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Govind Dev Ji Temple

About Govind Dev Ji Temple
Vital Information for Visitors
Address:

Govind Dev Ji Temple, Jainiwas Gardens, Jalebi Chowk, Jaipur, Rajasthan

Open & Close:

Open on all days: 04:30 AM to 11:30 PM

05:45 AM to 09:30 PM

Entry Fees:

Free

Duration:

Approx 1-2 hours

Aarti

Mangla - 04:30 to 05:00 AM

Dhoop - 07:45 to 09:00 AM

Shringar - 10:15 to 11:00 AM

Rajbhog - 11:30 to 12:00 PM

Gwal -17:30 to 18:00 PM

Sandhya - 18:30 to 19:45 PM

Shayan - 20:15 to 20:45 PM

Celebrations:

Krishna Janmashtami & Holi

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Rupa Goswami had founded the Govind Dev Ji temple in Vrindavana near Mathura, about 450 years ago. When Mughal ruler Aurangzeb intended to demolish and Govind Dev ji Temple and the idol, Sawai Jai Singh, king of Jaipur, brought the idol from Vrindavana and established in the royal residence, the City Palace of Jaipur. Govind Dev Ji Temple of Jaipur is an 18th century structure and is a fine piece of modern structure. The presiding deity of Govind Dev Ji temple is Lord Krishna. There is a legend that goes that at first Sawai Jai Singh built his residential quarters at the site of the present temple and the deity was housed elsewhere in the complex. The deity appeared to him in his dreams and ordered him to move elsewhere and house the deity in its present location. Perhaps this legend was circulated by way of a humble excuse for the residential, non-temple like structure of the temple. The flat roof, small dark dingy chambers and in fact all the architectural features indicate that this temple was build in a hurry, possibly it was at first used as a residence. Keeping in view the similar structural styles in Mathura and Nathdwara for temples point to the imminent threat that Muslims & Mughals were causing. Ordinary looking temple was to avert threat of temple destruction. Although other temples built by Sawai Jai Singh in Jaipur were of the traditional pyramid shape, tapering to a point and characterized by the lofty spires oval domes or cupolas all with gilted kalashs on top and arches on the outside called Toran made up of two long brackets, the masonry being in horizontal courses.

The Govind Dev Ji’s temple built by Jai Singh, though not conceived on the same grand scale as the one built by Raja Man Singh, is, in some respects, of the same architectural character. It is also without a porch and shikhara. The idol is installed in a rectangular hall round which runs an arcaded procession — path with a flat decorated ceiling. Its heavy but finely proportioned marble pillars supporting the arches are in the characteristic Amber style. The shafts of the pillars, round and bulging at the base, taper upwards, the base and the abacus having broad petals carved in relief. In this and other temples of this period, one of the noticeable features is an almost total absence of figure carving, which often became the chief cause of inviting the attention of the iconoclasts, and hence of its destruction. Other decorative motifs and structural feature, however, were introduced in these temples which were in harmony with their plain yet dignified appearance. It is characteristic of the buildings of this period that the use of marble is confined, as in Govind Dev Ji's temple and Badal Mahal, to the pillars, the arches and the balustrades only. The outside of these buildings was painted in light yellow colour which from a distance looks most pleasing, especially during the rain and in the twilight. Another not-to-be-missed aspect of Govind Dev Ji temple is that it is wold’s widest flat roof construction with asingle span of over 119 feet. This roof houses below it the Satsang Bhawan (community Hall).

As per the legend, being built by the Great Grand Son of Lord KrishnaBajranabh, the idol of Govind Dev Ji is also called as “Bajrakrit” (meaning creation of Bajranabh). Darshan of Govind Dev Ji can be done done by the faithful during 7 aartis that take place during the course of a day.

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