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Jagat Shiromani Temple | Meera Bai Mandir

Jagat Shiromani Temple of Amer near Jaipur is also known as Meera Bai Temple. It’s one of the most beautiful and ornate temples of Amer. I’m sure you must have heard about Amer Fort. In case you haven’t, it’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site under the category of “Hill Forts of Rajasthan”. Amer Fort tops the list of places to visit in Jaipur. Here are a few pictures of Amer Fort.

 

Jagat Shiromani Temple is quite popular among tourists.  It’s an irony that residents of Jaipur are unaware of Jagat Shiromani Temple. There is a popular opinion that this is the only temple of Meera Bai in Rajasthan. I’m not sure about this claim but surely this is the only Meerabai Temple in Jaipur.

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One of the most elaborate temples in Amer town – Jagat Shiromani Temple

Jagat Shiromani Temple is a tranquil and serene place. Isn’t it one of the reasons why we visit a temple?

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Jagat Shiromani Temple History

Jagat Shiromani Temple dates back to 1599 AD and it took around 9 years to be built. The temple was built in memory of Maharajah Sawai Man Singh I ‘s eldest son Jagat Singh by his mother Rani Kanakwati.

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The temple has two entrances. It can be reached from the fort road in Amer town, its main entrance. The other one is through the flight of steps from Amer Fort. Here is a picture of the steps leading to the temple.

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way to Jagat Shiromani temple Amer

What’s unique about Jagat Shiromani Temple?

The most striking features of this temple are the marble Torans (pylon). The Torans are the ornamental arch of the gateway. It is said that these Torans are made from a single piece of marble. That’s commendable! Torans are usually found in Jain Temples.

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Toran adorning the entrance of Jagat Shiromani Temple, Amer.

Another striking architectural element of Jagat Shiromani Temple is the amalgamation of different architecture styles – Jain, Hindu, Mughal and South Indian. All these styles have been beautifully incorporated and blended together in this temple. This architecture style bears some resemblance to the Albert Hall Museum of Jaipur, where many architectural styles have been fused together, to create a stunning masterpiece.

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Beautiful carvings adorn the outer surface of Jagat Shiromani Temple, Amer, Jaipur

Jagat Shiromani Temple is built using three different types of stones -local stone (possibly some sort of sandstone), marble and black stone (probably granite). Use of a different type of stones has enhanced the beauty of this temple. It’s a distinct feature. All other temples in the vicinity, are constructed out of a single stone.

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The temple is dedicated to the Lord Vishnu. The temple also has an idol of Lord Krishna along with the Meera Bai. To the uninitiated, Meera Bai was the wife of the Mewar king. She was a devout follower of Lord Krishna.  It is believed that the idol of Lord Krishna housing this temple is the same idol that Meera Bai used to worship in the state of Mewar, 600 years ago! This idol was saved from being destroyed during the Mughal attack on Mewar by Amer rulers & was brought to Amer.

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Beautiful idols at Jagat Shiromani Temple, Jaipur

According to Hindu religion,  Lord Krishna is a reincarnation of the Lord Vishnu, which could possibly explain why the idol of Lord Krishna was placed in this temple.  Meera Bai considered Lord Krishna as her husband. Meera Bai’s idol has also been placed in this temple. Toran near the entrance bears testimony to this supposed marriage. Toran ceremony is one of the important rituals in Hindu marriage. The ceiling of this temple has beautiful frescoes though they have weakened due to the time & poor maintenance

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Deity. At Jagat Shiromani Temple, Amer. Jaipur
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Beautiful Carvings in the Canopy at Jagat Shiromani Temple, Amer

In a canopy adjoining temple, is the idol of Garuda, which is a carrier of Lord Vishnu.

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Picture of a Canopy, adjoining the Jagat Shiromani Temple entrance

Beautiful carvings adorn the temple walls, especially the pedestal section and the canopy housing Garuda.  Army of elephants, horse and tiger face is depicted in below picture.

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Details at Jagat Shiromani Temple

There are two elephants in a playful mood at the base.  Procession and people are depicted in a jubilant mood in the second row. The top row has carvings of the birds quite possibly, peacock. Placed just above the pedestal are three marbles plates, depicting Indian mythological characters.

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White, red and black color stones come together to create a visual treat at Jagat Shiromani Temple, Jaipur

Another view of  Jagat Shiromani Temple.

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Jagat Shiromani Temple Jaipur

Jagat Shiromani Temple is an interesting temple from the heritage, architectural, and religious perspectives. It’s being claimed that this is the only temple having an idol of Meera Bai. Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) maintains Jagat Shiromani temple.

Read The Elusive Mariam Mahal ruin

How to reach Jagat Shiromani Temple?

Jagat Shiromani Temple is located in Amer town and can be easily reached within a few minutes from the Amer Fort. Take the left lane after the Amer Elephant Stand on the Amer Road.

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Amer Elephant Stand

You can locate the temple with the help of this map.

Jagat Shiromani Temple Timings

Jagat Shiromani temple is open from 6 AM to 1 PM and from 4 PM to 8 PM daily

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Jagat Shiromani Temple location map

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63 thoughts on “Jagat Shiromani Temple | Meera Bai Mandir

    1. Jaipur is located approximately 250 Km south west of Delhi. four hour journey by fastest train. It is hugely popular among the tourists. If you haven’t been to Jaipur, do visit next time…till then you can enjoy the pictures here on Jaipurthrumyblog!

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  1. I’m one of among those to whom you can feel pity, being a resident how come this wonderful place was not in my knowledge. No doubts its architectural style and carvings are amazingly beautiful as any other monuments of royal land of Rajasthan. Think in next visit I need to contact you for all those leftover sightseeing in Jaipur.

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    1. Priyanka, I too was unaware of these gems until two years ago. I have come across so many interesting places, fact and stories. Probably more than what I have blogged till now. Do let me know whenever you are next in town. 🙂

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    1. Indeed its one of the most beautiful temples around, Maniparna. Since you mentioned that you didn’t know the name, have you ever been here or seen pictures of this temple?

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  2. The detail in the architecture is stunning and the fact that the torans are each made from a single piece of marble is more than commendable! A wonderful tour of the temple, Arv, and very interesting information regarding its history. It’s funny how many ‘locals’ ignore their local sites, no matter how interesting or historic they are. I suppose they just get so used to them being there.

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    1. Thanks Millie. You are right. Except for the famous monuments, locals ignore local heritage and history. It’s a irony!
      The marble toran is incredibly beautiful. It’s a masterpiece.
      I enjoy your posts of places around your town.I also admire your strong connect to heritage and history. Soem of your recent posts on Cornwall is very inetresting Millie. Thanks for reading and sharing your thoughts. 🙂

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    1. It’s surely one of it’s kind of temple looking at its architecture, Pradita. There’s something really nice about this temple. It’s so peaceful. I’m happy to now you liked it. 🙂

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