Galtaji Tirtha, Jaipur Rajasthan
Galtaji is an ancient Hindu pilgrimage about 10 km away from Jaipur, in the Indian state of Rajasthan.⠀
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. ⠀
This ‘Galva Ashram’ is named after the famous Holy Saint Galva who made his penance for about 60,000 years in Satyuga and according to the ancient belief he brought the sacred Gangaji to Shri Galtaji which comes out of the Gau-mukh (Cow’s mouth).⠀
According to ‘Galvashram Mahatmaya’ on every full moon day of the hindi month ‘Karthik’, Brahmaa, Vishnu and Shiva, the Trinity of Gods of Sanatan Dharma visit this holy place as the reason of which taking bath in the holy ponds provide divine blessings of God into multiple of trillions. Also the holy pilgrimage to all the four Dhams and the Saptpuris is considered to be incomplete unless the pilgrim does not come to take the holy bath in the pond of Galava Ashram.⠀
This famous Galva Ashram is made popular in the name of Galta Gaddi (Peetham) by the founder Acharya the Miraculous Holy Saint Payohari Swami Shri Krishnadas Ji Maharaj in 1503 A.D. (Samvat 1560), who was named Payohari as he lived on the Cow-milk throughout. ⠀
He is also well-known to spread the principles and teachings of Shri Vaishnava (Vishishtadwait) Philosophy of Ramanujacharya in North India as he influenced the then rulers of different erstwhile states with his unique and impossible miracles of spiritual powers for the betterment of the mankind. Out of his 12 main disciples, 2 of them Shri Kilhaji and Shri Aggra Ji are well-known. As the Bhishma of Mahabharta, Shri Kilha Devachrya Ji defined span of his lifetime who was placed on the holy Gaddi of Shri Galtaji as the second Acharya. ⠀
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