The pink city – Jaipur is world-famous for its forts, monuments and the rich cultural heritage beauty it abodes on its land. The city has some notable religious sites too which makes it a favorite destination for people who are seeking a religious journey in Rajasthan.
The state of Rajasthan is flooded with various ancient temples linked with various mythological tales and history of foregone days. Some temples are known for their architectural beauty and some are simply known for their blessing.
If you are planning to visit Jaipur and visit all the magnificent temples of Jaipur, you can surely go through this article which has a list of top 7 temples that are worth visiting.
These temples are unique and famous for their own reasons. Thousands of pilgrims and devotees go there to offer, pray and seek blessings. You too should go and delve yourself in the spiritual world and admire the astonishing architecture. The aura and the ambiance of each temple makes a person spiritually awakened. The beauty of all of these temples is really amazing.
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Here are Jaipur Travels we would recommend these top 7 exquisite temples of the pink city which are a great religious site, some with outstanding artwork and some with unmatched history.
7 notable temples to seek blessing while in the Jaipur are:
1. Galta Ji Temple:
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A prehistoric and famous Hindu pilgrimage site in Jaipur is located on the outskirts of the city area. It is one of the famous holy sites in Jaipur which has many shrines and pavilions. A natural spring also emerges from a hilltop which flows downwards the hill and fills the sacred Kunds(water tanks). Pilgrims take bath in those holy “kunds” to wash away their sins.
There are a total seven of small holy ponds, one named Galta Kund which is considered very auspicious and holy. People believe that sprinkling water on the body from that Kund will put you on the path of achieving Moksh, Devotees also believed that one dip in upper and lower holy “kunds” can make a person’s soul free from birth cycles. So if you are on a spiritual journey in Jaipur then do visit this holy temple and seek blessing from Saint Rishi Galav- The temple is dedicated to the sacred shrine of him. There are temples of Lord Hanuman, Lord Ram And Lord Krishna as well.
2. Shila Devi Mandir:
Shila Devi Temple is dedicated to Goddess Durga and the temple is famous for its historical facts and unique feature. It is one of the notable temple in Jaipur city, The former king of Amer, Mahara Jai Singh brought the idol of goddess Durga from Jessor in 1604 CE. The temple is located in the main courtyard of the Amer Fort complex. According to legends when Maharaja lost a battle, he sought blessings from Goddess Durga, and she fulfilled his wish and asked Maharaja to take her idol which was lying beneath the sea in Jessore.
Maharaja Jai Singh finds the slab from the sea which was cleaned and as said by the goddess in his dream, the idol comes off from the slab, which was later named “Shila Devi”. Every year during Navratri, on the 6th-day devotee offers prayers and homage to Shila Devi. Thousands of devotees visit the temple in Jaipur every year. If you are in Jaipur, you should visit the temple during Navratri, the aura and the vibes of the temple would surely fill you with utter peace and tranquility.
3. Garh Ganesh:
Garh Ganesh is one famous temple among the various religious sites of Jaipur. The temple is dedicated to Lord Ganesha. The beautiful temple is situated on a hilltop near Jaigarh Fort and Nahargarh Fort. It was built by Maharaja Jai Singh II in the 19th century. The unique fact about the idol is that it has no trunk, as this particular idol of Lord Ganesha here resides and worshiped as a child form of himself named “PurushaKirti”.
One more interesting fact about the temple is the shrine and the place where the idol is established that the statue is placed in a way that it can be viewed from the Palace of Maharaja with the help of Binoculars. A noted place for Hindus, the temple offers a very calm and peaceful environment. You should visit the temple on the 1st Wednesday after the Diwali festival. The famous “Anna Koot” Festival is celebrated with all enthusiasm. Apart from lord Ganesha, The idol of Riddhi Siddhi(Ganesha’s wives), Idol of Shubh Laabh(Children of Lord Ganesh) are also there.
