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Jaipur Sun Temple |A Great Place For Stupefying View of The City

Sun Temple or Surya Mandir as is locally known is situated on the Eastern hill range of Jaipur, popularly called Galta hills. Surya Mandir is located en-route Jaipur Monkey Temple or Galtaji Temple.

 

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Surya Temple as viewed from the nearby Hill

 

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The Sun Temple as seen from the approaching path.

 

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Surya Temple as viewed from the Galta Gate

What makes this entire area special is that there are many small temples on way to the Galtaji temple. Some of these are popular like Surya Mandir and Galta temples.

Read 5 Things You Need To Know About Galta Temples

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GaltaJi Kund famed for the holy dip

 

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The famous Monkey temple or Galta Mandir as is locally known

Hindu devotees visit this area in large numbers. You will come across many people feeding the cows and monkeys (it is a part of a Hindu ritual to earn good Karma) which indirectly becomes the reason for all the filth and litter on this route-at least till you reach the hilltop.

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Devotes earning good Karmas. On way to the Sun Temple, Jaipur
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Surya Temple and the surrounding area

You are bound to meet monkeys on your way to the Sun Temple.

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Monkeys at Galta hill. On way to Surya temple, Jaipur

The monkeys are quite aggressive & sometimes do attack people if they are carrying eatables! Not their fault!! They are so used to being fed by the devotees and people.

Stash away all food items safely inside your bag – away from their eyes and you’ll be safe and good!

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Monkeys of Galta hills, Jaipur

How to reach Jaipur Sun Temple

The route to the temple bifurcates at the hill-top. One part of the path descends towards Galta Temples, while the other one leading to the Sun temple takes a right turn.

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Take right from this junction to reach Jaipur Sun Temple

From this junction, it only takes another minute or so to reach the Sun temple. In all, it takes around 10-20 minutes to reach the Sun temple from Galta Gate.

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Surya Temple, Jaipur- Entrance

The temple premise is constructed in an old-style having a huge wooden door locally called pol, which you often see in the Havelis in the walled part of Jaipur city.

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Entrance -Surya Temple, Jaipur

History of Sun Temple in Jaipur

The Sun Temple was built by Diwan Rao Kripa Ram in 1734 AD under the guidance of Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II. As per information available, Rao Kripa Ram was a minister in Jaipur court.
Jaipur city was laid out as per the Sthapatya Veda (old Indian architectural science) because of which the temples were placed at all strategic points. Sun temple is situated on the Eastern side of the East-West axis of the old Jaipur city. The road which originates in front of the Sun temple used to be the most important arterial road connecting the East gate with West gate of the city (the walled city or old Jaipur). Suraj Pol was on the Eastside and Chand Pol on the west side. Suraj = Sun and Chaand = Moon. Each gate finds its name on the basis of astronomy. It was logical to build the Sun temple on the Eastern hill range as the Sun rises from the East direction.

Read more about these gates or Pols of Jaipur: Old City Gates of Jaipur

One might be tempted to ask about why so much importance has been given to the Sun Temple? The answer lies in the ancestry of Jaipur Royalty. The rulers of Jaipur are believed to be from the lineage of Lord Ram through the descendants of his son – Kush. As Lord Ram was a descendant of Surya or Sun his lineage was called Suryavanshi.

Before Indian independence, a procession used to originate from the Sun temple on a specified date running through a pre-marked route in the city.

 

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Old photo of the procession passing through Jaipur from Sun Temple

 

It was an important event attended by the King and drew huge crowds of the public as well. This explains the importance of the Surya temple for the Jaipur royalty. Even to this day, an effigy which was used in the procession is still placed prominently in the temple.

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Picture of the effigy used in the Rath Yatras for centuries, at Sun Temple, Jaipur

On closer inspection, one finds that this temple has a similar architectural style as the Kalki temple. Although on a scale, the Sun temple is much smaller. Both these temples were made under the order and guidance of Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II – the founder of Jaipur city.

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The architecture of Surya temple, Jaipur resembles very closely to that of the Kalki temple, Jaipur

The temple faces north direction while the entry is on the east. It opens to the public around Sunrise and closes soon after the Sunset. The ancestors of the priest have been managing this temple for centuries.

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Surya Mandir, Jaipur. Side view
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Surya Temple, Jaipur. Another view
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Idols – Surya Temple, Jaipur

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The entrance Gate or Pol of the Sun Temple along with the Vimana or tower of the temple

Read 5 Things You Need To Know About Galta Temples

Jaipur Sun Temple Timing 

Sun Temple is open throughout the day from sunrise to sunset. It is best to visit Surya Mandir in the early morning or around sunset in the winter season. Although the temple doesn’t boast of any striking feature or uniqueness, it offers great views of Jaipur City. You can also club it up with a visit to Galta Ji temple or Jaipur Monkey Temple.

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View from the Sun Temple, Jaipur

Sun Temple Sunset

Sunset at Sun Temple is one of the hidden charms of visiting this heritage temple of Jaipur. I have already written a full post on watching a sunset from the Sun Temple – Fascinating Sun Temple Sunset

How to reach Sun Temple & Galtaji Temple in Jaipur

The only sore point while visiting the Sun Temple is litter one has to encounter on way from Galta gate. You can avoid all this if you take an alternative route through the Agra road via Ghat Ki Guni and Sisodia Rani Bagh.

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How to reach Galtaji and Sun Temple from the Galta Gate
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An alternative route to reach Sun Temple, Jaipur

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