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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 the 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 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 1700-9000. The most expensive being Rasoi No 23 & 24, rent for Rasoi 1 to 22 ranges between 1700-3100. The per person charges for Rasoi 1 to 22 is Rs 200/person and for Rasoi 23-24 is Rs 500/person.

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

    1. I suggest this temple for those who are keen of religious or spiritual places as there is no architectural or historic significance. If you enjoy visting temples, I suggest you do! 🙂

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  1. Interesting information on how a temple grew from 200sq ft to this big. Religious places always multiply, I hope the same happened with hospitals and schools in India. I love dal bati churma and always look forward to having them. LOvely post with great information.

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    1. Thanks, Balaka! I agree. Religion tends to attract money. By influence, respect, or fear or may be all! Unfortunately, this sum has no productive use unless these institutions invest in society by sponsoring education, run schools or hospitals. Some religions are active in that sphere as well. Sadly, rest all are power centres.

      You love Dal Baati Churma? Where did you get lucky?

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  2. I appreciate your post which has so much information, its like a virtual tour for me:) I am not keen on visiting religious places, if it has historic significance and art work its a pleasure as I enjoy getting to understand the history. All the pictures are beautifully captured.

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    1. I’m happy you enjoyed this virtual tour. I have clearly mentioned that this place doesn’t have historical relevance. You can check out other posts which are historical like Ghat Ke Balaji temple.

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  3. So what took you to this temple? Was it ‘pet’puja? or real puja? 😉 Thanks for this exhaustive information on Hanumanji’s temple….. Another place for me to visit when I go to Jaipur next. My daughter wants to visit Jaipur and after each of your posts, the list of places to visit get longer – just like Hanuman’s tail!
    Happy New Year ARV to you and your family

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    1. Haha! It was surely pet Puja! I have already mentioned that you can feast on the best Dal Baati Churma here! I have visited Khole Ke Hanuman Ji on invites. If your daughter wants to visit Jaipur, this is a good season. Dec-Feb are the best months.
      I like your comparison of Hanuman Ji’s tail with list of places to visit in Jaipur. Good one!

      Happy New Year to you all too, Sunita! 🙂

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  4. I wonder if all trees carried this message would we listen? We pass by many trees without so much as a second glance. I’m glad this notice at least will make people look at the tree! Thanks for sharing this thought provoking post

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  5. Hi Arv, what an enormous exploration in growth the temple’s size since its inception in 1960! 300x! The management must be doing something well. Although I’m surprised to hear that the government would allocate tax money towards building a new temple vs preserving history. It’s odd, because temples usually generate plenty of income from worshipers.
    The dining halls and prasad sound impressive.
    Overall, I really enjoyed reading your detailed article.

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    1. Jyoti, I’m not sure if this is because the temple management was able to influence the government or the government wanted to influence the voters. Can be either or both. Yes, temple trust generate huge sum of money. As reported this temple generates Rs 50 crore in offerings and donations.

      I’m happy you liked this post, Jyoti 🙂

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  6. Even tough it is not the best for architectural visit, I still found that the temple is beautiful. It’s interesting to see the interior of the temple and compare it to other Hindu’s temple. I am in Bali at the moment, where most of population are Hindu. I had visited some temples but unfortunately nowadays, the interior is not available for visitor. Seen from the exterior, the architecture of temple in India and Bali have some difference. Will post it once I have chances to see the interior..

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    1. Happy to know you are chilling in Bali, Nurul. Even though Hinduism traces its origin in India, I’m sure geographical and cultural influence must have led to these differnces.
      Happy to know you liked this temple.
      I’m looking forward to reading more about it in your post.
      Are you planning to list out these differences, Nurul?

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  7. Quite a palatial temple that is! The rasoi is so huge. It is indeed sad to see such huge funds being allocated to one place while some others are neglected. The green surroundings of the temple is nice.

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    1. We all know hoe things work around here. You just need a link or connection to make or stop things from happening.
      The temple is indeed situated in a beautiful setting. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Neel 🙂

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  8. Another very nice and elaborate post on Jaipur and things to see around the city. The post is very informative. You raise questions if tax payer money should be paid to temple upkeep. I think in our country one should not pay money to temple trusts. With money comes control and temple will be forced to follow government rules. I think temples should not be treated as sight seeing places. These should be restricted to devotees only.

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    1. Thanks, Abhijeet. My point is simple, the government should spend money only on temples which have historic and heritage value along with tourism prospects. There is no point in spending tax payers money on private temples trusts whose annual income/donations is in a few crores. They have enough resources to build it themselves. I guess we are in agreement on this here. Right?

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  9. Yes the money you talk is about archeological purpose. If government pays money then sanctity of rituals will be lost to. Courts may dictate because tax payer money is being used.

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  10. Very interesting. I liked the location of the temple the most. It looks serene and secluded. The architecture looks beautiful with the stone. We listed Ranakpur Temple in 2012. The architecture, artworks, and paintings from Rajasthan are exquisite. True craftsmanship there.

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    1. Cheryl, Ranakpur and Dilwara Jain temples are in a different league. In any case, Jain temples are known for their rich & ornate interiors and intricate carvings. I agree that Khole Ke Hanuman Ji temple is situated in beautiful surroundings. Must have been many years ago since you last visited Ranakpur?

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