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The city of Bikaner lies in the north of the desert state, it is popularly
called the camel country, distinguished for the best riding camels
in the world and hence boasts of having one of the largest Camel research
and breeding farm in the world. This desert city still retains its
old world charm, traditions, art forms and culture. The strategic
location of Bikaner on the ancient caravan routes made it a prime
trade center in those times. Bikaner stands on a slightly raised ground
and is circumscribed by a 7km long surrounded wall with five gates.
The magnificent forts and palaces, created with delicacy in reddish-pink
sandstone, bear witness to its rich historical and architectural legacy.
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BIKANER is known for its communal harmony, which is reflected
in reverence for the sacred places of all the communities. Temples,
Places to Visit
Erected during the reign of Rao Lunkaran boasts of the superb archeological
skills of artists and artisans. Statues of deities Vishnu and Laxmi
stand here. Rao Bikaji laid the foundation of Bikaner here in the
year 1488 A.D. It being a historical monument has special identity.
Deshnoke Karni Mata Temple (30 km)
Situated en route to Jodhpur, the temple is dedicated to Karni Mata
-an incarnation of Durga. The temple has fascinating huge silver gates
and marble carvings that were donated by Maharaja Ganga Singhji.The
most attractive feature of temple are the rodents who scamper freely
within the premises, and if one touches your feet its considered auspicious.
They are regarded sacred and devotees buy prasad (feeding) to offer
Built by Dungar Singhji in the late 19th century. An embattlement
wall surrounds the temple. It has four-faced black marble Shiva statue
and a bronze Nandi facing the Shiva-Lingam. There are two large reservoirs
of water known as bawaris.
This red sandstone temple attracts thousands of visitors during Shravan
(Feb) especially on Mondays.
Situated in the southeast of Bikaner city, has a historical importance.
The statue of 18 armed Goddess having different weapons in her arms
was brought here from Jodhpur by Rao Bikaji.It was one of the 18 heirlooms
which the founder king got after a confrontation with the then king
Sri Kolayatji Temple
A famous pilgrimage spot with a temple dedicated to Kapil Muni (saint).
The temple is the venue for an annual fair held in the month of Kartik
(Oct-Nov) when the thousands of devotees gather in a large number
to take a sacred dip in the holy waters of the Kolayat lake (Kapil
Sarovar) on the full moon day. A cattle fair, especially for the trading
of camels is a part of he festivities. The small oasis town is now
an ideal picnic spot.
Its installed by Rao Bikaji during the first three of his arrival
from Jodhpur, is another place of worship.
Bhandashah Jain Temples
The beautiful temple was erected near Laxminath temple in 1540A.D.Pure
ghee (butter oil) and coconuts were reported to have been used in
laying the foundation. Carved in red sand stone and white marble -
its famous for carvings, wall paintings, structural beauty and artistically