- Famous For: Pilgrimage, Photography, Architecture
- Entry Fee: No entry fee is required.
- Visiting Time: 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. (Daily)
- Visiting Duration: 1 to 2 hours
The Rangji Temple is one of the ancient temples out of the 400 temples existing in Pushkar, Rajasthan. This temple is devoted to Lord Rangji who is an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. This temple was funded by Seth Puran Mal Ganeriwal of Hyderabad in 1823 and presents a confluence of different cultures in its architecture which is an influence of the Dravidian, the Rajputana and the Mughal styles of architecture.
- Carry a bottle of water, a hat or a cap, an umbrella and shades as it is going to be hot during the day even if you are travelling in winter.
- Wear decent clothes.
- Do not enter the temple premises with your shoes on.
- The Rangji Temple is open to the pilgrims from dawn to dusk for the purpose of offering ‘puja‘, that is, worshipping. However, it remains closed for a while in between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. as per the lunch hour. So, avoid visiting the temple during that hour.
Things to Do There
- The main attraction of this sacred shrine is the Vaikuntha Venkatesh. The name itself suggests that this is the heavenly abode built dedicated to the incarnation of Lord Vishnu. The temple is guarded by the priests 24×7. The senior priests take turns to remain at the central zone of this building where the main worship takes place constantly.
- For the tourists who wish to worship the incarnation of Lord Rangji, the priests chant the holy mantra for the pilgrims who repeat after them as an adherence that is born out of respect to Lord Rangji. After the proceedings, the priests shower the holy water of the sacred Pushkar Lake on the devotees and apply a ’tilak’ on their forehead as a blessing.
- After offering their prayer to Lord Rangji, the tourists can also visit the temples of the other deities on the same premises especially the eight temples dedicated to Goddess Lakshmi alone.
- They can sit by the temple stairs and spend some time in introspection if they wish to.
- After the offering is completed, the devotees can avail of the delicious ‘prashad‘ that is distributed from a counter at a mere starting price of 10 INR.
- While leaving, they can drop by the donation box to push down a note or a coin into it for the development of the temple.
- Outside the temple premises, a line of small stalls can be found selling various Rajasthani products such as the colourful bangles, artifacts made of marble, metallic sword and daggers, some traditional garments and many more that the tourists can buy.
Availibility Of Guides
As it is a place of worship, there are no guides in particular available around the temple premises. However, if a person avails of a guide based upon a tour package, then as per the norms, the guide would be accompanying him or her throughout.
Best Time to Visit
This temple can be visited throughout the year as it is open all the year round. However, since Rajasthan is a desert area, it is recommended that the tourists avoid the summer months and try to visit the place between November and February for a comfortable trip.
How to Reach the Place
The Rangji Temple can be easily reached from the city of Ajmer via a hired car or a private tourist bus. It is more than 10 km away from Ajmer and it takes around an hour and 30 minutes to reach the aforesaid temple as the drive is through a winding hilly terrain.
Interesting Facts About Rangji Temple, Pushkar
- On the four corners of the temple, the symbolism of the Vaishnavas exists. The Garuda at four extremities clearly indicate that the Rangji Temple is a Vaishnava temple.
- The Rangji Temple is open to every religion in the world. Thus, every year, a huge number of pilgrims, mainly Hindus, pay a visit to Pushkar to pray to the deities.
- There are many small stalls outside the premises of the temple from where the utilities for worship can be purchased starting at 100 INR.
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Thus, a visit to this sacred temple of Lord Rangji is a must as it is believed to be presided over by Lord Vishnu himself who answers the prayers of every devotee who step through the wooden doors of the temple. If you are a true believer of Lord Vishnu and believe in miracles, then this is the most appropriate place for you to visit because after your worship to Lord Vishnu, you will feel a strength flowing through your veins that you have never experienced before and with this gifted strength, you will be able to conquer all your worries and weaknesses. Thus, a visit to the Rangji Temple of Pushkar is a must.