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 area demarcated for the residences of Brahmin community.
Brahmins play an important role in the Hinduism as they perform important religious rites and rituals along with temples related activities. They also extended advise to the ruler on all important religious issues. Just for the record, in 1947 there were 600 temples within the walled city of Jaipur, the old settlement of the pink city.
During Mughal ruler, Aurangzeb‘s rule there was a mass persecution ofBrahmin 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 Aurangzeb and Jaipur in this write-up in Kanak Vrindavan Temple & Garden- Part 1
Till this day, Bengali Brahmin priest family manage Govind Devji temple, which has a large following 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!