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Khole Ke Hanuman Ji Temple Jaipur/ The Lure Of Dal Baati Churma?

Khole Ke Hanuman Ji Temple is one of the most popular temples of Jaipur. Dedicated to Lord Hanuman, the temple is situated in an idyllic surrounding off the Jaipur-Delhi highway. It is nestled in a valley of Laxman Dungari hills.

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I’m sure most Hindu devotees of Jaipur must have visited this temple at some point in time.

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Made of Dholpur stone, a popular sandstone of Rajasthan, it replicates the architecture of a bygone era. The temple is famous for its many Rasoi’s (kitchen), Sawamani, and Dal Baati Churma Prasad.

Read Dal Baati Churma In Jaipur

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Dal Baati Churma at Khol Ke Hanuman Ji Temple

What makes this temple so popular? It is hard to answer this question. It is certain that it is not linked with the history of Jaipur city. One of the oldest Lord Hanuman temples in Jaipur is Ghat Ke Balaji temple. The royal family of Jaipur has been one of its patrons, for years.

You can read more about this temple in this post – Ghat Ke Balaji Temple – Monumental

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What is the history of Khole Ke Hanuman Ji temple?

The temple was constructed in 1960 with an area measuring less than 100 sq feet. Over a period of time, the temple complex has grown to 300 times. It was founded by Pandit Radhey Lal Chaubey.

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The marble Chhatri of the founder – Pandit Radhey Lal Chaubey

As per the popular legend, Pandit Ji was a resident of Jamwa Ramgarh and by a chance event, he spotted image of Hamunam Ji carved on a rock during a picnic excursion. A few centuries ago, Baba Nirmal Das worshipped Hanuman Ji at the same site. This area was called Narwar Das Ki Khol.

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With the passage of time, the temple kept adding new annexure which explains non-homogenous construction.

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The sanctum, Khole Ke Hanuman Ji Temple
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Khol Ke Hanuman Ji Temple, Jaipur

Apart from the temple dedicated to Lord Hanuman, there are temples having idols of Lord Ram, Lord Ganesha, Durga Mata, and Lord Shiva.

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The Ram Darbar

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An interesting addition to Lord Shiva temple is replicas of Shivlings from famous 12 Jyotirlingas in India.

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The Khole Ke Hanuman Ji temple has 24 kitchens which can serve Prasad to 5000 people in its dining halls. The traditional Indian system of serving Prasad has devotees sitting on a carpet on the floor of a dining hall. This is how Prasad is served in most temples and Gurudwaras. However, some dining halls now have the facility of tables and chairs.

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The Rasoi or kitchen section at Khol Ke Hanuman Ji Temple

During the tenure of last government, a sum of Rs 27 Crore/ US $ 4 million was spent in the development of temple premises and infrastructure. Ten new kitchens, guest houses have been added along with a parking lot which can accommodate parking of 2500 vehicles.

It is surprising how authorities allocate such a huge sum of taxpayer’s money to private trusts for development in the name of religious tourism circuit. There are other private temple trusts who have also benefited from this act of “generosity”. It is a classic case having resources to influence government decisions.

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A separately covered pathway for the pedestrians runs parallel to the road

There are many heritage temples in Jaipur which are being managed by Devesthan Vibhag under the state government and are in a bad shape. Devesthan Vibhag was formed after India gained Independence and it took control of all temples run and managed by the princely state of Jaipur. Most such temples are in a need of urgent repair and maintenance but this department doesn’t have enough resources.

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A heritage temple in Jaipur

I’m sure if the government allocates money to these heritage temples, it can help preserve our heritage as well as promote tourism.

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Entrance- Khole Ke Hanuman Ji Temple

Is it worth visiting Khole Ke Hanuman Ji?

From architectural or heritage point of view? No.

If you love visiting and exploring offbeat places, people watching, it is an interesting place as it is very popular among the locals. I can say without an iota of doubt that Khole Ke Hanuman Ji Temple is the most popular Lord Hanuman temple in Jaipur.

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Locals visit this place in a great number during the monsoon when the number of Goth goes up drastically. Goth refers to a picnic in the local language. Indian month of Posh is also popular for organizing Posh Bada Prasad apart from the Sawamani. Sawamani refers to food usually Indian sweets like Ladoo offered by a devotee to the deity. The word is derived from the word “Sawa” meaning one & quarter and “Mann” referring to the unit of measurement used during colonial India – Maund or Mann. Therefore Sawamani usually involves the offering approximately 47-51 Kg.

Khole Ke Hanuman Ji Distance from Jaipur city center

From Johari Bazaar it is approximately 7 Km on Jaipur-Delhi highway. The temple is located 2 km from the highway.

