Sonana Khetlaji

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Sonana Charans
Sonana Charans is located in Rajasthan
Sonana Charans
Sonana Charans
Sonana Charans is located in India
Sonana Charans
Sonana Charans
Location in Rajasthan, India
Coordinates: 25°17′N 73°29′E / 25.29°N 73.49°E / 25.29; 73.49Coordinates: 25°17′N 73°29′E / 25.29°N 73.49°E / 25.29; 73.49
Country  India
State Rajasthan
District Pali
 • Official Hindi
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
ISO 3166 code RJ-IN

Shri Sonana Khetlaji (सोनाणा खेतलाजी) is a temple of Shri Khetlaji located in the village Sonana of Desuri tehsil of Pali district in Indian state of Rajasthan. Template located in Sonana is an old temple from where Shri Sonana Khetlaji has moved village near by name Sarangwas.

Shri Sonana Khetlaji junidham was founded approximately 800 years ago; this temple is Jagir of local Brahmins Rajpurohit. Kind ruling this village has write off this temple to the local Brahmins to do chants and pooja every day. Village Sonana was given in the Jagir to Bhima ji Asiya by the ruler of Udaipur Maharana Raymal ji in Samwat 1444 till to day Charan families are living in this village.other than Charans Rajpurohit,Goswami,Vaishnav, Choudhary, Rebari, Lohar, Meghwal and Hiragar family are living in village sonana.

Every year on Chaitra Sudi ekam (according to Vikram Samvat), a large fair is organised for two days. Since this fair is organised after Holi festival, a large number of Holi dancers attend in conventional and fancy dresses. More than one lakh devotees participate. The most devout come barefoot from their native places in order to receive the great blessing. They travel from 15 km to 200 km moving in groups(Sangh) for 2 to 10 days barefoot.

There is even a cycle yatri coming from a long distance of 2500 km from Chennai, Coimbatore, Hosur (Tamil Nadu to Rajasthan) covering on cycle for a month (30 days) on the occasion of Mela.

Since Khetlaji is folk-deity (Lok-devta) of many castes and communities in Marwar area, many people come here after their marriage and childbirth to offer their thanks and gratitude for the deity. Thanksgiving ceremony starts only after Aarti of deity which takes place between 9am to 9:30am & 6:30pm to 7:00 pm. The required offerings are available on stalls outside the temple. The most important prasad is "Churma" and is offered to the deity. This prasad has to be consumed in the temple premises and cannot be carried out from there.

Temple is large bound and has carries three aarthi (vishash pooja) for Sri sonana Khetlaji i.e., 9am in morning, 6:30 pm in evening and midnight. It is witnessed that attending this aarthi carries biggest blessing.

Coordinates: 25°17'55"N 73°29'30"E. You can reach this place from Sadri when you come via Ranakpur or from Charbhuja when you come via Udaipur/Shreenathji/Gomti Chowk. You can also reach by rail, nearest station is Falna, from where ample taxi and bus services are available.

You can stay at Junidham or Navidham dharmashalas at Khetlaji. In addition to non AC rooms, Junidham Dharmashala is also equipped with 25 AC rooms while there is only 5 AC room available at Navidham Dharmashala. Bhojan Shala at Junidham is open till 10pm.

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Nakkash Ki Devi - Gomti Dham