Must Visit Galtaji Or Galta Monkey Temple, Jaipur For Religious Tourists

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The Galtaji temple is considered as one of the pre-historic Hindu pilgrimage sites of India and is located only 10km away from Jaipur. The hotels near Jaipur railway station are merely 30 minutes away from this holy shrine. A large tribe of monkeys are the permanent dwellers of this sacred shrine of Galtaji and hence Galtaji is often called Galta Monkey temple. Mentioned below are some reasons why you must visit this place:

Historical significance and Architecture:

The temple is believed to be built in the 18th century by Diwan Rao Kriparam, an attendant to Sawai Jai Singh ll. The sacred shrine of Galtaji is built in pink sandstone, amidst the Aravalli hills, and is structured to look more like a palace than a traditional temple.

Its splendid architecture is ornamented by painted walls, adorned by rounded roofs and pillars. The temple complex comprises of natural freshwater springs and 7 holy ‘kunds’ among which the ‘Galta Kund’ is the holiest one and is believed to never get dry. The hotels in Jaipur provide you with a rich taste of Rajasthan’s heritage and culture through a well-guided tour to this landmark.

Religious significance:

According to the legends, Saint Galav spent all his life here and performed his ‘tapasya’ for 100 years. The Gods, pleased with his penance, appeared before him and blessed his place with abundant water. A temple was built here in his honour.

Festivals:

The best time to visit this pilgrimage site is during the mid-January session when the ‘Makar Sankranti’ festival takes place. A large crowd of devotees gather here to take a dip in the holy ‘kund’.

Apart from the ‘kunds’, the temple complex encompasses shrines of Lord Ram, Lord Krishna and Lord Hanuman. The hotels in Jaipur are strategically located downtown in the heart of the Pink City and hence, you are close to the main shopping areas and the prime historical sites.

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