Moti Dungri is a renowned temple complex dedicated to Lord Ganesha in Jaipur, Rajasthan. The temple is located on a hill shaped like a drop of pearl, hence the name ‘Moti Dungri’(‘Moti’ means Pearl and ‘Dungri’ means small hill). The temple is surrounded by the fort of Moti Dungri, a small palace in the shape of Scottish castle. The shrine was built in 1761 under the supervision of Seth Jai Ram Palliwal.
The temple is carved out of stone. It features incredible carvings on marble depicting some mythological events. Besides being a spiritual place, the temple serves as a feast to the eyes of visitors. The place is surrounded with scenic and pictorial views. The temple complex is built following Nagara style of architecture. It beautifully amalgamates Indian, Islamic as well as western styles.
The Ganesha deity here is believed to be more than 500 years old. The idol in sitting position has saffron colour, with its trunk tilting towards the right. A big marble idol of mouse, Ganesha’s vehicle, is also placed in front of the idol. The complex also houses a Shiva lingam, which is open to the public only on Mahashivratri, the festival of Shiva.
The palace was once the residence of Sawai Man Singh II (last ruler of Jaipur) and Maharani Gayatri Devi. Currently, the palace restricts public access. Only the temple is open for the public to visit. Both the palace and temple are designed to be architectural marvels. The temple became an important pilgrimage centre after the construction of the palace around it.