What is Govind Devji? It is a temple dedicated to Lord Krishna popularly called as Govind. The temple is place of worship for hindus from all around the world. It is situated in the center of Jaipur city.
Where is Govind Dev ji Temple?
It is located in the Jai Niwas Garden of City Palace complex, Jaipur.
Govind Devji Mandir Timing
Temple opens at 4:30 in morning and closes by 9:30 in night. The timings for Pujan & Darshan vary in different seasons. Here is detailed list of darshan and arti timings in Govind Devji Temple –
|Jaipur Govind Devji Arti||Govind Devji Arti Timings||Start Time||Arti Complete Time|
|Mangla||Morning||4:30 AM||5:00 AM|
|Dhoop||Morning||7:30 AM||8:45 AM|
|Shringar||Morning||9:30 AM||10:15 AM|
|Rajbhoj||Daytime||11:00 AM||11:30 AM|
|Gwal||Evening||5:45 PM||6:15 PM|
|Sandhya||Evening||6:45 PM||8:00 PM|
|Shayan||Night||9:00 PM||9:30 PM|
How to reach Govind Devji Temple in Jaipur?
The temple is located in the heart of walled city of Jaipur, Jaleb Chowk. The place is very well connected to every part of the town by buses, cabs, cars, taxis and e-rickshaws. One may have to park their vehicles at jaleb Chowk only.
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And from there the main temple is 100 meters away. For old age people and differently abled persons free shuttle service is provided within the temple complex from the temple administration.
- Question – Is parking facility available in Govind Devji Temple?
- Answer – Yes, there is ample parking space for cars, bikes and even buses in Jaleb Chowk area.
Following is a list of nearest bus stand, railways station & airport with their respective distance from Govind Devji temple –
- Sindhi Camp Bus Stand (3.2 kms)
- Jaipur Railway Station (5.7 kms)
- Jaipur International Airport (12.5 kms)
History of Govind Dev ji Mandir
Shri Shiv Ram Goswami was the sewadhikari (care taker) of Lord Govind Devji in 15th century. During the reign of Mughal emperor Aurangzeb, many hindu temples were being razed.
Shri Shiv Ram Goswami shifted the holy images by bullock carts first to Kama (Bharatpur), Radhakund and then to Govindpura village (Sanganer). Then Amer rulers provided protection for shifting the holy images. In 1714, the devine images reached Kanak Vrindavan in Amer Valley. And finally, in 1715 they were taken to Jai Niwas in Amer.
For years Amer rulers couldn’t provide a safety to holy images in their own because they were serving the Mughal courts and didn’t wanted to attract warth of the mughal emperor.
As per local belief, Sawai Jai Singh lived in Suraj Mahal first. One divine day he dreamt that he should vacae the palace as it was meant for Shree Govind Devji himself. As a result, he left the place and went to Chandra Mahal. And thus, Lord Govind Dev ji enshrined in Suraj Mahal before even the foundation of Jaipur was laid.
As per popular legend, the holy image in Govind Devji temple looks exactly like Lord Krishna from his incarnation days.
Legend and Religious significance of Govind Devji
Shri Bajranath was great grandson of Lord Krishna. Some 5600 years ago when Shri Bajranath was 13 years old he asked his grandmother (daughter in law of Lord Krishna) that how Bhagwan Krishna looked like.
He created an image of Lord Krishna on the description given by her. However, she said that only the feet of the image looked like those of Krishna Bhagwan. Shri Bajranath ji created second image after making necessary adjustments. But again, she said nothing but the chest of the image looks like that of Lord Krishna. Finally, he made third image and showed it to her. She rejoiced and nodded that this is how Lord Krishna looked like.
- The first image is named Madan Mohan ji and is enshrined in Karauli, Rajasthan.
- Second image is known as Gopinath ji. It is enshrined in Purani Basti, Jaipur.
- The third divine image is Govind Devji.
Consequently, holy image of Govind Devji is also called ‘Bajrakrit’. It means created by Bajranath.
Time travel of the divine images of Govind Devji Bhagwan
Holy divine images were immersed in deep sand of thousand years. And by 16th century there was no trace left of the glorious Hindu past. 500 years ago, Chaitanya Mahaprabhu ji was born on Indian soil. He tried to rediscover the forgotten site in 1514 AD.
Vrindavan by now was covered with thick jungle. By the help of texts in Bhagwad Purana he was able to locate some places in Vrindavan. But, he couldn’t stay long to complete the holy task.
Later, Chaitanya Mahaprabhu’s disciples Shad Goswami (The Six Goswami), Roop Goswami, Sanatan Goswami, Jeeva Goswami, Raghunath Bhatt, Raghunath Das and Gopal Bhatt continued the his holy task.
