Annually flocked by devotees on Makar Sankranti, Jaipur's Galtaji is a pilgrim's paradise

Annually flocked by devotees on Makar Sankranti, Jaipur's Galtaji is a pilgrim's paradise

Thronged by hordes of monkeys during the evenings, the site is also called the Jaipur Monkey Temple.

Amongst the most precious gems of Jaipur's architectural brilliance is Galtaji, located on the periphery of the majestic city. At a distance of 10-km from Jaipur, Galtaji comprises of a string of temples and shrines dating back to prehistoric times. A natural spring appears at the most elevated area of the complex, which fills 7 holy kunds during its descent. Believed to be perennially filled with water, Galta Kund is the most revered of all and attracts a humongous count of worshippers on Makar Sankranti for an auspicious bath.

Located on hilly terrain, the temples preserves multiple tales from the past

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The historic temple is situated on a sloppy landscape along the boundaries of the Aravalli hills. Built by Diwan Rao Kriparam who was a part of Sawai Jai Singh II's royal court, the majestic temple gets its name from Saint Galtav. Folklore says that the saint performed austere penance at the spot for many years of his life. Impressed by his sacrifices and determination, God blessed the region with plentiful water. It is also believed that the legendary saint Tulsidas wrote certain parts of the holy Ramcharitmanas here.

An epitome of architectural excellence, the Jaipur Monkey Temple

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Constructed with pink sandstone, the ancient structure houses temples of Lord Rama, Lord Krishna and Lord Hanuman. Located amid bounties of nature, the temple complex carries adornments of carvings and paintings on its internal walls which carry semblances of a rich and artistic past.

Visitors can trek up the hills to reach a spot above the spring which entices all with a breath-taking spectacle of the Jaipur city. Frequented by locals and tourists during the winter season due to the soothing weather conditions, the pilgrimage site is one of the finest symbols of unparalleled architecture. If you visit this place during the evenings, you will be amazed by the scene of countless monkeys thronging the Hanuman Temple.

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With easy accessibility from the Bais Godam Railway Station, Galtaji is one of the hidden treasures of Jaipur. The temple complex not only provides for a spiritual retreat but also promises a thought-provoking outing in the lap of mother nature. Plan a visit to Galtaji for satiating all your dreams of peace and solace!

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