Shri Goverdhan Nath ji Temple is situated in Chaura Rasta -walking distance from the Tripoliya Gate. The temple is dedicated to Lord Krishna. Like other temples situated in the bazaars of Jaipur, premises of this temple is actually much bigger than the outward impression one gathers from the entrance.
The staircase leading to the temple is projected out to the road level – covering the footpath, which gives it a distinguished approach via-a-vis the shops in the vicinity. It is in contrast to the staircase of the surrounding residential buildings located on first floor, where the staircase is aligned with the shop line. This is a distinguished feature among the all the heritage temples built during same time frame in this bazaar.
The temple is devoid of shikhar and is built in Haveli style- having an open courtyard. There are many other Haveli style of temple built during similar period like Gangaji temple ,Roop Chaturbhuj temple, chaturbhuj temple, Goverdhan Nathji temple (located near Hawa Mahal) etc. This temple like the other Goverdhan Nathji temple was built by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singhji. The temple has been built in Rajput-Mughal style. The temple has a beautiful paintings on the walls, which shows strong Mughal influence.
The most unique aspect of this temple is that Lord Krishna is worshiped in child form. Also, unlike other heritage temples dedicated to Lord Krishna in Jaipur, Radha is not present along with the idol of young Lord Krishna. As soon as one enters the temple from the main road, it opens into a small chowk whick leads to another gate. While there is nothing much to write about the gate, however the wall on both side of the gate has beautiful paintings and images of Nahar or lion. This is very similar to the Goverdhan Nathji temple (located near Hawa Mahal) where the lions placed along both side of gate are made of marble. However in this temple, they are projected outwards on the wall as a mural work. Apart from the lions, peacock painted above the door adorn the wall. Here is a closer look.
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 department under Govt. of Rajasthan maintains the temple.
Do visit this place: if you live in Jaipur, you must explore this great heritage. Best of all,unlike other popular temples of Jaipur which are teeming with devotees,full of chaos and unfriendly attitude of the temple management, its a welcome change! Lots of peace and time to yourselves is what you can be assured of. if you are visiting Jaipur, its part of Jaipur heritage and best kept secret! It is easily accessible and located very close to city palace. It was built by same ruler who built world famous Hawa Mahal and Jal Mahal – Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh ji