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MY VISIT TO RAJASTHAN -2009_I

Updated on September 18, 2009

Enchanting Rajasthan

My wife is from Rajasthan.Therefore, I have visited Rajasthan on many occasions during the 3 decades of married life. I have visited Udaipur and Chittorgarh , among other places, more than once. I have always been influenced deeply by the splendour of these places offered to the visitors.

A visitor of Rajasthan looks forward to views of historical monuments, lakes (of Udaipur) and hills ( Araballi) and desert. This trip added a new chapter to our previous experiences.During this trip, we discovered the beauty of the Ranakpur valley , lush green after monsoon. As our car travelled through winding roads of this valley , cutting through the green hills dotted with small hamlets and rolling meadows, we soaked in the tranquility of nature.

We visited quite a few places and monuments we have missed out so far. We visited Sajangarh @ Udaipur, offering wonderful view of the city and lakes below) , Eklingji's temple (30 km from Udaipur), Snaolima temple ( on the way to Chittorgarh), Ranakpur's temples and Bikaner's forts.There was one problem we faced throughout this tour - that of cloudy sky, often coming in the way of photography.Nevertheless , we clicked a lot of photographs of the places,events and monuments, some of which are quite interesting.

Three faces of Shiva(Chittorgarh),oblique rays of the sun lighting up a plaque showing Palidana's temple, 'jhoroka's of Bikaner, private collection of paintings @ Bikaner ( some of you may have heard/read of 'RasikPriya' series.... presuambly the better paintings are in the private displays in the confines of the palaces, still a clutch of intersting ones in display @ Lalgarh Museum), sleepy pregnant camels in the Camel Farm.

Temples of Rajasthan are opulent. The silver facades, gold ornaments, exquisite clothes make a visit to Rajasthan's temples an experience out-of-the-ordinary. It is a pity that for security reasons, photography is strictly prohibited in most of the temples. For memory, one has to depend on framed photographs sold outside these Temple complexes.As a positive fall-out of this practice, I found artists of Rajasthan create paintings of Srinathji some of which are work of art.The price, including framing, can be Rs 10,000/- or more.But, the display of aristry is awsome.

I shall end this introductory part of my 'visit report ' with a few photos from my repertoire.


Enchanting Rajasthan

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Jagdishji Temple @ Udaipur.Built by Rana Jagat Singha in 1652. Frontside damaged by Aurangzeb's army. Restored by Rana Sangram Singha(2nd) in 1780. A hermit stands in the centre unperturbed  in company of a couple engaged in sex and two dancers in his right. Wall of Jagdishji's temple.FatehSagar Lake from Sajjangarh,Udaipur.Sunset @ Sajjangarh,Udaipur.Victory  Tower/'Jaya-stambha' of Cittorgarh beacons you.Three faces of Lord Shiva.Chittorgarh.A section from 'Nineteen jarokhas for nineteen queens'. Junagarh fort,Bikaner.A Jarokha with Italian tiles. Junagarh fort,Bikaner.A very pregnant she-camel looks at her companions, engaged in eating out of a huge trough containing fodder. camel farm,Bikaner.
Jagdishji Temple @ Udaipur.Built by Rana Jagat Singha in 1652. Frontside damaged by Aurangzeb's army. Restored by Rana Sangram Singha(2nd) in 1780.
Jagdishji Temple @ Udaipur.Built by Rana Jagat Singha in 1652. Frontside damaged by Aurangzeb's army. Restored by Rana Sangram Singha(2nd) in 1780.
 A hermit stands in the centre unperturbed  in company of a couple engaged in sex and two dancers in his right. Wall of Jagdishji's temple.
A hermit stands in the centre unperturbed in company of a couple engaged in sex and two dancers in his right. Wall of Jagdishji's temple.
FatehSagar Lake from Sajjangarh,Udaipur.
FatehSagar Lake from Sajjangarh,Udaipur.
Sunset @ Sajjangarh,Udaipur.
Sunset @ Sajjangarh,Udaipur.
Victory  Tower/'Jaya-stambha' of Cittorgarh beacons you.
Victory Tower/'Jaya-stambha' of Cittorgarh beacons you.
Three faces of Lord Shiva.Chittorgarh.
Three faces of Lord Shiva.Chittorgarh.
A section from 'Nineteen jarokhas for nineteen queens'. Junagarh fort,Bikaner.
A section from 'Nineteen jarokhas for nineteen queens'. Junagarh fort,Bikaner.
A Jarokha with Italian tiles. Junagarh fort,Bikaner.
A Jarokha with Italian tiles. Junagarh fort,Bikaner.
A very pregnant she-camel looks at her companions, engaged in eating out of a huge trough containing fodder. camel farm,Bikaner.
A very pregnant she-camel looks at her companions, engaged in eating out of a huge trough containing fodder. camel farm,Bikaner.

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      gagan b. dadhich 

      8 years ago

      about ur journey,all is not well...,u had been at nathdwara but not at MOLELA,which is popular for terracotta icons of god-godess of trible society .i am terracotta artist and i have my studio at molela.with thanks,urs-dr.gagan b. dadhich,astt.proff.-fine art,s.m.b.govt.college.NATHDWARA-313301,rajasthan

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