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A covered pathway leads you to the temple, a respite from the heat in summers
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Khole Ke Hanuman Ji temple is located 2 km from the Jaipur-Delhi highway nestled in a valley

Khole Ke Hanuman Ji Temple timings

It is open throughout the day and one can have darshan from 5 AM to 9 PM.

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Khole Ke Hanuman Ji Rasoi Booking

It is easy to host Prasad at Khole Ke Hanuman Ji Temple. Even though the menu options are fixed, there are many variations to choose from. All you need to do is contact the management and check if any Rasoi is available on your chosen date. If it is available, you can book the same. The charges are based on the number of people and the menu. There is rent for the kitchen along with per person charges. The rent for the kitchen ranges from Rs 1600-9100. The most expensive being Rasoi No 23 & 24, rent for Rasoi 1 to 22 ranges between 1600-3100. The per-person charges for Rasoi 1 to 22 are Rs 200/person and for Rasoi 23-24 is Rs 500/person. Some of the Rasois can host from 400-1000 people.

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Rasoi of Khole Ke Hanuman Ji Temple. It is famous for Dal Baati Churma preparation and has more than 20 dining halls!

Is it the Most Famous Hanuman Temple in Jaipur?

Many people especially travelers from other countries get confused between Khole Ke Hanuman Ji Temple and Galta Ji Temple. Even though both these temples are close by there are many differences.

Khole Ke Hanuman Ji temple is definitely the most popular temple dedicated to Lord Hanuman in Jaipur, especially among the locals. It is not a heritage temple, the construction is fairly new and ongoing.

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Galta Ji on the other hand despite being called the Jaipur Monkey temple is dedicated to Lord Rama. So if you are looking for the Monkey Temple, this is the place to go. You will find hundreds of monkeys at Galta Ji. It is a historic heritage temple.

Read complete blog on Galta Monkey TempleThe Captivating Galta Temples

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I can recall playing in sand dunes on every visit to Khole Ke Hanuman Ji Temple during my childhood years. The temple wasn’t that developed and there were many sand dunes in this area. Kids racing on the way up was very common and so was rolling down by losing balance. All that has changed now and chances of spotting a sand dune is not easy though there are a few left, even now!

Have you ever rolled down a sand dune?

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Sand dunes in Jaipur!

 

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81 thoughts on “Khole Ke Hanuman Ji Temple Jaipur/ The Lure Of Dal Baati Churma?

  1. Happy New Year, Arv! You know I love and find your posts inspiring – so I have nominated you for the Versatile blogger award and shared one of your posts on my regular “Monday Magic” feature – find details for the award here: https://painpalsblog.com/2019/01/06/old-year-new-year-and-being-a-versatile-blogger/. It would be lovely if you join in, but don’t feel you have to – either is cool! Claire x

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    1. Hi, Claire, Thanks for nominating me for an award. Your nomination itself is inspiring. Unfortunately, my blog is award free and I’m feeling sorry for not being able to complete this request. I’ll check out your post. Hope to see you around. Thanks for nominating, Claire 🙂

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  2. I would love to have the food there. While I found this very interesting, I completely agree with the point you made about tax payers money channelized like this. I wonder about our country and how we use our money. Thanks for linking up, Arvind!

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      1. I guess I have missed a picture of tree to qualify for your TTL. I will do that soon. Was just experimenting if I can add more value for the readers than simply posting a picture of tree.

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      2. totally agree and I loved your post. I got confused since your comment was a link. How ever you want Arvind. You know there is no rule my side. We love to read and know more about nature. 🙂

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      3. Thanks for making it easy, Parul. I wish I could write more often and highlight the variety of trees that we have around us and which is what I wanted to do in trees of Jaipur. Being a nature lover, I’m happy to be a part of TTL. 🙂

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    1. Parul,Thanks for sharing your views. In short, I think there are a lot of things that needs to change. Power and money is often misused. I’m sure you have many things to share on this.

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      1. I know…it’s an important place in gaudiya vaishnava tradition and that’s why I was keen on visiting it. However, there was no net connectivity over there and since I had taken Uber cab, it was tough.

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      2. ah! Not well served by UBER from Agra Road side? Most international travelers prefer to walk down from the city side on Galta Gate. Though not everyone’s cup of tea.

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  3. The Prasad seems to be so tempting, I would like to have it someday. The place also looks peaceful within the greenery. I do agree with your view on channelising the money of the restoration of heritage temples.

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      1. I am not much of a temple person mostly because of the crowd, so my visits are mostly till the main gates. I often skip temples too untill and unless I am accompanied by my parents. 😛 Yes, I do like visiting peaceful and clean temples.

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      2. Well, it’s a same case here as well. I generally visit temples when there’s not much crowd. Also there are many heritage temples that have fallen out of popularity. They are peaceful. Generally, temple means crowd.

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