Among many religious places in Jaipur, the Garh Ganesh Temple is another spiritual site which is often visited by tourists during their trip here. It is located on the top of the Aravalli Hills. The temple is dedicated to Lord Ganesha and it is believed that in this temple Ganesha resides in the form of a small child called Purushakriti.
Another unique thing about this temple is that the idol of Ganesha here does not have trunk as he is built in his child form. All the works and arrangements of the temple are looked after with lot of care by the Audhchya family. Special ceremonies are organized in the temple premises on the first Wednesday after Diwali when a festival called Anna-Koot is celebrated. Another occasion held here is the Paush Bade which is arranged on the last Wednesday of the Paush month. A large number of devotees visit the temple during this time of the year. The idols of Riddhi Siddhi and their two children Subh and Labh are also seen in the temple. The chanting of mantras and smell of incense creates a very peaceful atmosphere inside the temple.
The Garh Ganesha temple was constructed by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh I when he was performing the Ashwamegha Yagya. The shrine and the place where the statue of Lord Ganesha would be there were made by him. After this the city of Jaipur was found. The statue of the deity was kept on such a place that the king could see the idol from his palace in Jaipur with the help of binoculars.
If you are travelling by train then reach the Jaipur railway station and from here hire a cab or bus to reach the temple. Another option is to take a flight to the Jaipur airport and then reach the temple via any public transport available there.
Apart from being a religious site, the surrounding of the temple offers a beautiful landscape making it a popular sightseeing destination of Jaipur. The pink city appears more fascinating from the Aravalli hill top.
The temple remains open on all days from 7:30am to 12:00pm and from4:00pm to 8:00pm.
No entry fee is charged but you can always donate some money in the temple fund as per your wish.
Ganesh Chaturthi is the best time to pay a visit to this temple in Jaipur when a five days long fair is organized here every year.