About Sambhar

Circuit House, Sambhar

Away from all worldly noises and uproars, this is Rajasthan's hidden treasure. Sambhar Heritage has curated a beautiful property right in the middle of this nature's miracle, just breathing beside this stunning salt lake. Witnessing the process of salt extraction by villagers and salt workers through the historic train journey, amplifies the glory of the lake.

An array of activities and experiences customized for all ages makes every moment at the resort an enthralling Sambhar Heritage offers luxurious abodes for globetrotters to enjoy the scenic surroundings of Sambhar Salt Lake – 4 Heritage suites at the Circuit house, 8 at the Kothi and 18 tents at the Resort. An experience that helps you discover that the mind, body, and soul are in perfect harmony when you are one with the spirit of the land. We couldn't make Sambhar more beautiful, so we thought we'd simply make it more exquisite.

Shakambari Devi Temple

Legend has it that the Goddess Shakambhari Devi (the tutelary deity of the Chauhan Rajputs), converted the town of Sambhar to a plain of precious metals. Fearing that this will lead to endless feuds, the people here prayed to the Goddess to retract the boon and she obliged by converting the lake from precious metal to salt. The Salt Lake is known to have had its beginnings from here, and a temple in her honor stands under a rocky outcrop jutting into the lake, 15 km from the town of Sambhar in the village of Sirthula. The 2500 years old temple dedicated to the Goddess Shakambhari, believed to be an incarnation of Goddess Durga is one the 3-shakipeeths attributed to Mother Shakambhari. It is a venue of a grand religious fair on the days of Bhado Sudi (Shukla Paksha) Ashtami. According to another legend, the Mother had the austerity in this deserted place devoid of rains for hundreds of years. It is believed that during austerity she would consume Shakak-a vegetable only once in a month and the name Shakambhari stems from Shakak and Sambhar is further variation of Shakambhari.

Legends of Sambhar

Sambhar beholds the treasure of ancient history, antique folklore, and the phenomenal presence of legends beneath its lake bed.

Numerous fables surround the creation of this barren land that has been transformed into the marvel that we today call Sambhar Salt Lake. One such story is that Goddess Shakumbhari Devi, at the behest of the king of the land, bestowed him with precious silver stretches for miles. The king knew that the boon could become a bane, and his subjects would not feel secure sitting atop all the silver.

Thus he appealed to the goddess to convert the bed of silver into the whitewashed landscape of Sambhar Salt Lake. A bartizan temple dedicated to goddess Shakambhari Devi sits on a strategic location, projecting into the lake.

Legends – Salt Lake of Rajasthan

Often referred to as the ‘Salt Lake of Rajasthan’, Sambhar Lake is India’s largest inland saline lake. It has its mentions in the classic Indian epic, Mahabharata, as priest Sukracharya’s residing place. It was also the part of King Brishparva’s kingdom, and was the place where king Yayati and Devyani, daughter of Sukracharya got married. An iridescent temple near the Sambhar Lake is dedicated to Devyani, and adds to the beauty of this location.

As per local belief, the guardian goddess of Chauhan Rajputs and the companion of Lord Shiva, Shakambhari Devi, transformed the dense opaque forest into a landscape of silver, as a return for the services provided to her by the king.

Later, as the inhabitants feared that the possession could give rise to greed and conflict, she turned it into a salt lake. Thus the lake was named after her and a temple devoted to her can still be seen guarding the terrain.

Lake History