Rajasthan-(The land of kings) is the largest state of India in terms of area and so is the largest in terms of its culture. Rajasthan has been about various Rajas and Maharajas and its luxurious culture. Maharajas along with the incredible city of Jaipur are a true example of how a city is built royally, with gorgeous palaces and forts and its temples which are an exemplary example of ancient artwork. Jaipur is adorned with temples like Galta Ji, Govind dev Ji, Sun temple, Chulgiri and many more to come.
1. Birla Mandir: The palace of God
Lord Vishnu blessing the city of Jaipur, Birla temple is also known as Laxmi Narayan temple is considered one of the alluring temples of the city. Built by the renowned Birla family, the temple worships Lord Vishnu and goddess of wealth, Laxmi. The Temple is an architectural beauty and is made of white marble and has 3 tall spires. Quotes and scenes from the Bhagavad Gita are represented on the walls of the temple and Hindu scriptures are depicted on the stained glass windows.
2. Galta Ji Temple: Stay enchanted!
Galta Ji is a large Hindu pilgrimage, where the shrine of Saint Rishi Galav is present. Galta JI lies 10kms to the east of Jaipur, situated between two hills and is a major tourist attraction from many years. Temple has 7 natural water tanks or kunds, Galta Kund is considered as the holiest as it never goes dry. Makar Sankranti (Indian festival) also known as Kite festival, attracts thousands of pilgrims to visit and drench in this Kund as they consider it fortunate. The upper and lower kunds are used by people to wash off their sins. The temple has monkeys which are of two breed’s rhesus macaque and langur monkeys and both are completely unafraid of tourists and one can even feed them.
3. Govind Dev Ji: Enchant to Radhe Radhe and Relax!!
It is located in the City Palace complex and it’s a must visit Govind Devji Temple.
The temple is dedicated to Govind Dev Ji (Lord Krishna), among the 7 temples of Thakur of Vrindavan including Sri Radhavallabh Ji, Shri Bankey Bihari Ji, Shri Govind Dev Ji, and four others. The murti or image of Lord Krishna was brought from Vrindavan to Jaipur by Raja Sawai Jai Singh II, who was also the Founder of Jaipur itself.
4. Moti Dungri: Oh! My Friend Ganesha
It is situated 6 km away from Jaipur; the Ganesha temple is situated on a hill which goes by the same name. The temple gets its name from the fort surrounding the hill i.e. Moti Dungri. The idol of Ganesha was brought from Gujarat and is around 500 years old. The most incredible thing about the idol is that the trunk of Lord Ganesha is turned towards the right which usually is towards the left. Hence large crowds of Pilgrim are attracted to the temple.
5. Tarkeshwar Mahadev Mandir: seek blessings of the Lord Shiva
Tarkeshwar Mahadev Mandir has been the most admired temple amongst the devotees of lord Shiva. It is believed that the idol has emerged from the ground and hence holds a very auspicious space in the hearts of the devotees. The temple is very old and has a very ancient feel. Devotees and admirers can be seen on festivals like Mahashivratri, Deepavali (Diwali).