Popularly called the Pink City, Jaipur is one of the most popular places to visit in India, and among the must-include places in Rajasthan tour packages. Frequented by tourists from all over the world, the capital city of Rajasthan is renowned for its magnificent palaces, amazing forts, and havelis, exotic jewelry, and rich culture. Besides, the city is also known for its grand temples that were built by the Maharajas and kings who ruled the city. Rich in architecture and craftsmanship, the temples of Jaipur are unmatched by other temples present at other places. Here is the list of some spectacular shrines in the Pink City that are worth a visit during your Jaipur Trip.
Galta Ji Temple
Situated in the Aravalli hills, Galta Ji Temple is a Hindu shrine dedicated to Saint Rishi Galav. It is believed that Saint Rishi Galav practiced mediation here. It is one of the most famous temples in Jaipur, and among the must include places in Jaipur tour packages. There are seven natural water tanks or kunds in the temple premises. Of these, the Galta Kund is contemplated as the holiest kund as it never goes dry. The common belief is that taking a dip in the holy water of the upper and lower tanks washes off the sins and frees the human soul from the cycle of births. Thousands of pilgrims visit the temple during Makar Sankranti to take a dip as it is considered fortunate to do so. Also, the temple of Sita Ram holds much interest among visitors since a large number of monkeys are seen here and is often referred to as the Monkey Temple.
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Garh Ganesh Temple is one of the ancient and most famous temples in Jaipur. Dedicated to Lord Ganesh, the temple was built by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh I when he performed the Ashwamedha Yagna before the establishment of Jaipur. He also kept the statue in such a way that Maharaja can see the statue with the help of binoculars from Chandra Mahal of City Palace in Jaipur, one of the popular places to visit in Rajasthan. Lord Ganesha is worshipped here as a child ‘Vigra Purusha Kriti,’ who does not have any trunk. Surrounded by the serene hills and greenery, one can reach the temple by climbing a flight of over 300 steps. Besides, a fair of 5-days is celebrated during Ganesh Chaturthi which attracts a lot of devotees and tourists.
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Birla Mandir is a Hindu temple located at the base of Moti Dongri Hill in Jaipur. Also referred to as the Laxmi Narayan Temple, this marvelous temple was built in 1988 by the Birla family and is one of the major places to visit in Jaipur. Made out of white marble, Birla Temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu (Narayan) and his consort Lakshmi. Delicate carvings of Hindu symbols and ancient quotes from the Geeta decorate the walls of the Birla Temple. The temple looks stunning when it is brightly lit at the night. Apart from the religious idols, pictures and figures of several religious saints, philosophers, and historical achievers, like Socrates, Buddha, Zarathustra, and Confucius, are also included in the temple.
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Govind Dev Ji Temple
Dedicated to Lord Krishna, Govind Devji Temple is situated in the City Palace complex, between the Chandra Mahal and Badal Mahal in Jaipur. It is one of the oldest and most sacred temples in Jaipur and among the 7 temples of Thakur of Vrindavan where the idol of the deity was brought from Vrindavan here by Raja Sawai Jai Singh II. It is believed that the idol was carved by Bajranabh, the great-grandson of Lord Krishna, and it resembles the face of the deity during his incarnation on earth. Surrounded by beautiful gardens, the temple was built in Western, Hindu, and Muslim architectural styles. The ceiling of Govind Devji Temple is made of gold and is very attractive. Thousands of devotees visit this temple, especially during Janmashtami, to commemorate the birth of Lord Krishna.
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Kale Hanuman Ji
Kale Hanuman Ji Temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Hanuman. Located near Hawa Mahal, the temple is believed to be 1000 years old. It is one of the oldest temples present in the city, and among the best places to experience Jaipur Tourism. Unlike other statues in red or orange color, the idol of Lord Hanuman here is black in color which makes it one of the most unique temples of Jaipur to visit. The temple attracts several devotees and tourists throughout the day. But on Saturdays, the place becomes extremely crowded as devotees jostle to get blessings from Lord Hanuman.
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Akshardham Temple is a Hindu temple located at Vaishali Nagar in Jaipur. Dedicated to Swami Narayan, this temple is one of the popular temples to visit in Jaipur as part of the Golden Triangle Tour. Akshardham Temple was founded by Bochasanwasi Shree Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sansthan. Known for its beautiful architecture, the temple houses Hari Mandapam where one can find a 7 feet gold-leafed Murti of Lord Swaminarayan. The temple also has two small shrines around it that encompass the 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.
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Jagat Shiromani Temple
Srijagat Shiromani Temple is an ancient temple situated at the backward premises of Amer Fort in Jaipur. Dedicated to Lord Krishna, and his ardent devotee Meera Bai, this temple was built during 1599 – 1608 AD by the queen Kanakwati, wife of King Man Singh I in the memory of her son Jagat Singh. It is believed that the statue of Lord Krishna here is the same statue that Meera Bai used to worship in Mewar. A perfect example of Nagara-style architecture, the Srijagat Shiromani Temple has a sanctum, vestibule, and mandapa. At the entrance of the temple, there is a beautiful marble archway that is flanked by carvings of elephants.
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Moti Dungri Ganesh Temple
Moti Dungri Temple is a Hindu temple situated at the foothill of a beautiful hilltop palace, called the Moti Dungri Palace. Built by Seth Jai Ram Paliwal in 1761, the temple is dedicated to Lord Ganesh and is one of the most visited temples in Jaipur, one of the popular places of heritage in India. The idol of Lord Ganesh is in a sitting posture and the trunk is towards the left, which is considered very auspicious. The idol is covered with vermillion (Sindoor). The temple is carved out of stone and has some beautiful latticework consisting of mythological images which are engraved on the marble. The festival of Ganesh Chaturthi, Janmashtami, Annkuta, and Paush Bada are the major festivals with devotees thronging the temple in huge numbers. People of Jaipur believe in extending the first invitation on every occasion to Lord Ganesh of this temple. Also, many newly married couples start the first day of married life with a visit to this temple.
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