Dhwaja Stambha at Ambikeshwar Mahadev Temple, Amer

Dhwaja Stambha or Dhvaja Stambh implies flag pole. Dhwaja in Hindi or Sanskrit means flag and Stambha/ Stambh means a pole.

The flag is an important element of the Hindu temple. The form and placement in a temple may vary depending on geographical location, time period, and the deity. It’s common to find the flag on the Shikhara of the temple here in Jaipur and elsewhere in North India. In South Indian temples, Dhawaja Stambha is placed prominently near the entrance or in a courtyard. It’s usual for people to do  Parikrama (circumambulation) around the Sthamba. For uninitiated, Hindu temples in North and South India follow a different architectural design and layout. I’ll reserve those details for some other time. Not many temples in Jaipur have Dhwaja Stambha or flag pole. An exception is Ambikeshwar Mahadev Temple in Amer which is dedicated to Lord Shiva.

Dhwaja Stambha or Flag Pole at Ambikeshwar Temple, Amer town near Jaipur.

It’s being claimed that Ambikeshwar Mahadev Temple precedes Amer town. Amer or Amber, as some prefer to call it dates back to 10th century AD. The name of town Amer is also derived from this temple.

A close up of Dhwaja Stambha or flag pole at Ambikeshwar temple, Amer.

The stairs or footsteps of this Stambha is very narrow and challenging to climb. These were not meant to be used by the public; meant only for the skilled few probably to change the flag. This Stambha was not been designed for performing Parikrama. By the way, as per the Hindu calendar, the current month is Sravana or Sharavana, which is associated with Lord Shiva.

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26 thoughts on “Dhwaja Stambha at Ambikeshwar Mahadev Temple, Amer

      1. I agree that maintaining too many things saps away energy. I’m present on all but it’s impossible to be active on all unless you’re full time into blogging. That’s not the situation I’m in! Most of my focus is on blogging because that’s what makes you blogger, rest all is part of “digital marketing” 🙂

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    1. Such stair are also present on watch towers located on great wall of Amer. probably it was easier and one doesn’t have to construct structures supporting elaborate staircase. Or may be that was trend or style of the era when it was built. just a guess!!

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