About the Temple
The temple of Shri Sonana Khetlaji is nestled in the Sonana village of Pali district in Rajasthan. The temple is dedicated to the folk deity Khetlaji. This ancient Shri Sonana Khetlaji temple has now moved to nearby Sarangwas village. Khetlaji is a native folk deity for the people of different caste and creed in the Marwar region. The temple is surrounded by a beautiful Rose garden. The devotees offer their gratitude to the deity for marriage as well as childbirth. After the Aarti, devotees take part in the thanksgiving ceremony. “Churma” is the main Prasad offered to the deity which is distributed among the devotees after offering it to deity. It is believed that the prasad should be consumed within the campus of the temple and cannot be taken outside the temple. Devotees believe that attending the aarti is the biggest blessing.
Shri Sonana Khetlaji temple was found approximately 800 years ago. The temple demonstrates the beautiful art of the ancient Rajput architecture. This temple is the Jagir of Brahmins Rajpurohit who resides in the village and the daily pooja and chants are offered by them as the King has written it off to local Brahmins.
Folk deity Shri Khetlaji is worshipped as Lord Bhairav who is considered as the fifth incarnation of Lord Shiva. Shree Khetlaji is also known as Shri Bhairav or Shri Kshetrapaal Ji. Sonana Khetlaji temple also has an idol of a snake which is believed to be one of the forms of Shree Ketlaji. This idol is a self - manifested. Shree Khetlaji came to Mandor from Kashi. Later, he visited Sonana. It is believed that Lord Bhairav used to protect the sages who were meditating in the Aravalli hill range. Lord Bhairav made his abode in one of the caves which were located at Sonana Khetlaji. Hence, it became his permanent abode and people started worshipping him at this place.
Festivals and Celebrations
Every year on Chaitra Sudi ekam, a fair is held for two days in the honor of Shri Khetlaji. This fair is organized immediately after Holi. Thousands of devotees participate in this fair. The devotees visit the temple on barefoot in order to receive the great blessings.
However, it is the hundreds of horses at the fair that steal the show. Thoroughbred and well-trained 'Marwari' horses perform different skills and even dance to the rhythms of musical instruments much to the amazement of the visitors.
How to reach
By Road: Bus services are available from other major cities of Rajasthan. Desuri is the nearest bus stand.
By Train: The nearest railway station is Rani.
By Air: The nearby airport is located at Udaipur.