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Rajasthan map Trails

Pilgrimages


The rich heritage and culture of Rajasthan is a result of many centuries of peaceful coexistence of people from across all religious beliefs. Thus Rajasthan also has many important pilgrimage sites that are revered among people from all over the world. Rajasthan Routes Trails organises special travel arrangements for people travelling to these places. We have listed a few prominent ones hereunder:

Dilwara Jain Temples, Mount Abu

Dilwara Jain Temples is one of the finest Jain temple complex known world over for its extraordinary architecture and marvellous marble carvings. It seems like a fairly basic temple from outside but once inside one can only marvel at the great work of sculpture art. One of the most important pilgrimage sites among Jains, the temple complex is open every day between 12 noon to 3 pm.

Jain Temple Complex, Ranakpur

Ranakpur is located in the mountain ranges of Pali district, 23 kms away from the Phalna railway station. Ranakpur is reached after passing lush green valleys and streams and the heart capturing views of forests of Kumbhalgarh. The Ranakpur Jain Temples were built during the reign of the liberal and gifted monarch Rana Kumbha in the 15th century. An enormous basement covers 48,000 sq. feet area. Another important pilgrimage for the Jains, the temple is open everyday between 12 noon to 5 pm.

Khatu Shyam Ji, Sikar

A Hindu Temple, Khatu Shyam Ji is of very high significance among its devotees. The legend of the temple is also very interesting - in Hinduism, KhatuShyam is a name and manifestation of Barbarik, Grandson of Bhima and Son of Ghatotkach. This manifestation is especially popular in the Indian state of Rajasthanand Haryana. The original Sanskrit name Barbarīka is often replaced in Rajasthan by the Hindi version, Barbarīk, often written as Barbareek.
Barbarika had obtained a boon from Krishna to the effect that he would be known by Krishna's own name (Shyam) in the Kaliyuga era (presently ongoing) and worshiped. Krishna had declared that Barbarika's devotees would be blessed just by pronouncing his name from the bottom of their hearts. Their wishes would be granted and troubles removed if they worship Shyamji (Barbarika) with a true piety.
After the Mahābhārata battle, Barbarika's head was drowned in the river named Rupawati by Lord Krishna giving lots of blessings. After many years when Kalyug started the head was found buried in the village of Khatu (District- Sikar) in present-day Rajasthan. The location was obscured until well after the Kaliyuga period began. Then, on one occasion, milk started flowing spontaneously out of a cow's udder when she neared the burial spot. Amazed at this incident, the local villagers dug the place up and the buried head was revealed. The head was handed over to a Brahmin who worshipped it for many days, awaiting divine revelations as to what was to be done next. Roopsingh Chauhan, king of Khatu, then had a dream where he was inspired to build a temple and install the head therein. Subsequently, a temple was built and the idol was installed on the 11th day of the Shukla Paksha (bright half) of the month of Phagun.
There is another, only slightly different version of this legend. Roopsingh Chauhan was the ruler of Khatu. His wife, Narmada Kanwar, once had a dream in which the deity instructed her to take his image out of the earth. The indicated place (now known as Shyam Kund) when then dug up. Sure enough, it yielded the idol, which was duly enshrined in the temple.
Temple timings:
Winters
5:30 am to 1 pm and 5 pm to 9 pm
Summers
4:30 am to 12:30 pm and 4 pm to 10 pm

Nakoda Ji, Barmer

Rajasthan has many Jain Temples built by the community that believes in non-violence, The Jains. Nakoda Ji is among the many Temples built by this community. The temple timings are 6 am to 10 pm.

Salasar Balaji, Churu

Salasar Balaji or Salasar Dham in India is a place of religious importance for the devotees of Hanuman. It is located in the town of Salasar, on National Highway 65 near Sujangarh in Churu district, Rajasthan. The temple of Balaji, another name of Hanuman, is situated in the middle of Salasar and attracts innumerable worshippers throughout the year. On Chaitra Purnima and Ashvin Purnima, large fairs are organised that attract devotees as they pay homage to the deity.
Salasar Balaji is in the religious circuit that includes the pilgrim centres of Rani Sati Temple, Jeen Mata and Khatushyamji, which are located close to it. Initially a small construction, the temple of Salasar Balaji is now considered to be a Shakti Sthal (a shrine) and Swayambhu (self creation) by faith, belief, miracles and wish fulfillments of the devotees. Temple is open all days between 4 am to 10 pm.

