Meerabai Temple


Meerabai Temple is one of the religious places to see in Chittaurgarh. The temple was constructed during the rule of Maharana Kumbha, the Rajput king. It was dedicated to Mira Bai, one of the prominent participants in the Bhakti Cult movement.

The temple was constructed in the archetypal Rajput architecture. The structure lies on an elevated plinth that is typical of the North Indian architecture. The dome of the temple is embellished with a structure of 5 human bodies with a single head. The human bodies symbolize the four castes of the Hindu religion or the Varnas and the 5th caste of the Harijan. The single head symbolizes the faith in God, who can be equally realized by all. Above the chief sanctum rises the conical roof of the temple.

The sanctum sanctorum of the temple comprises of the paintings of Lord Krishna. Paintings of Mira Bai offering prayers to the Lord are also placed in the inner sanctum. Four pavilions extend from the inner sanctum into the colonnade. The small chhatri found in the temple’s forecourt is dedicated to the mentor of Mira Bai, Swami Ravidas. He hailed from Varanasi and belonged to the Harijan caste. The floor lying underneath the shrine carries the footmarks of the saint.

The tourists visiting the Meerabai Temple in Chittorgarh are advised to open their shoes outside the temple before walking into the sanctum.



Last Updated on : September 13, 2011