Durga Mandir holds high religious and historical significance and is one if the oldest temples in the magnificent premises of Ambar Palace. This Shila Devi Temple is oft referred to as the ‘Maa Kali Mandir' or as ' Durga Mandir' and was erected way back in the 16th century.
The presiding deity of the temple is the mighty. Goddess Kali. This interesting venue is best visited during the festival of Navratri, when people from far and near throng its sprawling complex and an ambience of fun, fervor and joy is visible all around.
Thronged by millions of devotees during Navratri, the Shila Devi temple of Jaipur was visited by Maharaja Man Singh-who was a staunch devotee of goddess Kali and liked to invoke her grace during peace and wartime alike. According to legends, Durga Mandir is home to an idol brought in by Maharaja Man Singh—all the way from eastern Bengal, in the last few years of the 16th century A.D. As per folklores and tales, Maharaja Man Singh had faced defeat at the hands of King Kedar (belonging to empire of King Pratapaditya) and had sought the goddess’ blessings for success in future. Goddess Kali had appeared in his dream and took his promise to provide her with salvation from the lot. She was thereafter subjected to a Shila (slab).it is said that the Goddess was very happy with his reverance and tributes and had blessed him with victory.
It is interesting to note that this stone idol of Shila Devi was lying in state under the sea and was salvaged and taken out by the Maharaja Man Singh of Amber. It was then put up in this temple in Amber Fort, where it became famous by the name of “Shila Devi”.
|Visit Duration||30-45 minutes|