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From here Dargah Taragarh is clearly visible. you will be excited to take the trek to uphill but that's never a good choice for this inclination. So I took a public transport (cost INR 80 for round trip). the Vehicle passed through the city to reach uphill because the way is from the other side of the city.
Located in the old city of Udaipur, this is again one of the temples you should visit for the craft and interiors. The architecture is something that will surely catch your attention. If you are a historical buff, this is one of the things to do in Udaipur. There are ceremonies and musical shows held most of the times inside the temple. One of the activities to be done here is to feed the squirrels that can be seen in large numbers. It is just a few minutes from Lake Palace and can be combined and planned together. The idols as well as the carvings are quite old as well as has aesthetic value to it. The environment is serene and gives you a relaxed feel away from the hustle- bustle of city life.
Birla Mandir Temple
A completely marble made Mandir, Birla Mandir in Jaipur is not only famous but one that gives a feeling of peace and calmness to the visitors. Though, there are a number of Birlan Mandirs around the nation, the one in this city is quite hugs. The cleanliness, the maintenance and the well-planned structure and system is bound to take you off your feet. Apart from that, the architecture of the entire monument is worth a heavy sigh. The temple is a dedication to Lord Vishnu and Goddess Laxmi. It is also known as the LaxmiNarayan Temple for these reasons. There are quite a number of foreign tourists visiting this place all throughout the year.
Dilwara Jain Temples
One of the architectural wonders of the world, the Dilwara Jain Temples is sometimes considered architecturally superior than the Taj Mahal also. These temples are surrounded by lush green hills and look like nothing extra ordinary from the outside. As you enter the temples, you find human skills displayed at its best. The temples were built during the 11th to 13th century during which time there was no road transport to transport the marble blocks till this height. It is known that the task was done by elephants. The ornamental carvings in the walls, ceilings and pillars of the temple are marvelous. The creativity of artisans even so long ago can leave any one in awe. There are 5 main temples inside that are dedicated to a tirthankara each. These are the Sri Mahavir Swami Temple. Sri Adinath or Vimal Vashi Temple, Shri Parshvanath Temple, Shri Rishabhdaoji or Peethalhar Temple, Shri neminath Ji or Lunaashahi Temple.
Ranakpur Jain Temple
Ranakpur - Ranakpur is widely known for its magnificent marble Jain temple devoted to Lord Adinath and is a must see. Ranakpur is between Jodhpur and Udaipur, in a valley on the western side of the Aravalli Range. Easily accessed by road, Ranakpur is around 90km north of Udaipur. White marble has been used for the construction of this grand temple. The temple, with its distinctive domes, rises majestically from the slope of a hill. Over 1444 marble pillars, carved in exquisite detail, support the temple, and no two columns are the same. There is one beautiful carving made out of a single marble rock where there are 1008 heads of snakes and numerous tails over the head of Lord ParsvaNatha. One cannot find the end of the tails. The image faces all four cardinal directions. The temple is designed as chaumukha with four faces. The construction of the temple and quadrupled image symbolize the Jain Tirthankara's conquest of the four cardinal directions and hence the cosmos.
Karni Mata Temple
The Karni Mata Temple is on a hill top known as Machla and gives a great views of the city on one side and on the other of the beautiful Lake Pichola. This place more than anything holds a lot of religious importance for people especially for the locals. The belief in the goddess can be seen with the crowd that accumulates here from among the locals as well as other Indians. The place can either be reached through a ropeway or through the stairs.
