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Sheetla Mata – Hindu Goddess of Epidemic Diseases

Sheetla mata (an avtar of goddess Durga) is the goddess of the epidemic diseases such as measles, chicken pox etc.

As per Legends, the rage of Sheetla Mata can lead to epidemics. So in order to calm and placate the Mata, devotees pray and make offerings to her.

Sheetla Mata Temple

The temple of Sheetla Mata is located on top of hillock in Seel-ki-Doongri village located at 5 kms from Chaksu and 35 kms from Jaipur.

A beautiful red stone placed inside the temple is an embodiment of the deity.

Sheetla Mata Fair

The Sheetla Mata Fair takes place in the month of March-April (Chaitra on Krishna Paksh). The fair is held in Seel-Ki-Doongri village in Jaipur. It lasts for only 24 hours in which pilgrims visit to pay homage to Sheetla Mata.

It is believed that if due to any reason, Sheetla Mata loses her temper then the area is expected to be affected by dangerous epidemics. That’s why the fair is organized to keep her mood cheerful. Offerings of different type of fruits, sweets and cash is placed at the feet of Sheetla Mata. People who come to attend the fair are supposed to take food only after visiting the sacred shrine of Sheetla Mata.

There is a cattle fair that occur simultaneously with this fair. Due to plethora of colorful activities happening in the fair, the atmosphere becomes truly joyful. Cattle breeders decorate their animals beautifully and take them to the fair. The best breeder is awarded with prizes.

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Chauth Mata Temple, Sawai Madhopur, Rajasthan

Chauth Mata Temple

Chauth mata temple is located at a distance of nearly 35 kms from Sawai Madhopur city in Rajasthan. The temple is situated on a hilltop and the visitors have to climb up the seemingly endless stairs.

History

It is believed that Maharaja Bhim Singh built the Chauth Mata Temple in Sawai Madhopur. He was known to have brought the idol of Chauth Mata from a place known as Pachala, located 15 kms south of Barwara and placed the idol on this hilltop. Due to this event, the place is also known as Chauth ka Bharwada.

Architecture of Chauth Mata Temple

The temple has a typical Rajput style. You can also see various designs which are being made from white marble. All the walls, pillars and the ceilings of the temples are beautifully decorated. The architectural design reflects the bygone era’s culture and heritage.

The temple has a beautiful idol of Lord Ganesha and an idol of Bhairav within the main area.

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India’s Prominent International Travel & Tourism Fair India Travel Mart (ITM) Started in Jaipur

India has emerged as one of the leading travel and hospitality powers in the world. Travel & Tourism has become one of the most powerful and dynamic sectors of the Indian economy in the past few years. To promote India as Major Tourism destination across world, India Travel Mart (ITM) started today in B.M Birla Auditorium in Jaipur, Rajasthan.

lIndia Travel Mart

India Travel Mart

India’s one of the prominent International Travel & Tourism Mart promises to provide detailed information to choose from Perfect Holidays, Travel & Tour Packages, Rail Tourism Packages, Online Rail Reservation, Airlines, Cruise and where to stay from the favorite & unexplored Destinations, Hotels, Resorts, Palaces etc. around the Country and Abroad.

ITM Theme – “Destination 2010 for Everyone at Anytime”

The theme of the ITM for 2009-2010 is “Destination 2010 for everyone at anytime”. This Travel mart offer unlimited opportunities for everyone to explore the market and publicize their destination, product and organization at one place.

The India Travel Mart also provide other services i.e. Road Shows, Audio-Visual Presentations, Conferences, Travel Agents & Tour Operators Meet, Corporate & Business Houses Meet, Press Conferences, Cultural Evenings etc for expanding business opportunities, global linkages, develop smart partnerships and potentially rewarding ventures.

Focused on North Indian States and Cities

The Mart offers maximum awareness and promotion in the area of Rajasthan, Gujarat, Goa, Maharashtra, NCR, Punjab, Chandigarh especially in the business cities like Jaipur, Vadodara, Panaji, New Delhi, Ahmedabad, Mumbai, Ludhiana and nearby cities and states.

The Mart is open (B2B and D2C days) for all Frequent Travelers, Tourism Organizations/Offices, Associations, Excursion Makers, Professionals, Hotel/Food Craft/Catering/Travel/Educational Institutes and High Profile General Public etc.

If you are looking for new and far-reaching markets, ITM will take you a trip to various uncharted areas of the country where you will get great response.

There are stalls by many of the distinguished travel agencies and some of the well known jaipur hotels. First day ‘Friday’ is kept reserved for b2b meetings and interaction while the next 2 days it will be opened for general public.

