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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

Which are the popular religious attractions in and around Jodhpur?

Shikha Gautam DEC 10 2012
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Jodhpur has a very deep rooted connection to religion. Though the dominating religion in this area is Hinduism, a number of churches, mosques and Jain temples are scattered around the city. Some of the popular ones are listed below.

  • Chamundaji Temple

    There is a very interesting story behind this temple. When Rao Jodha decided to shift his capital from Mandore to Marwar in 1459, he chose to build the Mehrangarh Fort on a rocky cliff known as Bhaurcheeria (mountain of birds), which was already occupied by a hermit at that time. On being ousted, the hermit cursed Jodha with the words, “Jodha! May your citadel ever suffer a scarcity of water!” In order to appease the hermit, Jodha built him a house and a temple inside the fort, close to the his earlier cave dwelling. The idol of the Goddess was established by Rao Jodha himself, which he had brought from Mandore. To this day, Chamunda devi is the Isht Devi (adopted goddess) of both the Jodhpur royals and the local people. This temple attracts a huge crowd during the Navratras and the Dussehra festival

  • Baba Ramdeo Temple

    Also known as Adhar Shila temple, this temple is symbolic of divine duty and devotion. Perched on the sandstone hill called Masuria hills, between Nagori Gate and Jalori Gate in Jodhpur, the attraction of this temple lies in its antiquity. The numerous legends and stories behind this temple lures a lot of tourists looking forward to an interesting story. And if that is not enough, a small rock outside the temple inscribed with the words “Enter at your own risk”, is sure to tempt even the least curious of souls to enter the temple premises.

  • Udai Mandir

    Another architectural marvel, you would not want to miss this one. Half of the entrance gate is made from sandstone and the main temple stands on a raised platform supported by more than 100 pillars. The intricately carved main doors to the temple and even the railings around the Garbha Griha are made of sandalwood (this must surely save them the trouble of getting air purifiers) and the inside is brimming with pictures of sages in different yogic postures. The gold polishing and real gold work used liberally inside the Udai temple, is maintained at its shining best at all times. You cannot afford to miss this one.

  • Ganesh Temple

    Dedicated to Lord Ganesh (the elephant God), this temple is located in Ratananda, which is about 5 kilometres away from the main city. Ganesh temple is said to have been constructed at the same site where a long time ago, a teacher spotted a huge Ganesh statue on the Ratananda hills. This place is considered to be a huge tourist attraction. From the hilltop, you will get an awesome view of the Mehrangarh Fort  and the city spread like a blue carpet down below. This place is breathtaking especially during sunset.

  • Mahamandir

    Come explore the architectural marvel of this temple and the ruins surrounding it. Just 2 kilometres away from the city limits, on the road to Mandore, this ancient Shiva temple is most certain to appeal your spiritual side. Built in 1812, this 84 pillared temple proudly displays stunning stone carvings depicting yogic postures, intricate pillar motifs and other artwork within its premises.

Apart from these popular sites, Jodhpur has a number of churches like the St. Theresa Catholic church, Central Methodist church and the Christ church; Mosques like the Heritage mosque and the Jama Masjid (no prayer facilities for women); Gurdwaras like the Gurdwara Singh Sabha and the Gurunanak Darbar; and the Digambar Jain Mandir. Visit these holy shrines and let yourself be showered with divine blessings. And even if you do not feel like invoking your spirituality yet, these temples make very good photographic subjects. Sounds good?

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