Thursday, 7 November 2013

Amber fort @ night

Tuesday, 8 October 2013

Karni Mata - Deshnok, Bikaner - The godess of rats

Main temple is situated in deshnok town of bikaner.
बीकानेर  के देशनोक कसबे में माता  जी का मंदिर स्थित हे. 

Its is believed that Jodhpur and bikaner kingdoms are established by the grass of godess.
जोधपुर और बीकानेर राज्यों की स्थापना माताजी के आशीर्वाद से ही मानी जाती हे. 

Her childhood name is Ridhhibai. Her aunt was unhappy after girl child birth. So when she touched her forehead, aunt's two fingers joined with each other. from then it was declared that these girl would do something in her life. And named as "karni"
इनके बचपन का नाम रिध्हिबाई हे कन्या जनम से नाखुश बुआ ने जब उनके माथे पर हाथ लगाया तो उनकी उंगलिया जुड़ गयी, तब से ही ये नाम प्रसिद्द हुआ की ये कन्या कुछ करके दिखयेगि. अत  इनका नाम करनी पड़ा 

The last building was built by Gangasinh Maharaja of Bikaner.
इसका अंतिम निर्माण बीकानेर के महाराजा गंगासिंह ने करवाया था. 

Mataji is considered as kul devi of bikaner's rathor and charans.
यह बीकानेर के राठोड़ो की और चरण जाती की कुल देवी मानी जाती हे. 

Mataji is famously known as godess of rats. 
माताजी चूहों की देवी के नाम से प्रसिद्द हे 

Rats here are known as "Kaba". Chran people consider these rats as their Ancestor 
इस मंदिर के चूहे काबा कहलाते हे. चरण जाती के लोग इन चूहों को अपने पूर्वज मानते हे।  

Monday, 7 October 2013

Jeen Mata - Sikar

The main temple is situated in south side of Sikar town. This is situated near foothills of Raiwasa village.
मुख्य मंदिर सीकर शहर के दक्षिण की ओर रेवासा गाव की तलहटी के पास स्थित है.

Here image of Goddess as Ashtbhuja ( eight arms).
यहाँ उनकी अष्टभुजा वाली प्रतिमा स्थित हे 

"Jeen" name was thought to derive from "Jayanti". "Jayanti" is considered as first among Navdurga.
जीन को जयंती का अपभ्रंश मन गया हे . जयंती नवदुर्गा में प्रथम मानी  जाती हे

Worshipers believe this Shaktipeeth perfect venue.
उपासक इस शक्तिपीठ को सिद्ध  स्थल मानते हे.

Jeen mata is believed as kuldevi of Chauhan's.
जीन माता चौहानों की कुल देवी मानी  जाती हे

Mata's fair held twice of the year in navratri of chaitra and ashwin months of hindu calender.
जीन माता का मेला  हर साल चैत्र और अश्विन महीने के नवरात्री में भरता  हे.

Sunday, 6 October 2013

Rani Sati Dadi, Jhunjhunu

Rani sati is called as "Dadi" in local language.
राणी सती को लोक भाषा मे " दादी " भी कहते हे. 

Her real name is " Narayani Devi Oswal".
इनका मूळ नाम " नारायणी देवी ओस्वाल था. 

Her husband, Tanmandhan Das died in a war with nawabs of Hisar. She got "Sati" (a social funeral practice among some rajasthani communities in which a recently widowed woman would immolate herself on her husband’s funeral pyre.).
हिसार के नवाब के साथ हुये सैन्य संघर्ष मे इनके पति तनमनधन दास कि मृत्यू हुई, जिसके बाद ये सती हुइ. 

The temple is situated in Jhunjhunu.
माताजी का मंदिर झुनझुनू मे हे. 

According to indian calender, on every krishn paksh amawsya of bhdra month, a big fair is being organised here by devotees.
हिंदू तिथी के अनुसार भद्रा महिने कि कृष्ण पक्ष अमावस्या को यहा मेला लगता हे जहा श्रद्धाळू एकत्रित होते हे. 

Saturday, 21 September 2013

Rath Yatra - Rishbhdev, Udaipur
Paryushan - A great Jain festival. Paryushan is an eternal festival relating neither to people nor to any historical event. It is a time to celebrate the natural qualities of the Soul. Just as the Soul does not have a beginning or an end, Paryushan does not have a beginning or an end.

