Jaipur is the capital and the largest city of the Indian state of Rajasthan. Jaipur is also known as the Pink City, due to the dominant color scheme of its buildings but do you know that jaipur is also known as choti kashi of india due to its beautifully designed and constructed temples. There are so many beautiful and ancient temples which let you visit in past and closer to god. People started there day by rembering god. There are so many different gods in hinduisum means so many temples. Each of them devoted to different deity. Some of the temples are very big and famous and they have historic value too. If you are going to plan visit jaipur here are the list of jaipur’s famous temples.
Famous temple in jaipur, rajasthan
1. Moti Dungri Temple
The Moti Dungri temple is situated at bottom of the Moti Dungri hill and the fort of Moti Dungri in Jaipur, Rajasthan.The particular temple has got its name from the fort.
Moti Dungri is a Hindu temple complex dedicated to lord Ganesha in Jaipur, Rajasthan. It was built in 1761 under supervision of Seth Jai Ram Palliwal.
The icon of the god Ganesha established in the temple is said to be more than five-hundred years old, and was brought here in 1761 by Seth Jai Ram Pallival. The temple was built under Pallival’s supervision.In all the hindu marriages people came here to invite lord ganesha.The first wedding invitation card will goes to lord ganesha .when people buy new vehicle they came here with it for seeking lord Ganesha’s blessings.After marriages newly weds couples also came for blessings.Basically all the new and good work started with the name of ganesh ji.
The trunk of the sindoor-coloured Ganesha icon is rightwards. Devotees offer laddo sweets, at least, 1.25 lakh devotees pay respect to Ganesha every year. A fair is organized every Wednesday in the temple complex.
The temple is a popular tourist attraction in the city.
There is a lingam (icon of the god Shiva) in the Moti Dungri Fort complex, which open to visitors once a year on Mahashivratri, the festival of Shiva.The Birla Mandir shrine dedicated to the deities Lakshmi Narayan is situated south of Ganesha temple.The layout and structure of Moti Dungri is built in the Nagara style and is based on the model of Scottish castle. There are three entrance gates and few steps at the front. It was built using limestone and marble .The temple is 6-km distant from Jaipur. Jaipur International Airport is the nearest airport and the Gandhi Nagar, nearest railway station.
2. Birla mandir
Birla mandir or temple is located in Jaipur’s Tilak Nagar neighborhood near Moti Dungari hill.It is a Hindu temple built by the B.M. Birla Foundation in 1988.
It is dedicated to the Hindu Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Vishnu (Narayan), whose images appear inside, along with other Hindu gods and goddesses and selections from the Gita and Upanishads. Festivals such as Diwali and Janamashtami are celebrated at the temple. The temple is open daily with visiting hours between 8:00 AM and 12:00 PM, as well as between 4:00 PM and 8:00 AM.
The temple is made of white marble. There are four distinct parts of the temple: its sanctum, tower, main hall, and entrance. It has three towers, referencing the three main faiths of India, as well as stained glass windows depicting traditional Hindu stories. Marble sculptures also reference Hindu mythology. It features Hindu deities inside – particularly Lakshmi, Narayan, and Ganesh – and figures such as Christ, the Virgin Mary, St. Peter, Buddha, Confucius, and Socrates on the outer walls. Statues of its founders – Rukmani Devi Birla and Braj Mohan Birla – lie outdoors in covered pavilions, facing the temple with hands folded in namaskāra mudra. Its architectural style is considered to be modern.It was built on a raised platform, which lifts it up into the Jaipur skyline; at night, it becomes covered in light. In addition to the temple itself, the grounds include gardens and a small gift shop. Below the temple lies the B. M. Birla Family Museum and the Sri and Smt. G. P. Birla Gallery; both contain photographs of the temple’s construction and the Birla family’s philanthropic contributions, as well as treasures belonging to the Birla family.
3. Garh ganesh
Garh Ganesh Temple is an 18th-century temple of Lord Ganesh in the city of Jaipur. It is located on the hills near Nahargarh Fort and Jaigarh Fort.
Garh Ganesha temple is devoted to Lord Ganesha. Devotees believe that Ganesha is present in the temple in the form of a small child ,it is one of those rare temples in India where you can see Ganesha without his trunk.
