Moti Dungri Temple
This temple is perfect combination of Indian, Islamic as well as western representations which are characterized by its three domes. Being dedicated to Lord Ganesha, this temple is prominent for its scenic location and pictorial view that it lends to the visitors. People from almost every corner of the world visit here to dedicate their respect and offering to Lord Ganesha.
According to legends, King of Mawali (Mewar) while returning from a long journey to his palace wished to establish a temple at the first halting point of his bullock cart that was carrying the huge idol of Lord Ganesha. His cart became resistive and stopped at the foot of the Moti Dungri hills which lead to setting up of Ganesha temple at this place. The icon of the god Ganesha established in the temple is said to be more than five-hundred years old and was brought here in 1761 by Seth Jai Ram Pallival who was accompanying Maharaja Madho Singh I, from Udaipur. The temple was built under Pallival's supervision.
Vermillion in colour the idol of Lord Ganesha’s is in sitting position. On the basis of Hinduism belief that Ganesha rides on rat, a big idol of rat made of marble is also placed in front of Lord Ganesha’s idol. Vermilion (Sindoor) paste also referred as “Chola” is applied on the idol on timely basis. On special occasions and festivals, ritual purification (ablution) of Lord Ganesha is done with milk.
There is a lingam (icon of the god Shiva) in the temple complex, which open to visitors once a year on Mahashivratri, the festival of Shiva.
7 Dharshans are arranged in a day and there are different set of prayers (bhajans) for every adorned appearance of the deity.
The temple is the centre of attraction on festivals like Ganesh Chaturthi, Krishna Janamasthami, Annakut and Paush Bada. Scholars and architects come here to have flavour of rich cultural heritage of city. Thousands of devotees participate in the preparation of festivities and pay their regards to God Ganesha.
From Jaipur International Airport the temple is 8.4 km. It is 5.8 KM from Jaipur Jn and 4.8 KM from Gandhi Nagar Railway Station. From Bus Stop, Opposite Birla Mandir, Jawahar Lal Nehru Marg, Tilak Nagar, the temple is only 240 m however from Jaipur Bus Stand it is 4.1 KM
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