Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary|Rajasthan

No Comments

Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary|Rajasthan, situated at a distance of 180 km from Delhi, 55 km from Agra and 35 km from Mathura and 195 km from Jaipur. Ranthambor National Park is 235 km from here.  This park is also known as Keoladeo Ghana National Park, spread over in an area of 29 square kilometers. One can combine its visit by road with Agra, Mathura, Jaipur, wildlife sanctuary Ranthambor and Chambal Alligator and Birds Reserve Park  is a World Heritage site since 2002 as “Habitat of Rare and Endangered Species” Keoladeo is Lord Shiva temple in the Sanctuary.

DSC_0281

 

DSC_0439

DSC_0417

This park is a low land situated between the confluence of two rivers Gambir and Banganga, Jat King Maharaja Surajmal who ruled Bharatpur constructed high-rise mud bund on the western side of city , a bund at the confluence of two rivers and filled the ground with water. This marshland was created as an additional measure for the protection of Bharatpur from the invaders coming from Agra, Alwar and Jaipur side.

DSC_0398

Bharatpur city use to get flooded during the monsoons, In 1760 AD an earthen Dam was constructed to protect the city, the soil removed for the purpose left more space for water to be trapped, series of small dams, dykes and gates controlled the level of water, this area afterwards started attracting lots of birds due to the favorable vegetation, small fish, weeds and low depth of water and became the best water duck shooting game wetland in the world. The birds hunting started around 1850 AD and regular duck shoots were organised by the Bharatpur Royal Family to honor the British Viceroys.

DSC_0177

The Royal Family had hunting rights till 1972 after which It became a Bird Sanctuary/Protected area on 13 March 1976. It got its National Park status on 10 March 1982 and became a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1985.

DSC_0533

DSC_0379

A huge variety of Flora and Fauna throughout the year and suitable climate in winters makes Bharatpur a favorite destination for birds coming down from  Central Asia, Siberia, Russia, Northern Europe and North eastern Asia to spend their winters and start their return flights around the end of February

DSC_0403

Flora

This marshy wetland is on the edge of Thar Desert and experiences extreme hot summers (around 48 Centigrade )  and not very cold winter ( around 5 Centigrade). There are grasslands of Khus Khus ( Vetiveria Zizanoides) , trees of Babul , Kiker ( Acasia Nilotica),  Kadamb (Mitragyana) , Jamun (Jambula) , Kandi ( Prosopis), Berberry (Zizyphus), Aquatic weeds like Water Lillys (Nymphya Species) , Duck weeds (Lemna species), Water Ferns, Hydrilla, Naga Species and Chara Species. Many birds feed on roots, fruits, nuts, seeds and build their nests on thorny trees for safety .

DSC_0927

 

DSC_0304

Fauna

There are over three hundred species of birds in the 11 sq. km. of marshland, rest is the grassland and shrub trees the migratory birds species are Grey Heron, Geese, Sarus Crane, Pelican, Eagles, Ducks, Hawks, Shanks, Stints, Brown long ear Bats, Wagtails, Warblers, Garganey Teal, Fly catchers, Larks, Pipits, Larks etc. Permanent residents are Peacock, Crows, Wood Sand Piper , Indian Shag , Parrots, King Fisher,

DSC_0429

 

DSC_0196

 

DSC_0879

 

DSC_0363

 

DSC_0338

DSC_0072

The Siberian Crains use to spend their winters here are no more arriving due to hunting in Afghanistan where on way to India they were spending 2-3 days.  The Neelgai, wild boars, Cheatals, Indian Mongoose Sambhar, Fox, Fishing cats, Leopard cats, Jackals, Hyenas and Small Indian Civets, Rhesus monkey, Langur etc. Reptiles Rock Python, Cobra, Russel’s Vipers and Monitor lizards. Amphibians are Tortoise, Bull Frog, Skipper Frog .

DSC_0954

In addition to the above, when few villages within the park area were relocated they left their cattle behind, they are now permanent residents, feed , breed in open like the wild animals since 1971.

Best bird watching times are early morning just around the sunrise when birds leaves their nest in search for the food and then around the afternoon when birds return to their nests to feed their young ones and have rest.

There is a entry ticket , Naturalists / Guides are available, only paddled rickshaw , bicycles and battery operated carts are available or one can walk in the Bird Sanctuary.

For more information contact +91 9810506646

Callers from Outside India (+05.30 GMT) +44 7700093414

Office contact India (+05.30 GMT) 011 45725562, 45725563, 45725564

Email : promark@promarktravels.com

Website : promarktravels.com

Blog : promarktravels.com/blog

Ghantiyali Mata Temple Tanot Jaisalmer Rajasthan

Ghantiyali Mata temple is situated on main  Jaisalmer – Ramgarh – Tanot highway , 110 km from Jaisalmer ,  just 09 Km. before Tanot , situated between the beautiful yellow Sand Dunes .

