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Religious sites in Rajasthan will reopen for tourists from 7th September

All religious sites will open with social distancing norms and other safety protocols in place.

Brahma Temple
Brahma Temple in Pushkar (image source: Wikimedia Commons)

The Chief Minister of Rajasthan, Mr. Ashok Gehlot made a decision to open the religious sites for the tourists. This decision was taken with several other tourism officials in a meeting last week.

According to the decision, all religious temples and spiritual sites will open starting on September 7th. After a long lockdown period, the religious tourism sites will open and tourists will be allowed to visit. All safety and health and protocols are in place and regular sanitization of the premises is being done. All social distancing measures will have to be followed strictly.

Health officials will inspect and supervise the enforcement of the health protocols. Large groups will not be allowed to gather at one time. The following are the most popular tourist destinations which have religious and spiritual significance. 

1. Pushkar: The most popular destination in Rajasthan among tourists is undoubtedly the city of Pushkar. It is opularly known as ‘The Rose Garden of Rajasthan’. The city is rich in its culture, festivals, and traditions. The city is known as the place where the only temple of ‘Brahma’ is located. During the Pushkar festival, this place attracts thousands of tourists from around the world.

2. Bikaner: The popular ‘Karni Mata Temple’ is located in Bikaner. This temple is dedicated to Goddess Durga who is a prominent deity in Hindu tradition. What makes this temple popular is that there are thousands of rats that live in the temple. Tourists and devotees visit the temple to feed the rats which are considered to be sacred.

3. Ajmer: This city is popular for the shrine of the Sufi Saint ‘Moinuddin Chishti’. It attracts devotees and tourists from all over the world. The city is also popular for its handicrafts and art which goes back to hundreds of years.

4. Mount Abu: The famous hill station of Rajasthan has a lush green atmosphere and is famous among the tourists from within India. This place has got ‘Dilwara Temples’ which has religious significance and is also famous for its architecture.

The following YouTube video from the National Geographic shows the ‘Karni Mata Temple’ also known as the Rat temple and talks about its significance culturally.

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