Temples in Jaipur
The Birla Temple is also known as Lakshmi Narayan Temple and is located near the Moti Dungri Fort in Jaipur. Dedicated to Lord Vishnu and Goddess Lakshmi, this temple is a proud architectural landmark of Jaipur, Rajasthan, built in pure white marble, inside this shrine beautifully sculpted idols of Lord Vishnu and Goddess Lakshmi as well as other Hindu Gods and Goddesses, Delicate carvings of Hindu symbols and ancient quotes from the Geeta and the Upanishads ornament the walls of this interesting temple. One can also identify the mythological events printed on the walls. Apart from the religious idols, pictures and figures of several religious saints, philosophers and historical achievers are also included in the temple. The best time to visit this temple is between the months of October to March. In this temple, Janmashtami festival the birth anniversary of Lord Krishna is celebrated with great joy and happiness.
Govind Dev Ji Temple
Govind Dev Ji Temple is located in Jaipur, Rajasthan. The temple is dedicated to Lord Govind Dev Ji, who is one of the forms of Lord Krishna’s avatars on Earth and is considered as the deity of the Kachwaha Dynasty of rulers of Amer. It is believed that the idol of Govind Ji looks exactly like Lord Krishna. The Maharaja of Jaipur, Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh was a devotee of the Lord and hence, had his palace designed such that he could get a quick look at the Lord directly from his palace after the idol was shifted from Amer to Jaipur. The Temple also celebrates festivals like Janmashtami and Holi and the best time is any time of the year can be visited.
Moti Dungri Ganesh Ji Temple
The Moti Dungri Ganesh temple is located on the top of a small hill in Jaipur, Rajasthan and is surrounded by a beautiful palace of the same name. The Moti Dungri Ganesh Temple was constructed by Seth Jai Ram Paliwal in 1761 A.D. The Temple is dedicated to Lord Ganesh and it consists of three domes, the idol of Lord Ganesh is in a sitting posture and the trunk is towards the left which is considered very auspicious and is covered with Sindoor. A massive idol of mushika, the vehicle of Lord Ganesh is also placed in front of the Ganesh idol. The temple is carved out of stone and has a beautiful framework consisting of mythological images which are printed on the marble.
Khole Ke Hanuman Ji Temple
Khole Ke Hanuman Ji is located in Jaipur district of Rajasthan. The Temple was established by Pandit Radhe Lal Choubey. He set up the idol of Hanuman ji and started worshipping and stayed till the end. Pandit Radhe Lal Choubey also formed an organization named Narwar Ashram Seva Samiti in 1961 A.D. for the development of the Hanuman Ji temple. At the time when the temple was built, it occupied only 100 square feet of area near the site of Laxman Doongari Hill but as time passed the temple became famous and was expanded across several acres of land around 300 times compared to the initial area. The name of the temple, Khole Ke Hanuman was termed after the word Khola, which means valley in a local language, to visit this temple the best time is during the evening Aarti around 7:00 PM.
Shila Devi Temple
Shila Devi Temple is a famous destination in Jaipur, Rajasthan and is dedicated to the Goddess Durga. This temple stands within Amer Fort. In 1604 A.D. Maharaja Man Singh brought the Goddess Shila Mata's statue from Jessore, Bangladesh. The God appeared in the Maharaja's dream and instructed him to recover her statue, which was floating in the sea near Jessore in Bangladesh and place it in a temple. Raja Man Singh found the idol in the water in the form of a Shila and when it was cleaned and washed, the current idol appeared as Shila Mata, it took ten years to build the Temple. Festivals like Navratri are celebrated with beautiful lights and all devotees offer special prayers at the Shila Devi Temple.
Akshardham Temple also known as Swaminarayan Temple is located near Vaishali Nagar, Chitrakoot, Jaipur, Rajasthan. The Temple is dedicated to Swami Narayan, Akshardham Temple founded by Bochasanwasi Shree Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sansthan. The temple has Hari Mandapam where one can find a 7 feet gold-leafed Murti of Lord Swaminarayan. The statue of Lord Narayan is ornamented with silver and gold. The temple also has two small shrines with statues of Lord Ganesh, Lord Krishna and Shiva Parvati. The walls of the temple are covered with beautiful paintings, sculptures, carvings and mantras that motivate the visitors and fill them with faith and positive energy.
The Sun Temple
Surya Temple or Surya Mandir is around 3 Km away from the centre of Jaipur, Rajasthan. It is also part of Galta Ji temple also known as Monkey Temple situated in the west of Jaipur city. The temple is dedicated to Sun God and was built in the 18th century. This was the private temple constructed by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh, to reach the temple, the tourists need to travel through Surajpol Bazaar and they need to take the twisted path of 200 metres on the hill to reach the temple. From the Galta temple, the Surya Temple is connected through a rock climbing route. It takes 15 minutes to reach the Sun temple and the Galta Ji temple should be visited first.
Garh Ganesh Temple
The Garh Ganesh Temple is another Pilgrimage site located on the top of the Aravalli Hills in Jaipur, Rajasthan. The temple is dedicated to Lord Ganesha and it is believed that in this temple Ganesha is positioned in the form of a small child called Purushakriti. The idol of Ganesha does not have a trunk as he is built in his child form. The idols of Riddhi Siddhi and their two children Subh and Labh are also seen in the temple. Another unique thing about this temple is that ceremonies are organized in the temple premises on the first Wednesday after Diwali when a festival called Anna Koot is celebrated.
Jaipur is a city located in the state of Rajasthan. It is famous for its religious culture and mythological significance. There are many temples in Jaipur to visit like Ayyappa Temple, Shri Gopinathji Temple, The Sun Temple, Birla Mandir and many other temples with their own history and significance. In Jaipur, many gods and goddesses are worshipped. Know more about the Jaipur temples their darshan, aarti timings and much more.