Sand Dunes at Gantiyali Mata Temple Tanot Jaisalmer

Sand Dunes at Gantiyali Mata Temple Tanot Jaisalmer

It is considered must  to visit this temple first before Ma Tanot Temple . Ma Ghantiyali is sister of Ma Tanot and showed miracles at the same place before the temple was established and then in 1965 AD war with Pakistan.

Ghantiyali Mata Mandir , Tanot , Jaisalmer

Ghantiyali Mata Mandir , Tanot , Jaisalmer

How did the temple come at this place? According to a legend , a village nearby was overrun by a rival community and every one was killed except for one pregnant lady who was away at her mother’s village , this lady gave birth to a son , after few years when this boy grew up, started inquiring about his family and father , mother narrated the whole story to his son. This young boy was full of anger and pledged to take a revenge.  One day this young boy took his sword and left his house to take his revenge , after few days, thirsty and tired, when he reached this spot, he saw a little girl who served him with a pot of water , the boy thanked her and asked her who she was, as there was no village nearby. The little girl told him that she knew about his arrival and blessed him  ” his mission will be successful “. The boy said she is not aware of for what mission he has left his home , the little girl replied that “she knows every thing “ she also instructed him that he will kill only one person . The boy reached his destined village where he saw a marriage celebrations was on , he quietly killed one of the guest and went in hiding , when guests saw one of their member is killed , in the confusion they accused the host villagers and in fighting killed each other . This boy’s mission got accomplished and returned to the place in search of the same little girl , not finding her there he wanted to kill himself as a gratitude ,  little girl who was Ma Ghantiyali appeared and instructed the boy to make a temple and let the people know about her.

Broken Idols by Pakistani Army in 1965 War

Broken Idols by Pakistani Army in 1965 War

Second miracle happened  in 1965 AD during India’s war with Pakistan. The Pakistani army had invaded and captured the temple , they left a few soldiers here , and then proceeded to capture Ramgarh further ahead , few of the Pakistani soldiers at temple started vandalizing the temple and the idols. Some of there fellow soldiers objected  and they killed many of their fellow comrades , it is said when some soldiers who tried steal the gold and silver ornaments from the temple, they somehow became blind. The remainder soldiers marched towards Ramgarh to join their army, nearing Ramgarh the Pakistani soldiers who were already there misunderstood their men as Indian soldiers and approaching soldiers misunderstood that there are Indian soldiers at Ramgarh and in firing from both side killed each other .

 

Ghantiyali Mata Temple Tanot Jaisalmer

Ghantiyali Mata Temple Tanot Jaisalmer

The management to look after for day to day affairs , Aarti and other arrangements are with the Border Security Force (BSF) of India , there no villages or shops nearby ,  one can spend a night here only after the permission from the BSF .

For More Information and Packages Contact + 91 9810506646

Callers from Outside India Contact + 44 7700093414

Office contact ( 05.30 GMT) 011 45725562 , 45725563 , 45725564

Email : promark@promarktravels.com

Website : promarktravels.com

Blog : promark@promarktravels.com/blog

Osiyan Group of Temples|Osiyan|Rajasthan

No Comments

Osiyan a temple town of Rajasthan is a very old city, also mentioned as Ukesa or Upkespur or Uvasisala in old texts books as old as 320 BC to 550 BC , founded by Utpaldeva a Rajput prince from Pratihara dynasty  it had trade relations with Afghanistan, Central Asia, Persia  Burma , Srilanka, it was a stop for Camel caravans, famous as pilgrimage center. Situated on Jodhpur -Phalodi highway about 69 kms. from Jodhpur,  It was a important city for Gurjar Pratihar rulers who won it from the Naga rulers and got the title Nagbhatt . People of Osiyan accepted Jainism from Acharya Ratnaprabhasuri Ji who impressed the people with his supernatural powers. Here Jainism is worshiped along with Hindu Goddess Sachiyan Mata and Nag Devta by the people .

Osiyan Group of Temples, Osiyan Rajasthan

Osiyan Group of Temples, Osiyan Rajasthan

Around the small city there are group of eleven temples namely Harihara temple, Surya temple,  Vishnu and Pipala Devi .

Kirtimukha at main entrance, Osiyan Group of Temples, Osiyan Rajasthan

Kirtimukha at main entrance, Osiyan Group of Temples, Osiyan Rajasthan

Main entrance is decorated with Lord Ganesh and Kirtimukha ( face of fame) are important sign of any Sanatan temple in Indian and South Asian temples, according to Skandha Puran , Lord Shiva created this monster and he ate willingly his body as per orders from Lord Shiva.

