“Ram Mandir” is a temple in the holy town of Pushkar in Rajasthan. It was built many hundreds of years back by the great lord Krishna and still holds the sacred Anand Sagar (Lord Brahma’s Seat). This is a religious site for all Hindus, and visitors wishing to get closer to the lord can go there to meditate, pray, or receive blessings from the deity. If you are planning to visit this temple then it is important that you know some interesting facts about it. This article will tell you the basic information that you must know before visiting the sacred temple. Moreover, you will also learn about some places you should not go to when you go to Ram Mandir.
To get into the temple, you need to cross the sacred river Ganges at Gannagar, and this bridge has been cut only recently so as to avoid construction of other bridges over the river. After crossing the river you will reach the main gate of Ram Mandir temple, which is guarded by a high and mighty idol of Lord Krishna. In front of the idol there is a lotus tree planted. This is the place where the Hindus pray and pay respects to their lord. Every year in this month, on the full moon of Ram Mandir, a huge gathering of people from surrounding and even from far off places to gather at the temple to observe the entire process of bathing Lord Krishna in water and then climbing up the ladder to reach him.
The entire process of bathing Lord Krishna is called ‘Anandi’ and the word ‘munsi’ is used here because Lord Krishna performed this by jumping into the holy water from the specially constructed and raised ‘Manas’ or mountain. Since the region was a remote area, no one could come near to help the lord. However, this task was mainly performed by the guardian of Ram Mandir temple, known as ‘Bhaisar’; he would hold the lord by the hand and walk with him to the water. It is believed that he was a great sage, who had great powers and had been appointed to look after the temple because he had once converted to Buddhism, but had left the religion because of its rule over his life.
After reaching the holy water the next stage of the ceremony is performed by the holy priest, known as ‘Maharana’ or Lord Krishna’s secretary. He holds the lord by the right hand and walks ahead with two other priests, known as ‘Nityanand’ or the guards. They hold the hands of the lord and guide him to the riverbank where he jumps into the water. This is a very auspicious occasion, because it marks the end of the rainy season and the arrival of spring. Many devotees visit the site at this time to offer prayers and take bath in the sacred water.
After reaching the other side, the lord starts to walk towards the river and starts to go down. The people sitting on the bank welcome the lord and keep on pouring the holy water. The mud is made to flow past the hands of the lord. As it does, the mud becomes thinner till it finally reaches the river. This is a very important point in the ritualistic procedure of entering the cave of Lord Krishna.
Once the water reaches the bank, the lord starts to walk towards the hippo and enters inside. The people sitting on the bank gather around and pray for the lord and his blessings. The people sitting on the bank then throw mud at the lord, which is considered to be a blessed water. This is the start of the Hindu religious practice called Ram Mandir.