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Bikaner TemplesBikaner Temples
is a land of myths and legends. It's a treasure trove of garrisons and castles,
customs and traditions, fairs and festivals and ethnic wear and cuisines. Little
wonder that there is a crucial religious aspect attached to it all. Temples also
abound in the state, and perhaps in every single town and city you would observe
the fervour and spirit of devotees who take spirituality as a way of life.
Lying at a distance of 256 km from Jodhpur, Bikaner is attractively dispersed
with a number of ancient Jain Temples, the Deshnok Temple or the Karni Mata Temple
being the cynosure of all the temples that exist.
& Sandeswar Temples
The Jain Temples, that were built by two brothers
- Bhandeswar and Sandeswar - around the 14th century, are beautified with brilliantly
coloured murals, something uncommon with the other Jain shrines in the country.
The ornate walls do not, in any way, go against the sanctity of the temples. The
piety of the place is maintained as ever.
Dedicated to the 23rd Jain
Teerthankar, Parsvanathji, the temples are named after the brothers- the Bhandeswar
Temple and the Sandeswar Temple. While on the one hand, the Bhandeswar Temple
remains embellished with exquisite mirror work, on the other the Sandeswar Temple
is adorned with conventionalised enamel and gold leaf paintings. Built in red
sandstone, the Bhandeswar Temple also displays, apart from gold leaf work, sculpted
pillars and wonderful floral patterns. The Sandeswar Temple abounds in marble
sculptures of Jain saints.
or Karni Mata Temple
The Karni Mata Temple stands showcasing the Mughal
style of architecture. Built by Maharaja Ganga Singh, the Deshnok Temple boasts
of lavishly ornate panels, bedecked doorways, colonnades and pavillions. The sanctum
sanctorum of the temple enshrines the image of Karni Mata, a manifestation of
Ma Durga after he beheaded the demon Mahishasura. Domes of the temple are made
in silver and gold. Devotees, when there prayers are heard, offer gold and silver.
One major attraction at Deshnok is the Karni Mata Fair, that sees hordes
of devotees and worshippers flowing in from all over the state and the country.
Held twice a year in the months of Vaishakha (April/ May) and Kartika (October/
November), the fair at the same time reminds that the devotees do not take the
Deshnoke Temple as only a temple but as a truth and a crucial part of their lives.
Bikaner remains well connected
by both rail and road routes to the major destinations in and outside the state.
Jodhpur, at a distance of 245 km, is the closest airport from here. Buses and
taxis are available throughout the state connecting the key destinations.
Local Modes of Transport
Taxis, rickshaws and auto-rickshaws
are the local modes of transport available.
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