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.
Mela Image
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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