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Pilgrimages of Rajasthan

  1. Pushkara: An ancient pilgrimage of Lord Brahma which is a Swayam Vyakta Kshetra as well as a Shakti Peetha (Manivedaka Shakti Peetha)
  2. Virata Shakti Peetha: A Shakti Peetha
  3. Charbhujaji: A famous temple of Lord Vishnu
  4. Nathdwara: A famous temple of Lord Krishna
  5. Kankroli Dwarka: A famous temple of Lord Krishna
  6. Eklingji: A famous temple of Lord Shiva
  7. Sakarai: A famous temple of Devi Shakambari
  8. Sambhar: A famous temple of Devi Shakambari


Pushkara:

Lord Brahma Devi Gayatri, Pushkar - An ancient pilgrimage of Lord Brahma: Pushkara is an ancient pilgrimage of Lord Brahma mentioned in many puranas. It has perhaps the only major temple of Lord Brahma in India. Pushkara is a Swayam Vyakta Kshetra and also a Shakti Peetha.
(Refer to Pushkara from Padma Purana)

- Swayam Vyakta Kshetra: Pushkara is one of the 8 Swayam Vyakta Kshetras.
(Swayam Vyakta Kshetras are: Srirangam, Tirumala, Sri Mushnam, Thotadri, Shalagram, Pushkara, Naimisharanya, Badrinath)

- Shakti Peetha: Pushkara is one of the 51 Shakti Peethas known as Manivedaka Shakti Peetha. The Shakti Peetha is mentioned in the Peetha Nirnaya texts. According to legend the Manibandha (Bracelet) of Devi had fallen at Manivedaka. The Devi is known as Gayatri and Bhairava is known as Sarvananda. The Manivedaka Shakti Peetha is identified with the Devi Gayatri temple of Pushkara. The Shakti Peetha is located on the Gayatri Hills.
(Refer to the Shakti Peetha Stotram)

- Pushkara is located in the Ajmer district of Rajasthan.


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Virata Shakti Peetha:

Devi - Shakti Peetha: Virata Shakti Peetha is mentioned in Peetha Nirnaya texts. The Shakti Peetha is identified with Devi Ambika temple at Virata in Jaipur district. The Shakti Peetha is located in Vairat (Bairat) village around 64 km from Jaipur.

- Legend: According to legend the Pada Anguli (Fingers of the Foot) of Devi had fallen at Virata Desha. The Devi is known as Ambika and Bhairava is known as Amrita.
(Refer to the Shakti Peetha Stotram)

Virata is located in the Jaipur district of Rajasthan.

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Charbhujaji:

Charbhujaji Charbhujaji Temple - A famous temple of Lord Vishnu: Charbhujaji Temple is a famous temple of Lord Vishnu located in the Garhbor village in Rajsamand district of Rajasthan. The village is situated in the Aravalli mountain ranges and the temple is situated near the bank of river Gomti.

- Legend: According to legend the idol of Charbhujaji is very old and was worshipped by the Pandavas in the past. It was installed by Gang Dev who received divine instructions in a dream from Lord Vishnu to recover the idol. Gang Dev is said to have recovered the idol from water. The image of Vishnu is 85 cm high and has four hands (hence the name Charbhuja). The four hands hold Conch, Discus, Mace and a Lotus flower. One characteristic feature of the temple is the extensive mirror works inside.

- Festival: Every year on Bhadrapad Shukla Paksha Ekadasi (Jhaljhoolani Ekadasi) (Aug-Sep), the Lord is specially worshipped after giving a ceremonial bath in a nearby lake. A large number of pilgrims take part in this bathing procession. A large fair is also held during this ocassion.

- Charbhujaji is located in the Rajsamand district of Rajasthan.

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Nathdwara:

Nathdwara Srinathji Nathdwara Srinathji Temple - A famous temple of Lord Krishna: Nathdwara is an important pilgrimage associated with Mahaprabhu Vallabhacharya of Pusti Marga. The black marble idol of Lord Srinathji is that of a 7-year old infant. Nathdwara is located in the Aravalli Hills on the banks of river Banas.

- Legend: According to legend, a cow in Govardhan Hill used to pour her milk on a particular spot everyday. The villagers discovered an idol of Krishna there, and this happened around the same time when Mahaprabhu Vallabhacharya was born in Champaran in 1479. Srinathji was initially installed in the Jatipura village in Govardhan. The temple construction began later but was vandalised by Sikandar Lodi. After Lodi's death, Srinathji was again brought back and the temple rebuilt. Around 1670 when Aurangzeb attacked Mathura Vrindavana, the idol of Srinathji was moved to Agra, and subsequently to Kota, Pushkar, Jodhpur and finally Mewar. At Mewar, it was kept under the protection of Rana Raj Singh. Srinathji was finally installed in Sinhad in around 1671, which is the present Nathdwara.

