The Garh Ganesh Temple in Jaipur is situated on a small hillock overlooking the city on the Nahargarh hills. It’s difficult to miss this oldest Ganesha temple of Jaipur from the walled city area. Locals call it Garh Ganesh Mandir. It is one of the famous Ganesh temples in Jaipur.
It doesn’t appear like a typical temple because the features like Shikhar and carving on the walls are missing. It’s designed as a small fortification. The word Gad or Garh in Hindi means a small fort. It’s called Garh Ganesh Temple because this temple is dedicated to the Lord Ganesha. The idol of Lord Ganesha is in a child form which is a rarity.
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History of Garh Ganesh temple:
This temple was built when Maharajah Sawai Jai Singh II performed Ashwamegh Yagya before laying the foundation of Jaipur, therefore Garh Ganesh Temple predates Jaipur city. An interesting historical fact is that Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II was the last Hindu king to perform Ashvamedha Yagya. It is evident that the history of Garh Ganesh temple is around 300 years old.
There is only one way to reach up to the temple using Garh Ganesh Temple Stairs. The staircase to reach Garh Ganesh temple originates from Brahampuri area near Gaitore.
Garh Ganesh Temple stairs are quite steep and uneven in height, which is forgivable considering the gradient of the climb and time when they were originally built. The temple is approximately 550 meters high from the road level. The ergonomics in the metal railing of the staircase has been ignored and it is inconvenient to use. Don’t worry, there’s a respite. You can take an alternative staircase route. It originates from the left side of the main staircase and can be located after climbing a few steps.
These steps are not so steep and have been constructed recently, this one is longer in comparison to the original stairs. It is much more popular among the devotees heading to the Garh Ganesh Temple.
The Garh Ganesh temple has been under a slow renovation process due to which many things have been left unfinished. The unfinished entrance gate of the temple is an eyesore!
Photography is prohibited in the temple premises. The Garh Ganesh temple management has appointed a dedicated staff who is always on a lookout for a visitor with a smartphone or camera. On spotting one, the visitor is warned in a harsh overtone to stash it inside their bags or pocket. “Photography prohibited” boards can be seen at many places in Garh Ganesh temple. The temple authorities should update their outlook on photography; the times have changed! The manner in which the temple management ensures adherence to the Photography Prohibition rule is rude & weird.
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The temple has undergone a major renovation and has thus lost its heritage charm. Architecturally, this temple may not hold much value for those seeking beautiful frescoes or carvings. But it does have a lot of historical & contextual value for the city.
This temple used to be an important Lord Ganesha temple in Jaipur. However, with the passage of time, the Moti Doongri Ganesha temple Jaipur has become more popular among the devotees. The Garh Ganesh temple is almost a century older than Moti Doongri Ganesh Mandir. Why is it so? People don’t want to climb the arduous steps of the Garh Ganesh temple.
Here is a close up picture of lion head made in brass on the entrance gate of the Garh Ganesh temple.
In my opinion, it’s actually much more painful to visit Moti Dungari Ganheshji temple on a Wednesday – the day of Lord Ganesha, owing to a huge crowd. There is no peace, which one associates with the divine experience in a temple. Add to that parking woes, pushing around, peddlers and beggars pestering you, it’s not really a divine experience anymore!
In light of the above, I’ll choose to visit the Garh Ganesh temple, preferably during early morning hours. With fresh air to breathe, a lovely sunrise experience and an awesome view of Jaipur, it is worth it!
Even watching a sunset from the Garh Ganesh temple is awesome.
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lovely views from the Garh Ganesh Temple, Jaipur, overlooking the old city area of Jaipur and Nahargarh Fort.
Garh Ganesh Temple Jaipur Darshan Timing:
The timing of Garh Ganesh temple for Darshan is as below
Summer: 6.30 AM to 12.00 PM and 4.00 PM to 9 PM.
Winters: 7.30 AM to 12 PM and 4.00 PM to 8.30 PM.
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Important points to remember while visiting Garh Ganesh Temple
- Some people write Gad Ganesh Temple, others prefer Garh Ganesh Temple.
- You also club a visit to Royal Gaitor located at the base of Garh Ganesh temple. While using the new staircase you can catch a glimpse of Gaitor Ki Chhatriyan. Here is one such view.
- There is a popular legend that Maharaja Jai Singh II used binoculars to have Darshan of Lord Ganesha from his royal abode – Jaipur City Palace. There is little logic in this claim and seems more like folklore or story.
- Many people also claim that the total number of Garh Ganesh stairs is 365 to signify one a day for the whole year. This too is folklore.
How to reach Garh Ganesh Temple?
Garh Ganesh Temple is in Brahampuri area. The best landmark to reach with the help of Google is Royal Gaitore. Another landmark is Nahar Ke Ganesh Ji temple located in the vicinity. The best road to find your way to Garh Ganesh temple is mount road from Ramgarh Mod on Amer Road.
Is Garh Ganesh A Trekking Place in Jaipur?
A few newly formed trekking operators have started taking organized trekking groups in Jaipur for Sunday treks. It is being promoted on social media as ” Garh Ganesh Chabutra trek”. In my opinion, this trek can easily be done by individuals and there is no need to waste money on trekking operators. Here is a picture of the trekking place where the trek operators lead the trekking groups in Jaipur.
How to do Garh Ganesh Temple Trek in Jaipur?
Just follow the new stair route until you reach an old gate. From this point rather than taking stairs on your right towards the temple, use one of the Pugdundee to reach the backside of Garh Ganesh temple. It is not a technical route and can be done easily by fit persons. It is a good place to see the sunrise in Jaipur.