The Mandap , Osiyan Group of Temples, Osiyan Rajasthan

The Mandap ,Garbha griha door, Osiyan Group of Temples, Osiyan Rajasthan

Simple and well decorated mandap with dancing apsras, Nags (Snakes) coils and knots  and floral carvings all over the pillars and beams.

 

Beautiful carved Ceiling, Naglok, Osiyan Group of Temples

Beautiful carved Ceiling, Naglok, Osiyan Group of Temples

The ceiling is carved with snakes knotted with each other and hood with a human face and folding hands in praying position or welcoming the Gods , evidence of Naga worshiping in this area .

 

Naglok on walls near ceiling, Osiyan group of Temples, Osiyan Rajasthan

Naglok on walls near ceiling, Osiyan group of Temples, Osiyan Rajasthan

The side inner wall is full of carvings with men and women playing music and dancing .

Dancing and playing musical instruments, Osiyan Group of Temple

Dancing and playing musical instruments, Osiyan Group of Temple

The outer wall of this small temple is full of carvings of Lord Ganesh, Riddhi, Siddhi, Lord Vishnu’s Vaman avtar taking his step to heavens , Raja Bali watching him.

Vaman Awatar step reaching the heavens, lord Ganesha, Ridhhi and Siddhi , Osiyan Group of Temples

Vaman Awatar step reaching the heavens, lord Ganesha, Ridhhi and Siddhi , Osiyan Group of Temples

On the side wall panels a beautiful carved Lord Vishnu’s avtar Narsimha killing Hirnakashap and one can see Bhak Prahlad bowing on ground in respect for the lord .

Narshimha awatar killing Hirnakashyap, Bhakt Prahlad bowing down to Lord, Osyian Group of Temples, Osiyan , Rajasthan

Narshimha awatar killing Hirnakashyap, Bhakt Prahlad bowing down to Lord, Osyian Group of Temples, Osiyan , Rajasthan

 

For more information contact  +91  9810506646

Callers from Outside India (+05.30 GMT) +44 7700093414

Office contact ( +05.30 GMT) +91 011 45725562, 45725563, 45725564

Email : promark@promarktravels.com

Website : promarktravels.com

Blog : promarktravels.com/blog

Sahastra Baahu Temple|Nagda|Udaipur|Rajasthan

Sahastra Baahu Temple Nagda about 22 km from Udaipur is also known as  Saas Bahu Ka Mandir, a twin Vaishnav Mandir, here are group of temples of early 7th century, dedicated to lord Vishnu, there use to be a town in the East of this temple, in 15th Century the Gohila King Mokala constructed a lake ( Baghela Talav) after his brother’s name Bagh Singh and town was relocated . This temple is no more in use , it is in partial ruins, tourists  main attraction is of it’s architecture and rare artistic beauty of carvings of more than thousand years ago.

Makar Torna Gate, Sahastrabahu Temple, Nagda, Udaipur

Makar Torna Gate, Sahastrabahu Temple, Nagda, Udaipur

The Twin temple are on a raised platform , The entrance use to be from east through a Makar Torna ( arched gate), there are ten small temples around the large temple The Vishnu Temple, built by Yasomati, wife of the commander in chief of the Mewar rulers ( Saas or Mother-in-Law) and five small temples around the small ( Bahu or Daughter-in-Law) temple.

The twin temples view from West Sahastrabahu Temple, Nagda, Udaipur

The twin temples view from West Sahastrabahu Temple, Nagda, Udaipur

The Saas temple is large and Bahu temple is small , The Bahu temple has the Octagon ceiling, there are eight female figures, the Saas temple has the Torna , the walls are not much decorated but pillars , roof and projections are full of carvings.

Kirtimukha at the entrance, Sahastrabahu Temple, Nagda, Udaipur

Kirtimukha at the entrance, Sahastrabahu Temple, Nagda, Udaipur

Temples are constructed on “Pancharatha” plan , The Garbhagriha, Antryalaya, Ardhmandapm, Mandapam and Varandha ( Sanctum, Vestibule, Hall and Porch ). Kirtimukha is at the main entrance of temple.

Sahastrabahu Temple, Saasbahu Mandir, Nagda, Udaipur

Sahastrabahu Temple, Saasbahu Mandir, Nagda, Udaipur

The outer walls are decorated with carvings of people in their daily life work, inlaid work are remarkable , lady playing with child, churning curd, potter making pots, elephant punishing a culprit etc.

Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu incarnations, Lord Brahma, Lord Ram, Balram, Parshuram, epics from Mahabharat, Ramayana  and Lord Krishna’s life are very well preserved .

