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A Labour of Love!

The HallShree Hanuman ji

According to the information passed down over the years  the  Pujari ji of  The Hanuman Temple in Dhuleshwar Garden,C-Scheme, believes it to be some 500 years old. He says he   remembers it as a big chabutra with a neem tree, a room for the idol and a kitchen. Under the soothing  shadow of a huge peepul tree and the grace of the Gods worshiped here  and the patronage of the devotees  this temple has grown into a thing of beauty and not just only  a place of worship. The building has been newly done up with marble flooring and marble platform around the idols. Idols are surrounded by carved marble Jalis. Besides all this a  local painter, a Hanuman devotee,  has painted the whole building of the Temple with very pleasing and intricate murals. There are  gold, red, green, white, pink and blue colors making intricate flowers and petals on the roof, pillars, windows of the temple. The artist has also depicted in wall paintings scenes from Ramayan.   There is also a jhoomar  in the center of the ceiling illuminating the whole room and the lovingly done up art work. Idols of Shri Ram, Sita Ji and Lakshman Ji and the Idols of Shivji  and Parvati ji and a Shiv ling are also there in the Temple.

Drawings-1

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Painted coulmns

Design in the Floor

Window

Painted ceiling

Some other Hanuman Temples of note in Jaipur are:

The Chitthi wale Hanuman Ji  on Sardar Patel Marg, Opposite the PMG office.

Chandpole wale Hanumanji, in the Chandpole Bazar.

There are Two Temples of Hanumanji opposite each other in the entrance to the  Johri Bazar .

There is the Kala Hanuman Mandir Near the now defunct Ram Praksh Cinema Hall.

There is another very old Hanuman Mandir opposite the Ganesh Mandir on Moti Doongri near Birla Mandir.

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Bal Vipra Bankura Hanuman Ji Mandir,Baleta

Bal Vipra Bankura Hanuman Mandir, Baleta

Bal Vipra Bankura Hanuman Mandir, Baleta

On the banks of the pond of village Baleta on a sandy knoll,this ancient temple of Hanuman ji is situated.The idol is only about one and a half foot high.It depicts Hanuman ji in his child image in the guise of a brahmin.He is standing with folded hands.
According to folk lore this Temple of Hanuman ji dates back to the time of foundation of the town of Baleta.The people decided on the child image of Hanuman Ji as he would be quick to please.

Every week on Mondays and Saturdays special pooja is done.People offer the deity paan, cloves and raisins as prasad.

This temple is 33 kms from Alwar.

If you are going from Jaipur, you will have to go till Shahpura on Jaipur-Delhi Highway from there you turn for Thana Gazi-Sariska-Alwar. About 20Km before Alwar you have to turn right for Baleta village. The route is thru villages and it is time consuming. So set aside a full day for the trip.

Karan’s Guesthouse

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SHRI SALASAR BALAJI

There is a huge Temple of Hanuman Ji in the Salasar Village,in the Churu District of Rajasthan.Sri Mohandas Ji established the temple in vikram Samvat 1811.Legend has it that the idol of Balaji was found in the village Asota,in Ladnu Thesil on a farmers tilling field.In a dream Hanuman ji ordered the village Thakur to deliver the idol to Sri Mohandasji in Salasar.When he received the Idol he had it established in a small temple near a tree.That small shrine has become todays huge temple by Balaji’s grace and his devotees help.

There is a well in the temple whose waters are said to be of great curative value.

Temple of Anjani Mata mother of Hanuman ji or Balaji is 2km from Salasar Ji towards Laxmangarh. Gudavadi Shyam Temple is I km from Salasar Ji.

Shyanan Mata Mandir,an 1100 year old temple, is 15 km away on a hillock.

Two Bullock Carts from the Time of Sri Mohandas ji are placed in the temple complex.

Twice  every year in the month of Chaitra and Ashwin on Poornmasi day devotees gather in huge numbers to offer prayers in praise of Salasar Balaji.

Salasar Village is On Jaipur-Bikaner Highway 57km From Sikar,24km from SujanGarh ( nearest Railway Station),and 30km from Lakshmangarh.Jaipur is The nearest Airport and by Taxi or Bus is 3.5 hours ( 180Km)away.

