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Hinduism - Where Is Rajasthan In India?


 (Land of Kings) A modern Indian state on the Pakistani border between the provinces of Punjab and Gujarat, formed by the amalgamation of a network of princely kingdoms with Ajmer, which was formerly under British control.

Rajasthan's well-entrenched martial culture may be traced back to these principalities, which were remnants of minor kingdoms that were generally preserved by force of arms.

Many towns in Rajasthan feature enormous forts that were formerly used as defensive strongholds but are now major tourist attractions.

The Aravalli Hills divide the state throughout its length, generating two separate climate zones.

The south receives more rainfall and has historically been more densely inhabited, whilst the north progressively fades into the Thar Desert, which has recently been made cultivable by a system of irrigation canals.

While Pushkar is the most prominent pilgrimage destination in the state, there are many more interesting places to visit.

Among these, the Hanuman temple in Mehndipur has achieved regional prominence as a place for treating mental illness, while the Karni Mata temple in Deshnok is known for its holy rats.

Christine Nivin et al., India. 8th ed., Lonely Planet, 1998, is an accessible resource for general information on Rajasthan and all of India's regions.


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Hinduism - Where Is Pushkar In India?

 

Pushkar ("blue lotus") is a Hindi word that refers to a specific genus of blue colored lotus. Pushkar is the name of a Shakthi Pitha and Hindu tirtha in Ajmer.

Ajmer is a city and a prominent religious place (tirtha) located a few kilometers north and west of Ajmer in Rajasthan.

Pushkar's core is a natural lake, and its primary function is as a bathing (snana) destination—its lake is so holy, according to legend, that Pushkar is the religious preceptor (guru) of all other sacred locations.

The lake at Pushkar is encircled by temples.

The most well-known of them is devoted to the deity Brahma, and it is his solitary temple in India.

Shakti Pithas, a network of holy locations distributed over the subcontinent, are claimed to have two neighboring temples devoted to the Goddess.

Each Shakti Pitha represents the spot where a piece of the goddess Sati's severed body fell to earth.

The two temples in Pushkar commemorate the locations where Sati's wrists were severed.

Kartik Purnima (October–November), Pushkar's biggest festival, takes place on a full moon (generally associated with enhancing the sanctity of bathing places).

This festival is noted by the hosting of a massive animal market, mainly for camels and horses, in addition to bathing.

This is presently being promoted as a tourism destination by the state government, and it has attracted over 200,000 visitors in recent years.


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Hinduism - Where Is Mewar In India?


In the time before Indian independence in 1947, Mewar was a princely state in southern Rajasthan, the capital of which was in the city of Udaipur.

In the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, Mewar was one of the important centers for the Rajasthani style of miniature painting.

The Rajasthani style is characterized by a flat perspective.

Visual power is derived from vivid bands of colors that often serve as a backdrop to the painting.


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Hinduism - Where Is Mehndipur In India?

 


Between the towns of Agra and Jaipur is a village in Rajasthan's southern area.

The temple to the deity Balaji, who is said to be a version of the monkey god Hanuman, is the village's most famous attraction.

People who have been possessed by demonic spirits seek Balaji's help to be cured.

Sudhir Kakar, Shamans, Mystics, and Doctors, 1991, discusses the language of possession and exorcism in depth.


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Hinduism - Where Is Kalibangan?


Kalibangan is an archeological site in Rajasthan's western state, a short distance from Pakistan's border.

Kalibangan is one of the Indus Basin Civilization's towns, and it is part of a cluster of settlements in what many archaeologists think was the Saraswati River valley, albeit the river now vanishes into the desert.

The city of Kalibangan is almost as big as Harappa, Mohenjo-Daro, and Lothal combined.

The city design is almost similar to the others, illustrating the vastness of this ancient culture's mystery.



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