Beautiful And Spiritually Inspiring Temples In Jaipur
The ‘Pink City’ or Jaipur is a major tourist destination in India, thanks to its grand Rajput palaces, forts, and princely ambience, making it visually arresting and ideal for an exciting vacation. This capital city of Rajasthan where Rajputs ruled for many centuries is also known for some of India’s best temples. Jaipur is also known as Choti Kashi because there are approximately 3500 temples in Jaipur. Some of these temples are more than 100 years old. People belonging to all religions make it a point to visit these amazing sacred places which have an incredible story behind them which is sure to leave its visitors in awe. The craftsmanship put into building these shrines is no less than that of the royal palaces.
Top 16 Temples To Visit In Jaipur
- GaltaJi Temple
- Garh Ganesh Temple
- Birla Mandir
- Shila Devi Mandir
- Govind Devji Temple
- Tarkeshwar Mahadev Temple
- Kale Hanuman ji
- Moti Dungari Temple
- Ambikeshwar Mahadev Mandir
- Kalki Temple
- Jagat Shiromani Temple
- Neelkanth Mahadev Temple
- Akshardham Temple
- Iskcon Temple
- Tejaji Mandir
- Pataleshwar Mandir
1. Galtaji Temple
Timings: 5 AM – 9 PM
It is also known as Monkey Temple due to a large number of monkeys can be seen in the complex of the temple. Surrounded by Aravalli Hills, the temple is constructed between two cliffs on a rocky valley and the steps lead to the Shrine of Rishi Galav and God Hanuman. This place is known as Galtaji as saint named Galav spent his whole life in search of truth. There is Galta Kund or a holy water tank which never dries up. It is believed that taking bath in this water can rid you of sins and has curative powers.
During Makar Sankranti, thousands of pilgrims visit this place and bathe in this kund to wash away their sins. One important fact which is linked with this temple is that Ramayana was written in this temple by Goswami Tulsidas. There are many other holy places to visit located in this place.
One of those is Sun God Temple built by Diwan Kriparam, located on the top of the highest peak, and it can be seen from all parts of the city. Built in the 18th century it is one of the lesser known temples in Jaipur. Meditation is conducted here on regular basis. You can view the whole city from this temple and will surely get awestruck by the scenic beauty.
Located on a high hill, with marble steps embedded with silver coins, and built in the 14th century, it is the only temple in Jaipur dedicated to Lord Brahma. A beautiful turtle is placed on the floor, facing towards the Garbha Griha.
The Vishnu temple built in the late ninth century is known for its architectural beauty but has fallen into ruins with the passage of time. These temples in Galtaji are important religious sites in Jaipur and attract many tourists.
2. Garh Ganesh Temple
Timings: 7 AM – 12 noon and 4 PM to 9 PM
Built by King Hammer, close to Nahargarh Fort and Jaigarh Fort, and located on Nahargarh hills, this beautiful temple Ganesh Garh is solely devoted to Lord Ganesha. The belief is that he is present here in a form of a small child – Vigra Purusha Kriti (trunkless). It is believed that Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh – I performed the “Ashwamegha Yagya” and made this shrine by placing the statue of Lord Ganesha, and then laid the foundation stone of Jaipur. The attraction of the temple is that the statue is placed in such a way that with binoculars it can be visible from Chandra Mahal of City Palace. Ever year on Ganesh Chaturthi, a grand fair of five days is organized, attracting a lot of people. Garh Ganesh also has ‘Dhwajadheesh’ Ganesha’s temple as a part of it. Lord Ganesha is adorned with ornaments of gold and silver. This temple has an idol of Ridhi Sidhi, who are Ganesha’s wives, and their Son Subh and Labh along with moshak (mouse). The temple is managed by ‘Audhchya’ family, and presently by Shri Pradeep Audichya, the 13th priest of the temple.
