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 –
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!