Chaturbhuj Temple is at Chotti Chaupar in the walled city of Jaipur.It is dedicated to the Lord Vishnu. The word Chaturbhuj translates into someone who has four arms, referring to the Lord Vishnu.
This temple is on the first floor & accessed by a small staircase. It faces East direction. The layout of this temple is in the Haveli style, in line with the other heritage temples in the walled city area of Jaipur. While the specific year of the founding of temple is not available, it dates back to 18th century.
The entrance is adorned with the geometric patterns & floral designs. Hindu God and Goddesses have been placed over the geometric patterns on either side of the gate. A good deal of detailing has gone into the stone frame of the door too. Two ornate elephants are placed near the entrance, made of white marble. These elephants have been beautifully carved giving them an ornamental look.
The entrance opens into a courtyard. A small temple dedicated to Garuda (Eagle God in Hindu religion) is placed soon after the entrance; facing towards the sanctum. The presence of Garuda, in temples dedicated to the Lord Vishnu is an accepted practice. Garuda being the carrier of the Lord Vishnu.
The beauty of the temple lies in its fresco & paintings on the walls and ceilings. These paintings center on the life of Lord Krishna & Radha.
Yellow and blue color certainly stand out in the temple. The mandap has arched columns. The marble pillars have facets on its surface. Shloka in Sanskrit language from Bhagwad Gita is written on the side walls made of lime plaster, called Araish. This lime plaster is reminiscent of the bygone times. It is almost impossible to recreate such workmanship now.
The temple is managed by the Galta Peeth, in Galta Temple in Jaipur.
Lack of maintenance is evident in the temple complex. The commercial activity in the vicinity certainly overshadows this beautiful temple. The dwindling number of devotees, lack of parking space, ongoing construction of metro line etc are taking its toll. But despite all this, it’s an impressive temple –Worth visiting!
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