Shri Ramdev Temple in Ramdev is a wonderful pilgrim centre which is exemplary of national unity and communal harmony as devotees of all religions accumulate here to pay their homage. The stately Shri Ramdev temple at Ramdevra, Runicha, 13 kms from Pokram in Jaisalmer district, houses the shrine of Ramdev. The tomb of Shri Ramdevji is worshipped here. This tomb or cenotaph is placed at the core of the temple campus. The head faces the northward direction while the feet are towards south. In this temple various tombs of the family members of Shri Ramdevji can also be found. As per the Hindu dharma the dead bodies that are cremated here are assigned to dust in a grave and a tomb is built to show respect.
History of Shri Ramdev Temple, Ramdev
Shri Randevji is believed to have been incarnated on earth for the welfare of humanity and was born in the houses of Ajmalji in the Tomar Rajput family. He had some innate divine powers. Since childhood, he performed many miracles and won the hearts of the people. He is also believed to have killed a demon called Bhairav. Ramdevji chose Ramadevra as the place where he attained a Samadhj and went into a divine state of meditation. Nevertheless many people claim to have seen him on horse-back. The present cenotaph was constructed by Maharaja Shri Ganga Singhji of Bikaner at Shri Ramdevra Runecha.
Description of Shri Ramdev Temple, Ramdev
Fairs are held here twice a year when people flock to the temple and chant the glory of Ramsa Pir, so that their prayers may be answered. Many cultural events are also organized during this fair. Mainly two principal fairs are held in honor of the great sage. The first fair is held in the month of January and February and the second fair is held in the month of August and September. Thousands of devotes visit Ramdev Shri Ramdev Temple. People have great belief and faith in the temple. Entry to the tomb has been allowed to all irrespective of caste and religion. Devotees offer sweets, coconuts, makhanas, misri and cloth made horse-image on the tomb. Inside Shri Ramdev Temple complex in Ramdev there is a water tank also. A dip in that is considered to have a curative effect on skin diseases. Some followers come from great distances on foot, while some creep on their belly to reach the temple. Bus service and various private vehicles from major cities of Rajasthan will take you to Shri Ramdev Temple in Ramdev. The nearest railway station is at Ramdevra.