The land of colour and vibrance-Rajasthan resounds with the pure and beautiful melodies of hymns, sung with love and devotion. It is blessed with a rich tradition and a golden heritage that spreads all around. The sanctified pilgrim centres in Rajasthan are not only places of worship but also monuments of great artistic beauty. The very sight of these centres evoke feelings of purity and devotion, in the hearts of the pilgrims and draws them close to the divine. The monuments make one feel that the eternity has been preserved by mortal men, who have built brilliant architectural wonders to act as places of worship.
The various pilgrimage centres of different faiths are an excellent demonsration of communal harmony - an inherent component of the Rajasthani tradition. The rulers of Rajasthan built magnificent forts and palaces but at the same time paid due attention to the construction of temples and religious centres. Even today Rajasthan attracts thousands of devotees, pilgrims and lovers of art from all parts of the world to marvel at the wonders of architecture, craftsmanship and devotion.
Shrinathji Temple - Nathdwara
The temple of shrinathji or Lord Krishna , belonging to the Vaishnav religion is located at, Nathdwara, 48 kms. North of Udaipur. As thousands of tourists and pilgrims from all parts of the world pass the lofty mountains and serene lakes of Udaipur, it is impossible for them to resist visiting this important pilgrim centre. In the temple, enshrined is a unique image of Lord Krishna, which has been sculptured from a single piece of black marble.
Jain Temple - Ranakpur
Ranakpur is located in the mountain ranges of Pali district, 23 kms away from the Phalna railway station. Ranakpur is reached after passing lush green valleys and streams and the heart capturing views drive away any fatigue of the journey. The Ranakpur Jain temples were built during the reign of the liberal and gifted monarch Rana Kumbha in the 15th Century.
Brahma Temple - Pushkar
The Brahma temple is an important pilgrim centre for the Hindus. It is nestled in the Pushkar valley which lies beyond Nagaparvat and the Anasagar lake. This place, full of natural beauty, holds a special place in the hearts of Indians for it is believed that Lord Brahma, together with all the gods and goddesses, performed a Yagya here. Legend also has it that the ancient lake sarovar has appeared miraculously, when a lotus fell from the hands of Lord Brahma and dropped in this valley.
Dargah Sharif - Ajmer
The Dargah Sharif or the place where the Muslim Saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti lies buried, draws pilgrims and devotees from all parts of the Islamic world. But his admirers today come from all religions as the dargah Sharif is considered shrine where wishes are fullfilled. One can have the pleasure of staying in a Heritage Hotel or Haveli owned by an erstwhile Maharaja, small principality Raja or noble, Jagirdar or an ordinary landlord. Each one has his own brand of tales to relate - legends of their forefathers on the battlefields, stories of heroic deeds, the pleasure they took in promotion of the arts & crafts, all make good bedtime tales.