Bhagwan Rishabh Dev is regarded as an incarnation of Lord Vishnu according to the Hindu text of Bhagavata Purana.He was the first Jain Tirthankara in India.

Here we are sharing pictures of rath yatra of Jain Bhagwan, from town Rishabhdev. Rishabhdev town is situated in Udaipur district. This is really a great pleasure to eyes and soul where you feel direct soulful connection with bhagwan Rishabhdev and their teachings.
We thank our friend Mr. Kalpesh Jain for sharing this almighty moment with us.

Thursday, 11 July 2013

Pushakr Lake - Calm and still yet beautyful

Pushkar Lake.
The world famous ghats of pushkar. We have always seen them at the time of festivals, so crowded so colorful.
But on any other day, does the beauty of these ghats fade away?

Look at the calmness and stability of water. As if its saying - "Today I am still and steady to welcome my cheerful guests of tomorrow."

With this great feeling of excitement filled with devotion we thank Mrs Swati singh Rathore for sharing this pic with us and making us feel blessed.

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Wednesday, 10 July 2013

Nakoda Temples - A place where beauty and worship both comes together

Nakoda Jain Temple. A perfect blend of beauty and worship. the moment you enter Nakoda Temples, your heart is overwhelmed with the feelings of joy, peace and eternal love and devotion for Bhagwan Mahaveer.
And once you settle down there, your mind starts observing and <a word for heartfelt praise> the unparalleled structure, sculpture and the craftmanship with which the temple is built.
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Soor sagar lake - bikaner - Heritage picnic spot

Soor sagar lake - Bikaner. A heritage which is eventually transforming into a hot picnic spot. 
So pack your bags and plan for a Bikaner visit. :) 

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Tuesday, 9 July 2013

Alwar - Silliserh Lake

What can be more beautiful then a huge amount of water... and then sitting beside it together with your beloved in the shade of loadddss of clouds.... Silliserh lake, Alwar is the perfect place in this perfect monsoon period. What are you waiting for??

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By the way did any one noticed the reflection and shadow of clouds in the water.... just awesome !!!

Friday, 24 May 2013

Khajuraho of Rajasthan - Kiradu temple

Kiradu temples are about 35 km from Barmer a towm situated in Thar desert in Indian state of Rajasthan . These temples feature impressive sculpture and a Solanki style of arhitecture, and date back to circa 1000 A.D. and later. There are five temples in all and most remarkable and biggest of them is Someshvara Temple - dedicated to Lord Shiva.

The other four temples, also considered as ancient are dedicated to Lord Shiva and Vishnu (the Preserver in the holy trinity of Hindu Kiradu today lies buried in a valley of barren hills. One can stay there for days without meeting another human soul, but it is an overwhelming experience, entirely different from the routine tourist places of India.

Saturday, 18 May 2013

Jantar-Mantar- Royal Observatory - Jaipur

Today is international museum day. what would be a better day to remember our age old monuments and museums. Today rajasthan govet has kept no entry fee to these museums and observatory. Lets celebrate the fun together.

Friday, 10 May 2013

Wednesday, 8 May 2013

Pichola Lake - Udaipur - How about a boat ride with your loved one ?

Lake Pichola in Udaipur. A perfect place to beat summers of Rajasthan. Boat ride with your beloved is something which takes you to start point of your love journey. So come and enjoy cool water of Pichola lake in Hot summers of Rajasthan.
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Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Hot Summers - Cool Water temples

Hot Summers of Rajasthan are unbearable without these watertemples(Pyau). Hats off to these devdoots, who sits for a long time and serves people till the end of the day.  

Wednesday, 10 April 2013

The Great Indian Travel Bazar 2013 - Everything about tourism.

With a clear objective India shine as a world-class tourism destination, this exhibition named as Great Indian Travel Bazaar 2013 provides a platform of interaction between foreign buyers, registered Indian sellers, policy makers, investors, members of the media. Which make a business sense out of this event.

Many top classical and Bollywood performers are also major attraction of the festival. Jaipur city look like a newly wed bride for the whole week long. Its beautiful, colored and lighting every where in the city and one can feel the warmth of festival every bit of city for the week.
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Monday, 25 March 2013

Rajasthan Day Celebration - Event Schedule

Rajasthan was formed on 30 March 1949. In significance of this and to make people of Rajasthan have a sense of pride in their state, this day is celebrated as a week long festival. The festival is jointly organized by Rajasthan government and Jaipur Virasat foundation. Main ceremony is performed in Jaipur, as it’s the capital of state but other major cities like Udaipur, Jodhpur, Bikaner, Jaisalmer are also covered in the same vibration of festival for week long.

