A Temple surrounded by Hills on three sides
Constructed in the year 1960, the Khole Ke Hanuman Temple, dedicated to the Hindu God, Lord Hanuman, becomes a must visit for its panoramic views of the Aravallis and peaceful environment. This temple is the most popular Hanuman temple in entire Jaipur.
Due to its popularity, the temple experiences huge footfall throughout the year, especially on Tuesdays and Saturdays. Visitors include people from all religions and countries, which majorly consists of devotees of Lord Hanuman apart from tourists.
It is believed that all wishes are fulfilled here and it is this belief that attracts a huge number of devotees to the temple. Look out for monkeys prowling around within the vicinity of the temple. They are often fed by local monks.
Visitors are allowed to click pictures. There is a huge car parking outside the temple complex. Visitors may also park their car off the site, on the highway. The temple committee provides battery operated vehicles from the parking area to temple to ferry senior citizens as well as the differently abled to and fro. This facility is free of cost.
The Dal- Bati Churma and Swamani Prashads which are cooked in the numerous kitchens inside the temple premises are quite famous here. One should not miss these prashads.
A Sawamani prashad is made out of raw offerings made by devotees, which is then cooked in the kitchens of the temple. One Sawamani offering is an approximate offering of 46- 51 kilograms of raw food and sweets. Anyone can host a Sawamani and feed people. This is a very regular and famous ritual followed by the locals.
Location of Khole Ke Hanuman Temple, Jaipur
The temple is located in Laxman Doongri, on Jaipur - Delhi Highway.
History and Legend behind Khole Ke Hanuman Temple
The temple situated on a hill top and surrounded by hills on three sides, was commissioned by Pandit Radhe Lal Choubey, a resident of Jamwa Ramgarh, after he chanced upon a rock with carving of Lord Hanuman. Taking it as a cue, he decided to build a temple at the site in 1961.
Pandit Choubey had already started offering his prayers long before the temple was established. It is believed that Baba Nirmal Das used to worship Lord Hanuman at the same site a few centuries ago and this site was earlier called Narwar Dar Ki Khol. Pandit Radhe Lal Choubey also played an instrumental role in coming up with the Narwar Ashram Seva Samiti, a community that dedicatedly worked towards the temple building.
At the time when the temple was built, it occupied only 100 square feet of area at the site of Laxman Doongari hill. As time passed and the temple gained popularity, the temple complex was expanded and today, it is spread across several acres of land (around 300 times compared to the initial area) with a grand structure for the temple.
The name of the temple, ‘Khole Ke Hanuman’ was termed after the word ‘Khola’, which means valley in local language.
Architecture of Khole Ke Hanuman Temple
The Khole Ke Hanuman temple is built in a typical mix of Rajput and Mughal styles of architecture. It majorly appears like a replica of any Rajput palace, made out of Dholpur sandstone and marble, with domes and walkways lined with carved columns. The abundance of latticed windows and chhatris does add to the elegance of the temple structure.
The central location of the temple complex is dedicated to the sanctum sanctorum, where the original idol of the presiding deity is placed. It is a tiny room inside a huge building, and the idol of the deity is installed on a single piece of marble stone.
Apart from the main deity, the temple complex also houses small temples dedicated to Goddess Durga, Lord Ram, Lord Ganesha and Lord Shiva. The Shiva temple also has replicas of the 12 jyotirlingas.
The temple complex has lush gardens, guest houses, kitchens and dining areas for visitors. The dining areas are so huge that they can serve up to 5000 people at a time. The lawns outside the temple are beautifully manicured with seating areas and chhatris. There is a marble chhatri dedicated to Pandit Radhe Lal Choubey, the founder of the temple.
Timings and Entry Fees of Khole Ke Hanuman Temple
The temple is open for visitors from 6:00 AM to 8:30 PM. There is no entry fee.
The best time to visit the temple is during the evening aarti around 7:00 PM.
How to book a Sawamani at Khole Ke Hanuman Temple
If a devotee is interested in hosting a Sawamani, one needs to make prior bookings at one of the temple kitchens. There are 24 kitchens in the temple complex and any kitchen can be rented for the day by contacting the temple management. The rents of a kitchen depend on the number of people one wishes to serve as well as the menu. The rent for a couple of kitchens are more expensive compared to others due to the extra facilities and special menus.
How to Reach Khole Ke Hanuman Temple
The temple is situated at a distance of 11 kilometres from Jaipur Railway Station and 7 kilometres from Johari Bazar. Since Jaipur is well connected through both public and private commuting modes, it is quite easy to reach here. One may hop on a local bus, tuktuk, auto rickshaw or hire a cab from top car rental companies in Jaipur to reach the temple.
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