Lord Vishnu riding Garuda's sholders, Sahatrabahu Temple, Nagda, Udaipur

Lord Vishnu riding Garuda’s sholders, Sahatrabahu Temple, Nagda, Udaipur

 

Lord Shiva and above is Parshuram, Sahastrabahu Temple, Nagda, Udaipur

Lord Shiva and above is Parshuram, Sahastrabahu Temple, Nagda, Udaipur

Lord Shiva and Parsuram in meditation are on the west wall ( rear ) of Sahastrabahu temple

Carved Torna Mandap , Sahastrabahu Temple, Nagda, Udaipur

Carved Torna Mandap , Sahastrabahu Temple, Nagda, Udaipur

The mandap of Sahastrabahu temple is beautiful carved pillars and Toranas , the carvings are of Lord Shiva with Parvati, Godess Chamamunda , Godess Ma Kali, Godess Ma Mahishasur Mardani .

Carvings in Mandap above Torna , Sahastrabahu Temple, Nagda, Udaipur

Carvings in Mandap above Torna , Sahastrabahu Temple, Nagda, Udaipur

The walls above the Tornas are carved with epics from Ramayana and Mahabharat.

Butifull carved lotus, ceiling of Mandap, Sahastrabahu Temple, Nagda, Udaipr

Butifull carved lotus, ceiling of Mandap, Sahastrabahu Temple, Nagda, Udaipr

The ceiling above in the Mandap is beautifully carved lotus flower floating  in a water pool .

Mahishasur Mardan, pillar of Mandap, Sahastrabahu Temple, Nagda, Udaipur

Mahishasur Mardan, pillar of Mandap, Sahastrabahu Temple, Nagda, Udaipur

One of the Mandap pillar carved to show Ma Mahishasur Mardani .

 

Lord Krishna taking away Rukmani on his chariot , Sahstrabahu Temple, Nagda, Udaipur

Lord Krishna and Arjun on chariot scene from Mahabharat , Sahstrabahu Temple, Nagda, Udaipur

The projections of the roof plate ( chajja) depicting the Lord Krishna and Arjun on a chariot at Mahabharat battle field.

Lord Shiva with scaled snake skin, skull in one hand, Sahastrabahu Temple, Nagda, Udaipur

Lord Shiva with scaled snake skin, skull in one hand, Sahastrabahu Temple, Nagda, Udaipur

One of the rare carving of Lord Shiva with four hands one of the left hand is carrying a skull trident in right hand and other two arms are carrying flowers , it is showing lord Shiva’s body skin of a snake with scales .

Balram in medation with club and Plough, Sahastrabahu Temple, Nagda, Udaipur

Balram in medation with club and Plough, Sahastrabahu Temple, Nagda, Udaipur

Just above the lord Shiva statue is the Balram , lord Krishna’s brother carrying a club and a plough in his hands, sitting  in deep meditation .

Ma Kali with skull in hand and Lord Shiva lying on ground, Sahastrabahu Temple, Nagda, Udaipur

Ma Kali with skull in hand and Lord Shiva lying on ground, Sahastrabahu Temple, Nagda, Udaipur

One of the outer wall is having Ma Kali with a skull in one hand a trishool in another hand and lord Shiva is lying on the ground with Ma Kali above the lord.

Carving Hindu Mythology Kalpavirksha a divine tree , Sahastrabahu Temple, Nagda, Udaipur

Carving Hindu Mythology Kalpavirksha a divine tree , Sahastrabahu Temple, Nagda, Udaipur

Kalpavirksha or Kalpa padap is a divine tree as per the Hindu mythology , it is carved in the inner wall of the temple, it is said it is a wish fulfilling tree.

Ravaged and plundered by the invading Muslim armies in the 14th century, this temple has survived the turns of history gracefully. Worth visiting for its architectural beauty .

For more information call  +91 9810506646

Callers from outside India (+05.30 GMT)  044 7700093414

Office contact (+05.30) 011 45725562, 45725563, 45725564

Email : promark@promarktravels.com

Website : promarktravels.com

Blog : promarktravels.com/blog

Ekling Ji Temple|Nagada|Udaipur

Ekling Ji Temple Nagda Udaipur was built in 734 AD by the Bappa Rawal (Prince Kalbhoj) a devout Lord Shiva Upasak and a Yati ( a person with full control over his passions), the eighth ruler of Guhilot Rajput dynasty and founder of Mewar, it was repaired by Maharana Mokal ( assassinated at the age of 24) 46th ruler,  the present main temple was rebuilt in 15th century by Maharana Raimal grand father of Rana Kumbha  from the ruins over the destroyed temple. This place is also known as Kailash Puri .

Main entrance Ekling Ji Temple Nagda , Udaipur Rajasthan

Main entrance Ekling Ji Temple Nagda , Udaipur Rajasthan

There are two silver idol of Lord Ganesh and Kartikey to ward off the evils, after crossing this gate no cameras are allowed, photography is strictly prohibited inside.

