Pilgrimage Attractions in Pali
Famous Pilgrimage Destinations in PaliNimbo Ka Nath Mahadev Temple
Nimbo Ka Nath Mahadev Temple is located between Falna – Sanderav route, which can be reached easily by train or bus. There is a legend behind this temple that the Pandavas of Mahabharata and their mother Kunti stayed here during the time of their exile. Kunti used to pray and worship Lord Shiva at this place. Pandavas also established Navdurga here.
The Somanath Mahadev Temple, which is situated in the main market of Pali, is a famous tourist attraction for its historical background and architecture. This temple is very old and an excellent example of ancient architecture. You can see circular patterns on its ceilings and intricate carvings on the Shikar and pinnacle. As the temple is situated in the middle of the Pali city, people can easily reach here.
Kumarpal Solanki, the King of Gujrath constructed Somnath Temple in the Vikram samvat 1209. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Lord Shiva is represented as a Linga, along with his family Parvati, Nandi, Ganesha in the form of idols. It was said that the Shiva Linga in the temple was brought from Saurashtra region in Gujarat by Raj Kumar Pal Solanki. You can see many small temples of other Gods and Goddesses in the premises of Somnath Temple. Mohammad Ghazni targeted, attacked and defaced this temple.
Surya Narayana Temple
Surya Narayana Temple is a famous temple in Pali and it was built in the 15th century. The temple, which has a circular plan and numerous projections, also has a tower over the altar. There are small protruding niches in its base. The sanctum of Surya Narayana Temple is laid out on an octagonal plan with six protruding porches. There are many friezes of Lord Surya in the temple and among them one is with his chariot that is drawn by seven horses.
Parashuram Mahadev Temple
Parashuram Mahadev Temple is located on the top of one of the hills of the Aravalli mountain ranges in Desuri tehsil. A natural Shivling in a cavern on the hill is the major attraction here. You have to take around 400 narrow steps from the top of the hill to reach the cavern. The legend behind it is that Parashuram, the great ascetic from the Ramayana era, practiced penance in this cavern. Fairs are being organized twice a year here.
Parashuram Mahadev Mandir is situated hardly 14 km from Sadari Town and so people can easily reach here from all over Rajasthan by bus. You will get local taxi and jeeps to reach at pond. There is 2 km walking distance through hilly narrow path from the pond to the top. From the top you can reach at natural cavern through 400 narrow steps.
Besides these main temples, there are also many temples and pilgrim destinations near Pali city like Dargah of Pir Masthan, Temple of Chamunda Mata, Jaanraj Temple, Rao Shiho Samadhi, Khutani Khetalaji Bheru Temple and Maa Durga Temple etc.