17 Nov

Rajasthan is not just about kings and palaces it also boasts ancient temples that reflect its age-old culture. The entire state appears like a beautiful tapestry and thus leaves a lasting impression from every angle. Rajasthan Tour Packages are about forts, palaces, and Havelis, but what stands out are the numerous temples that define the Land of Deserts. 

These temples gained fame and historical value because they were constructed during the reign of kings before the 19th century. It is easy and enjoyable to visit these sacred sites with a car rental in Jaipur. Here are five well-known religious sites that you should not miss this November.

1. Salasar Balaji Temple  

The Salasar Balaji temple, located in Salasar in the Churu district, is dedicated to Lord Hanuman and draws a large number of devotees daily. Dating back to 1754 AD, this ancient temple houses an idol of Lord Balaji, the incarnation of Lord Hanuman. Various pujas and offerings take place throughout the day. Consider visiting this temple by booking a Tempo traveller rental Jaisalmer equipped with modern amenities and offered at a reasonable rate.

According to the story, a statue of Lord Hanuman manifested as a result of the devotion of Shri Mohan Das Maharaj. Initially appearing in Asota village, the statue was later relocated to Salasar, where the temple was constructed. The ideal time to visit is during the Chaitra and Ashwin Purnima when one can join in vibrant celebrations. After exploring this temple, nearby attractions include the temples of Anjana Mata and Mohan Mandir.

2. Brahma Temple

The Jagatpita Brahma Mandir, also known as the Brahma Temple in Pushkar, is the most well-known Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Brahma, the creator of the universe. Being the only temple dedicated to Brahma in India, it draws thousands of pilgrims each year. The town of Pushkar holds a sacred atmosphere due to the presence of the Brahma Temple. This religious site has earned a place among the ten prominent religious sites globally and the five sacred pilgrimages for Hindus in India. 

Originally built in the 14th century, the Brahma Temple is believed to be 2000 years old, with sage Vishwamitra as its initial constructor and later renovations by Adi Shankara. Made from marble and massive stone slabs, the temple houses images of Lord Brahma along with his wives, Gayatri and Savitri. The temple is managed by the Sanyasi (ascetic) sect priesthood. The significance of Lord Brahma choosing Pushkar for Yagya adds to the sanctity, and the holy Pushkar Lake flowing in front of the temple enhances its purity. The Kartik Poornima, an auspicious day, elevates the spirituality of the place. A visit to the Brahma Temple and a dip in the sacred Pushkar Lake are believed to cleanse all sins. Worshipping Lord Brahma, a rarity, is considered equivalent to attaining liberation and is a must on your bucket list.

3. Eklingji Temple

Built in 734 AD, this temple is a significant religious site with 108 temples on its premises. Particularly popular among Hindu pilgrims, Mondays see a surge of devotees offering prayers to Lord Shiva. The main temple features a four-faced image of Lord Shiva. Consider visiting during Mahashivratri, despite the crowds; you will not regret it. The temple boasts unique architecture, a double-storied structure with a pyramid-style roof and complex carvings. 

Established by Bappa Rawal, Eklingji is the ruling idol of the Mewar rulers. Upon entering, a striking silver image of Nandi catches your eye, alongside two others carved from black stone and brass. The black marble image of Lord Shiva, standing at around 50 feet, depicts four different forms. Adding to the allure is a silver snake enhancing the charm of the Shivalinga.

4. Khatu Shyam Mandir

Situated about 65 km from Sikar in the small village of Khatoo, Khatu Shyam Mandir is a revered Hindu temple drawing over 85 lakh devotees annually. People visit to admire the beauty and seek blessings from the Lord. Constructed in 1027 AD by Roopsingh Chauhan and his wife Niramala Kanwar, the temple holds various myths and legends. Pilgrims strongly believe that their wishes come true here. 

Khatu Shyam Mandir is crafted from lime mortar, tiles, marble, and rare stone. The idol is in the sanctum sanctorum, surrounded by walls adorned with golden sheets. The prayer hall, Jagmohan, is just outside the centre. Marble gates mark the entrance and exit, while the hallways feature intricate paintings of mythological creatures. Near the temple, there is a small yet charming garden called Shyam Bagicha. Within the garden lies the samadhi of a devoted soul named Aloo Singh. Adjacent to the temple is the Shyam Kund, a pond where the head of the Lord Barbarika was discovered; it holds religious significance, and devotees take a holy dip. Also, two other temples, Gopinath and Gaurishankar, are located nearby.

5. Karni Mata Mandir

Situated in Deshnoke, about 30 km from Bikaner, this temple is a unique religious site dedicated to Karni Mata. What sets it apart is the presence of around 20,000 revered rats, known as Kabbas, living within its premises. Devotees make offerings that these rats consume, and then the leftovers are distributed as prasad. Legend has it that the temple dates back to the 1400s, and the goddess worshipped here is an incarnation of Durga. 

A fascinating tale accompanies the rat worship – Karni Mata tried to convince the god of death, Yama, to reincarnate the son of a grief-stricken storyteller. When Yama refused, Karni Mata pledged that male storytellers from the Charan caste would be reborn as rats in her temple. Pay a visit to this temple for a unique experience, especially during festivals like Karni Mata Fair, Chaitra, and Ashvin Shukla Dashmi.


Rajasthan is renowned for its impressive forts, lavish palaces, and luxury living. Scattered throughout the state, there are forgotten forts and timeless palaces, now beautifully restored and popular among tourists. To immerse yourself in the royal experience, explore these regal structures in style by opting for an elephant or camel ride. 

Adding to the allure of Rajasthan are its fine arts and handicrafts, a heritage protected by the kings and rulers of different eras. This desert state exudes a unique charm. Also, the religious sites give a spiritual and serene vibe to the Land of Deserts. Delve into temples and get familiar with local beliefs, customs, and traditions.

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