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Rangnath Temple at Pushkar in Rajasthan

Rangnath temple in Pushkar, Rajasthan, was built in 1823 AD. The beautiful ornate shrine is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. The temple has murtis of Goddess Lakshmi and other manifestations of Vishnu Bhagavan. Prominent among them are Venugopal and Narasimha. The temple is located to the north of Pushkar Lake.

The shrine is located in a huge complex. The temple is a perfect amalgam of South Indian and Rajasthani style of architecture.

There are a total of seven shrines inside the Rangnath Temple and each has a Shikhara of its own.
The main temple is known as Nij mandir and it has a south Indian style gopuram. A golden Garuda Dwaja Stambha is located inside the gopuram.

The Nij Mandir Complex has three shrines dedicated to Sri Krishna, Ranganatha of Srirangam, and Sri Ramanujacharya. On the two sides of the main platforms are murtis of Goddess Lakshmi and Goddess Godammaji. A statue Anantachariji Maharaj the man who inspired to build the temple is also found in the sanctum sanctorum. All five shrines have Dravidian style shikhara and the and the mandapa in front of the sanctum is decorated in nagara style.

The Nij Mandir complex is fortified by wall which is decorated by chhatris and jharokhas with fresco paintings. Paintings and carvings in the temple are based on Sri Krishna Lila, Ramayan, Churning of Ocean and stories from Puranas.

Rare Vimanas and Chattras (umbrellas) are displayed during important festival and rituals. The vahanas or vehicles on which the presiding deity comes include Hanuman, Garuda, Surya, Chandra, Elephant and Horse.