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Rajasthani Folk Songs – Composed Of All Kinds of Occasions And Moods

Rajasthan offers soulful, unadulterated, pure folk songs that can be heard throughout India. The folk songs of Rajasthan have been composed for all kinds of occasions and moods. They are suitable for the celebration of love, separation, union, familial ties, marriage and even death.

rajasthani folk songs

These folk songs are sung by different communities residing in the state of Rajasthan. These songs were written years back but have been carried forward by various generations through the last few years.

The culture and traditions of the Rajasthani people are very well depicted through the various Rajasthani songs.

Famous Folk Songs of Rajasthan

Songs sung by Rajasthnai People, are mostly about water and is cantered around the well, the style is called Panihari. Gorbund is a famous folk song which depicts the process of preparing a decorative string for a camel. The other folk songs are ‘Indhani’, ‘Lawarji’, ‘Jallo’, ‘Hichaki’, ‘Olyun’, ‘Sapno’, ‘Kurjan’ etc.

Songs, laden with religious flavor, are sometimes folk idioms of Saints, Surdas, Kabirdas, Meerabai and others. Bhajans and Banis are very popular among the Harijans, Chamars, Bhanghis, Balais and Rahgars and mostly heard in night-long gatherings.

In the ballad tradition, minstrels sing and narrate heroic tales of folk heroes like Tejaji, Gogaji and Ramdeoji and even of legendary lovers and their tragedies their tragedies.

Different Type of Folk Songs of Rajasthan

  • The Ragas
  • Maand Folk Songs
  • Peepli and Nihalde
  • Saajhi and Ghudla

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Bhaneshwar and Sandheswar Temples – Bikaner Rajasthan

Bhaneshwar & Sandheswar Temples in Bikaner

The oldest existing structures in Bikaner are the 14th century Jain Temples built by two merchant brothers. Sandeshwar and Bhandeshwar. Neither had a son to carry on the family name, so each built a temple.  The temples are dedicated to 23rd Jain teerthankar, Parsvanathji.

Unlike other Jain shrines across the country, these temples are adorned with brightly coloured wall paintings. These temple maintains the piety of the traditional Jain place of of worship despite their radical appearance.

Architecture

The Bhandeshwar temple-rich in mirror work and the Sandeshwar temple-stylized enamel and gold leaf wall paintings.

The Bhandeshwar Temple is decorated with gold-leaf work, beautiful sculpted pillars, and floral designs. This temple is carved in red sand stone and white marble – its famous for carvings, wall paintings, structural beauty and artistically designed statues. The rich mirror work, decor and frescoes of Bhandashah and their gold leaf paintings are noteworthy.

What’s Unique about these temples

According to myth, it is said, that 40, 000 kg of ghee had been used in laying the foundation of these temple.

It is carved in red sand stone and white marble, famous for its carvings, paintings, structural beauty and artistically designed statues.

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Parshavanath Temple, Nakoda – Barmer , Rajasthan

Parshavanath Temple, Nakoda, Rajasthan

Parshavanath Temple, Nakoda, Rajasthan

About Parshavanath Temple – Location

Nakoda pilgrimage, built in the desert land of Rajasthan, bears a gloriously pious dignity.  Dedicated to Jain Tirthankara Shri Parshavanath, this temple was built by the Mandlik family in 1458-59 A.D.

It is situated on a beautiful hill as high as 1500ft on the road from Jodhpur to Barmer.

The Temple at Nakoda is one among the main Jain tirth centres in India.  Because of the importance given to Adhisthayak in India, tirth is always full of pilgrims.

Architecture of the Parshavanath Temple

This is the tallest of all temples having three storeyes. The outer walls of the sanctum have beautiful sculptures in gray sandstone showing Dikpals, Vidhyadevis, Yakshinis and Shalabhanjikas. These beautiful sculptures are frequently compared to the ones in Khajuraho and Konark temples.

There is an image of the Jain saint (tirthankara) Parshvanath in black stone and the ancient idol of Shri Parshwanath Bhagwan is very attractive and full of magical powers.  It is said that 2300 years ago two brothers namely Veersen & Nakorsen has built up this city and the temples.

The main temple consists of the teerth Adhiraj idol along with the idols of Shri Adinath Bhagwan & Shri Shantinath Bhagwan in other temples in its campus. Shri Nakoda Parshwanath Bhagwan in Padmasan mudra, 58 cm in height, is an amazing blueish colour statue. The life history of Shri Shantnath Bhagwan is displayed in form of idols and placed on the walls of Shri Shantinath Bhagwan temple.

