Kunj Bihari Temple


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Distance (From Jodhpur Jn): 2 Kms

Trip Duration (Including Travel): 30 Mins

Place Location: Near Ghanta Ghar

Transportation Options: Walk/Trek

Travel Tips: None

At a distance of 2 km from Jodhpur Junction and 3 km from Mehrangarh Fort, the Kunj Bihari Temple is a Hindu temple located near Ghanta Ghar market in Jodhpur city of Rajasthan.

Kunj Bihari Temple is dedicated to Lord Krishna, also known as Sri Nathji, and belongs to Rama Nandi Vaishnava sect of Hindus. This imposing structure was constructed by Maharaja Vijay Singh in 1847 AD in the memory of his son, Sher Singh, who died at a very young age. The shrine has been beautifully built using Makrana stone and Chhitar sandstone.

Kunj Bihari Temple seems like a replica of the Ghanshyamji temple in Jodhpur and is an architectural marvel specially the temple top and entrance. It has a toran dwar at the entrance and a sanctum sanctorum. Atop the sanctum is an intricately carved shikhar, which has a kalash at the apex. The entrance of the temple is adorned with a statue of Meera Bai, the great devotee of Lord Krishna. To the left and right of this, there stood the statues of Lord Hanuman and Namdeo, a saint. The idol of the presiding deity, Lord Krishna is place inside the garbhagriha.

There is temple named as Achal Nath Shivalaya in front of it. Nanak Devi, the wife of Rajput king Rao Ganga, built the temple, whose construction was completed in the year 1531. This ancient shrine comprises three main halls - garbhagriha, mandap bhavan and kirtan bhavan. All these parts of the temple are made using carved Chhitar Stone. There is a large water reservoir called Bawari in the temple, which was made near the Shivlinga. It is known as Ganga Bawari.

Timings: 6 AM to 12 PM and 7 PM to 10 PM