Event Schedule –

Date & Time
Date – 24th to 30th March 2013

Time – Evening 4 PM to 9.30 PM
Program - Food & craft mela
Place - shilp gram, Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur.
Attraction – 65 stalls with local food and hand crafted materials and items by artisans.
Dance and musical program by famous traditional performers.
Date – 28th March 2013

Time – 7 PM
Program – Play “ Dafa 292”
Place – Rangayan, Jawahar Kala Kendra,  Jaipur.
Attraction – This famous play, directed by Anoop Trivedi, is based on diary of “Sadat Hasan Monto’s letters”. This is a very beautiful play which shows a new way to live the life.

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Friday, 1 March 2013

Sufi Festival Jodhpur - Go Sufiyana!!!

World sufi spirit festival organization, one who is solely responsible for letting us to get a little more closer to the world of sufi music. The festival was organized in Meharngargh fort, Jodhpur. It was a three days affair, 22nd to 24th Feb 2013, but believe me those 3  days were like as being in a musical heaven. Where the waves of soothing music travels through your hearing system and goes till your heart and touches your soul. Ultimately by which you gets an eternal satisfaction leaving you in the colorful and musical heaven.
There were performers from Egypt, Turkey, France, Mongolia and Afghanistan showcased their talent and were applauded for their music. From India, musicians from Kerala, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan performed.  Main attractions were Rabbi shergil, Harjiram and Okaram Meghwal & Group, Bardic Divas with Ulzan Baibussynova, Raushan Orazbaeva and Nadira Pirmatova, some enthusiastic qwwalli performances by Raza Khan, Chishtiya Group and Irfan Toufail Brothers, The Nile Sufi and others. There were also folk performances  by kalbelia dancers and as a special attraction the presentation of traditional marcial art performance by kerala group.

After coloring Jodhpur in sufi colors the festival headed to Naguar for next 3 days with the same spirit of featuring a string of local, national and international sufi artists at one place. For more like this please visit
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Monday, 25 February 2013

Beneshwar Mela - Where tribal beauty of culture and people come at one place.

Baneshwar is a very famous place near Dungarpur district in Rajasthan state of India. Baneshwar Fair is a popular tribal fair held at this place. Baneshwar is named after Shiva Linga which is kept in the Mahadev temple in Dungarpur. \'Baneshwar\' means the ‘master of the delta’ in the local Vagdi language. The fair is held at a small delta formed by the river Som and Mahi, from Magh Shukla Ekadashi to Magh Shukla Poornima during Shivratri. (January-February).

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Thursday, 21 February 2013

Albert Hall - Happy 127th Birthday!!!

Albert hall museum - one of the oldest and most beautiful monuments of Jaipur. Jaipur is celebrating 127th birthday of the saga, this month. It was constructed in 1887. This is named after King Edward Vll (Albert Edward), who came to visit the city that time as prince of wales. This  finest example of Indo-Saracenic architecture, building was designed by Sir Samuel Swinton Jacob. It was built as a town hall, but later on it was declared as a public museum.
So come lets wish this architectural beauty a very happy birthday!!!
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Monday, 18 February 2013

Bajra Khichadi ( Black Millet Dish ) - Winter delight for Rajasthanis :)

Black Millet khichadi popularly known as "Bajra Khichadi", is a real winter delight for resident of Rajasthan (Rajasthani). Its a nice hot dish and keep body warm, which helps rajasthanis to live healthy in chilling winters of Rajasthan. Bajra khichadi is a kind of dish, which when touches your taste buds a rich and divine feeling runs through your food passages and the ultimate you get is nice, heavy and taste filled stomach.
Traditionally it is eaten with lots of ghee ( clarified butter ) and gud ( jaggery ). But if you want you could also try it without jaggery but with at least 3 4 spoon full of ghee is must :)
Once you are in Rajasthan, in winters, it is a must try thing for you.
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Sunday, 3 February 2013

Winter Morning in a farm - Treat for Soul

This photo is taken in a farm where the farmer is preparing to start his work in a nice, cold winter morning. Morning in Rajasthan are a treat to one's soul. The pure fragrance of nature, first ray of sun light, morning droplets of water on tree leaves and grass, each and every thing is full of nature's beauty. To get more llike this click here.
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Thursday, 31 January 2013

