The sanctity of Rajasthan is only amplified by the sacred Galtaji located within its boundaries. Considered one of the holiest places in Hinduism, Galtaji draws in a plethora of visitors year after year. Glorified by a number of a scared temples and water tanks, Galtaji makes up the most ancient Hindu pilgrimage site in India.
Thousands of devout worshippers flock to Glataji to pray in its temples and bathe in its waters. It is believed that desires come true in this sacred palce and whoever performs pilgrimage in this site is thought to have attained great luck and good fortune. This religious site dates back to the early 1500’s and was used as a retreat for Hindu’s back then. The story behind the site goes that the great Saint Galay spent his life meditating and doing penance in Galtaji. It is home to a number of sacred temples, the main one ‘The temple of Galtaji’ was constructed in the 18th century by Diwan Rao Kriparam. It is made of a beautiful pink stone and features an array of pavilions and carved pillars with ancient paintings adorning the walls. The temple of Balaji and the Surya temple are other interesting places of worship found on site.
The springs in this temple are also another divine wonder. There are seven water tanks that collect the water available in the springs. The holiest tank is the Galta Kund that never goes dry; the Hindu’s find it highly auspicious to bathe in these waters. Makar Sankranti is glorified in Galtaji. At this time you can witness thousands of worshippers visiting the location, chanting prayers and cleansing themselves in the sacred temple waters.
For nature lovers visiting Galtaji, the dense monkeys tribes found in and around the area is definitely a treat. It comes as no surprise that Galtaji is also popularly known as the ‘Monkey Temple’.
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