As far as wildlife is concerned, the Indian peninsula is a continent in itself where the sheer diversity of the wildlife astounds you with more than 350 species of mammals and 1200 avifauna species in the country.
The people want to do only one thing in the cities during the summers – they want to get away from it. They want a cool getaway in India itself where they can have some respite from the scorching heat of the plains.
The Karnimata Temple, Deshnok is located around 30 km from Bikaner. Dedicated to an early 15th century mystic, supposedly a reincarnation of the Goddess Durga, the Karnimata Temple, Deshnok, is one of the important destinations on the Rajasthan Pilgrimage tour.
A huge number of brown rats inhabit the precincts of the temple and are considered very auspicious by the local people. Devotees, who come to the temple in large numbers, give the rats offerings of grains, milk, and various sweets at the time of the 'Aarti'.
The Karnimata Temple, Deshnok was built by Maharana Ganga Singh, the ruler of Bikaner. The temple is made of marbles, with its domes made of gold and silver. The panels and roof above the image is made of gold. There are elaborate stone carvings on the main gate of the temple, which give you a fair idea of the excellent craftsmanship that prevailed in a bygone era.
Ramdevra, Ramdev Temple
Located in the district of Jaisalmer, 13 km from Pokram, this is one Rajasthan pilgrim place that must be visited at all costs. The Ramdevra, Ramdev Temple is a symbol of communal harmony and national unity.
The temple houses the shrine of Ramdev Ji, who was believed to be an incarnation, born on Earth to help humanity. He reportedly performed numerous miracles during his life time and attained Samadhi at Ramdevra. It is in his honour that people from all over India make their way to the temple to offer their prayers at the holy shrine. Fairs are held twice, every year at the Ramdevra, Ramdev Temple and a varied number of cultural events are organized during the course of the fair.
Other folk heroes and deities that are worshipped in Rajasthan are Pabuji, Gogaji, Harbhuji, and Mahaji. These folk heroes were not necessarily warriors, but were people who worked for the welfare of the people and the community.
The Lakshmi Narayan Temple or the Birla Mandir is situated in Jaipur, just below the famous Moti Dungari.
It is one of the popular Rajasthan pilgrim places, and houses a magnificent idol of Shri Lakshmi Narayan. It is built in an elevated area and is surrounded by beautiful gardens. Constructed of white marble, the temple has three domes, which represent the three different ways in which religion can be approached.