Sonana Khetlaji

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Sonana Khetlaji
Sonana Khetlaji is located in Rajasthan
Sonana Khetlaji
Sonana Khetlaji
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)

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 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 everyday.

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 15KM to 200KM moving in groups(Sangh) for 2 to 10 days barefoot.

There is even a cycle yatri coming from a long distance of 2500KM from chennai, coimbatore, Hosur(Tamil Nadu to Rajasthan) covering on cycle for a month (30days) 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 give thanks to the God. Thanksgiving ceremony starts only after Aarti of deity which takes place between 8:30 am to 9:00 am. The necessary commodities for giving thanks are available at stalls outside the temple.

Temple is large bound and has carries three aarthi(vishash pooja) for Sri sonana Khetlaji i.e., 8am in morning,6.30pm in evening and 12am 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 stay at Junidham or Navidham dharmashalas at Khetlaji. In addition to non AC rooms, Junidham Dharmashala is also equipped with 4-5 AC rooms while there is only 1 AC room available at Navidham Dharmashala. Bhojan Shala at Junidham is open till 10pm.

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