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.
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.
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.
The 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, which has beautiful painted walls!
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!
Here are some more elements from the temple, which shows the top-notch workmanship!
The people were waiting for the aarti to be performed.
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.
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.
Do visit this temple, if you are in Jaipur.
Best time to visit – Early morning, when the Bazaars are closed !!