The temple is big, magnificent in conception and perfect in making , a fifty feet high Shikhar has a sixty feet circumference at base, the Garbhagriha has four doors in four directions , each gate has a Nandi (the Bull) statue facing the main idol.The South and the western Gates are covered with silver strips. The temple complex is enclosed within high wall of hard rocks and in addition to the main temple there are 108 more temples carved out of marble and sand stone.

Ekling Ji Temple , main gate Silver idol of Lord Ganesha

Ekling Ji Temple , main gate Silver idol of Lord Ganesha

Just before the Sabha mandap in the west direction there is a black stone Nandi and small one made of Ashtdhatu on a raised platform facing the Garbhagriha .on the same platform is the statue of Bappa Rawal with folding hands facing the East looking at the statue of Maharishi Harit engraved at the main entrance of Sabah Mandap. Two big white statues of elephants stand before the main entrance to the Mandap .

The main Shikhar Ekling Ji Temple , Nagda, Udaipur, Rajasthan

The main Shikhar Ekling Ji Temple , Nagda, Udaipur, Rajasthan

A five face black marble Shivaling was established by Maharana Raimal son of Rana Kumbha at the end of 15th century, the West face is of Lord Brahma , East is of Lord Surya, North face is of Lord Vishnu, South face is of Rudra and upward is Shivalinga with a silver snake . Shivlinga is encircled by Goddess Parvati, Lord Ganesha and Lord Kartikay. In the North direction there are two water tanks. The Mewar Ruling family is a Suryavanshi Rajputs therefore above the Western door in the garbhagriha there is a silver image of Lord Surya.

Ekling Ji Image courtesy Wikipedia

Ekling Ji Image courtesy Wikipedia

Another very important Temple only one in the world is Lakulish Temple, within the complex  built in 971 AD. According to Linga Puran and Skandha Puran the Hindu Religious texts, the Lord Shiva worshipers oldest sect Lakulisha is supposed to be the 28th and last avtar (incarnation) of lord Rudra or Shiva who also introduced the Yoga system in the worship .

Bappa Rawal had his religious education from his Guru Sage Harit who meditated in a cave near by, he educated the code of conduct for the ruling families of Mewar to follow which has been the guiding source. The Ruler of Mewar is lord Shiva himself and Maharana of Mewar is the Diwan ( Prime minister) a representative of Ekling Ji. When Maharana is in Udaipur, every Monday night they pay a visit and worship the deity . Only the Maharana of Mewar can perform the Pooja of Shri Ekling ji, the daily puja is performed by the pujaris and receives the blessings on behalf of Mewar Maharana .

For more information contact  +91- 9810506646

Callers from oust side India (+05.30 GMT)  +44 7700093414

Office contact (+05.30) +91 011 45725562, 45725563, 45725564

Email : promark@promarktravels.com

Website : promarktravels.com

Blog : promarktravels.com/blog

 

 

Kumbhalgarh Fort|Rajasthan

No Comments

Kumbhalgarh Fort Rajasthan was built by Rana Kumbha over a hilltop 3600 ft. above the sea level with perimeter walls 36 km in length and frontal walls are fifteen feet thick with seven fortified gates , it is the second longest wall in the world. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site .

The location of Kumbhalgarh fort had the advantage of its location ,it is enclosed within 13 mountains of Arawalis range the rough hostile landscape. Kumbhalgarh Fort also separated Mewar and Marwar and was often used as a place of refuge by the rulers of Mewar at times of danger. It is said that Rana Kumbha built 32 forts in his life but it is the largest .

 

Main entrance Hanuman Pole (gate) Kumbhalgarh Fort Rajasthan

Main entrance Ram Pol (gate) Kumbhalgarh Fort Rajasthan

The perimeter walls made of ramparts between 3-5 meter in height, enforced by circular structures constructed using rubble and brick masonry using lime mortar, plastered at few places. The characteristic elements of Mewar defensive . access are to the fort are through zigzag  turns walled pathway between the gates, the small side cells,  chambers for guards, the horizontal beams rather than arches are part fortifications .

Small entrance before Ram Pol ( Gate) Kumbhalgarh Fort

Small entrance before Ram Pol ( Gate) Kumbhalgarh Fort

Due to its strategic location, it is considered as the second most important fort after Chittor fort of Rajasthan. Constructed between 1443 AD and 1458 AD  under the supervision of famous architect Mandan. The fort was constructed on the site of an older castle supposed to be of 2nd BC  it was virtually inaccessible in the 15th century Kumbhalgarh fort is on a high hill overlooking the approaches from Ajmer and Marwar. On the completion of this fort Maharana Kumbha issued a coin engraved fort and its name.

