Countless Mandirs are established in every corner of Bharat, where various forms and incarnations of Bhagwan are seated. Every Mandir has an ancient history and there are many beliefs associated with them. In this series of Mandirs, we will give information about two such Mandirs of this land of Bharat which are dedicated to those forms of Bhagwan who are yet to come on earth. These two Mandirs are located in Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan and Sambhal district of Uttar Pradesh, where Bhagwan Kalki, the tenth avatar of Bhagwan Vishnu, is worshipped.
300 years old Kalki Mandir established by the founder of Jaipur:
Known as ‘Pink City, the Mandir of Bhagwan Kalki is situated in an area called Sirhadyodhi near the famous Hawa Mahal of Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan. This Mandir was built by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, who laid the foundation of the city of Jaipur. According to many available evidences, this Mandir was built in the year 1739. Although Bhagwan Kalki will descend on this land of Bharat after thousands of years, but Maharaja Jai Singh built this Mandir on the basis of the form of Bhagwan Kalki described in the Sanatan scriptures.
The Kalki Mandir of Jaipur is built in the Shikhar style. Red sandstone and marble have been used for the construction of the Mandir. Also, the Mandir pavilions have been built in three different styles. Apart from Bhagwan Kalki, a statue of his riding White Horse has also been installed in the Mandir. Marble carvings are also seen in this unique Kalki Mandir of Jaipur. At the entrance of the Garbhgruh of the Mandir, the figure of conch shell and mace, considered very sacred, is carved on marble stone.
1000 years old Kalki Mandir in Sambhal, Uttar Pradesh:
Apart from Jaipur, the oldest Mandir of Bhagwan Kalki is also located in Sambhal district of Uttar Pradesh. The evidence of Kalki Mandir is present in the map of about 1000 years old, kept safe near the Mahant of the Mandir. According to these evidences, the Mandir was built by Manu Maharaj about 1000 years ago. In the map the Mandir is inscribed as Manu Shree Kalki Mandir. The Kalki Mandir of Sambhal was renovated by Maharani Rajmata Ahilyabai Holkar of Indore on the advice of her astrologer. After this, only the descendants of the astrologer are rendering their services as the chief Pujari in the Mandir.
The architecture of the Kalki Mandir at Sambhal is inspired by the Dravidian style of Mandir construction which is a matter of mystery as Dravidian style Mandirs are very rare in the northern part of Bharat. The state emblems of Rajmata Ahilyabai Holkar are still there at the entrance of the Mandir.
Unique example of the great Dev Parampara of Sanatan:
Bhagwan Kalki, the tenth avtar of Srihari, will incarnate in the phase of Kaliyug when adharma will be at its peak and dharm will continue to decline. According to the Hindu scriptures and Puran, such a time will come after thousands of years. But it is the greatness of Sanatan that our Vedic texts have already provided information about such form of Bhagwan, which is to be incarnated after thousands of years. It is said about Bhagwan Kalki that adharm will be destroyed by them and he will be the one who will save Kaliyug.
Many such Mandirs are located in different places of Bharat. Many of these Mandirs are such that they are far from the mainstream. The Kalki Mandirs located in Jaipur and Sambhal are also similar about which information is still lacking and the purpose of establishing these Mandirs and their ancient history is yet to be researched. But these Mandirs are our heritage, so it is our duty to visit these Mandirs when we get time and get information about the traditions and beliefs related to them.
Jaipur is the capital of Rajasthan, due to which means of transport are available to reach here from every corner of Bharat. The distance of Kalki Mandir from Jaipur International Airport, Railway Junction and Bus Stand is 12 km, 5 km and 2.5 km respectively. On the other hand, being a small town located in the northern part of Uttar Pradesh, Sambhal is directly connected to few places. The nearest airport to Sambhal is Pantnagar which is at a distance of about 101 kms. Apart from this, the nearest railway junction to reach Sambhal is Moradabad which is about 35 kms. However, due to the well-organized network of roads in Uttar Pradesh, it is easy to reach Sambhal via road from the various districts of state and neighboring states.