Whist touring the city of Udaipur you will undoubtedly come across Jagdish temple. Its construction Indo-Aryan dates back to the 17th Century, and its religious significance makes this a very special place in the city. It is located in a square a midst the hustle and bustle of the city, surrounded by terraced restaurants, and souvenir shops. Right in front there is a restaurant with a terrace from which you can enjoy the view of the temple lit up at night, and enjoy a beer.
The Karni Mata Temple in Deshnok is about 30km from Bikaner and is dedicated to a goddess who was considered the reincarnation of Durga. The temple is famous, most of all, because there are a ton of rats living there, and they have completely lost their fear of people. People head to this sacred place to pray and put out food for the rats, which are considered reincarnations of the Charan, a group of traditional musicians. They say it's good luck to see the rats in the temple and that they'll bring you happiness.
During religious festivals, like the Aarti, they spoil the rats with treats and sweets. Ganga Singh, ex-governor of Bikaner, ordered that this temple be constructed completely out of marble and feature domes of gold and silver. In the entrance, the door is super detailed and a result of careful workmanship. Entry fee is $3 to take photos. People from all over Rajasthan come here to celebrate the Navaratri festival and have a celebration in the temple.
We passed through the pink city on a rickshaw and arrived that the Monkey Temple which, honestly, we had zero intention of visiting, but it came highly recommended and we're glad we went. It's a small temple with some amazing views of Jaipur and we were accompanied by a child ve acted both as our guide and "defender" against the monkeys! We hadn't seen so many monkeys during our whole trip to India and it’s fun to get a bag of food for 5 rupees and watch how the little things come running up and act almost human as they eat their peanuts. Just a word of warning. Once we got in the temple they tried to get us to make an offering (as usual) and offered some bad henna tattoos, which you shouldn't get. I wouldn't suggest getting a guide either, because they ask for a lot and, in the end, no one needs to be "defended" from the monkeys, they're quite cute and harmless!
On the outskirts of Pushkar and on top of one of the mountains surrounding the city, is the Temple of Savitri. The views from here are not particularly nice, but the path to the top is. During the climb we passed many pilgrims who smiled and waved, singing "Ran Ran". Once at the top, there is a small temple and many monkeys (the first monkeys we saw on the whole trip). If you are spending a few days in Pushkar, it's worth the climb.
In the small town of Osiyan, which was an important cultural and religious centre between the 7th and 9th centuries, there are both Hindu and Jains temples. The Mahavira is the best preserved, because the Jains constantly repair their religious buildings. Built with sandstone, it stands on a large terrace. What surprised me most was the forest of columns or pillars decorated with good omens. Jainism is said to be founded by Mahavira in India and came about the same time as Buddhism, around the 6th century BC. Both religions reject the interpretation and the rules of Hinduism, and have much in common, like the condemnation of caste regimes. Some philosophers say that Jainism arose centuries before, considering it the oldest surviving religion. The Mahavira Temple, dedicated to the founder of Jainism, was built in the 8th century during the reign of Vatsaraja. Although it has undergone several modifications since the 10th century, it has always been open to worship. The care of the temple is run by the families of Sudras (the 4th caste), who have been artisans since its founding.