What’s the best part about Jaipur? It’s vivacious aura, regal touch, but most importantly the divine architectures that define the authenticity of Pink City. Magnificent Temples and Holy monuments are the markup places in Jaipur to explore. That’s why globally; Jaipur is named as “Choti Kashi” to because of the religious importance. The Kachawa rulers of Amber had deep faith in the power of Supreme Lord that resulted in constructing various temples of vivid deities in the region of Rajasthan. Many worshipping places in Jaipur have gained heritage, architectural, and religious importance because of their existence from more than 1000 years till date.
Some of the Temples In Jaipur that every traveller must explore are:
Situated 20 km away from Jaipur, Galtaji is an ancient Hindu pilgrimage. You can see natural water springs with the beautiful landscape surrounding this historic pilgrimage. Thousands of people from different places come to take a bath in the holy water of Galtaji because of its auspicious beliefs. Once visited, people are attracted towards the temple and wish to visit again and again.
Birla Temple is popularly known as Laxmi Narayan Temple, this divine structure holds the idol of Lord Vishnu and his wife, Goddess Laxmi. In the year 1988, below the hills of Moti Dungri, Birla group associations built this temple. It is the best example of architectural importance built with white marble stone. The temple ascertained traditional events and furnished with beautiful lavish sculptures, museum, and mythological themes with fortified walls. Enjoying sunset sitting in the big and beautiful garden of the temple feels like you are in heaven. According to history, the Birla temple was built on the land given to the Birla family by the Maharaja, for just a token sum of one rupee.
Govind Devji Temple
As per the stories, during the reign of Aurangzeb, the idol of Lord Shri Krishna shifted from Vrindavan Dhaam to Jaipur and consecrated at Suraj Mahal of city palace in the year 1753. Being a devotee of Lord Krishna, Sawai Pratap Singh 2 built this temple. Govind Devji temple has an equal importance concerning other ancient divine monuments in Jaipur sharing the glimpse of heritage and architecture. And, according to people, the idol of Lord Krishna exactly resembles image at the time of his incarnation on the earth.
Moti Dungri Temple
The temple of Lord Ganesh situated near Birla Temple in the middle of the city built in 1761 A.D. and an exotic palace surrounds Moti Dungri. Seth Jai Ram Paliwal renovated the temple on the inspiration of the priest. Lattices carved in stones and marbles with beautiful mythological images has always been the unique attractions to every individual. Mostly people of Jaipur start their journey of the day by worshiping Lord Ganesha in the Moti Dungri. Wednesday titled as the day of Lord Ganesh when the Moti Dungri gets packed up with Lacs of devotees.
Khole Ke Hanuman Ji
Khole Ke Hanuman Ji is a temple of a great disciple of Lord Ram, i.e., Lord Hanuman Ji situated in Delhi-Jaipur highway. The Galtaji is led by the zig-zag path, where one has to come to walking all way to the entrance of the temple. This temple has achieved great significance in devotee’s hearts. The temple is the best example of various spiritual presences at one place.
Kale Hanumanji Temple
Near to the city palace of Jaipur, this temple is around 1000 years old. Kale Hanuman Ji is famous for its idol of Lord Hanuman, which is black in color. If you tend to look almost every temple of Lord Hanuman has a red or orange color statue of the Lord, but here in Jaipur, it is famous for its unique color idol. The significance of this temple is one important aspect that people carry so much belief in their heart.
Shila Mata Temple
Shila Devi Mandir was built in Amber fort, which is 11 kilometers away from the center of Jaipur. Maharaja Mansingh, who was a devotee of Goddess Kali, erected the Shila Devi in the 16th century A.D. A temple is an eye-catching place for every visitor. The temple is not only famous for its history but also because of stunning interiors that consist of beautifully carved pillars and walls.
Garh Ganesh Temple
Located on the hilltop near Nahargarh Fort, Garh Ganesh temple was constructed by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh. It is the second most renowned temple because of the uniqueness in the idol of Lord Ganesha in the form of Purushakriti (sans trunk; Ganesha’s childhood form). Apart from that, idols of Riddhi Siddhi and their two children Subh and Labh are also seen in the temple. And, it also adds spark to the adventure, if one wants to explore the uninhabited site of the city.
Kalki temple in Jaipur holds the special significance as it is dedicated to the unborn 10th avatar of Lord Vishnu. It translates to “Born out of the time.” It has a beautiful north Indian style architecture. According to fiction tales, it’s believed that Lord Kali will come on a white horse, carrying a sword to protect the humankind from chaos and destructions of Kalyuga.