Jodhpur is one of the most dazzling places which encompass wriggled lanes, scintillating bazaars, traditional Indian music, and tempting aroma of food, beautiful sculptures and a never-ending list of architectural marvels. The spectacular temples in the famous Sun City are an epitome of a sense of belongingness. The place holds vast cultural values and beliefs from the divine Chamundaji, Raj Ranchhodji and Rasik Bihari Temple to the very soothing Hare Krishna chant of ISKCON temple.
Some of the very temples in Jodhpur are an architectural marvel as well. Let’s have a look at these temples and know why we should visit them to enhance our holiday experience.
The place has sculptures of yoga postures, floral designs and intricate patterns are chiselled all over the 84 pillars that support the beautifully carved Shikhara of Mahamandir Jodhpur. It worships lord Shiva and has not only become a glorious shrine attracting thousands of pilgrims but is also a remarkable landmark for travellers and architecture adores all over the world. It is built in the ancient Dravidian style and renowned for its meticulous structure. The inner walls of the temple are lined with illustrious murals.
Chamunda Mata Temple
It is situated in the southernmost corner of the Mehrangarh Fort. The temple is ringed by verdant gardens separating it from the chaos of the city. It is built on a raised platform; we will have to ascend a flight of stairs to view the white pyramid dome of this petite temple. Its origin dates back to the year 1640 when the Parihar ruler, Rao Jodha, carried the idol of Chamunda Devi from Mandore over this fort.
Every year, during the auspicious festival of Dusshera, grand celebrations are held around the temple. And this time is considered to be the best time to seek blessings from the goddess.
Raj Ranchhodji Temple
It is one of the most visited Krishna temples in the Indian subcontinent. It was established in 1905, the temple was named Ranchhod after the other name lovingly used to refer to Lord Krishna. The history behind the creation of this temple dates back to the time of the accidental demise of the glorious rule of Marwar, Maharaja Jaswant Singh.
After his death, the king’s beloved wife decided to construct a magnificent temple. Inside it, she religiously placed an idol of Lord Krishna which she bought with herself during her marriage. The idol is heavily adorned with fine garments and is offered scented flowers by pilgrims paying their obeisance to the lord.
Achal Nath Shivalaya
It is a 16th-century marvel that is known for its ideal devotion to Lord Shiva. The temple holds a spot at the top of its richness in culture, tradition, and heritage. It was constructed in 1531 by Nanak Devi, wife of King Rao Ganga. The temple is an important part of Jodhpur. It boasts of exemplary architectural work which is followed by many in modern times.
The Chhitar stone carvings add some more charm to the already aesthetic interior. It is situated in the region of Sodagaran mohalla, this is a must-visit for tourists who want to know about the Hindu religion.