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Rajasthan is also known as the ‘Land of the Kings’ due to its rich history as old as the country. Grandeur, opulence and a vibrant blend of culture, music, and cuisine will have you falling in love with this glorious state. Majestic forts and palaces, golden deserts and their cool nights, handicrafts, panoramic landscapes and especially temples augur you for a re-imposing of faith. The archetypal architecture of monuments and temples describe much about the region’s richness. Need we say more for you to realise that this is an ideal vacation spot!
List Of 12 Temples in Rajasthan That Charge You With Spirituality
Each of the temples in Rajasthan has a unique identity. Almost all of them were built during the reigns of different kings and thus represent those eras even to this day. That is why they are as much religiously significant as historically—and so do they remain notable tourist destinations in the region. Most of all, the architecture stands out and have a lasting impact.
The listicle below will take you to the 12 most famous temples in Rajasthan that you should not miss:
1. The Birla Mandir, Jaipur
It is one amongst the famous temples in Rajasthan visited by devotees and tourists throughout the year. It is also known as the Lakshmi–Narayan temple. The temple has been built entirely from white marbles including the idols of deities. The temple premises also has a museum beside it.
However, what strikes the most of this very unique of all the Rajasthan temples are its domes. Touted as a temple that represents secularism more than anything else, The Birla Mandir has 3 domes which are made in the style of major religions in India— showcasing Islam, Christianity and Hinduism altogether. It is truly an epitome of India’s secular spirit!
Timings: Open from 6 AM till Noon and 3 PM to 9 PM
Cost: Entry is free for all in the temple and as well as the museum.
Best Time to Visit: Winter season is best as the weather is pleasant although it is accessible throughout the year.
2. The Salasar Balaji Temple In Churu
One of the famous Hanuman temples in Rajasthan, it is flocked by devotees throughout the year. It is believed that the idols in this temple have been self–created and so are many mythical tales attached with it. It is perhaps the main reason that Salasar Balaji Temple in Rajasthan attracts the attention of many pilgrims throughout the year who firmly believe in its mythical importance.
Timings: Open from 4 AM to 10 PM
Best Time to Visit: It is accessible and open throughout the year.
3. The Ranakpur Jain Temple, Sadri
Located in an area of about 48,000 square feet, Ranakpur Jain Temple in Rajasthan has impressive aesthetics with 1,444 pillars that are carved structure redefining architectural richness. Its 24 halls with 80 domes besides 400 columns make it worth exploring as a tourist as much as a devotee worshipping here. The temple is dedicated to Lord Adinath whose spire is the largest. The architectural design of this temple is very much unique so much so that no two pillars are the same. It is one of the most famous Jain temples in Rajasthan.
Timings: From 12 PM to 5 PM
Cost: Entry is free for all.
Best Time to Visit: It is accessible and open all year long.
4. The Mehandipur Balaji Temple, Dausa
Situated in the small town of Dausa, it is one of the most famous Hanuman temples in Rajasthan that was constructed in the 11th century. Its architecture is that of the traditional Rajput style. It mostly attracts the pilgrims for its ritualistic healing of the physical or spiritual ailments including attacks by evil spirits. There are 3 idols inside the temple – Lord Hanuman, Pret Raj and Bhairav and they are said to be of more than 1,000 years old.
If you crave goosebumps, do visit the main halls for a good lot of possessed men and women in the eerie healing process . For its mysterious aura, it surely is a must-visit temple!
Timings: Open from 7 AM till Midnight
Best Time to Visit: During the winter season.
5. The Tijara Jain Temple, Alwar
Being one of the most famous Jain Temples in Rajasthan, it has pilgrims flocking its ground all year long. It is also of great importance to historians. It was discovered in the year 1956 and has a 15-inch idol of Chandra Prabhu which is carved entirely out of white marble. Another 8–inch black idol of Chandra Prabhu was discovered in the year 1972. The temple is said to have been established in the 16th century.
It has sky-high domes with beautiful architecture and the inside walls are decorated with priceless paintings and enchanting glassworks that depict the religious episodes from the life of Chandra Prabhu.
Timings: It remains open all day and closes at night.
Best Time to Visit: It is open to everyone at any time in the year.
6. The Galtaji Temple, Jaipur
It is one of the major pilgrimage sites that have a group of Hindu Temples. The temple is situated at about 10 km from the centre of Jaipur. It has many palatial courtyards with oval roofs, vibrant walls and carved pillars. This temple had been built in the 16th century by pink sandstones. It is also famous for its several water tanks and natural springs which are said to have medicinal value and a huge population of monkey, commonly known as Rebel Monkeys.
