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AN EXPLORER’S GUIDE TO THE 8 MUST-VISIT TEMPLES IN JAIPUR

Jaipur city is known for its royal ways and vibrant aura that’s reflected even in the temples situated in this city. Jaipur gets its name “Choti Kashi” from the spiritual importance attached to it. Majority of the temples in this city have been built in the form of monuments and carry a sacred divinity that cannot be found elsewhere!

Each temple in Jaipur kicks in us a sense of nostalgia and traverses us back to the ancient, royal history. No wonder people of all castes and races visit this city to get a taste of its royal temples and leave with memoirs of legends and fables serving as a souvenir.

Here are the 8 must-visit temples of Jaipur that will revive in you the sense of spirituality and faith in the divine!

  • Govind Dev Ji Temple

One of the most holy and celebrated attractions in India, the Govind Dev Ji temple sees a footfall of over thousand devotees every day. This Krishna temple is situated in the sprawling City Palace of Jaipur. According to the fables, the image of Lord Krishna in this temple exactly resembles his image at the time of his incarnation on earth.

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The Temple during festivals
  • Birla Mandir
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Birla Mandir – Made up of white marble

Built from white marble, Birla Mandir is a sacred landmark of Jaipur. The temple is also called as Lakshmi Narayan temple as it celebrates the divinity of Lord Vishnu and Goddess Lakshmi. Birla mandir stands tall amidst the hustle bustle of the city and beautifies the city with its stunning architecture. Situated right below the Moti Dungri fort, the temple is encircled by plush green gardens that breathe life into the aura. Gorgeously bright and pure in the day, the temple looks divine and mystical at night. One cannot just look at this marvel only once. Tourists & visitors are left awestruck by its beauty.

  • Galta Ji
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The Galta Ji Temple- outside view

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Situated in the outskirts of Jaipur, Galta Ji is a home to many temples and is renowned for its holy water. The temple has an old world charm and resembles an ancient haveli. Built on top of a hill, Galta Ji offers a striking view of Jaipur. The most famous of all the temples at Galta Ji is the Hanuman Temple where one can find a number of monkeys loitering around the entire area. According to famous legend, Galta Ji was a home to Saint Galav who spent his life meditating here. This is also one of the reasons why this temple is considered as sacred and divine.

  • Khole Ke Hanuman Ji
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The Unique idol of the temple

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Dedicated to Lord Hanuman, Khole Ke Hanuman Ji is situated at the Jaipur-Delhi highway. The temple boasts of many ‘Prasad Kendras’ where people frequently host religious offerings. Surrounded by hills and lush greenery, the temple sees a footfall of devotees from all religions, casts and creed. The vast temple area can seat around 500 devotees at once.

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Khole Ke Hanuman ji- Outside view

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  • Shila Mata Temple
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Night View of Shila mata Temple

Located in the historical Amer fort, Shila Mata temple is dedicated to Goddess Durga. The temple was constructed by Maharaja Mansingh who is rumoured to have bought the shrine of Shila Mata from Bangladesh. The temple is named so after its idol which is built from shila or stone slab. It took around ten long years to build this divine temple. The architecture of the temple is stunning and interiors consist of beautifully carved pillars and walls.

  • Kalki Temple
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The Kalki Temple – Badi Chaupar

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Kalki temple holds special significance as it is dedicated to the tenth avatar of Lord Vishnu who is not born yet. Kalki literally translates to “born out of time”. According to fables, Lord Kali will come on a white horse, carrying a sword and will protect the mankind from all the chaos and destruction of Kal Yug. Situated amidst the walled city, the Kalki temple has beautiful north Indian style architecture.

  • Garh Ganesh Temple
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The Garh Ganesh Temple

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Situated on hill top near Nahargarh fort, the Garh Ganesh temple was constructed by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh. The temple is the second most well known Lord Ganesh temple of Jaipur. Ganesha is idolised there in the form of Purushakriti (sans trunk; Ganesha’s childhood form). The temple has simple architecture and offers a picturesque view of the whole city. Apart from having a spiritual significance, this place also doubles up as a great adventure spot from where one can explore even the uninhabited land of the city.

  • Kale Hanuman Ji
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The famous temple of Jaipur

Just like the name suggests, Kale Hanuman Ji Temple is known for the idol of Lord Hanuman in black colour, as against the usual red coloured idol. According to the fables, praying at this temple fulfils all the wishes. The temple is located near Hawa Mahal and sees a footfall of a number of devotees visiting in the hope of realising their wishes.

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