The Moti Dungri Ganesh temple is located on the top of a small hill in Jaipur, Rajasthan and is surrounded by a beautiful palace of the same name. This palace surrounding the temple premises resembles the look of a Scottish castle. But the palace is not open for the visitors as it is considered as a private property. The temple reflects the modern Indian architecture and is built on an area covering around two kilometers. There are three domes in the temple which symbolizes the three main religions of our country. The temple is built of stone carvings and is also known for its exquisite lattice work on the marble. You will also see many mythological images engraved on the marble stones which are very fascinating to the art lovers. The magnificent architecture of the temple attracts the visitors and is surely breathtaking. Located in the heart of the temple is the beautiful idol of Lord Ganesha. During the festivals of Ganesh Chathurthi the temple is beautifully decorated and many devotees visit the temple on this auspicious occasion. This cultural heritage of our pink city is a must visit on your holidays in Rajasthan.
History of the Temple
The history of the temple states that one day the King of Mewar was going back to his palace after a long tiring journey and he was carrying a Ganesh idol on a bullock cart. The king wanted to build a temple and had decided that wherever the cart would stop for the first time that would be the place of the temple. As per the legends the cart stopped at the bottom of the Moti Dungri hills and this is the place where we see the Ganesh temple today. The temple was constructed under the supervision of Seth Jai Ram Paliwal and initially it was only visited by the followers of Lord Shiva. But in today’s date the temple has developed into a famous tourist spot of Jaipur.
This famous tourist destination of Jaipur is very well connected via airways, railways and roadways. You can easily reach the temple from all parts of the world by the excellent transport facilities connecting the place. There are also deluxe buses available in Rajasthan which provide good transport facilities to the visitors.
Things to do in and around
If you are visiting the Ganesh temple on Wednesday then you will get to see the special fair that is arranged on this day as it is considered a very holy day to offer prayer to Lord Ganesha. Special keertans and bhajans are also recited on this day. There also several other tourist attractions near the temple some of which are the Hawa Mahal, the Nahargarh Fort and the Statue circle which are a must visit.
Opening/Closing Timings and days
The temple remains open from 5am to 1:30pm and then from 4:30pm to 9:30 pm on all days of the week.
No entry fee is charged.
Best time to Visit
The months of October to March are the ideal months to plan a tour to Jaipur when the weather is very relaxing and soothing.