranceway, intricate architecture comprising the ced ceilings, pillars, panels, and each of the ornamental detail on the walls makes the Dilwara Jain Temples a wonderful masterpiece, and one of the famous Jain religious sites of Rajasthan.
The Temple of Shrinathji is a Hindu Temple made in honor of Shrinathji and an important pilgrimage place for the Vaishnavs. It is believed that the divine form of Shrinathji is self-manifested. Pilgrims from various parts of the country visit this temple to pay their respect to the deity.
The Brahma temple at Pushkar is the only temple in the world dedicated to Lord Brahma. Located on the shores of the Pushkar Lake, the temple was built during the 14th century using marble & stone slabs. The temple enshrines the image of Lord Brahma, and Gayatri, his consort. With a distinctive red pinnacle and hamsa bird motif, the temple is one of the famous religious sites of Rajasthan.
The Ranakpur Jain Temple located on the Pali district is a renowned temple dedicated to Tirthankara Adinatha-the first Tirthankar of avasarpiṇī. Constructed in the maru-Gurjaraa architectural style, the temple is made features four faces-refered to as chaumukha. It depicts the conquest of the Tirthankara in the four cardinal directions.
The Eklingji Temple in Udaipur is dedicated to Eklingji-a form of Lord Shiva, who is worshipped as the ruling deity of the princely state of Mewar. Built in the year 1971, the temple complex comprise 108 temple circled by high walls. The main temple inside the complex dates back to the 15th century. The walled complex is made from marble and granite, and enshrines an enormous double storied, pillared hall under the pyramid shared roof, with an image of Lord Shiva in black marble.