Lord Ganesha is one of the prominent gods in Hinduism. In fact, it is a common ritual that every auspicious work should start with his blessings. Hence, people visit the Ganesha temple for every new thing: be it a new vehicle, new business, marriage invitation card (they first offer it to Lord Ganesha) and even a pooja is started in India by worshipping Lord Ganesha. Therefore, his temples are located in every nook and corner of India. Similar to the Siddhivinayak Temple in Mumbai, the Dodda Ganesha Temple in Bengaluru, the Dagdusheth Ganapati Temple in Pune, etc., the Moti Dungri Ganesha Temple in Jaipur is one among the famous temples in Rajasthan.
Moti Dungri Temple
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Moti Dungri Temple
The Moti Dungri Ganesha Temple is located on a hillock named Moti Dungri in Jaipur. It is around 4 km from the famous Hawa Mahal in Jaipur.
'Moti' means pearl and 'Dungri' means hill; Pearl Hill is one of the hangout spots for the locals and tourists. The hill consists of the Ganesha Temple and the Lakshmi Narayan Temple along with Moti Dungri Fort which surrounds it.
History of Moti Dungri Temple
Moti Dungri Temple was built by the architect Seth Jai Ram Paliwal in the year 1761. It was commissioned by the then Maharaja of Amer. Even the idol of Ganesha is said to be 500 years old.
Birla Temple at Moti Dungri
Legend of Moti Dungri Temple
According to the legend, the King of Mewar wanted to construct a Ganesha Temple in his land. So he had brought a Ganesha idol from one of his journeys. While on this journey, he decided that he would build a temple where the bullock cart carrying the Ganesha idol would stop. It is said that the bullock cart stopped at the foot of Moti Dungri and the King ordered Set Jai Ram Paliwal to construct a beautiful temple and install the idol of Ganesha. This is how Moti Dungri Temple was founded.
Attractions in and around Moti Dungri Temple
The Moti Dungri Temple is a beautiful marble shrine which has the main idol of Ganesha along with his mount (vehicle) rat. Alongside there is a shrine of Lord Shiva which houses the Shiva Lingam.
Lakshminarayan Temple (Birla Mandir) is yet another temple located on Moti Dungri. The enticing Birla Mandir is just a few minutes away from the Ganesha Temple.
Infront of Birla Temple
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Moti Dungri Fort
Moti Dungri Fort enclosing the temple is one of the top attractions of Moti Dungri. The fort has a palace which was the former residence of Maharani Gayatri Devi and her son. However, the palace was closed after the death of the queen. It still belongs to the descendants of the royal family and entry is prohibited for the public.
Architecture of Moti Dungri Temple and Fort
It is said that Moti Dungri Fort is a replica of the Scottish Castle whereas the temple is constructed in the Nagara Style of Architecture. Both the Ganesha Temple and Birla Mandir look splendid with marble work.
Don't miss out on a visit to Moti Dungri, one of the top tourist places in Jaipur. Its heritage and legends are worth all the time. Do explore this 18th century temple of Lord Ganesha in Rajasthan.