Salasar Balaji- National Informatics Site

SHRI KHATU SHYAM JI

When Barbareek was on his way to the Great War in the Mahabharta,he had decided that he would fight on the loosing side.By the blessings of Lord Shiv and Agni God Barbreek had three arrows & a bow which made him invincible. Sri Krishna knowing his intent met him in the way in the guise of a brahmin and asked him for his head in donation.Barbareek sacrificed his head there and then.Pleased Lord krishna pronounced that Barbareek would be worshiped as Shyam down the ages.According to lore the head was buried in a grazing field in Khatank present Khatu.It is said that a cow would shower the place where the head was buried with milk every day.Owner of the cow dug up the spot to find the head.He took it to the village and gave it to a brahmin who started worshiping it.The Raja after seeing the head in a dream had the present Temple built to worship the head.Barbreek was the son of Ghatotakach and Kamkantaka.Shri Khatu Shyam Ji is A Lord Krishna Temple.

About 80km from Jaipur(Nearest Airport) 45Km from Sikar & 18 km from Reengus(nearest Station).People coming from Delhi by train should board at Sarai Rohila Station.

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Ramakrishna Mission

Ramakrishan Mission,Gautam Marg,C-Scheme,Jaipur,(0141-5118804/2228704) (rkmjaipur@bsnl.in) A major center in Rajasthan was started in April 1988 on the auspicious day of Akshay Tritiya according to the cherished wish of Swami Vivekananda.Since then the center has been serving the people through different philanthropic,humanitarian,educational and cultural activities. The center has a small prayer hall,an allopathic and homeopathic dispensary,a library,a reading room and monk’s quarters.

Swamiji graced Jaipur by his august presence thrice.In 1893 he came in the company of Shri Ajit Singhji Bahadur,the Raja of Khetri, and stayed in the Khetri House near Chandpole.

Holy Mother,Sri Ma Sarada Devi,also sanctified Jaipur when she came here to have darshan of Sri Govind Dev ji.

As  the present prayer hall is too small it is proposed to build a 5 Crore Rupee Temple with a seating capacity of 630  persons.The entire project cost has to come from the donations(I.T. Exempt u/s.80G.) of the generous public.

Mail your donations by Cheque or D.D. to Ramkrishan Mission,Jaipur.

The Temple is walking distance from Karan’s Guesthouse

Abhaneri

Chand Baori by ratnasinghrathore, on Flickr”>Chand Baori

6 Kms. from  Bandikui railway station in Dausa District (62kms from Jaipur off Jaipur-Agra Highway) is Abhaneri-an ancient town best known nowadays for the 8th century stepwell and Harshat mata Temple.This ancient city is said to be the capital of Nikumbh Rajputs before they founded Alwar.Some 1000 years old this is one of the sites chosen for the rural tourism project by the Co-operative Department along with Bichoon( If successful this project will encompass about 26 villages in 15 districts).These villages will be known as Tourist Dhanis.

At present only day tours are proposed.Tourists will be welcomed in the rajasthani village style and offered a glimpse in  the day to day life of a rajasthani villager.Their food,games,dances and songs and customs and costumes all will be on display.Far from the Five star culture of the metros this will be a unique experience for the jaded tourist of today.They will also be given bullock cart or camel cart rides.Camel/Horse safaries and overnight stays will be on request.

The main attraction of Abhaneri are Chand Baori and Harshat Mata Temple.Built by Raja Chand of Nikumbh Rajputs of Chauhan dynasty during 8th and 9th century.

The temple,built in Mahameru style-situated on a double platform, was a shrine to the standing idol of Durga which was said to be stolen  some time back.The local people have installed an idol of Goddess Laxmi.A three day annual fair is held in honour of Harshat Mata.

Chand Bori-earliest step wells of Rajasthan-is the most magnificent example of architecture of india.It is about 100 feet deep and square shaped.There is a veranda on all four sides.There are steps on three sides.About 3500 in number they are steep and narrow with 13 landings.These steps produce such a psychedelic effect that it is not possible to retrace you steps.People say that  a  tunnel connects Chand baori with the baori in Bhandarej village and further to  Bubaniya Kund in Aluda.

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Harshat Mata  Temple