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Jagat Shiromani Temple Jaipur |The 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 Guide

Jagat Shiromani Temple has become popular among tourists over the last few years.  It’s an irony that residents of Jaipur are unaware of this temple. There is a popular opinion that this is the only temple dedicated to Meera Bai in Rajasthan. I’m not sure about this claim but surely this is the only Meerabai Temple in Jaipur. It is one of the best examples of temples built on raised pedestals.

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One of the most elaborate temples in Amer town 

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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History Of Jagat Shiromani Temple

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 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

Architecture & Design

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 architectural 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). The use of multiple stones has enhanced the beauty of the temple architecture, making it distinct. Temples in the vicinity are built using a single stone.

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Stories & legends Of Jagat Shiromani Temple

The temple is dedicated to 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 the Hindu religion,  Lord Krishna is a reincarnation of 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 time & poor maintenance. Some historians mention that the above theory doesn’t fit well. It is likely that this temple must have been made as a Jain temple; subsequently, before it was complete, it might have been offered to the king. This theory stems from the fact that such ornate Torans are essentially a Jain temple element. Also, Amer had a large Jain population. Many wealthy merchants and ministers in the Amer court were Jain.

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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 the 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.  The Army of elephants, horses, and tiger faces is depicted in the 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 marble 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. The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) maintains the Jagat Shiromani Temple.

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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 Amer Road. Meera Bai Temple is an essential part of the heritage walking tour of Amer town. Many walk leaders start or end their walk in Jagat Shiromani temple.

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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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66 thoughts on “Jagat Shiromani Temple Jaipur |The Meera Bai Mandir

  1. This temple has such a significant history behind it! Would have loved to see the idol that Meera Bai worshipped, unfortunately, time did not permit.
    Heard the story of another temple at (or near) Amer. The temple of Durga (if I am not mistaken). Can you tell me?

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    1. No worries Somali. There’s always next time. Keep me posted whenever you are next in Jaipur will suggest you some good places to visit.
      The temple you are referring to is Shila Mata temple. Idol here was found in the form of stone slab. It was originally at Jessore in Bengal and was brought to Amer in 13 th century after winning the war. Offering a was abandoned many years ago. It has huge following here in Jaipur. It is within Amer palace complex. Hope this helps Somali.

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    1. Thanks, Radhika. Let me share this with you. I wrote this post when I started blogging. It was during my exploration of this temple that idea of starting a blog and sharing with the world sprung up in my mind. I highly recommend visiting this temple.

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  2. if I want to know about the this Temple who built and when it was built and to know about the story where I can get the books or related papers to read I am very much interested to read and work about that things waiting for your reply sir

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  3. Thank Arv, for sharing this. I haven’t heard of this temple in Amer, though I have been to the Meera Bai temple in Chittorgarh long back. Would love to see this temple on my next visit to Jaipur.

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