4. Birla Mandir:
Beautiful and famous for its architecture, the Birla Mandir was earlier known as Laxmi Narayan temple. It is on the top list of beautiful architecture and designed temples in Jaipur attracting a huge number of tourists and devotees every year. Unlike the other temples with historical beliefs and legends, this temple is built by Birla Family with a contemporary approach. The beautiful temple houses the idol of Lord Vishnu And Goddess Lakshmi and some other Hindu God and Goddesses.
The splendid shrine is made up of white marbles and inside the temple, you can see the elegant Hindu symbols, mythological scenes, events, and quotes from holy Bhagavad Geeta carved beautifully on the walls. The place always remains thronged with hundreds of devotees throughout the year. If you are in Jaipur you must visit Birla Mandir and fall in awe of the beautiful architecture and aura that the temple exhibits. This famous temple is situated at the bottom of the Moti Dungri hill. Also if you are interested you can visit the small museum which is located nearby the temple. The museum has the housing objects and things of the Birla family.
5. Moti Dungari:
The famous temple of Lord Ganesha is situated in Tilak Nagar of Jaipur, which is around 6 km from the city area. The temple is very old and the icon itself is said to be 500 years old, the temple was built in the year 1761 by Seth Jai Ram Paliwal.
This notable temple is a famous religious sport for the followers of Lord Ganesha and every Wednesday the place becomes so crowded due to a huge number of devotees. It is situated at the bottom of Moti Dungari hill. Unlike other idols of Lord Ganesha, the trunk of this particular idol is turned in the right direction instead of left. This temple looks after the poor people as the temple receives a huge amount of money donations and that money is used for taking care of poor & needy people.
This beautiful site witnesses a large number of pilgrims and devotees every day and they offer Laddu to Lord Ganesha. Another thing that makes the place unique is its architecture, the structure, and layout which are inspired by Scottish castle, and the Moti Dungri is constructed as per the Nagara style, which is quite fascinating and beautiful. If you are in Jaipur, you can visit the temple on Wednesday as on every Wednesday there is a fair in the complex itself.
6. Tarkeshwar Mahadev Mandir:
Jaipur has many religious sites but most are located on the outskirts of the city but the Tarkeshwar Mahadev Mandir is in Vaishali Nagar. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The shrine houses a black stone Shivling which is of 9” in diameter.
The place is known for its spiritual aura and ambiance, the calm and the divine enriched surrounding gives religious feel. The place welcomes a huge number of devotees from all over the places to seek the blessing of Shiv Shankar. The most shocking fact about this temple is that it is said the idol Of Shiva emerged from the ground and is thousands of years old. Other than Shivling there is one brass idol of Nandi and a huge gong made of bronze which has a weight of 125 kg.
Festivals and fairs are organized every year and Mahashivratri and Deepawali are celebrated with all enthusiasm. Anna Kutta festival and Nrisingh Leela are two other main attractions.
7. Kale Hanuman Ji:
The unique and beautiful temple of Kale Hanuman Ji is situated at Chandi ki Taksal. If you are a follower of Lord Ganesha then you must visit this temple as it is different from all other shrines of Hanuman Ji. Unlike the idol of Hanuman Ji which is usually in orange and red color, here the idol is of black color which makes the place more interesting. Located near the beautiful Hawa Mahal the temple is around 1000 years old. And there is a mythological story of the idol being black.
As per legends, Hanumanji went for finding Shani as per the wish of Lord Sun. Shani dev attacked Lord Hanuman which turned him in black color but still, he took him to the Lord Sun. Lord Sun got very happy and impressed with Hanuman Ji and blessed him with words that whoever will worship you on Saturday will not be harmed from my oblique glance. That’s the reason why Hanuman Ji worshiped by many of their followers as they want to save themselves from the “Shani Dosh”. Another reason is Hanuman Ji is related to Lord Shiva too and can solve any problem of his devotees.