Govind Ji Temple

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Timings : All days of the week: 4:30 AM - 11:30 PM
6:00 PM - 9:30 PM

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Govind Ji Temple, Jaipur Overview

Probably one of the most significant temples for Krishna followers after Vrindavan, Govind Dev Temple is located within the City Palace of Jaipur. Locals believe that the statue of the deity here looks exactly like Krishna's form during his incarnation of Earth. From early in the morning to the late night, the air is thick with the sounds of Mangala Aarati at dawn and Shayana Aarati at night. Built during the reign of Emperor Akbar by Sawai Man Singh in 1590 and was regarded as being one of the largest temples of the world during its time.

Being dedicated to Lord Krishna, the temple sees an upbeat and exciting celebration during the Janmashtami time in August. As the Temple is the part of the City Palace, which was the seat of the Maharaja of Jaipur, it has a beautiful coexistence of Hindu, Muslim and Western architectural traits. The temple is surrounded by beautiful gardens. Inside it, one can see some beautiful European chandeliers and paintings of Indian art.

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History of the temple

Rupa Goswami, a devout Krishna follower and a disciple of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu , first founded the Original Govind Dev Ji Temple at Goma Teela in Vrindavan, nearly about 450 years ago. When the Muslim Emperor Aurangzeb tried to destroy the shrine at Vrindavan, the idol was picked up from there and relocated to Jaipur. The Maharaja of Jaipur at that time, Raja Sawai Jai Singh embraced the idol and believed that Govind Dev or Lord Krishna is the real King. The Maharaja is a mere diwan or servant of the Lord. He established the Govind Dev Ji Temple and positioned it in such a way that he could get a direct view from his palace at Chandra Mahal.

The Temple highlights a glimpse of the royal past of Jaipur. Placed between the Chandra Mahal and the Badal Mahal, Govind Dev Ji Temple’s Lord is also the principal deity of Amber’s Kachawaha Dynasty. After the demise of Jai Singh, many successors had acquired the throne, but it was Raja Man Singh who took the initiative of building a dedicated temple for Govind Dev Ji in 1590.

Architecture of the temple

The Temple was built by Sawai Man Singh, the Emperor of Amber at that time (1590) with the help of Emperor Akbar. It is said that Akbar provided the same red marbles that were used in constructing the Agra Fort in Uttar Pradesh. It was regarded as the largest Temple of the world at that time. The Templeis spread from East to West in 117 feet length and 105 feet from North to South. Emperor Akbar also donated 135 acres land for the cows to live and feed. After the temple was finished an idol of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu was also placed at the right side of the Krishna idol.
The ceiling of the temple is beautifully adorned with golden decorations. The position of the temple allowed a direct view of it to the Maharaja who wished to see the idol from his Chandra Mahal palace. The Garden has a special name given to it, which is ‘Takatora’ and is popular among the children and youngsters who find different kinds of activities here.

Legends of the temple

The legends state that once Govind Dev Ji appeared in the dreams of The King of Jaipur and requested him to bring his idol from Vrindavan to Jaipur. After that, Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh brought the idol from Vrindavan to his palace Chandra Mahal at Jaipur. Another legend believes Govind Dev Ji as ‘Bajrakrit’ who was developed by Bajranabh, the Great Grandson of Lord Krishna. Once, when Bajranabh asked his Grandmother about how Krishna looked like, his grandmother defined an image of Lord Krishna.

He developed an image by himself and asked his Grandmother whether that is the correct prediction. His grandmother told him that the feet of the image resembled the Lord. After another guess, the grandmother said that the chest looks the same. When Bajranabh defined another image to Grandmother, she finally nodded affirmatively and said that the image resembles fully with Lord Krishna.

Importance of the temple

housands of devotees visit the Govind Dev Ji Temple at Jaipur for offering their prayers and seek blessings from Purushottam or the Supreme Lord Krishna. Not only from Rajasthan or neighboring state Gujarat, devotees come from as far away locations as you can imagine. The Vaishnavites of West Bengal, Assam, Manipur and Bihar come to pay homage to the Celestial lotus feet of the Lord. The idols of Radha and Krishna are revealed to the devotees seven times a day for the daily Aartis or offerings.

When the idols are revealed at different points of time, you could see different decorations and dresses of both Sri Radhika and Lord Krishna. The bhogas or the food offerings are served to the Lord in silverwares which mainly comprises of sweet items.

Aaratis (Rituals) at the temple

The Mangala Aarati, or the first Aarati for the day is performed at 5 in the morning and continues till 6 am. The Dhoop Aarati or the offerings with sacred incenses is performed from 8.30 to 9.45 in the morning. The Shringar Aarati comes next in the line from 10.30 am and continues till 11.15 am. The Rajabhog or the food offering to the idols happen close to noon, starting from 11.45 in the morning and ending at 12.15 pm. The Gwal Aarati, the first Aarati of the evening happens from 5.30 to 6 pm in the evening. The Sandhya Aarati is performed from 6.30 in the evening and continues till 7.45. The Shayan Aarati is the last Aarati to be performed after which both Radha and Lord Krishna are put to sleep. It starts at 8.30 in the night and continues till 9 pm.

How To Reach Govind Ji Temple

The City Palace of Jaipur is situated just in the heart of the city, in which the Govind Dev Ji Temple is located. No matter where you are living in Jaipur, you will find direct communicating service till here. You can book a taxi, a shuttle, auto rickshaw or come here by bus- the cheapest mode of transport available in Jaipur. The National Capital of Delhi is also well connected by roads; it is just about 270 kilometers away from the Temple.

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Meenakshi Gurjar

on Govind Ji Temple 5 years ago
When anybody enter this temple who ever is he, as he enter the temple the feeling automatically enters in that person that where is god and where is he?

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