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Galtaji - Monkey Temple

 
Galtaji Temple

Galtaji is an ancient Hindu pilgrimage site situated 10 km from Jaipur, on the Jaipur-Agra highway near Sisodia Rani Ka Bagh. It is located in Khaniya -Balaji town in Jaipur.

 Famous for Natural Water Springs
The site features temples, pavilions, natural springs and holy 'kunds'.The Temple of Galtaji is famous for its natural water springs. Set amidst the beautiful landscape, Galtaji Temple offers a picturesque view of the city.Natural water springs draw special attention of the visitors. The water of these springs is accumulated in the tanks or 'kunds'. In all, there are seven tanks, holiest being the Galta Kund, which never goes dry. It is considered auspicious to take bath in the holy waters of Galtaji.

Thousands of people come every year to take a dip in the tanks to rinse out their sins. Galtaji is considered holy place,Galtaji Temple is a prehistoric pilgrimage location, in a lush green landscape of nature. The location of temple is such that it provides awe-inspiring views of the surrounding plains. The Galtaji Temple is a souvenir of the former age and a sacred pilgrimage of the Hindus. The tranquility of the Temple, attracts people from far and near, to visit it again and again.

 Saint Galav
It is believed that Saint Galav spent his life here and practiced meditation.He did penance(Tpasya) here for a long time.That's Why this place is a very important place of Hindu pilgrimage.However the temple was built mach later by Diwan Rao Kriparam, a courtier of Sawai Jai Singh II, in the 18th Century. The outstanding structure of the Temple looks more like a mansion or Haveli.

 Architecture

The main temple is the Temple of Galtaji, built in pink stone;The most famous temple built on the top of a hill. It comprises a huge complex and is famous due to the large tribe of monkeys who live here. These rhesus macaques were featured in National Geographic channel's 'Rebel Monkeys' series. The temple features a number of pavilions with rounded roofs, exquisitely carved pillars, and painted walls. The temple is surrounded by natural springs and reservoirs that are considered holy. There are seven tanks here and the Galta Kund is considered the holiest. A large number of people take a holy bath in these tanks, especially on Makar Sankranti.

There is another temple in the complex, the temple of Balaji. Yet another notable temple at Galta is Surya Temple; Surya is dedicated to the Sun God and was built in the 18th century.

Monkey Temple (Galwar Bagh)

The place is known as Monkey temple (Galwar Bagh) in travel literature.This temple is situated among Green Hravalies Hills. Natural Beauty is important USP of this place.It's have beautyful temple dedicated to God Sun,Hanuman,Shiv-family,Krishna,also many temples are there. Nearer to Galtiji shree Ghat ke Balaji , Shree Ram-Laxamanji Ashram, Shree Niwas ke Balaji are situted there. The famous Engineering college Laxmi Niwas Mittal Information Technology (LNMIT) also situated nearer to Galtiji.


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