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Places of Pilgrimage in Rajasthan

Dargah Sharif – Ajmer
The Dargah Sharif at Ajmer (located at a distance of only 2 km from the Ajmer railway station) is a Sufi shrine and is one among the most famous tourist spots of Ajmer. It is considered holy as it is the place where KhwajaMoinudeenChisti, the Muslim saint, is buried. This holy tomb draws Muslim pilgrims from near and far. This place is also unique as people from all religions visit the Dargahto pray with faith and purity to fulfil their wishes.

DeshnokKarni Mata – Bikaner
This temple lies at a distance of 30 km from Bikaner. It is also called the ‘temple of the rats’. The temple is full of brown rats also called kabbas. They are considered holy and are considered to be protected by Karni Mata. They live there without any fear and are revered by the visitors to the temple.

Dilwara Jain Temple – Mount Abu
Built in the period between the 11th and the 13th centuries, they are famous for their architecture in marble. Full of intricate stone carvings, it is considered the most artistic among the Jain temples. This cluster consisting of temples is located on a hill at about 4000 feet from the ground level in Mount Abu.

Shrinathji Temple – Nathdwara
This temple for Lord Krishna is located at a distance of about 48 km from the city of Udaipur. It is a famous pilgrim centre that all tourists visiting Udaipur never miss. Located on the banks of the River Banas, the temple is dedicated to one of the incarnations of Lord Krishna – Shrinathji. It is considered as an important temple for all Vaishnavites to visit.

Brahma Temple –Pushkar
Located beyond the Anasagarlake and Nagaparvat, this temple lies in the valley of Pushkar. This is one of the very few temples that is dedicated to the creator God Brahma. It is believed that Brahma performed a powerful ‘yaga’ here in the company of other gods and goddesses. It is a holy place for all Hindu pilgrims.

Jain Temple – Ranakpur
Dedicated to the Jain ThirthankaraRishabhanatha, this temple was constructed by a businessman in the 15th century. Located in the Pali district, at a distance of 23 km from the Phalna railway station, this temple is an important one among five pilgrimage centres for the Jains. It is located in a picturesque valley in the Aravalihills.

Eklingji Temple – Udaipur
This temple lies at a distance of 24 km to the north of Udaipur. Built for Lord Shiva, it is the ruling deity of the Mewar and the Maharanas are in charge of the temple festival. This complex is made up of 108 temples. It is surrounded by high walls and has many bathing (terraces) ghats that lead to the water. The temple complex exudes the smell of sandalwood and dhoop incense. The idol is about 50 feet high and consists of a multi-faced image of Lord Shiva. The idol is made of black stone.

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