Kalki temple is situated close to the world famous tourist attraction Hawa Mahal.
Kalki temple is dedicated to Lord Kalki, the last & future incarnation of Lord vishnu in human form. It is believed that Lord Kalki will save the world and usher us all into the Sat Yuga.
Facts about Kalki Temple
- Kalki temple was commissioned by Maharajah Sawai Jai Singh II who laid the foundation of Jaipur city. Some references claim the construction year of the Kalki temple to 1727 AD, while others claim it to 1739 AD.
- Kalki temple is the only temple dedicated to Lord Kalki in the World. There are other temples though, where idol of Lord kalki co-exists with other Hindu Gods & deities.
About Lord Kalki
Kalki is the future & last reincarnation of Lord Vishnu. According to Srimad Bhagavatam Lord Kalki will appear in between Kal yuga and Sat Yuga. His reference has also been given in puranas. He will appear when the human values fall and to save the World from evil forces.
More about the Kalki Temple
The access to the temple is by a gallery through the arched gateway on the main road. Gallery has a ramp like steps. The temple is being maintained by Devesthan Vibhag under Govt Of Rajasthan.
In terms of architecture, the shikhar style is in line with other temples of its era. Marble and red sand stone have been used in construction of the temple. The mandapas of temple are in three different style of architecture.
The temple has a separate unit which houses beautifully carved horse in white marble. It is being claimed that there is an injury mark in one of the leg of this horse. Upon self healing of this injury mark, the Lord Kalki will appear on Earth to fight with evil forces. Many sources describe the appearance of Lord Kalki too – riding on a white horse with a blazing sword.
There is another story that this horse symbolizes the Ashwmegh Yagya ( अश्वमेघ यग) undertaken by Maharajah Sawai Jai Singh II during his reign. However, this story seems to be out of place with reference to this temple of Lord Kalki.
Inside the Kalki temple, except for the main sanctum, the architecture appears to be quite simple and devoid of ornate carvings. However, near the garbhgriha gate there are carvings on the white marble floor depicting gada and shankh (mace and conch); symbols essentially denoting Lord Vishnu. The chaukhat (frame of gate) is layered and beautifully carved.
Among all heritage temples in Jaipur, Kalki Temple does call for the special mention, being the only temple dedicated to the Lord Kalki in the entire World. Commissioned by the founder of Jaipur, Maharajah Sawai jai Singh II surely adds to its special.
Few sites on internet have wrongly mentioned that Kalki temple is closed untill Lord Kalki appears on the Earth. Its not true. It’s a false information !
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