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Sri Ramchandra Temple, Jaipur…..Spectacular!

Yesterday we all celebrated Diwali, a major Hindu festival….festival of lights and celebrations!

According to Hindu mythology, Diwali is marked with the return of Lord Rama from exile of 14 years. As per the popular practice, Goddess Laxmi is worshiped on this day. I’m not sure why Lord Ram is not worshiped on this auspicious day. Is it because of materialistic side of human nature? …we need to find answer for that! Read here if you want to dig deeper!

I visited, the only temple dedicated to Lord Rama (or Bhagwaan Ram as is locally called) in Jaipur. The temple is called Sri Ramchandra Mandir and it is located in Chandpole Bazar, Jaipur.

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Beautiful workmanship around the entrance gate of Sri Ram Chandra Temple, Jaipur. As seen from Chandpole Bazar.

Temple was built as per the wish of  the wife of Jaipur ruler – Sawai Ram Singh II – Maaji Sahiba in the 19th century. No details are available as to the year of completion, however the temple should be approximately 150 years old.

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Paintings on the wall of inner  entrance gate of Sri Ram chandra Temple.

The temple is  maintained by the priest presiding over the temple. He claims that the temple was handed over by the King to his great-grandfather and his lineage is responsible for upkeep and running of the affair of temple. I’m not sure how far this is true as often priest tends to add their own versions to suit themselves!! The temple complex is home to his family and the first courtyard is kind of shabby and unkempt.

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First view of  inner courtyard. Sri Ram Chandra temple, Jaipur

The temple is built-in Haveli style. The inner courtyard is quite majestic. The architecture and style give an impression of a royal palace.

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Beautifully painted walls inside the inner courtyard
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Another view of the courtyard,  facing entrance. Sri Ram Chandra Temple, Jaipur

Here are few pictures of the sanctum, which has beautiful painted walls!

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Inside Sri Ram Chandra Temple, Jaipur
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Sanctum, facing East. Sri Ram Chandra temple, Jaipur
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Side view, facing West. Sri Ramchandra temple, Jaipur

The walls depicts the scenes from Ramayana. Many of these are famous scenes like the one with Lord Rama returning back to his kingdom in  Ayodhya  after 14 years of exile. Here are few pictures.

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scenes from Ramayana and painting of figures of royalty. Sri Ramchandra temple, Jaipur
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Scenes from Ramayana. Sri Ram Chandra Temple, Jaipur
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Beautiful paintings and depictions from Ramayana. The palace in the background is lookalike of City Palace, Jaipur. At Sri Ramchandra temple,Jaipur
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Scenes from Ramayana, beautifully depicted in this painting. Sri Ram Chandra temple, Jaipur

The priest claim that this is the only temple having Ram Durbaar in Jaipur. He goes on to add that the only other temple having Ram Durbaar in entire North India is the one in Ayodhya city, a city that Lord Rama once ruled!

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Sanctum. Sri Ramchandra Temple,Jaipur

Here are some more elements from the temple, which shows the top-notch workmanship!

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Cobra and lotus designs carved on the pillars at Sri Ram Chandra Temple, Jaipur
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Beautiful gate pillars. Sri Ram Chandra temple, Jaipur
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carving and painting on the wall. Sri Ramchandra temple, Jaipur

The people were waiting for the aarti to be performed.

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People waiting patiently for the Aarti and darshan

One can have darshan or blessings five times in a day. These timings are pre-fixed and varies from season to season. Here are pictures of Aarti in progress.

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Aarti in progress. Sri Ramchandra temple, Jaipur
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Another view of Aarti being performed at Sri Ramchandra Temple, Jaipur
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Devotees lined up during Aarti. Sri Ramchandra temple, Jaipur
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close up of Aarti being performed in Sri Ramchandra temple, Jaipur

The temple is certainly one of its kind, being the only temple dedicated to Lord Ram. Its beautiful and has been maintained reasonably well. There is another temple in Jaipur with similar name, located near Hawa Mahal, but it’s dedicated to Lord Krishna.

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Sri Ramchandra temple, Jaipur

Do visit this temple, if you are in Jaipur.

Best time to visit – Early morning, when the Bazaars are closed !!

 

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19 thoughts on “Sri Ramchandra Temple, Jaipur…..Spectacular!

    1. Thanks Ladyfi! This architecture style is not being carried forward in construction patterns anymore here in Jaipur! I don’t know whether this is a sad aspect or we need to move on!

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    1. Yes, Jaipur has lots of layers that needs to be uncovered…..Most tourist just scrap the exposed part….while the chunk of it still lays hidden!
      I’m also discovering new things….every time! Jaipur has a very rich history and large part of it has been documented by the royal court or recorded by individuals!

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  1. Thank You Arvi for this beautiful post and exceptional photos.The paintings depicting scenes from the Ramayana are amazing! It is interesting to know that that the only other temple in North India having Ram Durbar is the one in Ayodhya. A special thank you for the Arti photos.

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    1. I’m glad that you liked these photos. As for Ram durbar, this information was given by the priest, I cannot verify this claim though. I assume it must be true. This aarti was a special one -on Goverdhan, Diwali.

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    1. Most of such temples, built by royal family are pretty ornate mostly by architectural construction or frescoes. there are quite a lot of them in city, some have been featured here on my blog as well! Thanks for checking it out!

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