Galtaji Temple complex consists of several temples dedicated to God Sun and Balaji. It is located 10 km from Jaipur city on Jaipur Agra Highway.
About Galta Ji
Galta Ji is a famous pilgrimage site for Hindu. It is situated in a small town Khaniya-Balaji in the state of Rajasthan and is famous for several beautiful temples and kunds, the Hindi term for Pond.
The site has devotional importance for Hindus and they consider that taking a bath in the holy water of the Kund will purify their soul and relieve them from their sins.
This is an ancient piece of architecture and due to the better conservation efforts from the ASI, the local trust along with the necessary help from the state government, it still looks in gorgeous shape. Apart from the religious point of view, the site holds importance for the architectural aspects as well.
The history of the place date back to the 16th century however the precise year of the build is not known but the temples at the place were built in the 18th century by Deewan Rao Kriparam, who was in the court of Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II.
The place was famous for religious importance particularly for Vaishnavites Ramanandis, even well before the 18th century. When the temples were built and it is believed that Saint Galav spent his life here practicing medication and penance.
Architecture of Galtaji
Galta Ji is a gem of architecture, this is an unadulterated specimen of pure Rajasthani architecture. Which became more famous as the Rajput style of architecture with perched balconies, long straight verandahs, and a dome at the top.
The design of the Galta Ji temple is identical and almost all the temples look the same as the other, however, they do differ only in the area.
The central fort has been built as a marvelous structure sandwiched between the two hills and in front of it lies the vast lower Kund (water tank) which was built as a water harvesting body but now holds religious importance. The pilgrims take a bath here before going into the temples for offering any ‘pooja’.
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Galtaji Famous For
This historical place, Galta Ji Jaipur is primarily famous for the temples and the major volume of visitors comprises Hindu pilgrims. But the site has an enchanting panorama that is so peaceful that it dwells one into complete surrender to the almighty.
Galta Ji is home to the Indian monkey as well, this is even known as Monkey Temple. The monkeys can be seen in large numbers and they get so much respect from the visitors because, in Hindu mythology, they represent Lord Hanumana. These monkeys can outnumber people at any day and they never harm anyone.
The rich architectural heritage attracts scholars, archaeologists, tourists in large numbers to see the large natural water springs which keep the kunds full of freshwater, taking a bath in these refreshes everyone. The best day to pay a visit here is the auspicious day of ‘Makar Sakranti’.
How to Reach Galtaji
Galta Ji can be reached within a few hours from the Railway station and ISBT, Jaipur. Regular buses of Jaipur Bus service ply on the route along with many private buses.
The accommodation is easily available and well within budget. The private tour operators offer many affordable tour packages of the historical monuments of the Pink city and this includes Galta Ji too.