Teerth Raj Pushkar, Ajmer

Pushkar is a sacred town situated 530 metres above sea level in the enchanting valley of the Aravali hills. It is about 11 kilometers northwest of Ajmer in Rajasthan. The holy town has a central lake , The Sarovar which is surrounded by as many as 500 temples all around. But the most important temple here is the one dedicated to Lord Brahma, The Creator God in Hinduism. The lake is about ten meters deep and gets its water supply from the rains. It is surrounded by mountains on the three sides. The Hindu scriptures describe it as "Tirtha-Raj" – the king of pilgrimage sites related to a water-body. The Pushkar Lake finds mention on coins as early as the 4th century BC. Pushkar Lake is surrounded by 52 bathing ghats (a series of steps leading to the lake), where pilgrims throng in large numbers to take a sacred bath, especially around Kartik Poornima (Full moon night in October–November) when the Pushkar Fair is held. A dip in the sacred lake is believed to cleanse sins and cure skin diseases.
The temple timings are as below:
Winters
6:30 am to 1:30 pm and 3 pm to 8:30 pm
Summer
6 am to 1:30 pm and 3 pm to 9 pm

Osian Temples, Jodhpur

Osian is a small hamlet near Jodhpur which is considered so pious among Hindus as well as Jains that the name of the place also is referred to as Osian Ji. Two temples of high significance that are located in Osian are 1. Sachiyay Mataji Temple - Hindu pilgrimage site and 2. Osian Jain Temple - Jain pilgrimage site.
Temple Timings:
Sachiyay Mataji Temple - Sunrise to one hour after sunset
Jain Temples - 8 am to 5 pm

Ajmer Sharief Dargah, Ajmer

The dargah of Moinuddin Chishti ( Gharib Nawaz -Benefactor of the Poor), known as Ajmer Sharief Dargah or Ajmer Sharief, is an international waqf, an Islamic mortmain managed by the Dargah Khwaja Saheb Act, 1955 of the government of India. Ajmer Sharif Dargah is 2 kilometres (1.2 mi) away from the main central Ajmer Railway station and situated at the foot of the Taragarh hill, and consists of several white marble buildings arranged around two courtyards, including a massive gate donated by the Nizam of Hyderabad and the Akbari Mosque, built by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan. It contains the domed tomb of the saint. Akbar and his queen used to come here by foot on pilgrimage from Agra every year in observance of a vow when he prayed for a son. The large pillars called "Kose ('Mile') Minar", erected at intervals of two miles (3 km) along the entire way between Agra and Ajmer mark the places where the royal pilgrims halted every day. It has been estimated that around 150,000 pilgrims visit the site every day. Visiting timings are 6 am to 9 pm.

Karni Mata Temple, Deshnok (Bikaner)

Karni Mata Temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to Karni Mata at Deshnoke, 30 km from Bikaner, in Rajasthan, India. It is also known as the Temple of Rats.
The temple is famous for the approximately 25,000 black rats that live, and are revered in, the temple. These holy rats are called kabbas, and many people travel great distances to pay their respects. The temple draws visitors from across the country for blessings, as well as curious tourists from around the world. Temple is open between 4 am to 10 pm.

Shrinathji Temple, Nathdwara (Udaipur)

Shrinathji is a form of Hindu god Krishna, manifest as a seven-year-old child (Balak). The principal shrine of Shrinathji is situated at the temple town of Nathdwara, located 48 kilometres north-east of Udaipur city in Rajasthan. Shrinathji is the central presiding deity of the Vaishnava sect known as the Pushti Marg (The way of grace) or the Vallabh Sampradaya or Shuddhadvaita, established by Vallabhacharya. Shrinathji is worshipped mainly by the followers of Bhakti Yoga and the Vaishnava in Gujarat and Rajasthan among others.

For darshan a strict time table needs to be followed:
Mangla : 5:45 am to 6:30 am
Shringar : 7:15 am to 7:45 am
Gwal : 9:15 am to 9:30 am
Rajbhog : 11:15 am to 12:05 pm
Uthapan : 3:45 PM TO 4:05 PM
Bhog : 4:45 pm to 5 pm
Aarti : 5:15 pm to 6 pm
Shayan : 7 pm to 7:30 pm