Govind Devi Temple, Jaipur
In Jaipur, the Pink City, many temples are well known for their
artistic beauty but the Govind Devji temple is special.
It enshrines an idol which has been worshiped by the royal family
of Jaipur ever since it was brought from Vinadavan to Jaipur in
the 18th century.
This temple dedicated to Lord Krishna has simple architecture
with an open columned pavilion and a sightly sunken courtyard
surrounded by a low balustrade. The image of Lord Krishna is
believed to have been sculpted by Vijranath, the greatest
sculptor of his age and the grandson of Lord Krishna.
Various religious programmes are held here on the occasion of
'Krishna Janmashtmi' (birth of Lord Krishna). The temple can be
entered by the Sireh Dheodi entrance or from the route of Chaugan
Stadium and Janta Bazar. The statues of Govind Devji and
Radhikaji are black and clad in gold ornaments.
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 had appeared
miraculously, when a lotus
fell from the hands of Lord Brahma and dropped into the this
valley. The image of Brahmaji in Pushkar is in a seated Palthi
This temple built with marble is decorated with silver turtle on
the floor of the temple. The Rangnath temple has been built in
southern style and is simply magnificent. Its images are almost
true of life.
This temple has an image of Lord Vishnu, life-size dwarpals (door
men) and Garuda pillars showing the mythical bird styled in gold.
Pushkar has around four hundred temples. There is a temple
dedicated to Mahalaskmi, who is the goddess of wealth and the
Worth special mention are the temples of Vishnu. Atmeshvara,
Gayatri, Savitri and the old Ranagnath Tourism Development
Corporation also provides facilities to the tourists, specially
during the Pushkar fair, when a tented village is put up.
Dargah Sharif, Ajmer
The dargah Sharif or the place of Where the Muslim saint
KhajwaMoinudin Chishti lie sburied, draws piligrams and devotees
from all parts of the Islamic world.
But his admirers today come from all religions as the Dargah
Sharif is considered a shrine where wishes are fulfiled.
The flow of piligrams is quite steady throught the year but at
the time of the annual urs (death anniversary ceremonies of the
saint ) which lasts for six days, lakhs of pilgrims from all
parts of India as well as from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Eastern
Asia converge upon the shrine.
The simple tomb in which in the saint was buried has now grown in
to a large complex with several mosques, pavillions and
With in the complex Qawwals sing songs in praise of the saint.
Their musical instruments provide the Rhythm while the khadims (
servants of the saint ) look after the tourists. When devotees
prayers are answered, they offer chadar (cover) on the grave of