What is Moti Dungri? It is a place of worship for Hindus in Jaipur Rajasthan. This temple is dedicated to Lord Ganesh. The Ganesha is revered god of knowledge, remover of obstacles, wisdom and prosperity.
Moti Dungri in Jaipur is one of the major temples of Ganesh Bhagwan in India.
Ganesha is also known as Prathama Pujya meaning first to be worshipped. And it is a ritual to worship him before starting any auspicious activities. Devotees offer Laddu, flowers and invitation cards to Moti Dungri Ganesh ji for blessings.
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History of Moti Dungri Ganesh Temple
It is said that the idol was brought to Mawali in Mewar (Udaipur) from Gujarat region. In 17th century Sawai Madho Singh ji was visiting his in law’s place in Mawali. He was an ardent devotee of Lord Ganesh.
He wished to bring Lord Ganesh idol to Jaipur and make a temple. On hearing this, Maharana of Mewar ordered Palliwal Brahman scholars to accompany him in a royal procession. And, take Lord Ganesh statue to Jaipur.
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The bullock cart on arriving in Jaipur stopped at the foothills of Moti Dungri. After numerous attempts none was able to move the cart. As a result, Madho Singh ji ordered to construct the temple there only.
The construction of the temple was completed in four months in 1761 AD.
The construction was supervised by Seth Jai Ram Paliwal & Chief Priest Mahant Shiv Narain ji. So, this was the answer to your question, when Moti Dungari temple was constructed.
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Interesting facts about Moti Dungri Temple
- The large icon of Lord Ganesha in the temple is vermilion coloured.
- The idol trunk is right sided which makes it very auspicious.
- The Moti Dungri fort complex is private palace of Jaipur’s Royal Family. It was the residence of Sawai Man Singh ji, Maharani Gayatri Devi and Shri Jagat Singh ji.
- The priests of the temple live behind the temple complex.
It is said that the icon was over 500 years old when it was brought to Jaipur in 1761 AD. Henceforth, it is over 750 years old now.
The temple gets its name from the hill Moti Dungri. ‘Moti’ in hindi means Pearl and ‘Dungri’ in Rajasthani means small hill. The hill looks like a pearl in the shell.
Thus, it is called Moti Dungri. The whole complex is spread in over 2 kilometers area. The main temple is built just below Moti Dungri Fort. It is adjacent to another major tourist attraction in Jaipur; Birla Mandir.
The Ganesha Mandir is built of stone blocks and marble. The temple is on a little elevation from the road. The walls are beautifully inscribed with hundreds of names of Ganesh ji. A statue of rat is also seated with the main statue as it is considered the ride of Ganesh Bhagwan.
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Religious significance in Jaipur
The temple is the most significant Ganesh Temples in Jaipur. It is visited by thousands of visitors every day. On every Wednesday a small fair is organized at the temple as Wednesday is dedicated to Lord Ganesh.
On the eve of Ganesh Chaturthi a religious procession starts from Moti Dungri Ganesh Mandir and ends at Garh Ganesh Temple in Bramhapuri.
Newly married couples come here to seek blessings and people bring their newly purchased vehicles for rituals & blessings.
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Moti Dungri Ganesh Mandir Timings
|Moti Dungari Timing||Opening Time||Closing Time|
|Morning Time||5:30 AM||1:30 PM|
|Evening Time||4:30 PM||9:00 PM|
Timings of 7 Darshan Puja Ceremonies
|Moti Dungari Aarti Timing||Summer Timing||Winter Timing|
|Mangla||4:30 AM||4:45 AM|
|Dhoop||7:15 AM||8:15 AM|
|Shringar||9:15 AM||9:45 AM|
|Rajbhog||11:00 AM||11:15 AM|
|Gwal||6:30 PM||6:45 PM|
|Sandhya||7:15 PM||7:45 PM|
|Shayan||9:15 PM||9:30 PM|
Nearby places to Moti Dungri Ganesh Temple
A small street food market is up every evening just opposite to the temple road. And the famous Rajapark market lures every shopaholic. A small fair is organized on every Wednesday.
Apart from these, here is a list of other places of interest around the temple with their respective distances from it.
- Patrika Gate (6.6 Kilometers)
- Albert Hall (2.1 Kilometers)
- Hawamahal (3.5 Kilometers)
- Rajrajeshwari Temple (10.6 Kilometers)
- Amer Fort (11.6 Kilometers)
How to reach Moti Dungri Ganesh Mandir in Jaipur?
The temple is located on the supportive life line of Jaipur, Jawahar Lal Nehru Marg (JLN Marg). It is very well connected to every part of the city by bus, cab, taxi & e-rickshaws. To summarize here is a list of nearest Bus Stand, Railway Station & Airport with their respective distances from the temple –
- Jaipur International Airport (8 Kilometers)
- Sindhi Camp Bus Stand (6 Kilometers)
- Jaipur Railway Station (4.8 Kilometers)/Gandhinagar Railway Station (3.7 Kilometers)
- Civil Lines Metro Station (4.6 Kilometers)
It is said that Moti Dungri Ganesh ji blesses everyone with their wishes if they pray with a pure heart. Don’t miss to visit this temple for blessings and keep following us on our Facebook page.