The temple was built by Maharaja Jai Singh II when he performed the “Ashwamegha Yagya” before the establishment of Jaipur. He made the shrine and placed the statue of Lord Ganesha. After that he kept the foundation stone of Jaipur. He also kept the statue in such a way that Maharaja could be able to see the statue with the help of binoculars from the Chandra Mahal of City Palace, Jaipur. GarhGanesh also has ‘Dhwajadheesh’ Ganesha’s temple of Bari-Chaupar as its part.
On the Ganesh Chaturthi in Bhadrapad Shukla Paksha, the fair of five days is organized every year. Also on the first Wednesday after Diwali, anna-koot is celebrated on the temple and on last Wednesday ‘Paush month’ is celebrated by organizing ‘Paush bade’.
The temple resorts at the hilltop,so you can enjoy the view of whole city from there.
Devotees had to climb hundreds of staircases in order to reach the main temple. The place is thronged by devotees during Ganesh Chaturthi’s five days events.
4. Shila Devi Mandir
The Shila Devi temple is located inside the Amer Fort, one of the most famous forts in Jaipur. Goddess Durga is worshipped in the form of Kali at this shrine.
Among all the devi temples in Jaipur, Shila Devi Mandir holds a special place in the hearts of devotees. There are two fascinating legends associated with this temple. As per one, when Maharaja Mansingh was defeated by King Kedar, he prayed to Goddess Kali for victory. The goddess appeared in his dream and blessed him. She also made him promise that he would build her temple in his capital, and that was how this temple was constructed in Jaipur. The idol of Kali worshipped in the temple was recovered from the sea in the form of a slab or shila; Hence, the temple was named Shila Devi Mandir.
The temple has beautifully adorned silver doors. Thousands of devotees crowd the temple, particularly during Navratri.
5. Govind Devji Temple
The temple of Govind Dev Ji is one of the most sacred and famous tourist destinations in India. It is located in the City Palace complex, in Jaipur, Rajasthan.This temple is considered among the seven temples of Lord Krishna of Vrindavan. The deity, Govind Dev Ji, is none other than Lord Shri Krishna himself. It is believed that the image in this temple looks exactly how Lord Krishna looked during his incarnation on earth.
The idol was originally kept in the temple of Vrindavan in Uttar Pradesh and was later brought to Jaipur by Raja Sawai Jai Singh, a staunch devotee of Lord Krishna. The idol of Govind Dev Ji is strikingly beautiful for its complete resemblance with Lord Krishna, and the temple is placed between Chandra Mahal and Badal Mahal in the City Palace complex. Murti is easily visible from City Palace,so that the king of jaipur can easily seen Govind Dev ji from his palace. Every day, various ‘Aartis’ and ‘Prasad’ or ‘Bhogs’ are offered at the temple, at seven different times,when the deity is unveiled for ‘Darshan’. The festival of Janmashtami is among the most important ones celebrated here as it commemorates the birth of Lord Krishna.
According to the legend, the Image of Lord Govind Devji was also called “Bajrakrit”- indicating thereby that it was created by Bajranabh – The Great Grand Son of Lord Krishna. Some 5,000 years back when Shri Bajranabh was around 13 years old, he asked his Grand Mother (daughter-in-law of Lord Krishna) as to how Lord Shri Krishna looked like; Then He made an image as per the description given by her. She however, said that not all but the feet of that image looked like those of Lord Shri Krishna. He made another image, yet she said that the Chest looked like that of Lord Shri Krishna. Thereafter, He made the Third Image and looking at the same she veiled her face as a show of modesty, and remarked that the face of the deity was exactly like that of Lord Sri Krishna.
The first one came to be known as “Madan Mohanji”. The second one was called as Lord “Gopinathji” and the Third One, the likeness of Krishna is LORD “Govind Devji”.
Govind devji temple has high vibrating living spiritual atmosphere which enliven the heart’s of devotees with Lord Krishna’s loving spiritual energy emptying them from effects of materialism taking the soul in higher realms of peace.
For Vaishnavites, particularly followers of Lord Krishna, this is one of the most important temples outside Vrindavan.
6. Galta Ji Temple, Jaipur
Located about 10 km from Jaipur is the Galtaji Temple, dedicated to Lord Hanuman. It is often referred to as Monkey Temple as well, due to the presence of many monkeys in and around the temple.