3. Birla Mandir
Timings: 8 AM to 12 noon and 4 PM to 8 PM
Birla Mandir is considered as one of the top religious sites in Jaipur. Constructed by the Birla family, the temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and goddess Laxmi and therefore popularly known as Laxmi Narayan Temple. The architectural beauty, depiction of Hindu scriptures on stained glass windows, scenes and quotes from Bhagavad Gita on the walls of the temple attracts a lot of tourists. The interesting fact is that the land on which the temple is built was given by the Maharaja to Birla group for just Rs.1. The beauty of this temple is a visual treat that gives a feeling of relaxation.
4. Shila Devi Mandir
Timings: 6 AM to 8 PM
Shila Devi Mandir is among the popular temples and sacred places in Jaipur. There are two legends related to this temple, one is that Raja Man Singh I of Amber got defeated and prayed to Mata Kaali for her blessings to change his defeat into victory. The goddess answered his prayer and appeared in his dreams, asking him to build a temple from the statue of hers which was lying beneath the sea near Jessore (Bangladesh). Raja Man Singh brought the slab (Shila) which was recovered from the sea, and thoroughly cleaned it which resulted in an idol of the goddess and therefore it was named Shila Devi temple.
5. Govind Devji Temple
Timings: 5 AM to 12 noon and 5 PM to 9 PM
Located in the City Palace and dedicated to Lord Krishna, this temple is considered among the seven temples of Lord Krishna of Vrindavan. Raja Sawai Jai Singh II brought the idol from Vrindavan to Jaipur. As per the legend, Shri Bajranabh – the great-grandson of Lord Krishna was 13 years old when he asked his grandmother to tell him the story of Lord Krishna and how he looked and why he is worshipped by everyone. While he was hearing the story, he started making the statue accordingly but only the feet resembled Lord Krishna, and so the idol was called as “Madan Mohanji”.
With the aim of making a better idol, he started to create another idol where only the chest part looked similar to Lord Krishna, and so this idol was called as “Gopinathji”. Not losing his faith, he started to create the third idol and this time he was successful. The face exactly resembled Lord Krishna’s and was called “Govind Devji” which is the same idol that was brought to Jaipur from Vrindavan.
The temple is one of the top holy places to visit and located between Chandra Mahal and Badal Mahal in the City Palace, where every day Aarti and Prasad are offered at seven different times. Visit this temple during Janmashtami to experience a majestic charm.
6. Tarkeshwar Mahadev Temple
Timings: 5.30 AM to 7.30 PM
If you are a devotee of Lord Shiva then you should definitely visit the Tarkeshwar Mahadev Mandir, where it is believed that the idol has emerged from the ground itself. The temple is quite old but still special for its 9” diameter black stone Shivling with golden pictographs, the brass idol of “Nandi” and 125kg bronze gongs. It attracts a large number of devotees during Shivratri, Deepavali, Anna Kuta and Nrisingha Leela.
Built in 1784, it has amazing interiors and graphics along with breathtaking architecture. This is one great masterpiece that should not be missed here during your Jaipur trip. The temple is surrounded by beautiful greenery and peaceful surroundings that will win your heart when you visit this place.
7. Kale Hanuman ji
Timings: 5.30 AM – 6.30 PM
Pay Homage to an unusual idol of Lord Hanuman idolised in black which makes it a must-visit temple in Jaipur. Built 1000 years back, located near Hawa Mahal, this temple is one of the prime sacred places. As per the story, the Sun god asked Hanuman to bring him his son- Shanidev. So when Hanuman went to meet his son, Shanidev attacked him which made him black, but still Hanuman brought him to his father who was impressed and gave his word that whosoever will worship Lord Hanuman on Saturday will not be subjected to any misery. Therefore you can see a large number of devotees on Saturday in this temple.
