Yesterday we all celebrated Diwali, a major Hindu festival….festival of lights and celebrations. Today, I visited Sri Ram Chandra Temple in Jaipur when celebrations of Goverdhan Puja were in full swing.
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?
I visited, the only temple dedicated to Lord Rama or Ram in Jaipur. The temple is called Sri Ramchandra Mandir.
Queen of Jaipur, Maaji Sahiba under the rule of Sawai Ram Singh II constructed Sri Ram Chandra temple in 19th century. Details are not available on year of completion of this temple. As per locals, the temple is 150 year old.
The temple is run and maintained by the family of priest residing in temple complex. Priest claims that this temple was handed over by the King to his great-grandfather and his lineage is responsible for the upkeep and affairs of the temple. I’m not sure how far this is true, as a habit 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.
The Sri Ram Chandra Temple is built-in Haveli style. The inner courtyard is quite majestic. The architecture and style give an impression of a royal palace.
Here are few pictures of the sanctum of Sri Ramchandra Temple, which has beautiful frescoes adorning the ceiling and walls.
The priest claim that this is the only temple having Ram Darbar in Jaipur. He goes on to add that the only other temple having Ram Darbar in entire North India is the one in Ayodhya, a city that Lord Rama once ruled!
Here are some more elements from the temple, which shows the top-notch workmanship!
The people were waiting for the aarti to be performed.
Timings of Sri Ramchandra Mandir, Jaipur
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.
Sri Ramchandra Temple is certainly one of its kind, being the only temple dedicated to Lord Ram in Jaipur. 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.
Do visit this temple, if you are in Jaipur.
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