Pratapeshwar Temple in Jaipur is probably, one of the least heard of heritage temples in Jaipur!
Situated in the Chandni Chowk area of World famous City Palace Complex, its presence is quite “muted’!
Muted – because it’s entrance is overshadowed by the famous Triploia Gate and a very ordinary entrance gate (which leads to a very opulent inner entrance gate).
The temple was built in 1794 AD, which makes it 267 Year old!
This is how inner entrance gate looks like!
Lion emblem is quite dominant in this entrance gate. Lion in Dhoondhadi Rajasthani was called Naahar..
We can relate this architectural style with other temples built by Maharajah Sawai Pratap Singh. One of them being Goverdhan Nath temple, where Lions carved out of white marble, in similar style are placed on both sides of entrance gate. Link to the picture
Notice the Jaali style wall, which has similar architectural style as Hawa Mahal.
The below picture shows the left side wall, which has a small wooden gate opening towards Triploiya Gate. Therefore, the side wall follows the architectural style of Tripoliya Gate, which has maintained its importance for centuries in jaipur.
To the uninitiated Tripoliya Gate, is closed for movement of general public and is reserved for use by the family members of erstwhile Jaipur royalty – Maharajahs of Jaipur. Link to the picture
In Jaipur, there was a tradition of installing foundation stone in all buildings built during similar time frame – 18th & 19th Century!
Hence, the below picture of foundation stone has all the relevant information as to who laid the foundation stone, date etc.Similar foundation stones can be found in all buildings dating to similar period.
When I visited the temple, it was not yet open for public, Here is a picture of the Jag mohan – worship hall.
Pratapeshwar Temple is highlighted by beautiful walls and entrance gates, but the main temple is quite understated and simple. Unlike other temples built in similar time frame, probably this one has the most simple Jagmohan i.e. worship hall.
While the rulers of Jaipur followed Vaishnava sect of Hinduism, probably this is the only temple built by the lineage of Lord Shiva.
The temple follows the same architectural feature as other temples founded by Maharajah Sawai Pratap Singh– high plinth, high walls, very opulent and beautiful use of chhatris, jharokhas and jaalis. This is evident in Brij Nidhi temple too which is located close by.
This temple is under Devesthan Department of Rajasthan state. In its current state, the maintenance of temple is far from satisfactory. It doesn’t give a happy feeling looking at how things stand today!
It is being said that architectural epitome in Jaipur reached under Maharajah Sawai Pratap Singh. Hawa Mahal, Brij Nidhi temple are prime examples, where exquisite work is highlighted.
Probably, in its heydays, it was one of the important temples, given its proximity to city palace (It’s part of City Palace complex). Unfortunately, it’s not same, anymore!