Gad Ganesh Temple, Jaipur…. Imposing!

India, Jaipur Guide (B): Gad Ganesh Temple, Jaipur…. Imposing!

The Garh Ganesh temple is situated on a small hillock overlooking Jaipur city on the Nahargarh hill range. It’s difficult to miss the Garh Ganesh Temple if you happen to be in the old walled city area of Jaipur, especially in the City Palace complex.

It’s outward appearance doesn’t look like a temple. The typical temple features like Shikhar or carvings, etc are completely missing in Garh Ganesh temple. It’s rather designed as a small fortification. The word Gad or Garh in Hindi means small fort. It’s called Garh Ganesh templebecause this temple is dedicated to the Lord Ganesha. In this temple, the idol of Lord Ganesha is in a child form.

This temple was built when Maharajah Sawai Jai Singh IIperformed Ashwamegh Yagya before laying the foundation of Jaipur city, therefore Garh Ganesh Temple predates Jaipur city. An interesting historical fact is that Maharajah Sawai Jai Singh II was the last Hindu king to perform Ashvamedha Yagya. 

There is only one access point to the Garh Ganesh Temple – the staircase originating in Brahampuri area near Gaitore. These steps are pretty steep and uneven in height, which is forgivable considering the gradient of the climb and the time period when they were first built. The metal railing which segregates the staircase in two parts doesn’t help either. The ergonomics of the railing have been completely ignored! ...... (follow the instructions below for accessing the rest of this article).
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Guide Name: Gad Ganesh Temple, Jaipur…. Imposing!
Guide Location: India » Jaipur
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Article (B))
Author: Arv Jpr
Read it on author's website: https://jaipurthrumylens.com/2015/07/24/gad-ganesh-temple-jaipur-dedicated-to-lord-ganesha/
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