Sufi Capital with a Rosy Odour Ajmer
Encased with the beauty of nature, the sacred Ajmer has its existence in the central part of Rajasthan. The city was established by Raja Ajay Pal Chauhan in the 7th Century and treasures the blissful mausoleum of Sufi Saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti. It is said that Emperor Akbar sought blessings for his son at the Dargah. Ajmer represents India's tryst with religion; it is the most important of all Muslim pilgrimage centers in India. Being a part of many political shuffling and religious reshufflings over the time, this religious destination of Ajmer has now turned into an engraved seal of Rajasthani culture.
Religious Attractions in Ajmer:
Dargah Sharif: The sprawling tomb stands at the foot hill and is the home to a Sufi saint, Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti. A massive gate opens the way to inner complex, wherein the holy tomb is positioned underneath a ceiling, wrapped with a beautiful white marbles. The place is sprinkled with the magical power served to fulfill the lingered dreams of the devotees and pilgrims and every year on the anniversary of the Saint's death, thousands of pilgrims pay tribute to the holy Sufi saint. A popular custom at the Dargah is to make offerings in the form of flowers and a chaddar (a cloth wrap) which is placed over the holy saint’s tomb by pilgrims seeking blessings from the Holy Spirit. It is also believed that one can make a wish come true by tying a thread at the shrine, which has to be taken off once the wish comes true.
Pushkar Lake: Created by Lord Brahma by the falling of the Lotus from his hands in 4th century BC, the lake has 52 banks all of which are surrounded by hills on three side and the shimmering 500 temples. It is believed that taking a holy dip in the lake cures various skin diseases.
Nasiyan Temple: This beautiful red Jain temple is situated in the centre of the Ajmer town. This temple belongs to the Digambar section of Jainism and was endowed in 1865. The temple is dedicated to first Jain Tirthankar. It has the amazing double storeyed hall embellished with large gold plated wooden figures, glass mosaic, precious stones, gold and silver work. The excellent display of the temple has made some people to call it as Soni Ji Ki Nasiyan. The celestial appearance of the temple creates a kind of divine aura that appeals to the mind of pilgrims and devotees. In the inner prayer chamber, small silver balls hanging from the ceiling absolutely enthrall the onlooker. The posh interiors of the temple boast of the aesthetic and rich taste of the Digambar Jains.
How to Reach
By Air: Sanganer airport is the closest which is 130 km away.
By Rail: Ajmer is the nearest railway station to Pushkar connected to all the cities.
By Road: Many public transport buses pass through Pushkar. Ajmer is connected to all the major cities by well connected roads.