Brahampuri – Jaipur….some history!

View of houses in Brahampuri  Area in Jaipur

Brahampuri is  a locality situated between Govind Devji Temple and Garh Ganesh Temple in Jaipur.

This settlement is part of the original layout plan of Jaipur designed by the founder of the city – Maharajah Sawai Jai Singh II. It was an exclusive area meant for the residences of Brahmin community.

Brahmins  occupied an important place in the Hindu community. They  were instrumental in performing all religious rites and rituals. They were also the key element for all matters related to temples and extended advise to the ruler on  all important religious matters. Just for the record, in 1947 there were 600 temples within the boundary of the walled city  of Jaipur (old & original settlement of the city).

During Mughal ruler, Aurangzeb‘s rule there was a mass persecution of Brahmin  community and destruction of Hindu temples. During this period, the rulers of Amer acted as their savior. Maharajah Sawai Jai Singh II invited Brahmins to settle in Jaipur. Many privileges & benefits were extended to them throughout the history of Jaipur state

Read more about Auranzeb and Jaipur in this write up here –

Kanak Vrindavan Temple & Garden- Part 1/ Natwar ji Temple

Till this day, Bengali Brahmin priest family manages  Govind Devji temple , which is the most important temple in Jaipur. Similarly, the Sheela Mata temple in Amber  is also managed by a   Bengali Brahmin priests family. Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II  invited learned Brahmins from Varanasi and other places across India as he acknowledged their intellect and importance.

Today, the demographic profile of Brahampuri has changed dramatically. It’s no more an area exclusively occupied by the Brahmin community. While there are many old houses, new houses are fast replacing them which came up over the last few years! well! Time changes everything!

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