Galta ji temple is named after the famous Holy Saint Galva, who performed penance for about 60,000 years in Satya Yuga and, according to the ancient beliefs, brought the sacred Gangaji to Shri Galtaji, which comes out of the Gau-mukh (Cow’s mouth). Galta Ji is not one, but a series of temples that embody devotion and architectural splendor.This abode of the gods has been built on a mountain pass in the Aravalli Hills. One of the main attractions of Galta Ji is the natural spring that surfaces on a hill and flows down to fill seven sacred water tanks within the premises. The holiest among these is the Galta Tank, which never dries up in which pilgrims bathe.The temple features a number of pavilions with rounded roofs, carved pillars and painted walls. Makar Sankranti (Indian festival) attracts thousands of pilgrims to visit and douse in this kund as it is considered fortunate to do so. The upper and lower kunds are used by pilgrims to wash away their sins.
Besides, it’s religious fans and the carriers of the Indian ancient religious tradition and culture, Shri Galtaji is being appreciated by tourists, lovers of art and beauty and also the film makers throughout the world.
According to ‘Galvashram Mahatmaya’ on every full moon day of the hindi month ‘Karthik’, Brahmaa, Vishnu and Shiva, the Trinity of Gods of Sanatan Dharma visit this holy place as the reason of which taking bath in the holy ponds provide divine blessings of God into multiple of trillions. Also the holy pilgrimage to all the four Dhams and the Saptpuris is considered to be incomplete unless the pilgrim does not come to take the holy bath in the pond of Galava Ashram.
This famous Galva Ashram is made popular in the name of Galta Gaddi (Peetham) by the founder Acharya the Miraculous Holy Saint Payohari Swami Shri Krishnadas Ji Maharaj in 1503 A.D. (Samvat 1560), who was named Payohari as he lived on the Cow-milk throughout.
Also, the then world famous Mughal Emperor Akbar came to Shri Galtaji to get his blessings. Afterwards, when his wishes were fulfilled he offered 2592 Bighas of land to the Acharya by one patta which is a historical document.
The famous ‘Shri Nabhadas Ji’, disciple of Shri Aggradas Ji lived and wrote his popular book ‘Bhaktmaal’ at Shri Galtaji, which is a religious text of Hindus. After seeing his supreme devotion in God, the all time world famous Saint Goswami Shri Tulsidas Ji stayed in Shri Galtaji for about 3 years where during his stay he wrote ‘Ayodhya Kaand’ of his well known holy text Shri Ramcharitmanas.
Shri Sitaram Ji Temple
The temple complex of Sita Ram ji temple is colloquially known as the Monkey temple (Galwar Bagh) in travel literature, due to the large number of monkeys who live in here. These rhesus macaques were featured in National Geographic Channel’s Rebel Monkeys series and “Thar Desert – Sacred sand” episode of the Wildest India television series. They are often friendly and you can even feed them.
The Sun Temple
There is a small temple on the top of the hill dedicated to the Sun God. It is known as Surya Mandir .
Located inside the Galta Ji Temple complex, it offers you an awesome view of the city, making it one of the most scenic places to visit while you are in Jaipur.
7. Akshardham Temple
Akshardham is a famous name not just among the temples in Delhi, but among those in Jaipur as well. A brilliant example of fusion architecture, this shrine pays homage to Lord Narayana. Thanks to its architectural splendor, Akshardham is one of the most visited religious places in Jaipur. It doesn’t count among the ancient temples in the city, but when it comes to popularity, it certainly ranks high.
Swaminarayan Mandir Akshardham Temple is one of the well-known tourist attractions of Jaipur. The temple is known for its beautiful architecture, magnificent idols, sculptures, and carvings. and is dedicated to the Hindu God, Narayana aka Lord Vishnu. Akshardham temple provides the real glimpse of Indian architecture, cultural heritage and sculptures of Hindu gods to the visitors.
Akshardham Temple in Jaipur has not such legendary history since it is a modern temple which was built recently in between 19th and 20th century. But it still depicts the architectural wonders of Indian temples and is one of the most visited temples in Jaipur city. Dedicated to The Vedic Supreme God, Lord Narayana, the temple is located in Vaishali Nagar and is visited by millions of devotee all round the year. The idol and the temple buildings offers a place fo serenity and peace.
The temple is surrounded by lush green gardens and fountains. Its unique architecture is what attracts most of the tourists here. The walls of the temple are beautifully decorated with number of paintings, sculptures and carvings which adds beauty to this place. The main idol of the temple which is of Lord Vishnu is decorated with the gold and silver ornaments. Akshardham Temple is an ideal visiting place that is situated away from the city and but will bring you closer to the nature. The stunning architecture and beauty of the temple make the visitors surprised and stunned.
