Laxminath Temple Bikaner
The Laxminath temple is popularly known as the oldest temples in the city of Bikaner. Bikaner city in Rajasthan is famous for its magnificent temples and architectural beauty and grandeur. The city of Bikaner was founded on the premises of the Laxminath temple by Rao Bikaji in 1488 A.D.
The temple foundation was placed by Rao Lunkaran and it was later on extended under the supervision of Maharaja Ganga Singh. The Laxminath temple is visited by millions of people all around the world as it is renowned for its artistic brilliance and architectural magnificence. It portrays the skill and expertise of the traditional sculptors and artisans.
The temple of Laxminath is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and his resort Goddess Laxmi. The temple is considered to be the most pious temple in the city of Bikaner and so it is visited by a large number of people every year. In addition to the devotional significance, the temple is also historically significant.
Shivbari Temple-Epitome of Architectural Beauty
Another important temple in the city of Bikaner includes the Shivbari temple. The temple is located 6 kms away from the city of Bikaner. The Shivbari temple was built in the 19th century by Maharaja Doongar Singh. The temple is also known as Laleshwar Mahadeo by the local people of the Bikaner city.
The Shivbari temple is built of red sand stone and is known as one of the most magnificent architectural delights in the city of Bikaner. The temple is noted for its beautiful domes, embellished columns and lovely pavilions. The entire temple is surrounded by a magnificent wall which offers the temple a calm and serene atmosphere.
The temple is basically dedicated to Lord Shiva. The main attraction of the Shivbari temple includes the marble statue of Lord Shiva. The temple also includes a bronze statue of Nandi- the sacred bull that escorts the Lord.
The outer areas of the temple are equally beautiful with a number of statues which include the statues of Lord Krishna and the “Gopis”. There are two colossal reservoirs in the temple of Shivbari that is known as the Bawaris. The temple is visited by a large number of tourists from all over the world. However, the temple is crowded during the month of February or the Shravan (savan) month when it is visited by more than thousands of devotees from different parts of the country and world.