Jaipur Monkey Temple – The Glorious Galtaji Temple
Jaipur, the pink city of Rajasthan is one of the most visited cities in India. Due to its architectural brilliance of monuments and forts, the city witness impression from its tourists. 10 km away from Jaipur, Khania Balaji is the place to witness the picturesque spot Galtaji Temple or Jaipur Monkey Temple.
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About the Monkey Temple (Galtaji Temple)
Monkey Temple is the other name of Galtaji Temple due to the huge population of monkeys present here.
From the very beginning of the 16th Century, Galtaji Temple is the pilgrimage center of Hinduism. The sight gives a good panoramic sight due to the situation at a high altitude. Situated at a good height on the Aravalli Range, Galtaji temple is a treat to the eyes.
Diwan Rao Kriparam is the founder of the temple. Diwan Rao Kriparam was the advisor of the Rajput Ruler Sawai Jai Singh II. The temple is beautified with pink sandstone and paintings on the walls. Beautifully carved pillars and rounded roofs have created a new genre of architecture in Jaipur. The temple is the amalgamation of various other temples. The main temple resides in Lord Hanuman. The other temple resides Lord Ram and Krishna.
The temple looks more like a palace than a religious center. With its breathtaking position, amidst mountains and fountains, the place is ought to visit.
Lesser-Known facts of Galtaji Temple
According to mythological sources, the well-known saint, Saint Galav has spent his life in this temple for 100 years and has achieved enlightenment. His hard meditation praised God and he gifted with an abundance of water.
The natural spring which is another attraction spot in the area is found sacred which also flows into the temple. Perhaps, this natural spring or the spring of Galtaji is one of the major attraction spots of this area. The place has seven kunds to which Galta Kund is one of the sacred one.
Best Time to visit Galtaji Temple
The Hindu festival “Makar Sankranti” is the ideal time to visit the place. One can find many people coming here and taking a dip into the holy water of Galta Kund. Thereby mid-January is the ideal time to visit the temple.
If you are not a religious, the enthralling scenic view will force you to visit the place and capture its essence. Thereby the period of October to February is the best time to see the place into it best.
The visiting hours for the temple are 5 am to 6 pm (sunrise to sunset). Sunset is the ideal time to visit the temple as one can see flocks of monkey also taking a dip to the kund.
How to reach the Monkey Temple
The nearest railway station is Jaipur Railway station and from there one can take private or public transport to reach the place. The nearest airport is the Jaipur Airport which is well connected to other cities in India and from there one takes a cab to reach the place.
If you want to experience the road trip, Delhi- Jaipur national highway is well maintained and connected which will give you a good ride.
Nearby place to visit the Monkey Temple
Krishna temple, Surya Temple, Balaji temple, Sita Ram Temple which is near to the Monkey Temple in Jaipur are some of the nearby places where you can visit. Another major tourist destination is the Sisodia Rani ka Bagh. The magnificent palace and garden is the reason where many tourists can be found.