Rajasthan is known for its various contributions to various kings and Maharajas and this land. The Maharajas have established a number of temples along with the palaces and forts in Jaipur city. Peace and devotion are very popular among the original inhabitants of Jaipur city. Jaipur is a magnificent holy place and is surrounded by churches of temples. There are a royal touch and splendor in the temples in Jaipur which makes it even more spectacular.
Galta Ji Temple
Galta Ji Temple is situated amidst the range of hills vast east of Jaipur. The Galta Kund is considered as the most sacred tank because it is the only water tank of this temple which never dries. Galta Ji is an ancient Hindu pilgrimage site in the town of Khaniya-Balaji Indian state of Rajasthan. The site consists of several temples and sacred kunds in which pilgrims bathe. It is believed that Saint Galav spent his life at Galta Ji, practiced meditation, and did penance. The site was of particular importance to the Vaishnavite Ramandandis.
Garh Ganesh Temple
Garh Ganesh Temple is an ancient temple of Lord Ganesh in the city of Jaipur. It is located on the hills near Nahargarh Fort and Jaigarh Fort. The temple is solely devoted to Lord Ganesha and a belief exists that he is present in the form of a small child – Viagra Purusha Kriti (trunkless). It was built by Maharaja Sawai Man Singh I and he placed the statue in such a way that with binoculars it is visible from Chandra Mahal of City Palace. Ever year on Ganesh Chaturthi a fair of five days is organized attracting a lot of devotees and tourists alike.
Birla Mandir also is known as Laxmi Narayan Temple is considered as one of the alluring temples of the city. Created by the renowned Birla family during the year 1988, the temple worships Lord Vishnu and goddess of wealth, Laxmi. While it is considered as an architectural beauty, this temple is made out of white marble and consists of three tall spires, a depiction of Hindu scriptures on stained glass windows. Scenes and quotes from Bhagavad Gita are presented on the walls of the temple. The beauty of this temple not only brings a visual treat but also gives a feeling of relaxation.
Shila Devi Temple
Shila Devi temple is one of the famous Hindu temples of Jaipur. The temple has two legends, one of which when King Man Singh I, lost to King Kedar, he turned to Mata Kali for his blessings. His prayer was answered when the Goddess appeared in his dreams and said that one of his statues was lying beside the sea near Jessore (now Bangladesh). He asked her to bring that idol and make the temple. A slab was found from the sea. After bringing it back, it was cleaned well and an idol appeared. Thus the temple was named Shila Devi.
Moti Dungri Temple
Moti Dungri is a temple of Lord Ganesha which is famous for its divine power. The Moti Dungri temple gets its name from the fort surrounding the hills. The idol of the temple is said to be 500 years old and was brought from Gujarat. Seth Jai Ram Pallival was accompanied by Maharaja Madho Singh of Udaipur while bringing this idol to Jaipur. The construction of the temple was supervised by Pallival. Pilgrims offer a generous amount every year at this temple. The uniqueness of this idol is that the trunk of Ganesha is turned towards the right instead of being turned towards the left. Hence a large crowd of devotees is attracted to this temple. The structure of this must-visit Nagara style temple resembles the structure of a Scottish castle.
Swaminarayan Mandir Akshardham Temple is one of the well-known tourist attractions of Jaipur, Located in Vaishali Nagar. Akshardham Temple has showcased the fusion of architecture and culture. This temple is the abode of the Vedic Supreme god- Narayana. The temple is known for its beautiful architecture, magnificent idols, sculptures, and carvings. The main idol of Lord Narayana calms the pilgrim’s mind and blesses with a soothing feeling. It is dedicated to the Hindu God, Narayan. Akshardham temple provides the real glimpse of Indian architecture, cultural heritage, and sculptures of Hindu gods to the visitors.
Govind Dev Ji Temple
Govinddev Ji temple is situated along the sprawling Jai Niwas Garden and is lying to the north of Chandra Mahal. This temple is dedicated to Lord Krishna. It has an architectural beauty of its own and it’s known for its marvelous splendor. The image of the deity was brought from Vrindavan here by Raja Sawai Jai Singh II, the founder of Jaipur. According to popular legend, Lord Krishna’s image in the temple looks exactly like Krishna’s form during his incarnation on Earth. The deity originally belonged to Srila Rupa Goswami who was a disciple of Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu. Daily thousands devotee Shree Krishna comes to Govind Dev Ji temple.