8. Moti Dungari Temple
Timings: 5.30 AM to 1.30 PM and 4 PM to 9 PM
This temple has a 500 year old idol that was brought from Gujarat by Seth Jai Ram Paliwal in the 18th century, perched on a small hill, and surrounded by an exotic palace is one the most popular tourist destinations located in the heart of Jaipur. The palace was home to Rajmata Gayatri Devi but now is open for public view. Many devotees flock to this the temple on a daily basis and it is considered one of the most important religious sites in Jaipur. Pilgrims offer a generous amount and more than 1.25 Lakh laddoos are offered to Lord Ganesh each year. The uniqueness of this idol is that the trunk of Ganesha is on the right which is very rare, making it all the more auspicious. The structure of the temple which resembles a Scottish castle also draws devotees in large numbers.
9. Ambikeshwar Mahadev Mandir
Timings: 5 AM to 12 noon and 4 PM to 6 PM
The legend associated with this temple says that King Kakil Deo heard a cow’s voice from a certain place and immediately ordered his men to dig in that spot. He came across a Shivling and then built a temple there. Devotees have to peek through a window to catch a glance of the Shivling. This temple had a water tank which disappeared suddenly, leaving no sign behind, makes it more popular among devotees.
10. Kalki Temple
Timings: 6 AM to 9 PM
The Kalki Temple is devoted to the 10th avatar of Lord Vishnu. Sawai Jai Singh II built this temple opposite the City Palace’s eastern entrance while establishing the city. According to the legends, a statue of Devdutta horse which is believed to be the ride of Kalki has a crack on the left leg and believed that when the crack will heal, Lord Vishnu will visit the earth and end this kalyug.
11. Jagat Shiromani Temple
Timings: 6 AM to 8 PM
Built in 1599 AD and dedicated to Lord Krishna and Meera Bai, this temple took 9 years to build. It is believed that Rani Kanakwati asked Maharajah Sawai Man Singh I built this temple in memory of their eldest son Jagat Singh. You will fall in love with the peaceful surroundings and beautiful architecture which is an amalgamation of the South, Jain, Hindu, and Mughal styles. The striking feature of this temple is a marble toran which is made from a single marble piece. No wonder, it is one of the top sacred places in Jaipur.
12. Neelkanth Mahadev Temple
Timings: 6 AM to 9 PM
Dedicated to Lord Shiva, this temple houses amazing carvings of Lord Mahadev, Parvati, Nandi, Hanuman and Navratna. You will be amazed from the first glance of this temple surrounded by nature and peace.
13. Akshardham Temple
Timings: 7 AM to 9 PM
Abode of the Vedic Supreme God Narayana, Akshardham Temple is a famous tourist attraction in Jaipur known for its brilliant carvings, sculptures and the fabulous view of the lush green surroundings. The tranquillity of this place calms one’s mind along with visual relief.
14. Iskcon Temple
Timings: 5 AM to 9 PM
Iskcon temple is among the famous temples and attractions of Jaipur. Crafted with white marble, the peaceful aura and surroundings of this temple leave a lasting impression. The beautiful architecture, mesmerizing idols of Lord Krishna and his consort Radha are the reasons which attract a lot of tourists.
15. Tejaji Mandir
Timings: 6 AM to 9 PM
Tejaji Mandir is one of the famous temples dedicated to Veer Teja or Tejaji, a famous folk hero of Rajasthan, and he is considered to be 11th carnation of Lord Shiva.
16. Pataleshwar Mandir
Timings: 5.30 AM – 6.30 PM
It is called Pataleshwar as it’s located underground, 20 metres below the earth’s surface, for 400 years. A stairway was constructed to reach the temple and worship Lord Shiva.
So, are you all set to explore the religious sites in Jaipur on your next trip? Decide which temples you wish to visit and plan your itinerary accordingly. You will get to choose from various hotels and guesthouses too, as per your taste and budget.
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Born in a big city, Varsha finds her heart in small towns. A free spirit, who loves to wander places in search of stories, within stories. At the end of a long day, she finds her therapy in long aimless walks and conversations, with the Moon.