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Pratapeshawar Temple/ Concealed & Obscure

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).

It was built by Maharajah Sawai Pratap Singh, who is atributed for construction of Hawa Mahal, Brij Nidhi temple, Goverdhan Nath   temple etc.

The temple was built in 1794 AD,  which makes it 267 Year old!

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Second or Inner Entrance gate to the Pratapeshwar Temple, Jaipur

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

 

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Lack of maintenance is evident, right at the entrance of Pratapeshwar Temple, jaipur

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

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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.

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Foundation stone of Pratapeshwar Temple,Jaipur

When I visited the temple, it was not yet open for public, Here is a picture of the Jag mohan – worship hall.

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Inside Jagmohan. Pratapeshwar Temple, Jaipur
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Painting of Lord Shiva and Parvati inside the temple wall. Pratapeshwar Temple, Jaipur

 

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Looking towards the entrance door – The inner courtyard or Chowk at Pratapeshwar Templs, Jaipur.

 

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.

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Main temple inside the chowk. Pratapeshwar Temple, jaipur

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!

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47 thoughts on “Pratapeshawar Temple/ Concealed & Obscure

    1. Hi Mick! Glad to know that you liked this one. Even though I had planned to visit this temple few months back, I could only visit it in November. There’s lot to write but lately, I’m short of time! hence could post it only now!

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    1. India has a rich history, which means that heritage sites are in plenty! While some places are quite strong others are not so lucky. But even then, you will find quite a bit. Rajasthan (it’s a state) has many many forts, palaces, temples….If you love history, culture, religion, look no further!

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    1. Anoop, Yes, this is fine. But last repair work carried out in this temple was four years back, looking at condition of temple, it does need some repair. Thanks for checking out my blog!

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  1. I find it interesting, to me. That those who write about, the notion of the Anunnaki, etc. Once again the image of Shiva is with a Snake or Naga reptile around the neck, or in the hand. That the Lion images over the gate, too, may be seen in the older temples or city gateways in Greece, of Cybele.

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  2. I missed these temples. I saw only Govindji. mandir. I have another blog My Pilgrimage. So I wish to visit many temples.
    Any inputs on abt. Jaisalmer and Udaipur

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    1. These temples are pretty close to the major tourist attractions like city palace and jantar mantar, but they’ve never been highlighted by tourist industry. do visit lodhurva jain temples and jain temple complex in jaiselmer. you can visit nathdwara and shreenathji both near udaipur but located in different directions. nathdwara temples are quite similar to dilwara temple. what the complete url of my pilgrimage?

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    1. Arunabh! Even I’m discovering such places! In terms of pictures, personally I feel the light conditions were not good. hence these pictures aren’t as good as I would like them to be. thanks for visit and comments. appreciate it. 🙂

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    1. Thank You Alok! Out here the rulers were big time followers of Lord Krishna and built many ornate and flamboyant temples. They were pretty religious. the walled part of city -old one contains more than thousand temples!

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