Sunday, April 21, 2019

Sawai Madhopur District


Sawai Madhopur District at a Glance
General
·         District:                       Sawai Madhopur
·         Headquarters:            Sawai Madhopur
·         State:                         Rajasthan

Area in Sq Km (Census 2011) 
·         Total:                          4498
·         Rural:                         4379
·         Urban:                        119
Population (Census 2011) 
·         Population:                 1335551
·         Rural:                         1069084
·         Urban:                        266467
·         Male:                          704031
·         Female:                      631520
·         Sex Ratio (Females per 1000 males):          897
·         Density (Total, Persons per sq km):              297
Constituencies (ECI) 
·         Assembly:      4
·         Lok Sabha:    0

Sawai Madhopur District has an area of 4498 km². It is bounded by Dausa District on the north, Karauli District on the northeast, Jaipur District on the northwest, the Chambal River on east across the border of Madhya Pradesh state, Kota District on the southeast, Bundi District on the south, and Tonk District on the west.



PLACES OF INTEREST

Ranthambore National Park





The largest national park of Rajasthan, Ranthambore National Park also happens to be a popular one in North India. This used to be the hunting grounds of maharajas in the erstwhile era. Along with its neighboring sanctuaries (Mansingh and Kaila Devi), Ranthambore National park covers an area of 392 km sq. It is mainly popular for its tigers. This park is mainly entrusted the task of preserving and breeding tigers to ensure an increase in their population. Apart from tigers, this vast national park is the habitat of deer, nilgai, leopard cat, jungle cat, sloth bear, palm civet, Indian gazelle, and cobras. The park is nestled upon an edge of a plateau, and is bound by two rivers (Banas and Chambal). Government of India declared the area a Project Tiger Reserve in 1973, and in 1980 it was declared a national park. The national park has a huge lake called Padam Talao and numerous birds like Sarus Crane, winged jacana, nightjar, sandpiper and fish owl are spotted around this water body. Located between Vindhya and Aravalli ranges, this vast wildlife reserve, featuring picturesque topography of lake, undulating tracks, canals, and springs is one of the most popular tourist places in Sawai Madhopur.



Ranthambhore Fort




The Ranthambhore Fort was built in the 8th century by the Chauhans. This fort is said to be one of the oldest in Rajasthan. It is situated in an ecological desert, surrounded by Vindhyan and Aravalli Mountain Ranges. It has been ruled for a long time by Raja Hamir Deva who became the King in 1283 A.D. It has been attacked several times by rulers like Qutub-ud-din, Allaudin Khilji, Feroz Shah Tughlaq, Bahadur Shah, among others.
Ranthambhore Fort is situated within the premises of Ranthambhore National Park on the top of Thanbhore hill. Many places of historical importance are also situated inside this fort like Toran Dwar, 32-Pillared Chhatri, Sameton Ki Haveli and Mahadeo Chhatri, along with a mosque and Ganesha temple.



Kachida Valley – The spectacular green meadow




Dotted with rugged hillocks and opulent forests, Kachida Valley is a visual treat and one of the most picturesque places to visit at Sawai Madhopur. An ideal place for wildlife buffs and nature enthusiasts, this is home to wild boars, sloth bears, and panthers. Enjoy jeep safari, spot wildlife, and admire the best views of the surrounding forests.



Khandar Fort – The relics of Mewar reign




Khandar fort is an architectural beauty and certainly among the most extravagant places to visit near Sawai Madhopur. Featuring huge structures and fortified walls, the Khandar Fort was built by a Mewar king, who never lost any battle. The fort has many temples located inside such as Jain temple, Rani temple, Jagatpal Ji temple, Chaturbhuja temple and Hanuman temple etc. A drive to the fort is quite enthralling and the panoramic view from the fort is a sight to behold.



Trinetra Ganesh Temple – A unique temple of Lord Ganesha




Perched inside Ranthambore Fort, Trinetra Ganesh Temple is a famous Hindu temple of not only the region but also of entire Rajasthan. Historical sources reveal that the temple was built in 1299, during a war between King Hameer and Ala-ud-din Khilji. King Hameer was a devotee of Lord Ganesha. He dreamt of trinetra idol, won the battle and constructed a beautiful temple within the fort. This is one of the must-see tourist places in Sawai Madhopur as this the only temple in the world that has the whole family of Lord Ganesha.

Sikar District of Rajasthan


General
·         District:                       Sikar
·         Headquarters:            Sikar
·         State:                                     Rajasthan
Area in Sq Km (Census 2011) 
·         Total:                          7732
·         Rural:                         7463
·         Urban:                        269
Population (Census 2011) 
·         Population:                 2677333
·         Rural:                         2043427
·         Urban:                        633906
·         Male:                          1374990
·         Female:                      1302343
·         Sex Ratio (Females per 1000 males):          947
·         Density (Total, Persons per sq km):              346
Constituencies (ECI) 
·         Assembly:      8
·         Lok Sabha:    1

The district is located in the north-eastern part of the state of Rajasthan. It is bounded on the north by Jhunjhunu district, in the north-west by Churu district, in the south-west by Nagaur district and in the south-east by Jaipur district. It also touches Mahendragarh district of Haryana on its north-east corner.
The district has an area of 7742.44 km² and a population of 26,77,737 (2011 census). Sikar, Churu and Jhunjhunu districts comprise the Shekhawati region of Rajasthan. The old name of Sikar was "Veer Bhan Ka Bas".



