Temples in Rajkot
The Swaminarayan Temple, Rajkot is well-known all over the world for the most prominent temples. The Swaminarayan Temple was set by the BAPS as the Bochasanwasi Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha is known. BAPS is an organization which works by the Swaminarayan faith. The Swaminarayan Temple, Rajkot functions in the same way as all other temples which belong to the same organization.
The central figure of The Swaminarayan Temple at Rajkot in Gujarat in India is the Lord Swaminarayan. The idol set in the temple is a white idol of Lord Swaminarayan, wonderfully dressed in stunning cloth. The Swaminarayan temple follows some philosophical guidelines as set by the BAPS. They try to understand the five basic eternal units which comprise of Jiva, Ishwar, Maya, Brahman and Parabrahman.
The types of social work that The Swaminarayan Temple at Rajkot in Gujarat in India does includes of making the people learn the ways to quit smoking, anti-social activities, drinking and taking drugs.
The temple is located on the outskirts of the city, the Ishwariya Temple; Rajkot is a very old temple and a popular tourist attraction in Rajkot and a famous place in Rajkot. The Ishwariya Temple in Rajkot in Gujarat in India is a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva.
The location of the temple on the outskirts and on the hilly territory makes it a good spot for a trip even for the locals. The city is visited by many people with a dual purpose; first, it draws the people to the Ishwariya Temple; second, is the location which makes it a favorite outing spot. People of Rajkot often visit the spot during the winter season to have a picnic with friends and families.
Apart from these two important temples, there are various temples that hold significance:
Shri Nageshwar Parswanath Jain Temple: A typical temple built in honor of Lord Parswanath, it is located on the Rajkot-Jamnagar Highway near Ghanteshwar. It is a stunning example of Panchtirth.
Swaminarayan Temple: This is yet another specimen of Swaminarayan Sampradaya. It is located on Bhupendra Road. Historically, Swaminarayan gave a copy of ‘shikshapatri’, a code of conduct of his followers to Mr. Malcom (political agent of British era to this area). The temple is also known for its charitable activities.
BAPS Swaminarayan Temple: This particular temple from the Swaminarayan sect was built in 1998-99. It is situated on Kalavad Road near Mahila College. When finished with, this temple will have one of the largest auditoriums in the state having a capacity of thousands for the so-called ‘Ravi-Sabha’ and ‘Yuvak-Sabha’.
Ramakrishna Ashram: Built in Dr. Yagnik Road in 1934 on the land donated by Late Shri Dharmendrasinghji, the then king of Morbi state, Ramakrishna Ashram is the second most vital place for the followers of Swami Vivekananda, after Kolkata. Nearby, there is a Jagat Mandir, a wonderfully carved temple built in honor of Shri Ramakrishna Paramhansa, in red stone.
Jadeshwar Temple: Jadeshwar is a town situated at a distance of 60 km from Rajkot. The much talked about Shiva Temple is located here, in the name of Jadeshwar. It was built by Baroda’s Vithoba Diwan in the early years of 19th century. The journey to Jadeshwar comprises roundabout curves and lakes, quite breathtaking as a view, as one slowly climbs up the hill to reach their destination.
Jalarambapa Temple, Virpur: Virpur is a small town located at a distance of 60 km Rajkot, supposed to be the birthplace of Jalarambapa, a famous saint worshiped by the Lohana community of Gujarat. He is also taken holy by many other Gujarati communities. It is a tradition here in Jalarambapa Temple to serve luxurious food to the devotees and believers, who come here. And for such a reason, the temple trustees does not accept any donations, food is provided free of cost.
Chamunda Mataji Temple, Chotila: The notable Chamunda Mataji Temple is situated at Chotila a small town exactly midway between Ahmedabad and Rajkot. Chamunda Mataji Temple is the ‘kuldevi’ (family goddess) of most Hindus in the Saurashtra region. Chamunda is also known as Ambaji, Mahakali, Bhuvaneshwari and Chamundma. Chotila has a population of 20,000 people and is a taluka headquarter of Rajkot district. There are about 700 steps, as the temple is atop a hill.