Muchchal Mahavir Temple
This fort is the second most important fort of Rajasthan after the Chittorgarh Fort. It is a magnificent fort built by Rajput Rulers. The fort complex has as many as 13 bastionas and huge wall which holds the record for being the Second largest wall in the whole world, the first being the Great Wall of china of course. The fort can be easily reached by local buses and cars and the way to the entrance includes zig- zag roadways and forests also. Inside the fort complex are many palaces and temples apart from other buildings of royal importance. This is also the birthplace of Maharana Pratap Singh. This fort was a refuge for other rulers and their families during war times. This fort is also said to have protected Rana Udai Singh when he was very small and there was a battle. The most famous palace here is the rooftop palace known as the Badal Mahal. This palace is colorful and gives the look of a room floating amidst the clouds. The basic colors used here turquoise and green and Maharana Pratap is said to have born in this palace specifically. There is also a large balcony from where you can get the best views of downtown. Strolling along the ravines of Kumbhalgarh is also a blissful experience.
Raj Mandir Cinema
Raj Mandir is located on the MI Road and is the right place in Jaipur if you want to catch up with a latest Hindi movie. The entire place is pink in colour and looks quite magnificent when seen from outside and nothing like a typical movie hall. The auditorium is also huge in size and the best part is that an advance booking of the tickets can be made 7 days prior to the show. This gives you a good time to plan your itinerary when in Jaipur. The interiors are lavish and quite a spectacular watch as compared to the exteriors.
4. Brahma Temple, Pushkar -There are very few temples dedicated to the Lord of creation, Brahma all over the world and this being one of the most ancient ones, draws numerous Hindu pilgrims every year. This temple is mostly blue in colour and getting a glimpse of the deity could be tricky due to the heavy footfall, be ready to fight the odds traversing through the crowd when you enter here to offer your prayers. Good luck!
Tanot Mata Mandir
Our last stop was Tanot Mata Mandir which took us close to 2 hours. The drive was scenic. The roads were empty. The place is historical and it definitely reminds you of the movie Border. The temple is clean and well maintained by Army. They say more than 3,000 bombs were dropped either in the vicinity or on the temple, but none exploded. And one can see some of those bombs in the Museum built by Army inside the temple premises. Also, Army has built a Vijay Stambha to mark the victory of Longewala battle inside the temple compound.We missed visiting Longewalan war memorial which was another 40kms as we were short on time. Additionally, you require permission to visit the Indo-Pak international border (open only till 4:00 PM) which can only be obtained in Jaisalmer.
AMAR SAGAR JAIN TEMPLE
It is located adjacent to the Amar Sagar Lake and south of Lodurva, just 7 Km from Jaisalmer city . This jain Temple is dedicated to Lord Parshwanath, called Adeshwar Nath Jain temple. It was was built by Patwa Bafna Himmat Ram in 1928.Beautifully crafted and designed, the temples looks astonishing with its inner work and small domes. The golden Jaisalmeri stones were used which shines gorgeously during the day. This temple was made on dilwala style. Inside the temple, there are various figurines of animals and Lord Tirthankara.Two other temples are also present near Adeshwar Nath Jain Temple, each of which is beautiful in its art and architecture.one can hire cab or rickshaw to reach here.One of the best place to reach there. if you are interested in art and architecture, you should visit there. However Amar Sagar Lake is almost dried. main attraction is Jain Temples which is almost 600 years old.Entry Fee- Indians-Free, Foreigners-Rs100Camera Charge- Rs 50
Bhimlat Mahadev Temple & Waterfall
Explore BhimlatBhimlat is ~35 kms from Bundi and lies in the Bhilwara District of Rajasthan. The place is steadily finding its way up as an attraction around Bundi for its wetlands, canyons, water falls and cave rock paintings.Its interesting to note that Hadoti is a second home for the migratory birds from China, Russia, Ladakh and other European countries. During monsoon the Bhimlat Wetlands is fully submerged in water. The migratory birds are seen both during monsoon and winter. We saw pelicans, storks, drongo, Indian Roller and cranes.
Ganga Maharani Temple
The largest mosque and one of the most beautiful examples of Islamic architecture present in India, the Jama Masjid is located just opposite the Red Fort in Delhi. The mosque which means commanding view of the world was built during the reign of Emperor Shah Jahan between 1644 and 1658. It has a very spacious compound that can accommodate thousands of devotees at once. The main architectural attractions are the minarets and towers. The main tower has a 5- storey structure with projecting balconies on each level. The work of calligraphy is worth mentioning too. The main materials used were sandstone and marble.
