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Temple in Jodhpur


Religion and worship are deeply rooted in the people of Jodhpur. There are not only Hindu temples in Jodhpur, Rajasthan. Rather, there are places of worship in Jodhpur, India for people of every religion. Jodhpur has churches for Christians, mosques for Muslims, gurudwaras for Sikhs and even Jain temples for Janis. This shows the amount of religious freedom in the city.

Chamunda Mataji Temple
The Chamunda Mataji Temple in Jodhpur, Rajasthan is situated in the southern end of the Mehrangarh Fort. Chamunda Mataji was the favorite goddess of Rao Jodha. In 1460, he brought her idol from the old capital of Mandore in 1460. Then, it was installed in the Mehrangarh Fort. Till date, the goddess remains the Isht Devi (the adopted goddess) of Maharajas and the Royal Family. 

Chamunda Mata is worshipped by most of Jodhpur's citizens also. During Dussehra celebrations, Mehrangarh Fort is thronged by devotees to get a glimpse of Chamunda Devi. If you are a devotee of Chamunda Devi, do visit this temple, when in Jodhpur.

Raj Ranchhodji Temple
One of the temples to visit in Jodhpur is the Raj Ranchhodji Temple. Queen Jadechi Rajkanwar built Raj Ranchhodji Temple of Jodhpur, Rajasthan. She got it constructed after the death of her husband, Maharaja Jaswant Singh. Most of the temple is built using red sandstone. Also there are carvings with beautiful filigree work on the stone adorning the temple. Inside the temple is the statue of Ranchhodji. It is made up of black marble. The main door of the temple has stained glass windows of green, yellow and blue color.

A famous Shiv temple in Jodhpur is the Achal Nath Shivalaya. Nanak Devi, the queen of Rao Ganga, constructed Achal Nath Shivalaya temple of Jodhpur, Rajasthan. The construction of the temple got completed on 21st May 1531. There is a large water reservoir called Bawari in the temple, which was made near the Shivlinga. It is known as Ganga Bawari.

Siddhanth Shiv Temple
Siddhanth Shiv temple of Jodhpur, Rajasthan lies between Takhat Sagar hills. One has to first take up the road going from the right of filter house on Jodhpur-Chopasani Road. Then, only after crossing the stairs made by cutting rocks, one can reach Siddhnath temple. 

The place where the temple now stands was absolutely deserted many years ago. Because of its isolation and peace, a hermit Veetragi Narain Swami started staying here. He was a saint, highly worshipped and respected in the nearby areas. At some point of time, a handicapped saint named Gaurishanker, later known as Nepali Baba, also came to this place. He had only four fingers in each of his hand and foot. Nepali Baba, himself, made a big temple by cutting stones. This temple is now known as Siddhnath Shiv Temple

Rasik Bihari Temple
Rasik Bihari Temple in Jodhpur, Rajasthan is located off the Udai Mandir road. It is also known as Niniji Temple in Jodhpur, India. The temple building is quite a fascinating one. It is mainly dedicated to Rasik Bihari. At present, the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) is overlooking the management and maintenance of the temple.

Rasik Bihari temple has meeting halls known as Sabha Mandaps. They are constructed with red sandstone pillars. Inside the temple complex is Garbh Grihai, surrounded by a gallery (for parikrama), made up of white stone. The meeting hall is devoted to Rasik Bihari, Lord Krishna and Goddess Radha. It also has statues of Lord Vishnu, Garuda and Hanumanji, resting on both sides of the hall doors. On one part of the main door, you can see Adi Vinayak Ganeshji.

Baba Ramdeo Temple
Baba Ramdeo Temple of Jodhpur, Rajasthan is situated on the route between the Jalori Gate and the Nagori Gate in Jodhpur, India. It is also known as the Adhar Shila Temple and stands on top of a sandstone hill. The antiquity of the temple attracts tourists to this place. Do add this temple to your itinerary, while visiting Jodhpur. 

Adhar Shila Temple in Jodhpur, India acts as a symbol of divine devotion and duty. Many unproved legends and local beliefs surround this temple. Just outside the main entrance to the temple, is a tiny rock inscribed with the words "Enter at your own risk". This inscription lends a mystic appeal of this ancient temple. Also, it adds a mysterious angle to the temple, making it prone to people with an inquisitive mind.

Udai Mandir
Udai Mandir in Jodhpur, Rajasthan is an architectural beauty. If you are an appreciator of architectural brilliance, do visit this temple on your visit to Jodhpur. Carved sandstone makes up the upper part of the temple gate. The main temple stands on a huge platform and is supported by 102 pillars. Inside Udai Mandir are beautiful wall paintings with 84 Yogasanas. The pictures of Nath Yogis made up with gold are also there in the temple.

The temple also has a Garbh Griha. The upper portion of the Garbh Griha is covered with cloth. Around it, is a railing of finely carved sandalwood, lending an exquisite touch. Inside the temple are gold pots. The main temple also has a grand door that is made up of sandalwood, carved beautifully. The gold polishing in Udai Mandir still has its, almost original, shine and quality. This temple is a must-see for a connoisseur of good architecture.

Kunj Bihari Temple
Kunj Bihari Temple in Jodhpur, Rajasthan seems like a replica of the Ghanshyamji temple in Jodhpur. Kunj Bihari Temple is another example of architectural splendor in Jodhpur. Specifically the top of the temple and its entrance are artistically made. Devotees of Krishanji should try to visit this temple on their trip to Jodhpur.

At the entrance, itself, rests a statue of Meera Bai, the great devotee of Lord Krishna. Inside the temple is the Garbh Griha (Central hall), where, just opposite to and facing the Meera is Lord Krishna. To the right of the statue of Meera, is the statue of a saint, Namdeo. Also to the left of Meera is Hanumanji's statue.