Shri Goverdhan Nath ji Temple is situated in Chaura Rasta, Jaipur. This temple is dedicated to Lord Krishna. Shri Govardhan Nath ji temple is built in Haveli style, akin to most temples built by rulers of Jaipur. The outward appearance of this temple is understated.
The staircase leading to the temple is projected out to road level covering the footpath, which in a way gives it a distinguished approach. It’s a distinguished feature of all heritage temples.
The temple is devoid of shikhar and is built in Haveli style with the open courtyard. There are many other Haveli style temples built during similar period like Gangaji temple ,Roop Chaturbhuj temple, chaturbhuj temple, Goverdhan Nathji temple near Hawa Mahal. This temple like the other Goverdhan Nathji temple was built by Maharajah Sawai Pratap Singh. The temple has been built in Rajput-Mughal style. The temple has a beautiful paintings & floral motifs on the walls, which shows strong Mughal influence.
The unique aspect of Shri Govardhan Nath ji temple is that Lord Krishna is worshiped in a child form. Unlike other heritage temples in Jaipur dedicated to the Lord Krishna, Radha is not present with the idol. There is a small chowk or courtyard leading to another gate. There is nothing remarkable about this gate. However the wall on either sides of this gate has beautiful paintings and images of Nahar or lion. This is very similar to Goverdhan Nathji temple near Hawa Mahal where lion statutes are placed on either sides of gate & are made of white marble. In this temple, lion motif is embossed on the wall as a mural work. Painted peacock too adorns this wall.
Here are some more picture from the temple.
Looking at the layout and frescoes, its evident that this temple has seen better days! Currently, the Devesthan Vibhaag of Govt. of Rajasthan maintains the temple.
Do visit Shri Goverdhan Nath Temple for its heritage. Unlike other popular temples of Jaipur teeming with devotees, full of chaos and unfriendly temple management, it’s a welcome change! Shri Goverdhan Nath Temple is accessible and located close to City Palace.
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