Temples of Jaipur
Galtaji is a holy pilgrimage of India, located 10 kms away from
Jaipur in Rajasthan. The vast complex of Galta Ji has several
temples in it. The Temple of Galtaji is famous for its natural water
springs. Set amidst the beautiful landscape, Galtaji Temple offers a
picturesque view of the city. Galtaji is considered holy place, as
Saint Galav spent his life meditating here. However, the temple was
built mach later by Diwan Rao Kriparam, a courtier of Sawai Jai
Singh II, in the 18th Century. The outstanding structure of the
Temple looks more like a mansion or Haveli.
The temple, dedicated to the Sun God, is the
most famous temple built on the top of a hill. The temple is decked
with rounded roofs, exquisitely carved pillars and painted walls.
Out of all other temples, Hanuman temple stands out, being
surrounded by hundreds of monkeys. Besides all other attractions,
Natural water springs draw special attention of the visitors.
The water of these
springs is accumulated in the tanks or 'kunds'. In all, there are
seven tanks, holiest being the Galta Kund, which never goes dry. It
is considered auspicious to take bath in the holy waters of Galtaji.
Thousands of people come every year to take a dip in the tanks to
rinse out their sins. Makar Sankranti is regarded as a special day
to take bath in the holy waters of Galtaji.
Birla Temple forms one of the major attractions of Jaipur. Birla
Temple of Jaipur looks stunning, when it is brightly lit in the
night. Birla Mandir, in pure white marble, dominates the skyline of
southern part of Jaipur. The enormous temple was built during the
year 1988, by Birla Group of Industries, one of the business tycoons
of India. The Temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu (Narayan), the
preserver and his consort Lakshmi, the Goddess of wealth. Due to
this reason, Birla Temple is also known as Laxmi Narayan Temple.
The Birla Mandir is
situated just below the renowned Moti Dungri Fort. Built in a
contemporary manner, Laxmi Narayan Mandir covers the vast lands of
the city of Jaipur. The temple stands erect on a raised platform, at
the footsteps of the Moti Dungri Hill. Birla Mandir is constructed
in the finest quality of white marble. The three huge domes of the
temple represent three different approaches to the religion. The
beautiful white marble temple mesmerizes the onlookers, when it
glows at night.
The attractive stained
windows glass windows of the temple depict scenes from Hindu
Mythology. The idols of the temple look so real as if, they would
utter a word just now. Amongst all the idols, the marble idol of
Ganesha is a masterpiece which looks almost-transparent. The idols
of Lord Vishnu and his consort, Lakshmi attract the attention, being
made out from one piece of marble. The temple also portrays great
historical achievers, philosophers and religious saints such as
Socrates, Zarathustra, Christ, Buddha, and Confucius.
The Laxmi Narayan
Mandir is a modern architectural marvel, surrounded by lush green
gardens. The fascinating exteriors of the temple are carved
splendidly with beautiful sculptures based of mythological themes,
while the interiors have a large marble panel portraying
mythological events. The Birla Temple has a museum too, which
showcases the ancestral valuables of the Birla family. Birla Mandir
/ Laxmi Narayan Temple is a masterpiece of art and tourists should
not miss this architectural spiritual heritage on their trip to
Govind Dev Ji Temple
Govind Dev Ji Temple is one amongst the major tourist attractions of
Jaipur. The Temple represents the royal past of Jaipur. The Temple
is dedicated to Govind Dev Ji (Other name of Lord Krishna). Govind
Devji Temple of Jaipur is situated in the City Palace complex,
between the Chandra Mahal and Badal Mahal. Govind Dev Ji is the
principal deity of Amber's Kachawaha Dynasty. In the earlier times,
the idol of the lord used to reside in the temple of Vrindavan in
According to a legend,
Govind Dev Ji appeared in the dream of Raja Sawai Jai Singh and
asked him to bring his idol from Vrindavan to Jaipur. As a
consequence, Raja Sawai Jai Singh brought the idol and placed in the
City Palace complex of Jaipur. After the sad demise of Jai Singh,
many successors acquired the throne, but Raja Man Singh took the
initiative to build the temple in 1890.
Moti Dungri is a small hill, centrally located in the city of Jaipur.
The term Moti Dungri means Hill of Pearls or Pearl Hill. The hill is
occupied by a palace and a temple. The temple of Moti Doongri is
dedicated to Lord Ganesha. This ancient temple serves as a tourist
attraction for the scenic view it offers. Moti Dungri Temple is
significant from the religious point of view. People from far and
near often come to this sacred temple to pay their homage to Lord
Close to the Temple,
there a beautiful Palace on the hill, this is known as Moti Dungri
Palace. The Palace is an imitation of a Scottish Castle. In the
ancient times, it was occupied by Maharaja Madho Singh's son. Still,
the enchanting Palace belongs to the royal family. Today, it makes
home for Rajmata Gayatri Devi and her son, Jagat Singh. However, the
palace is not open for public.