Charbhujaji Temple

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24 Aug 21
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Charbhujaji Temple

Dedicated to Lord Vishnu, Charbhujaji is a famous temple in Garhbor village in the Kumbhalgarh tehsil of Rajsamand distt. Charbhuja is another name of the Lord Vishnu due to his four hands. The village is situated in Aravalli ranges. The village name Garhbor is due to the fort made by Bor Rajput. fort is also called Garh in Hindi. As it is dedicated to the Lord, so it is also called Charbhuja.The temple was built in 1440 A.D. According to the inscription inside the temple, village name was Badri, therefore, the idol is considered as Badrinath. The deity of Charbhuja is considered to be miraculous. The idol of Shri Charbhujaji is 85 centimeters high. The four arms of the idol hold conch, discus, mace and a lotus flowers. The discus and the mace symbolize dynamic power, energy and prowess.

The temple is made by mirrors, lime mortars and marble. The excellent work of the mirror is done in the original temple. The shutters of the inner temple are made of gold while outer shutters are made of silver. Garudji is installed in the other courtyard. Stone elephants are p;laced on the both sides of the entrance. Temple is in the open space and visited by thousands of pilgrims every year. Some casts like, Rajputs and the Gurjars hold a special reverance for this temple. Rajputs attribute a sword and shield as symbol of Rajput chivarly in every darshan. It is said that the king Shri Gang Dev got divine instruction in his dream to install the idol to be recovered from water. Then he installed this idol in his garh (fort). It is said that the Pandavas also worshipped this idol before proceeding for their last yatra to Himalaya. To protect this temple, about 125 battles had taken place during which idol was also submerged in the water many times for its safety.

A large fair is held in the village on Jhaljhoolni Gyaras every year. Thousands of devotees come here for worship of Lord Charbhuja and get blessings from all over the India. Jhaljhoolni Gyaras is the eleventh day of the bright fortnight of the Bhadrapad month. This day is specially celebrated in the Charbhuja when the devotees take the Lord to the lake nearby for the religious bath with a grand procession. After that, they also perform special pooja of the Lord. This great procession of several people is welcome with perfume and flowers. The festivals of colours, Holi is also celebrated here on a big scale. It goes on for 15 days. Similarly, other festivals, like, Navaratris, Janmashtami, Ramanavami are also celebrated in the temple with great joy and fervor. Near Charbhujaji, other temples, like, Roop Narayanji, Kumbhalgarh fort and Paras Ram Mahadev temple etc. are worth visiting.

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