Beautiful Kumbha Shyam Temple inside Chittor Fort, Rajasthan - A symbol of Meera's love for Krishna and a Brilliant piece of Architecture in India's Largest fort

One place which has very unusual stories associated with it inside Chittor Fort is Kumbha Shyam Temple which is also known as temple dedicated to Meerabai. While exploring Chittor Fort, one can park the car close to this temple and take a round. This compound has a huge temple which is dedicated to Meerabai and another one is for her guru. In this blogpost we will what makes this place special and why it's worth taking a halt while exploring India's largest fort in Chittorgarh of Rajasthan.   Related Blogpost - Ranakpur Jain Temple in Pali District of Rajasthan || Gorgeous Architecture Inspired by a Divine Vision

One place which has very unusual stories associated with it inside Chittor Fort is Kumbha Shyam Temple which is also known as temple dedicated to Meerabai. While exploring Chittor Fort, one can park the car close to this temple and take a round. This compound has a huge temple which is dedicated to Meerabai and another one is for her guru. In this blogpost we will what makes this place special and why it's worth taking a halt while exploring India's largest fort in Chittorgarh of Rajasthan


Related Blogpost - Neelkanth Mahadev Temple inside KumbalGarh Fort, Rajasthan - One of the few active temples inside Second Longest Wall of the World  There is no specific entry ticket for Meerbai temple and you get entry as well as parking on ticket main ticket for Chittor Fort. Timings of temple are also same as that of other places inside Chittor fort : 9:45am till 6pm.   Related Blogpost - Great example of Rajput Architecture & Ruins of Rana Kumbha Palace inside unique UNESCO World Heritage site and India's largest fort in Chittorgarh, Rajasthan  In 1516 Crown Prince Bhoj, who was son of Maharana Sangram Singh-I married the princess Meera Bai of Merta. It seems when Meera came to Chittor, she requested for a small Krishna Temple for her personal use. Her father-in-law, Maharana Samgram Singh-1 built this Temple adjoining Kumbh Temple, which was named as Kumbha Shyam Temple. Meera continued her devotions to Lord Krishna and used her wealth to help feed religious pilgrims and the needy, around this part.  Related Blogpost - Badal Mahal in Rajasthan - A brilliant palace inside Kumbalgarh Fort for Panoramic Views of the mountains surrounding second largest wall of the world


There is no specific entry ticket for Meerbai temple and you get entry as well as parking on ticket main ticket for Chittor Fort. Timings of temple are also same as that of other places inside Chittor fort : 9:45am till 6pm. 


In 1516 Crown Prince Bhoj, who was son of Maharana Sangram Singh-I married the princess Meera Bai of Merta. It seems when Meera came to Chittor, she requested for a small Krishna Temple for her personal use. Her father-in-law, Maharana Samgram Singh-1 built this Temple adjoining Kumbh Temple, which was named as Kumbha Shyam Temple. Meera continued her devotions to Lord Krishna and used her wealth to help feed religious pilgrims and the needy, around this part.


Above photograph is clicked from left side of entry gate of the temple. There are lot of Langoors around the temple, so please ensure that you are not carrying eatables with you and be aware of other stuff you have while walking around the temple.   Related Blogpost - Evening Light and Sound Show at Kumbalgarh Fort - Something you certainly don't want to miss after sunset, when in this beautiful part of Royal Rajasthan  Above photograph shows a small temple on the left and a small Chhatri in the Temple built in memory of Meera's saintly guru Swami Ravidas of Varanasi. The saint's footprints are marked on the floor of this small shrine.  Related Blogpost - Tour de Churu Streets having grand havelis with marvelous fresco paintings | Haveli Heritage Tour Rajasthan, India

Above photograph is clicked from left side of entry gate of the temple. There are lot of Langoors around the temple, so please ensure that you are not carrying eatables with you and be aware of other stuff you have while walking around the temple. 


Above photograph shows a small temple on the left and a small Chhatri in the Temple built in memory of Meera's saintly guru Swami Ravidas of Varanasi. The saint's footprints are marked on the floor of this small shrine.


You can spend lot of time exploring these sculptures around the temple and not only the temple but whole Chittor Fort is full of these, although many of them got destroyed over decades.  Related Blogpost - Kumbhalgarh Fort of Royal Rajasthan - A grand example of Indian defence Architecture within the second Longest Wall in the world   This temple is built in Indo Aryan style and has a flavour of Rajput Architecture. The temple has a unique pyramid like roof with a high tower. The temple is placed on an elevated platform. The sculptures of various Hindu Gods and Goddesses be seen inside the temple. Similar sculptures can be seen on outer walls of the temple. There are sculptures of 8 rulers of the land on the walls of Kumbha Shyam temple. The image of Garuda stands under the canopy facing the temple.   Related Blogpost - Hamerpal Lake - A place which needs serious reconsideration by everyone visiting Kumbalgarh & Rajasthan Tourism for conservation of it's great natural ecosystem

You can spend lot of time exploring these sculptures around the temple and not only the temple but whole Chittor Fort is full of these, although many of them got destroyed over decades. 
This temple is built in Indo Aryan style and has a flavour of Rajput Architecture. The temple has a unique pyramid like roof with a high tower. The temple is placed on an elevated platform. The sculptures of various Hindu Gods and Goddesses be seen inside the temple. Similar sculptures can be seen on outer walls of the temple. There are sculptures of 8 rulers of the land on the walls of Kumbha Shyam temple. The image of Garuda stands under the canopy facing the temple. 


We certainly recommend to take a stop at Meera temple when exploring Chittor Fort in Rajasthan.   Related Blogpost - Vedi Temple inside KumbalGarh Fort, Rajasthan - 3 Storey Octagonal structure standing strong on 36 pillars around world's second largest wall  If you liked this post and found it helpful, I would request you to follow these things when traveling -   1. Manage your waste well and don’t litter. Use dustbins.   2. Tell us if you went to a place and found it hard to locate a dustbin.   3. Avoid water bottles in hills. Usually you get clean water in hills and water bottles create lot of mess in our ecosystem. In plains, refill your bottles with RO at hotel.   4. Say big no to plastic and avoid those unhealthy snacks packed in plastic bags. Rather buy fruits.   5. Don't play loud blaring music in forests or jungle camps. You are a guest in that ecosystem and disturbing the locals (humans and animals) is not polite.

We certainly recommend to take a stop at Meera temple when exploring Chittor Fort in Rajasthan. 


If you liked this post and found it helpful, I would request you to follow these things when traveling - 

1. Manage your waste well and don’t litter. Use dustbins. 

2. Tell us if you went to a place and found it hard to locate a dustbin. 

3. Avoid water bottles in hills. Usually you get clean water in hills and water bottles create lot of mess in our ecosystem. In plains, refill your bottles with RO at hotel. 

4. Say big no to plastic and avoid those unhealthy snacks packed in plastic bags. Rather buy fruits. 

5. Don't play loud blaring music in forests or jungle camps. You are a guest in that ecosystem and disturbing the locals (humans and animals) is not polite.

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