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"400 Year Old Temple"

Just before entering Singhpol, or the main entrance leading to Diwan-i-Aam, you would find Temple of Goddess Shilla that has an interesting history behind it. According to one of the many legends, the then reigning Maharaja, Man Singh, once dreamt about Goddess Kali, who ordered him to get Her idol from the seabed near Jessore. Being an ardent devotee, he promptly acted on it and ordered for a temple to be built within the Amer Fort complex. Since then, this black Idol of Kali or Shilla Mata sits in the temple that is made of pure white marble, creating a beautiful contrast. At the entrance of the temple, you will find a Ganesh idol carved out of a single coral, which incidentally is one of the largest in the world. But what sets this temple apart from the others is the offering made to the deity: meat and whiskey! It is said that back in the 17th century, when the temple was built, Maharaja Man Singh faced problems and much opposition from the Brahmins of that time, who refused to carry out any rituals in the temple because of the nature of the offerings. Finally, he had to get four Pandit families from Bengal to perform the daily rituals. And to this day, it is the descendants of one of those families that take care of this temple.
Off National Highway 8, Amer Fort, Jaipur, India, 303101
Today: 12:00 PM - 04:00 PM Closed Now
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"400 Year Old Temple"
Just before entering Singhpol, or the main entrance leading to Diwan-i-Aam, you would find Temple of Goddess Shilla that has an interesting history behind it. According to one of the many legends, the then reigning Maharaja, Man Singh, once dreamt about Goddess Kali, who ordered him to get Her idol from the seabed near Jessore. Being an ardent devotee, he promptly acted on it and ordered for a temple to be built within the Amer Fort complex. Since then, this black Idol of Kali or Shilla Mata sits in the temple that is made of pure white marble, creating a beautiful contrast. At the entrance of the temple, you will find a Ganesh idol carved out of a single coral, which incidentally is one of the largest in the world. But what sets this temple apart from the others is the offering made to the deity: meat and whiskey! It is said that back in the 17th century, when the temple was built, Maharaja Man Singh faced problems and much opposition from the Brahmins of that time, who refused to carry out any rituals in the temple because of the nature of the offerings. Finally, he had to get four Pandit families from Bengal to perform the daily rituals. And to this day, it is the descendants of one of those families that take care of this temple.
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