My ideal and my ancestor Raja Mansingh’s personality and scope of work are very rich, which cannot be described in an article. I am describing some of the main temples built by him. The era of Raja Mansingh was a challenge for Hindutva and Sanatan Dharma. Temples were being demolished, conversions were being made in India. The Hindu kings were becoming weak, as well as changing religion in the state’s greed. King Mansingh not only prevented Hindus from adopting the Muslim religion, but he also increased his power at the Mogul court. Because of this, the Mughals did not give any orders against the Hindus.
He built and renovated temples across India, including Varanasi, Vrindavan, Bengal, Bihar, Kabul, Kandahar, Amer, Jaipur. Among them are Amer’s Shiladevi, Sanganer’s Sanga Baba, Hanuman Temple in Chandpol, Maa Ganga Temple in Har Ki Pauri (Haridwar). The Maa Ganga temple is also known as Maan Chhatri. He built Varanasi Dashashwamedh Ghaat and the great temple of Vishwanath Lord Shiva, which is recognized in the world by the Maan Temple and the Maan Ghat. This temple is also mentioned by Jahangir in his autobiography.
It says that that for the construction of the temple, my father spent 10 lakh rupees from the Mogul treasure (Akbar), and one lakh rupees was paid for by Raja Mansingh himself. Jagannath Puri was freed from the Afghans and built a large temple. He built the Rohtas Fort in South Bihar along the lines of Amber Fort. From 1590 to 1592, there was a struggle in Odisha. Mansingh, After King of Khurda Ramachandra surrendered to him, appointed him superintendent for maintenance and other arrangements for the Jagannath temple. Since then, the descendants of King Ramachandra of Khurda have administered the temple.
“jagannaath jee ne fir vidhu vidhaan so sthaapana kina. paachho samudr mai jaay khaando paakhalyo”!!!
When Raja Mansingh came into contact with Raghunath Bhatt, on his orders, a large temple of Govind Devji was built in Vrindavan. The construction of the temple began in 1535 and was completed in 1590. It was the largest temple of the 16th century. At the time of Jaipur City’s foundation, the adorable Govind Devji was established in the Surya Mahal, And whose Chandra Mahal we see every day from the seven floors.
~Diya Kumari, Sasand, Rajsamand