 

The Great Wall of Kumbhalgarh 37km. long, 20ft. thick , second longest in the world

The Great Wall of Kumbhalgarh 37km. long, 15 ft. thick , second longest in the world

The walls of fort are broad enough to have space for eight horses can stand side by side

The important buildings within the fort are Badal Mahal, Kumbha Palace, Brahmanical and Jain Temples, water reservoirs, baoris, (step-wells) chhattris etc. Kumbhalgarh Fort is one of the very few forts in history, which never got conquered

 

Kumbhalgarh Fort , Palace on hill

Kumbhalgarh Fort , Palace on hill

Badal Mahal is situated at the highest point , it is a two story structure divided into two portion Zanana Mahal  (Ladies Chamber) and Mardana Mahal ( Mens Chamber) . There are decorative wall paintings all over and Ladies chamber has the stone Jalis to give privacy to the royal ladies but they could watch all the proceedings in the royal court . From Badal Mahal one can have a panoramic view of the countryside from the top, the Temples , gardens, water reservoirs, Baolis and town within the fort .

 

Jain Temple at Kumbhalgarh Fort Rajasthan

Temple at Kumbhalgarh Fort Rajasthan

There are around 360 Jain and Hindu temples within the fort .

 

One of the gate on way to the Palace, Kumbhalgarh Fort Rajasthan

One of the gate on way to the Palace, Kumbhalgarh Fort Rajasthan

The mansion known as Jhalia-ka-Malia or the Palace of Queen Jhali it is believed to be the birth place of Maharana Pratap a great Rajput Warrior.

 

Palace Pavilion where Maharana Pratap was born, Kumbhalgarh fort Rajasthan

Palace Pavilion where Maharana Pratap was born, Kumbhalgarh fort Rajasthan

 

 

Observation Tower , Kumbhalgarh Fort, Rajasthan

Observation Tower , Kumbhalgarh Fort, Rajasthan

The fort as a whole in its cultural values and other attributes such as forms of fortification walls, palace complexes, group of temples devoted to different sects and faiths, water bodies, other structures, material of constructions, its shape and design, traditional values, use and beliefs are still preserved intact .

Fort is open from 0800 hrs till 1800 hrs everyday, it is 45 km from Udaipur, can be done in a day, there is a entry ticket to the fort .

For more information contact  +91 9810506646

Callers from Outside India (+05.30 GMT)  +44 7700093414

Office contact New Delhi (+05.30 GMT) 011 45725562, 45725563, 45725564

Email : promark@promarktravels.com

Website : promarktravels.com

Blog : promarktravels.com/blog

Ranakpur Jain Temple|Rajasthan

Ranakpur Jain Temple is situated at about 95 km from Udaipur on road to  Udaipur – Jodhpur, on the banks of Maghai river,  built in 15th century by a Jain businessman Seth Dharna Shah inspired by Acharaya Soma Sunder Suriji , Rana Khumbha who was the then ruler Mewar helped him by giving land in valley of Mount Madri but also advised him to build a city near it now known as Ranakpur, the chief architect Deepaka with high value for art a vision of Nalinigulma Viman ( Viman of Gods) put the devotion of his patron to a dream come true in the form of a magnificent temple. It is also known as Patariyon Ka Mandir

Ranakpur Jain Temple, Main Entrance

Ranakpur Jain Temple, Main Entrance

it is the largest and most important Jain temple in India. The Dharna Shah died before the completion of work but before his death he installed the idol of Principal deity Lord Rishabhdeva in 1496 Vikram Samvat (1445 AD aprox.)  his brother Ratanshah carried forward the work with limited resources and could not got the final polish of marble done at many places. It took sixty five years to complete.

Ranakpur Jain Temple , Main gate pillars and carvings

Ranakpur Jain Temple , Main gate pillars and carvings

This temple could escape from the invading armies because it was not on the main routes to the battle grounds.

Kechak (Hindu mythological figure) at ceiling above the main entrance

Kechak (Hindu mythological figure) at ceiling above the main entrance

The construction started in 1446 Vikram Samvat (1395 AD aprox.) and completed in 1511 Vikram Samvat ( 1460 AD aprox ) It is a Choumukha Temple ( Four side open) , temple is 60 x 62 meters,  it does not conform to the traditional longitudinal plan as of Indian temples but follows a crisscross one. This plan has four separate entrances, one on each side. Each of these then lead through a series of columned halls to a central arena and the sanctum which has the four faced white marble 6 ft. tall image of Lord Adinath.

Ranakpur Jain Temple carved pillars, crisscross passage

Ranakpur Jain Temple carved pillars, crisscross passage

Ceiling at the entrance of Ranakpur temple is a mythological character Kechak a five body one head human is representation of five evils among the humans are Lust (Kaam), Anger (Krodh), Greed (Lobh), Attachment (Moh) and Conceit ( Ahankaar) are to be left behind while one enters the temple.

