Jaisalmer is one of the famous tourist destinations of India. It is located amidst the Thar Desert and is often described as the golden city of Rajasthan. There are some famous monuments called haveli in Jaisalmer. They are built from golden-yellow granites. Merchants of the 19th century were the builders of these Havelis. The city of Jaisalmer is established by Rawal Jaisal one of the Rajput rulers of the 12th century. He had built a fort in the city that stands 80 m high above the sea level. It is situated on the Trikuta Hill. Religious tours of Jaisalmer are famous, as there are some temples and shrines in Jaisalmer. The Jain Temple is one of the vital religious places in religious tours of Jaisalmer. This beautiful temple is located within the fort compound. The temple was constructed during the 12th and 15th centuries. The Maharawals were the Hindu rulers of Jaisalmer during this period. However they had a very liberal attitude towards Jainism. They appreciated the art of Jains and always encouraged the religion. There are seven Jain temples in the compound of Jaisalmer fort-Chandraprabhu, Parasnath, Shitalnath, Sambhavnath, Shantinath, Kunthunath and Rishabdev Temple. A chain of corridors and walkways links all the temples. The temples are really beautiful. Nearby the temples there is a library called the Gyan Bhandar.
Laxminath Temple is another temple which can be covered during your religious tours of Jaisalmer. It is situated in at the centre of the Jaisalmer Fort. There is an interesting dome in the temple. An exhibition of some fine paintings is housed in the temple. Bhandeshwar Jain Temple is a beautiful temple, located 5 km away from Jaisalmer. This temple is devoted to the 23rd Tirthankar of Jain religion, Parshwanathj. Kolayat is a place near Bikaner. The Kolayat Festival is a major attraction of this place. It is a holy festival. During this occasion, people take a dip in the holy waters of the Kolayat Lake. It is celebrated in the month of Kartik, a month of the Hindu calendar.
Last Updated On: 2011/07/11