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Religious Places

ShrinathJi –Nathdwara, EklingJi-Kailashpuri, Ranakpur, Pawapuri, Nakoda Ji, Rata-Mahaveer Ji, Delwara Jain Temples, Galiakot & Kapasan-Diwanshah Dargah and others.

Ranakpur

Ranakpur is a village located in the lush green valley of Aravali mountain ranges in Pali district of Rajasthan. It is home to one of the biggest and most important Jain temple complexes of India covering an area of nearly 48,000 square feet, has 29 halls, 80 domes and supported by 1444 marble pillars, each of them intricately and artistically carved, yet no two of them are alike. And hence undoubtedly an ancient architectural wonder.

 

It was built by a wealthy Jain businessman named Dharma Shah under the patronage of the liberal and gifted Rajput monarch Rana Kumbha in the 15th century.  According to local legend Dharma Shah had a celestial vision that left in his heart a burning determination to build a temple in honor of Adinath, the founder of the Jain religion.

 

When Dharma Shah approached Rana Kumbha with his plan, the king not only gave him a plot of land to build the temple but also advised him to build a township near the site. The construction of the temple and the township began simultaneously. The town was named Ranakpur after the King Rana Kumbha.

Shrinathji Temple

Shrinathji Temple dedicated to the deity Lord Krishna is an important pilgrimage for all Hindus including the Vaishnavas in particular.

 

According to a legend the deity idol is self-manifested from stone and emerged from the Govardhan Hills in Braj (present day Mathura/Vrindavan). Its main attraction remains the ‘Astha’ (belief) that devotees hold dear is that the ‘Darshan’ fulfils everyone’s legitimate wishes.

 

One needs to check worship timings before setting out for a visit. All details are available in the website and authorised darshan dossier issued from the temple trust. Nathdwara is the adjoining town well connected by rail, road and is in proximity of Udaipur (Dabok) Airport.

Eklingji

Eklingji is believed to be deity of rulers of the princely state of Mewar and the Royal Family is the trustee. This 14th Century shrine has been rebuilt, renovated and expanded from time to time.

 

Dedicated to Lord Shiva the glorious narrative tells that Shree Eklingji existed since the Satya-Yuga. Shivratri is the main Shiva festival and is celebrated with much fanfare during spring season every year (February end to early March).

 

The history is revisited through the tales one gets to hear from the priests to the locals in the area. It provides peace, tranquillity and helps remove the spiritual distress by devotion to Lord Shiva.

Dilwara Temple

Dilwara Temple is one of the finest and architecturally renowned Jain temples in India. A large number of visitors and pilgrims visit this temple every day.

 

Its extraordinary architecture is its major attraction. Intricate carvings on the marble stone and high quality craftsmanship of the workers is clearly visible in every aspect of this temple which makes it truly unique and distinct. Its opulent entrance way is spectacular.

Galiakot

Galiakot a hamlet also a census town is known for Syed Fakhruddin’s shrine. He was a renowned saint who was buried here after his death and the dargah is worshipped by the Dawoodi Ibrahim Muslim Community.

 

The shrine is made from white marble and has his teachings engraved on it walls. The inner portion of the dome is decorated by beautiful foliage while teachings of the Quaran are engraved in golden letters on the tomb.

Kapasan

Kapasan located in Chittorgarh district and is famous for Deewana Shah’s dargah and considered the second most famous shrine after Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti’s Ajmer Dargah.

 

Devotees frequently visit the dargah for getting rid of black magic and evil spirits haunting human beings. Every year it draws tens of thousands of people in search of solutions for mental distress.