Chaturbhuj Temple in the walled city area of Jaipur 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 & can be 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 commissioning of the temple is not available, it dates to the 18th century. Chaturbhuj Temple was built by Paliwal community.
The entrance is adorned with 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 a norm; 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.
The yellow and blue color is the most dominant one. The mandap has arched columns. The marble pillars have facets on its surface. A shloka in the Sanskrit language from Bhagwad Gita is written on the side walls which is made of lime plaster, called Araish. This lime plaster or Araish work is reminiscent of the bygone times. Today It’s impossible to recreate such workmanship.
Lack of maintenance is evident in the temple complex. The commercial activity in the vicinity certainly overshadows this otherwise 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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