8. Jagat Shiromani Temple
Jagat Shiromani is a Hindu temple situated in Amer, India. This temple is dedicated to the Hindu gods Meera bai, Krishna and Vishnu. It was constructed between 1599-1608 AD by Queen Kanakwati, who was the wife of King Man Singh I The temple was built in the memory of their son Jagat Singh.
At the entrance of the temple there is beautiful marble torna (pylon) which is flanked by statue of elephants. The toran is the marvelous piece of architecture. This toran was made from single piece of marble.In this toran various gods idol image is intricately carved which looks very beautiful. This temple was built in Besar Style.The temple is a great piece of architectural work. You will fall in love with the peaceful surroundings and beautiful architecture of the temple, the minute you see that.
There is an interesting story about this temple. It is said that the statue of Lord Krishna in this temple is same statue that Meera Bai used to worship in the state of mewar, 600 years ago. This statue was saved from destruction by rulers of Amer during Mughal war with Mewar state and brought safely to Amer. And statue was set in a temple. Even statue of Meera Bai has been set along with Lord Krishna.
Jagat shiromani temple is very important part of heritage, architecture and religious point of view. And you can feel peace here.The temple witnesses the maximum crowd during the festival of Janmashtami as many devotees visit the temple for seeking the blessings of Lord Krishna. The temple is beautiful from every of its corner and is one of the most visited temples of Jaipur.
9. Sri Digamber Jain Temple
The most famous temple of Jainism, Sri Digamber Jain is made up of red stone which showcases the architectural brilliance. The temple is dedicated to Lord Rishabhanatha and located in Sanganer, around 16 km from Jaipur.
The idol of principal deity of this temple, Lord Rishabhanatha (Adinatha), the first Tirthankara, is supposed to be 4000 years old.
Inner temple has three pinnacles in the centre is an idol of Parshwanath with 7 serpent hoods. All around it, are carvings of lotuses, creepers and elephants pouring water from pitchers held in their trunks. But the main idol is that of Adinath, installed in the shrine behind this. It has sky-high shikharas and the inner sanctum is a stone shrine with sky-high eight shikharas (pinnacles). The fine carvings of the temple were created in the 10th century is comparable to that of Dilwara Temple in Mount Abu.For all the Jain devotees of Jaipur, this temple is nothing less than the major attraction. The temple is dedicated to their Lord Padamprabhu and is believed to fulfil the blessings of the devotees.
In the midst of underground portion, there is located an ancient small temple guarded by the Yaksha. The sacred temple has seven underground floors which are kept closed due to old religious beliefs and visitors are not allowed to see them. It is said that only a Balyati ascetic Digambara saint can enter in it and able to bring out the idols of this underground temple for a limited period, which is declared and decided previously.
Temple also has a dharamshala equipped with all modern facilities including Bhojanalaya.
10. ISKCON, Jaipur
Locally know as Sri Sri Girdhari Dauji Temple, ISKCON is dedicated to Lord Krishna and his brother Lord Balram.Iskcon temple is one of the major temples and attractions of Jaipur. Made with white marbles the temple catches the attention immediately. The peaceful aura and surroundings of the temple are one major tempting reason to visit the temple.
The architecture of the temple is so memorizing that you will fall in love with the temple within no time. The beautiful surroundings of the temple enhance its beauty and act as an attracting element for the devotees.
This temple is dedicated to Lord Krishna and it is run by the ISKCON society and engaged in spreading Krishna Consciousness. The main idols of Lord Krishna and Lord Balarama are three feet tall. The idols are very beautifully decorated and depict the loving bond shared between them. The temple has 52 stained glass windows depicting scenes from puranas.
The main shrine is dedicated to Radha Krishna. ISKCON temple is well known for its beautiful sculptures. The decoration of Radha Krishna with silver and gold jewellery and colorful cloths makes it more attractive.
It is an impressive temple with abundant lush green gardens. A restaurant and a conference hall are also situated inside the complex. Besides prayers and Geeta classes the Temple is engaged in cow protection, book distribution and providing free food to the school children. Jagannath yatra, Janmashtami, Diwali and Holi are celebrated with great enthusiasm.