Kodamdesar Bhairu Ji Temple
An Interesting story behind this Temple · He was the 5th Avatar of Lord Shiva · Also mentioned in Shiva Puran · He was the born out of Bhruguti ( the place in between the two eyebrows) · He was the Ugra roop of Lord Shiva( means the fierce Shiva , was born to kill all the Demon) The Temple was built by Rao Bikaji after he arrived from Jodhpur. The temple doesn’t have any doors, so it is always open. Behind the temple one big lake is there. You will find many bairagi sitting, offering their prayers to Bhairav. Entry fee: NIL How to Reach: Around 30kms from Bikaner city, on the Bikaner Jaisalmer Highway NH-15 Recommended Length of Visit: 1 hours Tips: Always go in the evening.
Om Banna Temple
Located 55kms away from the Blue City, in the small village of Chotila is a Bullet Baba Shrine. If you own a Royal Enfield Bike and cruising across the country is your sole passion then bullet Baba tops the list. It's a Tiny shrine right next to the NH 62, on Jodhpur - Pali highway. Dedicated to Om Banna (for the locals) and Bullet baba to the rest of the world. The deity of the temple is a motorcycle. No wonder India is a land of strange places. The devotees or the motorcyclist offer helmet and liquor at this shrine. The idea is to spread the message of “Don’t Drink & Ride” and to follow road safety measures.
Khatushyam Mandir is located in the Sikar District of Rajasthan. The temple is erected in the heart of the place and is completely made of Makrana Marble. He is referred to as the god of Kalyug. There is also a natural spring and a lovely garden known as Khatu Kund and Khatu Bagichi respectively. The Gaurishankar Temple is another place to visit nearby.
Nasiyan Jain Temple
On my way back, I dropped at Nasiyan Temple. This marvellous Jain temple, built in 1865, is also known as the Golden Temple, due to its amazing golden diorama in the double-storey temple hall. The intricate diorama depicts the Jain concept of the ancient world, with 13 continents and oceans, the golden city of Ayodhya, flying peacock and elephant gondolas, and gilded elephants with many tusks. The hall is also decorated with gold, silver and precious stones. It’s unlike any other temple in Rajasthan and is well worth a visit.
Nakoda Bhairav Temple
Nakoda Bhairav temple is a combined Hindu and Jain temple of Lord Bhairv and the Parsavanath, the Jain deity. This temple and its premises are huge and it is considered to be a Holy Temple for the Jain community. The architecture is quite beautiful with carvings on the temple walls. On most days you'll find a lot of people there. Lucky for us, we didn't find that much since we were in the mid of summer. The key feature of the temple is the statue of Lord Bhairav. It is a bright orange statue, about two and a half feet from chest to the head with clear face features including the lips and the nose, a black mustache on the upper lip and shiny white eyes with dark black pupils. The most striking feature of the statue are its eyes. Those eyes really look back at you! All in all, good place to go if you enjoy visiting temples.
It was nearly 6:00 PM. The Sun was almost off the view but it's light was still there. The birds chorus had made the evening more pleasant. I did not want to leave the place but I had to - Murphy's Law. I took an auto for Galta Gate (INR 10) where the famous Hanuman Temple is situated, on a hill, high above the flatlands of the City. There is a close relation between the monkey and lord Hanuman. you would never find a Hanuman Temple without them, that's surprise me. He is monkey God/King and they are still following their lord, Such a devotion.
Savitri Mata Temple
On our way back, I dropped at Savitri Mata Temple, located at uphill. The ropeway makes the ascent to the hilltop Saraswati Temple a breeze. The temple overlooks the lake and the views are fantastic at any time of day. This temple has idols of both the wives of Lord Brahma named Savitri and Gayatri. But as per tradition Goddess Savitri is always worshipped first and then prayers to Goddess Gayatri are offered.