Asotra is a village which is located in Barmer district of
Rajasthan, near the city of Balotra which is at a distance of
10 km. Pachpadra is 17 km to the north, Umarlai is 17 km to
the north-east and Meli is 18 km to the east of Asotra. Asotra
is the site of world's second Brahma Temple which was founded
by late Brahmarshi Sant Khetaram ji Maharaj. The first being
Asotra is located in Barmer district of Rajasthan, near
the city of Balotra which is at a distance of 10 km. Pachpadra
is 17 km to the north, Umarlai is 17 km to the north-east and
Meli is 18 km to the east of Asotra.
Tourist Attractions in Asotra
Lord Brahma Temple
Lord Brahma is the prominent lord god of the Hindu triad. The
other two are Vishnu and Mahesh. Brahma is the lord of creation.
There is one temple of Brahma at Pushkar. The other is here. The
yellow (golden stone) of Jaisalmer has been used in the
construction of main entrance hall. The rest of the temple is
made of Jodhpur Stone (Chhitar Stone). The idol of Shri Brahma
ji is made of Marble. The carving work however is distinctive.
The foundation of the temple was laid on 20 April 1961 but the
deity was installed on 6 May 1984. The chief deity is lord
Brahma, his consort Gayatri's idol is also by the side of the
chief deity. The idol is really unique piece of sculptural
There are idols of various vedic sages in the temple such as
Maharishi Vashishta, Maharishi Uddalak, Maharishi Gautam,
Maharishi Kashyap, Maharishi Bhardwaj, Maharishi Parashara and
Maharishi Pippalada. Rajpurohit brahmins trace their vedic
lineage from these sages. The temple has been built mainly by
the Rajpurohit community. A big condoned off place is there for
birds to pick up grain. Every day 200 Kilogram of grain is fed
to birds. The vast lodge can house hundreds of visitors in its
102 rooms and 11 halls. Charges are very nominal. The present
Mahant (Manager priest) Sant Tulsaram ji Maharaj is doing a
praiseworthy job in propagating the message of love and peace
along with heading various programs for social welfare. An
education institution, in the name of Sant Khetaram ji Maharaj
is being run. A higher secondary school is also proposed. Free
charitable preparation of food is performed every day which is
served to visitors and devotees much like the langar pratha
common among Sikhs. A well managed kine house (gaushala) houses
350 cows. Gau-seva has as a prime importance in the vedic
Sant Khetaramji / Kheteshwar ji Maharaj
Sant Khetaramji/Kheteshwar ji Maharaj was a true saint by means
of dharma and karma. He was a divine soul who had followers
cutting across all castes and creeds. He revitalized the
importance of spiritual means to achieve self-realization and
emphasizing humanity above all other man made barriers like
casteism etc. The divine being laid down his ample tabernacle on
May 6, 1984 and left for heavenly abode after inaugurating the
Lord Brahma Temple on May 5, 1984 i.e. after establishing the
idol of Brahmaji. His followers and his community members-
Rajpurohits overwhelmed with emotions then built a huge and
beautiful temple devoted to the late saint in the near vicinity
of the Brahma mandir which houses a lifesize idol of the saint.
Makrana marble has been used for erecting the cenotaph of Sant
Shri Kheteshwar ji Maharaj.
The place has now developed as a major tourist attraction of the
region pulling thousands of tourists and devotees each year.
Every year on 5th day of the bright half of Vaisakh month (May)
the Pran-Prathishta ceremony is commemorated. On the next day,
the death anniversary of Sant Kheteshwar ji Maharaj (the founder
of the temple) is observed. Other major festivals celebrated
here are - Mahashivratri and Guru Poornima.
How To Reach Asotra
Balotra Junction Railway Station is the nearest railhead which
is at a distance of 11 kms from Asotra.
Aasotra is well connected by Rajasthan roadway Buses (Government
Bus) and by other private buses.There are direct buses to
Jodhpur, Jalore, Udaipur, Chittorgarh, Falna, Vapi, Surat,
Sirohi, Mount Abu.
Jodhpur Airport at a distance of 100 km, serves Asotra.