One of the most visited tourist attraction of Jaipur, the Govind Dev Ji Temple is a part of the expansive City Palace Complex inside the walled city of Jaipur.
With temples and religious spots peppered all over the city, Jaipur counts as a prominent site for religious tourism in India. One of the most prominent of them is the Govind Dev Ji Temple.
Located in the City Palace complex, the temple is dedicated to Lord Krishna. A marvel of structural engineering and architecture, the temple was built in the year 1735 by Sawai Pratap Singh II.
The idol of Lord Govind Dev Ji was brought by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II from Vrindavan to his own palace, Surya Mahal. Legend goes that the king was inspired by a dream, in which Lord Krishna told him to install the idol in his palace, to save it from being destroyed by the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb.
Surrounded by beautiful gardens, the interior of the temple boasts of magnificent European style chandeliers and many paintings depicting the Indian art and culture. The ceiling of the temple is done up in dazzling gold. The idol of Govind Dev Ji in this temple is considered to be one of the most beautiful and fascinating images of Lord Krishna.
Does Govind Dev Ji Temple Really Hold A World Record?
Yes. It does. The Satsang Bhawan of the Govind Devji temple has a mention in the Guinness Book of World Records.
For what, you ask? For its brilliant planning and architecture. The Satasang Bhawan has the world’s widest single span RCC flat roof (119 feet). Be sure to notice this marvel the next time you are in the temple.
Reaching Govind Dev Ji
Shri Govind Dev Ji temple is situated in the City Palace Complex between the Badal Mahal and Chandra Mahal. The temple can be easily reached via an auto rickshaw, taxi or by a local buses.
Best Time to Visit Govind Dev Ji
People celebrate Hindu festivals attached to Lord Krishna with a lot of pomp at Govind Dev Ji Temple.
The grandest of them are Janmashtmi (Birthday of Lord Krishna) which falls around mid-August. Another festival worth attending at Govind Dev Ji is Holi. The Hindu festival of colors draws in huge crowds. The special jhankis (decorations) of Radha and Krishna are the biggest attraction.
Govind Dev Ji Aarti Timings
Mangla – 4:30 to 5:00 AM
Dhoop – 7:45 to 9:00 AM
Shringar – 10:15 to 11:00 AM
Rajbhog – 11:30 to 12:00 PM
Gwal – 17:30 to 18:00 PM
Sandhya – 18:30 to 19:45 PM
Shayan – 20:15 to 20:45PM
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