Temples in JaipurWith India being home to millions of sacred & holy temples, it is unarguably one of the greatest spiritual oases on this earth. And few amongst these millions of scared temples of India are located in the very own royal and pink city of Jaipur. These few beautiful and sacred temples in Jaipur today have become small divine shelter in India’s big spiritual world & where devotees from every nook & corner of India come in search of bliss and inner happiness.
Below we’ve given brief description about these few renowned temples in Jaipur, which today are not just sacred destinations but also primary tourist destinations of Jaipur city.
Laxmi Narayan Temple (popularly known as Birla Mandir)
Laxmi Narayan Temple in Jaipur is a very recently constructed temple. In a sense that unlike other renowned temples of Jaipur, this temple isn’t 100 or 200 years old. Its construction was completed only in 1988. But such is the architectural beauty and aura of its surrounding lush green nature that in a very short span of time it has become one of the highest visited temples of Jaipur. Dedicated to Lord Vishnu and his consort Lakshmi, this is the only temple in entire Jaipur that has been constructed in pure white marble. The sheer beauty exuded by its pristine white marble structure, its grand size and serene lush green nature come all together in such a remarkable way that it will simply take your breadth away.
This famous and beautiful temple is located at the base of Moti Dungri hill. Moti Dungri hill is itself one of the most popular landmark places of Jaipur city.
Garh Ganesh Temple
Garh Ganesh Temple is the most famous Ganesha temple of Jaipur city. It is located atop on famous Aravali hills. While there are thousands of Ganesha temple across India, Garh Ganesh Temple in Jaipur is kind of more distinguished for few unique reason. Firstly, this is the only Ganesha temple in entire India that has a deity of child Ganesha and not customary Ganesha deity with an elephant truck. Secondly, for reaching this famous temple located on a hilltop people have to climb over 300 steps. And mind you, everyday thousands of Ganesha devotees brave through immense pain and hardship for climbing these steps and finally reach at the door steps of Lord Ganesha. Its like these steps are litmus test of devotee’s spiritual devotion towards lord Ganesha.
And lastly & more importantly, visiting this temple would also give you a golden opportunity of visiting many other iconic tourist destinations of Jaipur city. As many famous tourist destinations of Jaipur are located in the close proximity of this temple. This includes Amber Fort, Nahargarh Fort, Jaigarh Fort, Mansa Mata Temple, Shila Devi Temple and Kanak Vrindavan.
Shila Devi TempleThis small yet elegant temple is located inside iconic Amber Fort. Shila Devi, whose idol is placed inside this small temple, is considered to be one of the reincarnations of Hindu goddesses Durga. This temple hence has a very special place amongst Shakti cult/sect of Hindus, who worship Lord Durga reverently. Although this temple may not be grand, but nevertheless enjoys a very special place purely for its historical prominence. Legends believe that Maharaja Man Singh I of Amber was a diehard worshiper of Shila Devi and had won many pivotal wars during his lifetime after seeking blessings at this very temple. In case if you’re planning to visit the iconic Amber temple then don’t forget to visit this historic temple.
Varahi Devi TempleLocated near Amber town near Jaipur city, Varahi Devi Temple is one of the oldest temples of entire Rajasthan state. Local people believe that this temple is as old as 900 years. As the name suggest, this immensely old temple is dedicated to Varahi Devi, who is considered as feminine power or consort of Lord Varah and boar incarnation of Lord Vishnu.
There is as such no architectural beauty to this temple and neither is there any lush greenery surrounding this temple. What makes this temple so special is the fact that it is one of the oldest surviving temples of Rajasthan and has successfully stood the adverse times of almost 10 centuries. Another prominent reason for its popularity is that locals believe that goddess Varahi Devi has a divine power to cure all skin diseases. A belief that achieved cult following after Raja Bharmal, one of the prominent Rajput kings of 16th century, was cured off his skin diseases after seeking blessing at this very temple. This historical temple is located very near to Amber bus stand.
Surya Mandir in Jaipur is actually a small part of Galtaji Temple Complex, which itself is one of the immensely popular temples of Jaipur. Located on a hilltop (approximately 200 meters above city) Surya Mandir is less prominent for its religious sacredness and more for offering beautiful view of sunrise & sunset and also stunning panoramic view of the Jaipur city. The view you get from here is in fact so beautiful & stunning that its memories will linger in your mind for entire lifetime. Hence it’s very obvious that you should in no way forget to carry your camera or camera-enable-phone when visiting this temple.
Another prominent feature or U.S.P of this temple is its serene and peaceful surrounding. Unlike other popular temples of Jaipur this temple is rarely crowded by devotees and neither does it suffer from air or noise pollution. All in all, the peaceful serene environment and beautiful scenic views come together to make this temple a worthwhile tourist destination. The nearest taxi stand or bus stand to this temple is Surajpol Bazaar.
Other Prominent temples:Countless prominent Jain mandirs in Jaipur, Galtaji Temple, Tarkeshwar Mahadev temple, Govind dev Ji Temple, Khole Ke Hanuman ji Temple and many others.
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