Chauth ka barwara - Chauth Mata Festival - Sawai Madhopur

Chauth Ka Barwara - Fort  
Chauth ka Barwara - A famous tourist place, known for its chauth mata mela. This place is situated nearly 15 - 16 km from Sawai Madhopur. Chauth ka Barwara is named after the Idol of Chauth Mata ( Goddess of Chauth- worship by ladies for long life of their husband). Current rular Shri Bhim singh established the cave temple of goddess, after he dreamed about goddess and she instructed her to do the same.
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There is a huge mela organised every year, as per the hindi month magha ( Jan - Feb), on the 4th day of the month. This mela is auspicious due to hard belief of devotees in goddess. But for a traveler this mela and this place is a heaven on earth. As one can see many colors of Rajasthan at one place. People waiting for their turn to come to see he goddess, children playing in the ground, ladies doing shopping, gents be in a group and discussing about their cattle or farms, each and every thing here is lovely to watch. This mela lasts for 15 days. For more details please click here

Tuesday, 29 January 2013

Jaipur Literature Festival - Curtains Down

The Jaipur Literature Festival came to a close on Monday, January 28, 2013. One of the finest of the literature festivals organized worldwide. The maha kumbh of literature, the 8th edition of the Jaipur Literature Festival kicked off to a smooth start on 24th Jan and curtains were down yesterday 28th Jan.   Packed in 175 sessions in five days, addressed by over 275 speakers from across the globe, the Jaipur Literature Festival had several high points to its credit in the 2013 edition.

Some of the highlighted speakers were -
HH Dalai lama
Mahashweta Devi
Lucy MorganEdwards
Lloyd Rudolph
Shashi Tharoor
Sharmila Taigor
Rahul Dravid
Richard Beard
Javed Akhtar
Sir Chirstopher Ricks

And the list is long...

The main attraction was His holiness Dalai Lama who made his presence on the inaugural day and shared the influence of literature on his life.  The Dalai Lama stressed on the importance of secular ethics as the basis of moral teachings and noted that morality based on religious teaching cannot be universal.

With almost 200,000 footfall in the five days and amazing sessions with brilliant authors discussing a range of topics which held the audience in rapt attention, the festival had several evening musical and cultural events also. Dinner parties at beautiful Amber with light and music show was highlight of them. To keep updated for information like this click here.

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Wednesday, 16 January 2013

The Monkey temple - Galtaji.

Galta ji Temple – The official Monkey temple. A beautiful place surrounded by hills. This place is situated at near about 10 km from Jaipur city. It is a holy place and specially hindu community of India believe that it is the place where they get “Moksha”. As per old saying hindu’s are required to visit once in a life time or else there visit to any of “holy Dham” is not completed. It is also named as monkey temple as 100s of monkeys are found here. People come and feed banana and other fruits to these monkeys. The monkeys here are so famous that National Geographic has made special tele series named as Monkey thieves on them.

The Galta is a place of sant galav who lived and meditated here for years and he brought the gangaji to the place which comes out of the Gau-Mukh (Cow’s mouth). Inside the temple complex there are numerous springs and natural reservoirs (kunds). In these kunds devotees take holy dip. They believe as by doing so, they can get rid of the worldly sins Important festivals here are Makar Sankranti(Comes on 14th jan) , Kartik Purnima( Comes in Nov/Dec).

“Galta Kund” – The main Mardana kund (Male Kund), believed never to become dry. For ladies the separate”Janana Kund” is there. Both the Kunds are fed by a spring emanating from the Gaumukh, a rock carved in the shape of a cow's head. Galta tour is more of a religious tour with significance of the glorious past.For more details click here

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Wednesday, 9 January 2013

Guest of honors in winters - Bharatpur Keoladev Bird sanctuary

Keoladeo National Park is situated in Bharatpur district of Rajasthan. It is also known as Bharatpur bird sanctuary. Keoladeo National Park /wildlife Sanctuary is famous as bird's paradise, with over 380 resident and migrant species of birds, including the Common, Demoiselle and the rare Siberian Cranes.

The Keoladeo Ghana National Park is also an excellent place to spot mammals like Golden Jackal, Jungle Cat, Striped Hyaena, Sambar, Fishing Cat, Nilgai, Blackbuck and wild Boar. In 1981, Keoladeo Ghana bird sanctuary was given the status of National Park. The name Keoladeo has been derived from a nearby ancient Hindu temple, devoted to Lord Shiva.

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