Sri Raj Rajeshwari temple doesn’t ring much to an average resident of Jaipur even though it’s a heritage temple commissioned by the erstwhile rulers of Jaipur state.
Dedicated to Maa Raj Rajeshwari, this temple is supposedly built using Tantra and Mantra meaning idol has mystic & spiritual powers.
There is a very interesting incident associated with this temple, as narrated by the care- taker of the temple.
Before construction of Sri Raj Rajeshwari temple, this area belonged to Shri Amritpuri Maharaj and area was called Amritpuri ka Chippa. An Akahada (arena) of Naga Sadhus, was organized at the same place. (You can read more about Naga Sadhus here, as well ).
During the reign of Maharajah Sawai Pratap Singh, Maratha army attacked the state of Jaipur in 1787 AD. War broke out at a place called Tunga, near Jaipur. Marathas heavily pounded on the Rajputs (Jaipur army) causing agony to Maharajah Sawai Pratap Singh. Worried, he sought help & blessing from Shri Amritpuri Maharaj to turn the tide against the Marathas.
Shri Amritpuri Maharaj gave his blessings to Maharajah Sawai Pratap Singh but with a condition. Upon winning the war against Marathas, a temple dedicated to Maa Raj Rajeshwari would be constructed by Maharajah Sawai Pratap Singh. With the turn of events, Marathas retreated and as promised this temple came into being.
The temple follows the simple Rajput architectural style with no ostentatious design elements. A high boundary wall similar to fortification protects the temple. All Haveli style temples in Jaipur exude feeling of a palace and openness, Sri Raj Rajeshwari temple is no different. The sanctum and Jagmohan (prayer hall) of the temple are built on a high plinth, in line with other temples commissioned during Maharajah Sawai Pratap Singh‘s reign.
This temple is famous for its Tantric & mystic abilities. Devotees visit Sri Raj Rajeshwari temple to seek blessings to overcome their problems. In that sense, it’s no ordinary temple.
There have been some renovations in the temple in last few years which stand out with the old heritage built. The care takers explained that though they wanted these restorations to take place in old technique, but non-availability of skilled workforce has forced to use newer methods which include cement instead of lime mortar, which was traditionally used. This temple is maintained by the private family of priests.They claim that the temple was handed over to their lineage by the Royal court of Jaipur and they derive no funding from the government to maintain this temple.
A Baori or step-well attached to Sri Raj Rajeshwari temple, Jaipur
During old time before the water line & tap were invented, availability & storage of water was important for sustenance, hence a Baori was built just outside the temple to ensure availability of water.
Lion sculpted out of stones on either side of the gate is a signature style found in all temples built by Maharajah Sawai Pratap Singh. Click here to read about other temples commissioned by Maharajah Sawai Pratap Singh.
Sylvan surrounding adds to the serenity of Sri Raj Rajeshwari temple. Even though the temple is not ornate, the peace and tranquillity of vicinity is certainly a big draw.
The temple authorities do not allow photography inside the sanctum.
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