Moti Dungri Temple is in Jaipur.
Firstly, the temple is located on a small hillock and is surrounded by the Moti Dungri Fort. Unfortunately, the Fort is privately owned, so you can’t sneak in for a quick peek. But don’t worry, because the temple itself is a work of art. The architecture is a testimony to the progress of the Indian subcontinent, and the intricate stone carvings and latticework with mythological images engraved on the marble are simply exquisite.
But that’s not all – the temple looks like an old Scottish castle! I mean, who knew that India had a castle that looks like it belongs in the Scottish Highlands? Talk about unexpected surprises!
The temple is dedicated to Lord Ganesha, and the idol is said to be 500 years old. It was brought to Jaipur by Seth Jai Ram Pallival, who accompanied Maharaja Madho Singh I from Udaipur. Legend has it that the king promised to build a temple wherever his bullock cart carrying the statue of Lord Ganesha stopped. And wouldn’t you know it, the cart stopped at the bottom of the Dungri! The temple was built under the watchful eye of Seth Jai Ram Pallival and stands tall today in all its glory.
But wait, there’s more! The temple complex also has a Shiva linga. And to top it off, there’s also a temple dedicated to Lakshmi and Narayana on a small hill, named the ‘Birla Mandir’ or the ‘Birla Temple.’
So, if you’re ever in Jaipur, don’t miss out on the chance to visit the Moti Dungri Temple. It’s a unique blend of Indian, Islamic, and Western influences, with a fascinating backstory and stunning architecture.