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Monkey Temple

Tourists come here to see monkeys. Lots of them! But Galtaji was once an ancient Hindu pilgrimage destination. The site consists of a series of temples built into a narrow crevice in the ring of hills that surrounds Jaipur. A natural spring emerges high on the hill and flows downward, filling a series of sacred kunds (water tanks) in which pilgrims bathe. Visitors and pilgrims can ascend the crevasse, continuing past the highest water pool to a hilltop temple from there are views of Jaipur and its fortifications spreads out across the valley floor. It is believed that a Saint named Galav lived here, practiced meditation, and did penance (tapasya).
Since the early 15th century Galtaji has been a retreat for Hindu ascetics belonging to the Vaishnava Ramanuja sect. It is said to have been in the occupation of yogis for a long time. Payohari Krishnadas came to Galta in the early 15th century and, by his yogic powers, drove away other yogis from the place. Galta was northern India’s first Vaishnava Ramanuja Peeth and became one of the most important centers of the Ramanuja sect. The temple features a number of pavilions with rounded roofs, carved pillars and painted walls. The complex is set around a natural spring and waterfalls that create 7 Holy Ponds.