Jagat Shiromani Temple in JaipurThe magnificent Shri Jagat Shiromani Temple was constructed by the Queen Shringar Devi Kanakavati wife of Maharaja Man Singh in memory of her son Maharaja Kumar Jagat Singhji in the year 1601. Maharaja Kumar Jagat Singhji died in the year 1599 during which his father was busy in accumulating the Mughal emperor Akbar’s political magistracy in the eastern parts of India. The temple is the finest example of Nagar style architecture and the construction of the temple started in the year 1599 A.D. and completed in the year 1608 A.D. and it took nearly a decade to construct the same.
The temple comes with exquisitely carved marble torana, Garuda Chhatri and also comes with a High temple which is dedicated to Lord Krishna and Radha. Apart from the idol of Lord Shri Krishna, the temple also comes with the idol of saint poetess Mira Bai. It also comes with an ancient temple of Narsinghji as well as the step well of Panna Mian ki Baodi. The outer walls of the temple are decorated with sculptures of various Gods and Goddesses and the murals found on the ceiling of the assembly hall depict religiousness. On the western side of the temple comes with sanctum, mandapa and vestibule. It is also an example for the 17th century art and architecture of Amber. The locally available stone, black stone and white marble are used in the construction of the temple. However, the mandapam of the temple is two storeyed.
Shri Jagat Shiromani Temple forms part of Vaishnavite cult of Hinduism and since the queen wanted it to be acclaimed universally she named it Shri Jagat Shiromani temple (meaning head jewel of the idol of Lord Vishnu). The temple also has the idol of Shri Garudji who is the vehicle of Lord Vishnu and around 11 lakh rupees has been spent in the construction of the temple. Some of the famous festivals celebrated in the temple are Annakuta, Janmashtami and Sharat Purnima. The temple is opened in the morning from 6.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. and in the afternoon from 4.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m. The temple follows Vaishnavite traditions, customs and modes of worship.
How to reachShri Jagat Singhji temple is situated in Amber taluk of Jaipur District in Rajasthan. The nearest airport and railway junction closer to the temple are Jaipur airport and Jaipur Railway junction. From the airport/railway junction, the tourist can hire the taxis or avail the benefits of private/public transport system to reach the temple. If you are travelling by road, then Jaipur is well connected with all major cities of the country and from Jaipur several buses and private taxis operate to Amber and the tourist can utilize their services.
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