The artistically carved nymphs playing the flute in various dance postures at a height of 45 feet are an interesting sight.  Rishabhadev Ji  is surrounded by several other smaller shrines and domes. These are in turn surrounded by a Bhamati or range of cells for images, each of which has a roof of its own.

Ranakpur Jain Temple, Dome with flute playing ladies, stone carved chandelier

Ranakpur Jain Temple, Dome with flute playing ladies, stone carved chandelier

The ceilings of the temples are carved with fine, lace, leaf like motifs, scroll work and geometric patterns. The domes are carved in concentric bands and the brackets connecting the base of the dome with the top are covered with figures of deities.

Ranakpur Jain Temple, 1008 snake hood and the Lord

Ranakpur Jain Temple, 1008 snake hood and the Lord

The peculiar character of this temple is there are 1444 pillars carved in exquisite details, support the temple  and not a single pillar is of same design and they all are erected in a manner that from anywhere one can have the view of Lord’s image.

Ranakpur Jain Temple , Pillar constructed by Rana Kumbha

Ranakpur Jain Temple , Pillar constructed by Rana Kumbha

Kalpvriksha or Kalpataru is a divine tree , originated during the Samundramanthan (Churning of Sea) the Raja Indra of Swarglok (Paradise) planted it in Swarglok , it is a wish fulfilling tree , Jains, Buddhists and Hindus holy literature finds mentions at various places with divine powers.

Ranakpur Jain Temple , Kalpvriksha

Ranakpur Jain Temple , Image carved on stone of Kalpvriksha a divine tree in Hindu mythology

As the sun rays shift through the day the pillars colour change from golden to blueish in the mandap (prayer hall). In the North of temple there are foot prints of Lord Rhishabhdev and a Kalpvriksha tree .

The people who were associated with the construction and daily rituals then 600 years ago, their families are still continuing the job of repairs, and rituals, family of Seth Dharan Shah lives in village Ghanerao. Events related to its construction are recorded on a copper plate inscribed in Sanskrit .

For more information contact + 91 9810506646

Callers from Outside India (+05.30 GMT)  +44 7700093414

Office contact (+05.30 GMT) 011  45725562 , 45725563 , 45725564

Email : promark@promarktravels.com

Blog : promarktravels.com/blog

 

Sand Dunes of Kanoi Village Jaisalmer Rajasthan

No Comments

Kanoi is in West of Jaisalmer at about 35 Km. This place is now the best location for the virgin Sand dunes away from the noise of main Jaisalmer – Sam Highway . These Sand Dunes were open as new destination for the visitors in the year 2014.

Camel cart and Camels at Kanoi Sand dunes

The villagers of Kanoi are taking care of this area by not letting it littered by self and the tourists , the camel men and the cart men carry a bag with them and collect all the garbage , keep it at one place at the camel boarding point to be disposed off in a proper way .

Camels and Desert Spring Camp Kanoi , Jaisalmer

In the vicinity of Kanoi village there is only one camp called the Desert Spring , staff is well-trained and also training the local villagers about the Eco – friendly daily products , protection of Wild life and Sand Dunes of Kanoi 

 

Sunset at Sand dunes of Kanoi , Jaisalmer

The weather and sand becomes cool as soon as sunsets in the West and  best thing about this place is that there are no man made obstructions which are an eyesore in the natural view. Kalbelia dancers and Mirasis singers are present here to have a private exclusive  performance at a Sand Dune selected by you with your own privacy .

Virgin Sand at Kanoi Sand dunes , Jaisalmer

The only place to stay near Kanoi Sand Dunes is the Desert Spring Camp , it has 11 Royal Tents and 15 Comfort tents with Rajasthani folk dances , Puppet show and Manganiyar singing the Rajasthani folk songs . One can enjoy the Sunset and Sunrise in the desert from here.

 For more information and packages contact + 91 9810506646

Callers from Outside India + 44 7700093414

Email : promark@promarktravels.com

website : kanoi.promarktravels.com

Blog : www.promarktravels.com/blog

Tiger Sighting in the Wild at Ranthambhore Rajasthan

No Comments

Planing a holiday to visit a Ranthambhore Wildlife Sanctuary?

Here are few simple steps which will help you to make sure you have a date with Tiger in wild .

Jogi Mahal Gate Ranthambhore Wildlife National Park

1. The Wildlife Sanctuary at Sawai Madhopur , Ranthambore , Rajasthan is among the high density in number of Tigers as compared to other 46 Tiger Sanctuaries spread all over India .

 

Canter & Jeeps in que at Ranthambhore Wildlife National Park

 2. The Ranthambore Tiger Reserve lies at the intersection of the Aravalis and the Vindhyan hill  Ranges  covered by Northern Tropical dry  forests ,  the trees shrubs shed their leaves at the end of the season in this region .

