Galta Ji

About 10km away from Jaipur, beyond the gardens, amidst the low hills guarding the city lies the old pilgrim centre of Hindus, Galta ji. Galtaji is comprised of pavilions, temples, holy 'kunds' and natural springs. 

It is believed that, Saint Galav spent all his life here and performed his 'tapasya' for 100 years. Pleased with his penance, the Gods appeared before him and blessed his place of worship with abundant water.

Galtaji has been a retreat for Hindu ascetics since the early 1500; but the present temple was built by Diwan Rao Kriparam, a courtier of Sawai Jai Singh II, in the 18th Century.

The main temple is the Temple of Galtaji, a magnificient temple built in pink sandstone with beautiful paintings and carvings on the walls which gives it a splendid look.

The temple is famous for its natural water springs which draw the special attention of the visitors. A spring of pure water flows from the 'Gaumukh', a rock shaped like a cow's head, into the tanks. The water of these springs is accumulated in the kunds (tanks). There are seven kunds, the holiest being the Galta Kund, which never gets dry.  Taking a dip in the natural springs of Galtaji is considered very auspicious and is said to cleanse a person of his sins. It is considered auspicious to take bath in the waters of Galtaji, especially on Makar Sankranti. 
Idols from Temples from Galta Ji Compound

Temple at Galta Compuond
Fresco Art
Temple at Galta Compuond
Rhesus Macaques at Galta Ji

Idol at Sun Temple
Sun Temple
Mardana Kund

Galtaji temple is a huge temple complex, within which are situated the temples of Lord Ram, Lord Krishna, Lord Hanuman (Balaji), Surya Temple is dedicated to the Sun God and was built in the 18th century. . . . The temples can be visited from Sunrise to Sunset on all weekdays.

The place is also famous for monkeys, due to the large tribe of monkeys who live here. These rhesus macaques were featured in National Geographic channel's Rebel Monkeys series. This place with a holy ambiance and a beautiful art work will definitely be a good choice to visit.
View of Jaipur From Sun Temple

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