- Festivals: Annakoot festival on the day after Diwali is celebrated for a week here. Gopashtami is celebrated during Karthik Shukla Paksha (Oct-Nov).

- Nathdwara is located in the Rajsamand district of Rajasthan.


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Kankroli Dwarka:

Kankroli Dwarkadheesh Kankroli Dwarkadheesh Temple - A famous temple of Lord Krishna: Kankroli Dwarkadheesh Temple is a famous temple of Lord Krishna associated with the Vallabha sampradaya (another famous temple is Nathdwara). It is located in Kankroli town, 65 km from the city of Udaipur in Rajasthan. The town is surrounded by the Aravalli Hills and the temple is situated on the bank of the Rajsamand Lake. (It is around 16 km from the famous Nathdwara Temple).

- Legend: According to legend the idol of this temple is very old and worshipped by king Ambareesha in the Treta Yuga. The idol was worshipped in Mathura in a temple built by king Vikramaditya till 1670 AD. When Aurangzeb attacked Vraja Bhoomi in 1670 AD, many temple idols were moved to safer places. Srinathji was moved to Nathdwara and Dwarkadheesh to Kankroli. Maharana Raj Singh is said to have built this temple in around 1676 AD. The temple located on the bank of the Rajsamand lake has a very soothing ambience.

- Kankroli Dwarka is located in the Rajsamand district of Rajasthan.


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Eklingji:

Eklingji Eklingji Temple - A famous temple of Lord Shiva: Eklingji Temple is a famous temple of Rajasthan located in the town of Eklingji or Kailashpuri. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It was built in 734 AD by Bappa Rawal but renovated several times after that. The temple complex of Eklingji is comprised of 108 temples. The main idol is that of Shiva made of black marble, which has four faces and is around 50 feet high. The east-facing face is that of Surya, the west-facing face is that of Brahma, the north-facing face is that of Vishnu and the south-facing face is that of Rudra. The image is garlanded by a beautiful silver snake.

- Eklingji is located in the Udaipur district of Rajasthan.


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Sakarai:

Sakarai Shakambari Sakarai Shakambari Temple - A famous temple of Devi Shakambari: The Shakambari Devi Temple situated in Sakarai is near Udaipur Wati in Rajasthan. The temple is at the foothills of Aravalli hills in the region known as Malketu. The temple has similar twin idols of Brahmani and Rudrani, each having eight arms. The Devi is depicted as killing the Mahishasura riding on a lion. Sadhus of the Nath cult has been the priests of this temple.

- Sakarai is located in the Sikar district of Rajasthan.


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Sambhar:

Sambhar Shakambari Sambhar Shakambari Temple - A famous temple of Devi Shakambari: The Shakambari Devi Templ at Sambhar is located on the bank of the Sambhar lake.

- Legend: According to legend Goddess Shakambari pleased with some service done to Her converted a dense forest into a plain of silver. The inhabitants were afraid that this will result in a strife among people, so at their request the Goddess converted the plain into a lake known as Sambhar, which is considered as a corrupt form of Shakambar.

- Sambhar is located in the Jaipur district of Rajasthan.


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Pilgrimages by States:

North India: Jammu and Kashmir - Himachal Pradesh - Uttarakhand - Punjab - Haryana - Rajasthan - Uttar Pradesh

West India: Gujarat - Maharashtra

Central India: Madhya Pradesh

East India: Assam - Meghalaya - Tripura - Jharkhand - Odisha - West Bengal

South India: Karnataka - Andhra Pradesh - Telangana - Kerala - Tamil Nadu



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1. Stotras by Deity:
Initial: Ganesha - Hanuman - Gurudeva - Gayatri
Tridevas: Brahma - (Vishnu - Narasimha - Rama - Krishna) - Shiva
Tridevis: Saraswati - (Lakshmi - Tulasi - Bhoomi) - Parvati
Others: Murugan - Surya - Ganga - Yamuna - Narmada - Others
Final: Vedas - Brahman

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Initial: Ganesha
Tridevas: Brahma - (Vishnu - Narasimha - Rama - Krishna) - Shiva
Tridevis: Saraswati - Lakshmi - (Parvati - Shakambari)
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