Historic Hindu pilgrimage site, the Galtaji Temple, is located only 10km away from Jaipur, India.

The Temple is located in the Aravalli hills and is bounded by dense trees and bushes. The painted walls are very impressive, adorned by rounded roofs and pillars. There are temples of Lord Ram, Lord Krishna and Lord Hanuman situated within the temple complex.

This place is marked as ancient holy place for the Hindus. The temple was built in the eighteenth century by Diwan Rao Kriparam.

Monkey Temple - Galtaji
Monkey Temple – Galtaji

 

The Sitaramji temple is dedicated to Rama and Sita. The temple also houses an idol of Raghunath Ji in black stone.

It is the Great place to hanging around with interesting things to do like feed monkeys and play with monkeys.

The structure and whole is temple really magnificent is built in pink sandstone, amidst low hills.

 

Pink sandstone rock - Monkey Temple
Pink sandstone rock – Monkey Temple

 

The Galta Monkey Temple has a back-drop of gorgeous landscape featuring lush green vegetation, and offers a fascinating view of the city of Jaipur.

This temple is famous for many tribes of monkeys. This place provides the tourists a peaceful ambience for anyone who visits there.

 

Monkeys at Galtaji Temple
Monkeys at Galtaji Temple

 

This holy water contained in the pools is believed to wash away all the sins of the visitors who come and bathe in it. The place witnesses huge crowds on the occasion of Makar Sankranti Jan-15.

Temple houses sacred kunds, which store water of a natural spring and waterfalls. The Galta Kund is regarded as the holiest among the seven tanks as it is said that the tank has never dried out.

The pure water that flows from the cow shaped rock into the ponds, also known as “kund” in Hindi. This holy shrine is gracefully wedged between the mountains, and it is believed bathing in these waters will remove your sins and purify your soul.

The temple is famous for its natural water springs, which get full attention from visitors. The water of these springs accumulates in kunds. There are seven kunds which never get dried, the holiest being the Galta Kund. It is considered auspicious to bathe in the waters of Galtaji, especially on Makar Sankranti, and more than 1000 of peoples come to bathe every year.

 

Upper water tank at Galtaj
Upper water tank at Galtaj

 

Top view of lower tank at Galtaji temple
Top view of lower tank at Galtaji temple

The striking carvings on the walls of the temple capture your interest to spend a longer time appreciating the art of that era. The paintings depict scenes from the great epics of the Hindu religion.

Galta Kund is the deepest pool and during important festivals pilgrims jump from the surrounding cliffs into the tank.

Around the complex, you will find many snake charmers and baskets containing snakes. But they won’t allow you to take pictures of snakes until you settle a huge amount.

 

Snake charmer at Galtaji

 

A popular tourist attraction as they are home to a large colony of monkeys and this has given rise to the common name of the complex, the monkey temple.

The monkeys are of two breeds rhesus macaque and langur monkeys and both are won’t get afraid of tourists, so expect to be mobbed if brave enough to feed them.

 

Baby Monkey at Galtaji Temple
Baby Monkey at Galtaji Temple

 

Monkeys expecting food at Galtaji Temple
Monkeys expecting food at Galtaji Temple

 

The macaque monkeys, langur monkeys and should not place your hands in your pockets as this indicates that you have food for them and those monkeys follow you. The Galta Temple is dedicated to Ganesha, the elephant god, and not Hanuman the monkey god.

 

Monkeys at Galtaji Temple
Monkeys at Galtaji Temple

 

Interesting Galtaji Monkey Temple Fact :

This place is home shelter for more than 200 of Monkeys which lives as a group.

 

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