Timings: From 5 AM to 9 PM
Cost: Entry is free for all
7. The Rani Sati Temple, Jhunjhunu
Dating as far back as 400 years, this temple is dedicated to Rani Sati, who in the epic Mahabharata commits self–immolation. It is made entirely from white marbles and the inner walls are adorned with aesthetically pleasing paintings. There are small temples around – of Lord Hanuman, Lord Ganesha and Lord Shiva, but interestingly, this temple in itself doesn’t have any idols. It though has a trident at the centre which is said to represent bravery and heroism.
Timings: From 5:30 AM to 1 PM and 3 PM to 10:30 PM
Best Time to Visit: It is open, pleasant and accessible all year round.
8. The Shri Mahavir Ji Temple, Karauli
It is a famous Jain Temple in Rajasthan that is significant for being an amalgamation of five temples. The architecture of each of these is magnificently beautiful to appeal the visitors. One of the temples has an intricate mirror work as well.
Timings: From 5 AM to 8 PM
Best Time to Visit: During the annual fair held in the month of April.
9. The Surya Narayan Temple, Jhalawar
It is an ancient temple dedicated to Sun God. The artistic domes and huge walls of this temple are the first things that strike the tourists here. The four-armed Sun God also shares his Sanctorum with the idol of Lord Padmanathji. Its spectacular style and design will literally transport you to a bygone era.
Timings: From 7 AM to 10:30 AM and 3:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Best Time to Visit: The sunset and the sunrise are the perfect times in the day to watch the sun rays kiss at the feet of Sun God’s idol.
10. The Bisaldev Temple, Bisalpur
This temple is located in the Pali district beside the pristine Banas River. It is declared by the Archaeological Survey of India as a Monument of National Importance; therefore, this temple is visited by devotees as well as tourists alike in large volumes. It is dedicated to Lord Gokarneswara. When the levels of Banas River increased, the courtyards of this historic temple are a tiny bit submerged in it. Its big halls with intricate carvings on the pillars look amazing portraying the architectural aura. It also has a lot of 12th century inscription in and around the temple which makes the history lovers feel like exploring the glorious past.
Timings: It is always open
Cost: Entry is free to all
Best Time to Visit:Summers and winters are best recommended months.
11. The Kalika Mata Temple, Chittorgarh
While Chittorgarh is famous for its many forts and monuments, the Kalika Mata Temple holds its special significance for the flight of stairs as this temple is located at an elevated rock. The temple has carved pillars, artistic domes and mandaps that look up to the open sky. This temple is dedicated to Goddess Kali and is worshipped by thousands of devotees throughout the year.
Timings: Open from 6 AM to 8 PM
Cost: Entry is free
Best Time to Visit: During winters
12. The Eklingji Temple, Udaipur
One of the most famous temples in Rajasthan, the Eklingji Temple in Udaipur is popular amongst the many important pilgrimage sites in the state. Its grandiose and charming structure explains the architectural marvel from the past. It was built in the 8th century and over the years, has gone through many modifications and maintains that graceful, rustic yet aesthetically pleasing look. It is dedicated to Lord Vishnu but also has the idols of Lord Ganesha, Goddess Parvati and Lord Kartikeya.
Timing: It is open in the morning, afternoon and evening with periodic breaks.
Best Time to Visit: It is beautiful and pleasant to visit all year long.
Rajasthan is a magical state with its wide collection of temples, forts, Havelis and palaces popping up at every nook and corner. It manages to take you to a world in the past through its magnificent temples to ascertain you are re-imposed with faith. Don’t hold back and plan a trip to Rajasthan to take this spiritual journey through the amazing temples in Rajasthan. You will find more than what you were looking for!
Frequently Asked Questions About Temples In Rajasthan
Q. How to experience the Rajasthan temples at best?
A. Make sure you visit the temples around festivals or at the time of any other cultural activity. And at any rate, visiting Rajasthan in winters is anyway a good experience for you.
Q. Is there anything important to keep in mind while visiting the temples?
A. Well, there are certain general dos and don’ts. For example, remove your shoes before you enter the temple premises. There could be many traditional people in the temples, so wear what is generally acceptable simply to not offend their sensibilities.
Q. What is the most pleasant time to visit Rajasthan?
A. Definitely, from October to March. This is the autumn and winter time. And, trust us that you don’t want to be in Rajasthan in summers.
Q. How should I prepare myself for a first visit to Rajasthan?
A. You can look up information on the internet to get acquainted with the culture and society here and get an understanding of peoples’ sensibilities in the region. Look for travel destinations to plan ahead as what excites you the most and go about visiting those places with convenient tour packages.
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