One night in 1525 AD Lord Govind Devji came in Roop Goswami’s dream and revealed his sacred place at Goma Teela in Vriandavan.
Thus, the divine images of Govind Dev ji were revealed to the world. Mughal King Akbar himself gave 135 bighas of land for consruction of a temple in Vrindavan.
Henceforth, Maharaja Man Singh of Amber constructed the temple at same Goma Teela in Vrindavan in 1590 AD. Later the temple’s 4 floors were destroyed by Mughal forces. However, the images were saved by Shri Shiv Ram Goswami ji.
Thakurani Radha Rani ji
The sacred image of Radharani was taken to Orrisa by a Brahmin due to increasing danger of destruction. It was worshipped there as Lakshmi Thakurani.
When the king of Radhanagar in Orrisa learnt about the appearance of Lord Govind Devji in Vrindavan he sent the holy image to Vrindavan. The divine image of Shakti Swaroopa Radha Rani was placed to the left of Bhagwan Govind Devji in 1690 AD.
Sakhi Vishakha and Sakhi Lalita
On the left side of the Govind Devji is Sakhi Vishakha for Itra Sewa. Itra Sewa means to offer perfume. And on the right side is Sakhi Lalita for Tambul Sewa. Tambul Sewa is means to offer beetle leaves.
Govind Devji and Rulers of Jaipur
The rulers of Jaipur state considered Govind Devji as true ruler of Jaipur and their King. Sawai Jai Singh ll was an ardent devotee of Lord Krishna. He inscribed Shree Govind Devji ji charan, Sawai Jai Singh sharan which means Jai Singh is the devotee in the feet of Lord Govind Devji.
Maharaja Pratap Singh ji built Hawamahal in shape of Crown of Lord Krishna and wrote poems of devotion.
When Jaipur state was annexed in Rajasthan after Independence, then rulers of Jaipur said that the kingdom is of Lord Govind Devji and it will remain of Govind Devji only. We will continue serving with his blessings.
More info on Govind Dev ji Temple
The temple is built of sandstone and marble. From time to time renovations were carried out but the beauty of the temple was kept intact. The temple is spread in vast area surrounded by greenery. It was built in the grid saved for royal family. Therefore, the temple resembles like a Palace.
City Palace is on the southern side of the temple and northern side is covered by Jai Niwas Garden.
The holy images are seated in Garbhgraha plinth facing south. The darshan hall is so huge that it could accommodate over 5000 people easily. The interior walls are colored pink and pillars, roof are engraved with floral work. The grand chandeliers add grace to beautiful building.
Govind Devji Mandir and Guinness Book of World Records
Late Shri Pradhyuman Kumar Goswami ji wanted a separate hall where religious and cultural activities could be performed without any hindrances.
His son, Shri Anjan Kumar Goswami and Grandson Shri Manas Kumar ji Goswami worked day and night to bring the dream of Late Pradhyuman ji to reality.
Satsang Hall of Govind Devji Mandir is recorded in Guinness Book of World Records as the World’s widest R.C.C flat roof construction with a single span of 118 ft.
Govind Dev Ji Temple Facts
Some interesting facts about Satsang Hall in Govind Devji Temple –
- The construction of the satsang hall was completed in 383 days.
- The cost of construction was approximately 3 Crore INR.
- The foundation of the building is 12 meters deep.
- 290 tons of steel and 2000 cubic meters of concrete was used for its construction.
- The hall is 118 ft by 124 ft.
- It took 36 hours to lay its roof.
- The building is standing on 8 columns.
Prasad in Thikana Mandir Shree Govind Devji
Holy Prasad is prepared in the kitchen of mandir only. The Laddoo Prasad is so tasty that it is liked by children and adults alike. But due to limited preparation space the quantity is fixed per person.
- 1 Laddoo – 8 Rs.
The purchase is limited to maximum of 5 pieces per person. It could be purchased in Temple complex only.
Important events in Thikana Mandir Shree Govind Devji
Although, the temple is visited by thousands of devotees everyday but during the eve of Shree Krishna Janmashtmi the visitors count reaches in lakhs.
Cultural events are held all round the year but during Falgun month (February – March) artists perform mesmerizing traditional dance in the royal court of Shree Govind Devji.
To witness thousands of devotees chanting Hare Rama Hare Krishna in the hall is a heavenly experience for ears and mind.
Other places of interest around Govind Devji Temple
The temple is situated in the center of all tourism and commercial activities in Jaipur. There is a lot to explore around the temple. Here is a brief list of places of interest with their respective distances from Govind Devji Temple –
- City Palace (500 meters)
- Jantar Mantar (550 meters)
- Sargasuli Tower (1.5 kms)
- Hawa Mahal (1.1 kms)
- Amer Fort (7.8 kms)
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