The Pug Mark , Foot Print of a Tiger

3. River Banas, a tributary of river Chambal divides this forest into two parts  one part is Kela Devi Sanctuary which is a dry Plateau and the Ranthnambore National Park, Sawai Madhopur Sanctuary and Sawai  Man Singh  Sanctuary covering approximately 530 Sq.Km. area rich in wild life  out of the 1334 Sq.Km. area The National Park  is home to over 40 species of Mammals, 300 species of Birds, 45 species of Reptiles and over 300 species of Plants .

Tiger at Ranthambhore Wildlife

4. Tigers keeps on moving in their marked area and tries to keep expanding it by leaving their scent on the tree barks and  rocks and keep protecting it from other tigers even at the cost of their life .

Female Tigress Cub , Ranthambhore Wildlife National Park

5. Register yourself online for the date and time you want to take the Jungle Safari  by Jeep or by Canter .

6. Book for minimum two or more visits in different Zones it is better to have  more than two to increases your chance in Tiger Sighting  .

7. Wear soft Green , Khaki or similar camouflage outfit , wear sunglasses and cap as there is lots of dust on the tracks .

8. Check with the driver about the route the vehicle is to take , if there were sighting in the previous day in the same or adjoining  Zone , drivers and guide follows the calls and pug marks in the direction of Tiger, listen to their instructions carefully .

9. When you sight a Tiger do not make any noise as Tiger is a shy animal it may run away in hiding, never use flash for taking a photo as it scares the animal , remain seated,  calm and give others also the opportunity to view and take photographs .

How to reach Sawai Madhopur Ranthambore 

Sawai Madhopur is a Railway Junction  on Delhi – Mumbai Western Railway main route all trains  passing on this route stops at this station as one track branches off for Jaipur from here .

It is well-connected by road State Highways from Jaipur , Agra , Kota , Bundi ,Tonk , Dausa , GangaPur City .

Nearest Airport is Jaipur , driving distance 160 km aprox 4 hrs.

Accommodation is available in form Budget category to any Star Category Hotels , Resorts and Swiss Camps .

For More Information and Packages Contact  + 91 9810506646

Callers from Outside India Call +44 7700093414

Office Contact ( 05.30 GMT)  011 45725562 , 45725563 , 45725564

Email : promark@promarktravels.com

Blog : promarktravels.com/blog  

Website : ranthambhore.promarktravels.com , promarktravels.com

 

 

Bet Dwarka Temple , Gujarat

Bet Dwarka an island  is situated next to the shores of Okha which is about 29 km from Dwarka,  in the Gulf of Kutch , also known as Bet Shankhodhara and Ramandeep , It was a residence of Lord Krishna while Dwarka was his ruling / political seat , the name Bet Dwarka came from the incident of Lord Krishan’s  childhood friend   Sudama meet him and gave Bhet (Gift) of Tandul-Poha  (Rice).

Ferry from Okha port to Bet Dwarka

After crossing the 5 km creek by a ferry one is to walk about 10 minutes to reach the temple.

It is believed that Lord Krishna stayed at Bet Dwarka with his wife to save himself from scorching heat. The temple has a huge statue of the Lord Krishna platted in gold. The Temple’s shikhar is in one straight  line with Sharda shakti temple and  Devki ji (Krishna’s mother) temple sikhar It is also the seat of Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. it is said that Bet Dwarka is the holiest pilgrimage place for the Vaishnav’s Hindus . Bet Dwarka now is abode of 20 Vishnu temples, 23 shiv temples, including well known Dhingeshvara , Nilkantheshwar, Abhaya , Dhara shakti peeths along with other 14 Devi temples. Nine Hanuman temples including well known Hanuman Dandi

Main entrance Lord Krishna Temple Bet Dwarka Beyond this gate photography is prohibited inside

The lane in which this temple is , flooded by small shops  selling shells, rosary beads , old coins , photos ,  idols of Lord Krishna, local crafts and refreshments . 500 year old temple is built by Shri Vallabhacharya, it enshrines an idol of gold believed to be made by Lord Krishna ‘s wife Rukmini , tradition is to  present the Brahmins here with donations of rice.

 Lord Buddha also stayed in Bet Dwarka,  there is a Stupa and on one of the chajja ( Gallery) in the main temple there is an image of Lord Buddha . Bet Dwarka has glorious history as Meera Bai  of Chittor , arrived from Rajasthan and  merged with the graceful image of Lord Krishna. Nana Saheb Peshava ( leader of 1857 war with British forces ) spent the last years of his life in Bet Dwarka.

 For more information and packages contact + 91-9810506646

Callers outside India + 44 7700093414

Office contact (+05.30 GMT) 011 45725562 , 45725563 , 45725564

Email : promark@promarktravels.com

Blog : promarktravels.com/blog

Website: promarktravels.com