11. Khole Ke Hanuman Ji
Around 1000 years old, the Khole Ke Hanuman Ji is one of the most popular temples in Jaipur on the outskirts of the city. As the name suggests, it is dedicated to Lord Hanuman.Khole Ke Hanuman Ji is a temple of almighty Lord Hanuman situated at Laxman Dungri, Delhi bypass, Jaipur. The temple is entitled as famous and one of the ancient temple of Rajasthan. From past years, this temple has developed a slathers and is recognized in many parts of India. The temple is not only denominated as the tourist destination, but also numerous individuals from all over India come to visit this integral part of Indian tradition. Individuals from rich to poor are enriched by the amazement and faith of the temple, not because of the beauty of the temple but the faith and belief once carry in their heart towards the almighty. As they say: a temple is not a temple because of the artistry but by the faith and beliefs one carry towards the almighty lord.
Indian pilgrim, tradition and customs closer to the divine make this holy temple even more admirable and magnificent. The zigzag path leading to the temple gives an impact to the people to be the part of the breathtaking shrines of temple. The temple is vast enough that even 500 devotees can sit and pray in front of the figure. The temple is situated on a mount area, where devotees have to come down to the temple by walking around 1 km. Every morning and evening, devotees are enriched by the Hanuman Arti sung by the priests of the temple Eating Rajasthan’s traditional dish, Dal Baati Churma amid the natural surroundings are the biggest attractions. The temple hosts Dal Baati Goths (picnics) every day.
12. Kale Hanuman Ji
Kale Hanuman Ji temple is situated near Hawa Mahal in Jaipur. It is one of the oldest temples in India and was built 1000 years back. This temple is famous for the deity of Lord Hanuman -the Monkey-God, which is black in color and who is well- known for his faithfulness to Lord Rama. Basically in the temples, the idol of Hanuman ji is either of orange or red in color, however Kale Hanumanji is world- wide famed for its unique colored deity. Wonder why is the colour of the idol black? Here is the story behind it:
It is believed that the Sun Lord was Lord Hanuman’s Guru and once, Hanuman decided to give Gurudakshnina to him. He asked Lord Sun what he wants as Gurudakshnina and he said, ” My son Shani doesn’t listen to me, please bring him to me.”
To fulfill his wish, Hanuman went onto finding Lord Shani and after struggling for a lot of days when he finally found him, he got really happy seeing his love for his Guru and he said, he will not fulfill any wishes of his worshippers till they worship Hanuman. After this, Lord Hanuman imbibed his black colour. Devotees feel a different insight inside this religious place and thus carry so many beliefs in their hearts towards the almighty. The most significant thing about this temple is that it renders devotees a spiritual and religious experience. People visit the temple to seek salvation and relief from diseases. They chant special Hanumanji Mantra to gain health, wealth and knowledge.
This temple is entitled very famous and prominent not only as the tourist point or destination but also famed for its ancient popularity and Indian tradition. It is believed that this temple has an unusual energy and a lot of people come here to get peace of mind.It sees constant footfall all through the day. But on Saturdays, the place becomes extremely crowded as devotees jostle to get blessings from Lord Hanuman.
This temple is looks like a palace from outside.This temple is built by king of jaipur Jaisingh.There are statue of lord Rama and other deity inside the temple.
Celebrities like Ekta Kapoor, Bipasha Basu, and Shilpa Shetty have also visited this temple in the past. This temple is a huge tourist spot today but it is a must visit if you a Lord Hanuman follower.
13. KALKI TEMPLE
The temple of Kalki was built around 1727 AD by Raja Sawai Jai Singh at the time he was building the city of Jaipur. So the temple is as old as Jaipur itself.
The temple is situated at a prime location just ahead of the famous Hawa Mahal, on the other side of the road.
Like several other temples in Jaipur, even this temple was built by Raja Sawai Jai Singh II in the 18th century. The interesting fact about Kalki Temple in Jaipur is that it is dedicated to Kalki, the tenth and final incarnation of Lord Vishnu, who is yet to arrive. At the entrance of the temple is a white marble sculpture of Devdutt, the horse which is supposed to be Kalki’s mount. The sculpture of the horse has a crack at the rear of its left leg, and if the local folklore is to be believed, the day this crack heels will be the day when Lord Vishnu will descend on earth in his tenth avatar to end the on-going Kalyug. It is regarded as the only temple in the world that is solely devoted to Lord Kalki.
Construction of this temple was pretty much done on the same typical style as most of the North Indian temples. However, what makes the temple unique in architecture is the presence of two shikhars or temple tops rather than the usual one.
The 290 year old temple has been declared as a protected monument by archaeology department. The temple doesn’t have any devotees and no prayers are offered in this temple. Hence, it is pretty much deserted since the day it was built. However, a caretaker priest has been appointed by the state government to keep this ancient temple clean and tidy.