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The Monumental Ghat Ke Balaji Temple In Jaipur

Ghat Ke Balaji Temple is one of the heritage temples of Jaipur and set in idyllic surroundings. Its ownership rests with the Galta Peeth in Galtaji Temple, Jaipur.

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The architecture of the Ghat Ke Balaji temple looks majestic and in some ways resembles the city palace structure.

Ghat Ke Balaji temple is located midway between Galtaji Temple and Sisodia Rani Ka Bagh near Ghat ki Guni. It’s merely fifteen to twenty minutes’ drive from the heart of Jaipur.

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The entrance of Ghat Ke Balaji temple, Jaipur.
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Temple Bell & the entrance.  Ghat Ke Balaji, Jaipur
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Jagmohan or Prayer hall at Ghat Ke Balaji temple, Jaipur
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Another view of the prayer hall at Ghat Ke Balaji temple
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Overlooking the sanctum. Ghat Ke Balaji temple, Jaipur

The temple is dedicated to Lord Hanuman. Even though the temple dates back to a few centuries, it has faded from the list of popular temples of Jaipur. While Khole Ke Hanumanji Temple has gained prominence over the years, many locals of the city have not heard of the Ghat Ke Balaji temple. Quite an irony!

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Sanctum –Ghat Ke Balaji temple

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These pillars located on mezzanine floor look out of place with rest of the Ghat Ke Balaji temple architecture
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Paintings on the ceiling inside the sanctum. Ghat Ke Balaji temple

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Beautiful paintings inside Ghat Ke Balaji temple.
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Heritage paintings are in urgent need of attention & care.

Ghat Ke Balaji Temple was patronized by the Jaipur royalty for centuries. Many important royal ceremonies were held in this temple. It has a large following among the villages in the vicinity of Jaipur.

Ghat Ke Balaji temple is popular for Sawa Mani Prasads. What is Sawa Mani Prasad? It refers to offerings made in the Hanumanji temples. Sawa means one and a quarter, Mani or Mun refers to old Indian measurement called Maund & equals 37.32 Kg. Therefore Sawamani is equal to 46.65 Kg. A token quantity is first offered to the temple and the rest is usually distributed among the friends and family of the person making an offering.

Why people offer Sawamani Prasad? It is a local custom where if a devotee asks for a wish to be completed in the temple, upon completion of the same he arranges for Sawamani. Salasar Temple in Rajasthan is one of the temples that experiences the highest number of Sawamani Prasad.

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Another view of Ghat Ke Balaji temple, Jaipur

Ghat Ke Balaji temple has an impressive architectural presence, which is in line with the temple built during its period. No other temple, dedicated to the  Lord Hanuman in Jaipur can rival its grandeur & architecture. Although a fair amount of renovation has taken place over the years, the temple still maintains its original character. The paintings in the main sanctum are unique although they are in a need of urgent repair & attention. It is worth a visit if you are visiting Monkey Temple at Galtaji or Sisodia Rani Garden.

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21 thoughts on “The Monumental Ghat Ke Balaji Temple In Jaipur

  1. Hi there – being from Europe and having never been to Asia all of these pictures look very exotic to me. I bet it’s even more special when being there, in the temple. Interesting how detailed the pillars are. Must have taken quite a time to create them 🙂
    – Ruta

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    1. Hi Ruta! Some of these temple are quite ornate and have lot of detailing while others have beautiful frescoes and paintings. Pictures can never replace the actual experience. like Europe, we too have some great architecture here. I think you should visit Jaipur, some day!

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      1. I had been there just once!! Nd fell in love with the place instantly…. I did get chance to trip there but didnt workout….hoping to get there soon… The palaces are just majestic there…. Jaipur was explored on the way to Delhi… I guess A seperate and complete trip to Jaipur needs to be explored soon..

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  2. I have to say thank you and appreciate your introduction about the wonderful temple. I do love old traditional buildings especially beautiful ones, and your articles really helpful to me for planning to visit Jaipur. Those frescoes are magic and significant for me. Hope I have chance to see them!

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    1. It’s good to know Joseph. If you love traditional buildings and architecture, there’s a lot for you to explore in Jaipur. If you need any more details, let me know. Have a great trip. 🙂

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      1. Joseph, some temples do mind if you take pictures. Others are okay. Let me know which temples you are planning to visit, I can guide you how to proceed ahead if you want to take pictures. Leave your email id, will send you email to reply to. Else you can reach out via Fb message. 🙂

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  3. In Ghat Ke Balagi Tample, Tuesday Morning mandir Pandit ji Mangla Darshan not done , So many people standing in outside the Temple for wating opens the Door of Temple, mey I request for Consern person Sh Suresh Mishra ji pls take action or neceracery arrangements of morning Darshan 5am on every Tuesday.

    Regards

    Arvind Kaushik

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