PLACES OF INTEREST


Khatu Shyamji



Khatushyamji is located 65 Km. away from Sikar & 80 Km. from Jaipur via Ringus. This little village is famous for Shyamji Temple built with white marbles. Ponds for holy dip and Shyam garden is worth visiting.
The legend of this immensely popular Krishna temple can be traced back to the medieval Mahabharat, where Barbareek, the son of great Pandav brother Bhim and Nag Kanya (snake princess) displayed his great warrior skills that pleased Lord Shiva who endowed his blessings in the form of Teen Ban (three arrows) and Agni Dev (fire god) gave him a bow, so that he could conquer all the three worlds. In order to watch the famous war of Mahabharat, he sat towards the battle field and in between his tryst with a Lord Krishna in disguise become a vital part of the history and thus the incarnation of Khatu Shyamji. The lord Krishna asked the young Barbareek to sacrifice his head for charity, because otherwise the victory of Pandavas would not be possible since he possessed the Teen Bans. The boy maintained his promise of Sheesh Daan (sacrifice of one’s head) as a true Kshatriya but at the same time wished to watch the war and his wish was granted. Later on, his head was buried in Khatu where the king had a dream and was inspired to construct a temple and place the head in a religious manner. Till this date his devotees are blessed by just pronouncing his name from the bottom of their heart with true Samarpan.
The Khatu Shyamji Fair held in the months of February and March and various forms of dance, art and music are displayed.
An annual fair also held between the Phalgun Sudi Dashmi and Dwadashi, lasting for three days.

Dargah Hazrat Khwaja Haji Muhammad Najmuddeen Sulaimani Chishti Al-Farooqui




Hazrat Khwajah Haji Muhammad Najmuddin Sulaimani Chishti, mostly known as Huzoor Najam Sirkar is a well-known name among the Aulia-e-Ekram of the Sacred Land of Rajasthan (The Land of Hazrat Khwajah Gareeb Nawaz R.A. & Hazrat Sufi Hameeduddin Nagauri R.A.), belongs to the great Silsilah-e-Chishtiah. His Holy Shrine is located at Fatehpur Shekhawati in district Sikar which is 165 km away from Jaipur and 55 km from Sikar on N.H.12.  

In the 13th century Hijri he had played a prominent role in spreading the Silsilah in all parts of the country.

Laxmangarh


Laxmangarh town is a popular tourist place that is known for the Laxmangarh Fort. The fort was built on a hill in 1862 by Laxman Singh, Rao Raja of Sikar. It is believed that the foundation of the Laxmangarh town was based on the planning system of the capital city Jaipur. The structures in the town are adorned with fresco paintings in the Shekhawati style.
There are numerous havelis in the town, namely the Sawant Ram Chokhani Haveli, Bansidhar Rathi Haveli, Sanganeria Haveli, Mirijamal Kyala Haveli, Char Chowk Haveli and Kedia Haveli. The Radhi Murlimanohar temple, constructed in 1845, is popular for the beautiful sculptures of deities on the wall.

Fatehpur



Fatehpur is a town in the Sikar district. It is part of the Shekhawati region. It is midway between Jaipur and Bikaner on National Highway 11. Fatehpur is famous for grand havelis with frescos, which is a specialty of the Shekhawati region. A number of bawdis (water bodies) are also a centre of attraction here.

Main attraction of Fatehpur are :-
    Qureshi Farm
    Nadine Le Prince Cultural Centre
    Dwarkadheesh Temple
    Jagannath Singhania Haveli
    Saraf Haveli
    Sitaram Kedia Ki Haveli

Ganeshwar 
Ganeshwar is a village in Neem Ka Thana Tehsil in the Sikar District. Ganeshwar is a pilgrimage as well as a salubrious Picnic spot. The hot sulphur springs here is a major draw. A dip in the spring, it is believed, cures skin diseases. It is an ancient site. Excavations in the Ganeshwar areas have revealed the remains of a 4000 years old civilizations.
Historian Ratan Lal Mishra wrote that Ganeshwar was excavated in 1977. Red pottery was found here with black portraiture. The period was estimated to be 2500–2000 BC. Nearly one thousand pieces of copper were found there. Ganeshwar is located near the copper mines of the Sikar-Jhunjhunu area of the Khetri copper belt in Rajasthan. Excavations revealed copper objects including arrowheads, spearheads, fish hooks, bangles and chisels. With its microliths and other stone tools, Ganeshwar culture can be ascribed to the pre- Harappan period. Ganeshwar mainly supplied copper objects to Harappa.