Garh Ganesh Temple is a famous, ancient religious site dedicated to Lord Ganesha. The temple is located on top of the Aravalli Hills in the city of Jaipur and is visited by several devotees throughout the year. It’s called Garh temple because of its fort-like appearance. There are no carvings like those found in a regular temple.
Surrounded by hills and greenery, the pathway has 300 steps that are to be climbed to reach the temple. Since the construction took place in ancient times, the stairs are quite steep and uneven, segregated by a metal railing.
It’s believed that Lord Ganesha resides in the temple in his child avatar named Vigra Purushakriti (without the trunk). A strikingly unique feature of this place is that the idol of Lord Ganesha here doesn’t have a trunk as it’s supposed to be his child form.
Reportedly, the temple was constructed by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh I when he performed the Ashwamedha Yagna before laying the foundation of Jaipur. He made the shrine and placed the statue in such a way that it can be seen from Chandra Mahal of Jaipur City Palace, with the help of binoculars.
The main idol of Lord Ganesha is decorated with gold and silver ornaments. Besides, there are statues of Ganesha’s wives Ridhi-Siddhi and two sons Shubh-Laabh. Also, there is a statue of a Mooshak (Lord Ganesha’s vehicle), by the side.
Although with the establishment of Moti Dungri temple, Garh Ganesh has become less popular it has its own historical importance. In addition, the scenic beauty of the site is great for travelers who like spending time among the hills and greenery.
If you are traveling by air, Sanganer Airport is 20 kms away from the temple from where you can board a taxi or auto rickshaw. For train travelers, Gandhi Nagar Railway station is 10 kms away from the site and from there taxis, auto rickshaws, and buses are available. Also, there are several low floor buses and private buses that can be boarded from areas like Ram Bagh Circle, Trimurti Circle, Moti Dungri Circle.
The temple remains open on all days from 7:30 am to 12:00 pm in the day and from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm at night.
Although people visit Garh Ganesh throughout the year, the best time is around Ganesh Chaturthi festival during which there is a 5-day fair organized in the temple.