Other Jain Temples in Nakoda

There are several small and big temples near the main temple. On the right side of the temple a magnificent idol of ‘Sanwalia’ (dusky) Parshwanath is installed. In this very chamber the idols of Mother Saraswati, Dada Jindutt Suri, Acharya Kirtiratna Suri et al are also installed. There is the magnificent temple of Lord Aadinath at the rear of the main temple. The outer arch of this temple is very artistic.

The miraculous deity of this place, Shree Bhairavji Maharaj was ceremoniously installed here in samvat 1511 by Acharya Kirtiratna Suri. This pilgrimage continuously prospered after the installation of Nakoda Bhairav. The miracles of this place found abode in the minds of the people. The devotees poured in from various places of the country and abroad.

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Shri Mahavirji Temple – Chandanpur, Rajasthan

Location of Shri Mahavirji Temple

Shri Mahavirji Temple is a Jain temple devoted to the 24th Jain Tirthankar. This Digember Jain pilgrimage centre is 90 Kms by rail from Sawai Madhopur on the Delhi-Mumbai Broad gauge route. The main temple is in side in inclosure known as katla.

The town of Sri Mahavirji is one the most popular Jain pilgrimages in India for here is one of the holiest Jain temples in Rajasthan. The Shri Mahavirji temple on the banks of the river Gambhir was built in white marble in honor of Mahavira, the 24th Jain saint. The temple has a nice legend attached to it.

Legend of Shri Mahavirji Temple

The legend behind the construction of this temple is rather quaint; it is believed that a local milkman observed that his cow, after a long day’s grazing, would return in the evening with her udders empty. Obviously puzzled, the man followed the cow, and discovered that the creature would stand atop a nearby hillock and allow all her milk to flow away on it.

Shri Mahavir Ji Temple, Chandanpur, Rajasthan - A Famous Jain Pilgrimage

Shri Mahavir Ji Temple, Chandanpur, Rajasthan - A Famous Jain Pilgrimage

Architecture of Temple

Shri Mahavirji Temple is an amalgamation of ancient and modern Jain architecture – quite contemporary in design, unlike the ancient Jain temples which were highly ornamented and richly carved.

It is a complex of smaller temples with the main temple having idols of Jain saints, placed within delicately carved pillared niches.

The temple is a vast complex constructed with white sandstone, and has cupolas of red sandstone along with the chhatris & spires visible from all around.

A huge statue of Shantinath, one of the Jain ford makers, stands as high as 32 feet and there is a tower where the footsteps of Mahavira have been consecrated. The main Chattries are visiable from a distance and are built of red sandstone. The walls of the temple are illustrated with carvings of religious scenes.

A man stambh (Tower) Made of marble is installed in front of the main temple. Devotees pay specail homage at this point their Chattri is also erected bearing the footprints of Shri Mahavirji.

An annual fair is also held here which attracts Minas, Gujars Jains, and people of other communities in large numbers. The fair last for the five days and ends with a colorful Rath yatra.

It is a spendid sight to view the temple at night when lights illuminate the entire complex.

Best Time to Visit

The period between Chaitra (March-April) and Vaishakh (April-May) is when the Sri Mahavirji annual fair is held. It’s an occasion for great rejoicing, and definitely the best time to visit the shrine.

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Shrinath Ji Temple – Nathdwara, Rajasthan

ShrinathJi (Lord Krishna) Temple, Nathdwara, India

ShrinathJi (Lord Krishna) Temple, Nathdwara, India

ShrinathJi Temple Location

The temple of Shrinathji or Lord Krishna, belonging to the Vaishnav religion is located at Nathdwara, 48 kms. north of Udaipur. Thousands of tourists and pilgrims from all parts of the world pass the lofty mountains and serene lakes of Udaipur to visit this templ.

This 17th century temple house the original statue of Shrinathji or Lord Krishna. According to history, the statue was brought to Mewar kingdom for the sake of safety in the period of Aurangazeb the Moghul monarch.

About ShrinathJi Temple

In the temple, enshrined is a unique image of Lord Krishna, which has been sculptured from a single piece of black marble.

One of the arms of the life size image is raised in a manner so as to give an impression of holding the Govardhan mountain. The other arm rests at the waist which seems not only a dance posture but also as if God is blessing the devotees.

In Shrinathji temple, worship (puja) is replaced by servitude (seva). The temple priests change the vestments and ornaments of Shrinathji daily with love and reverence. It is believed that he appears to his devotees in many forms: the divine child inspiring parental love, the flute playing good in the forests of Vrindavan luring maidens with the melody of his flute.

Darshans or glimpses of Srinathji can be sought 8 times in the day. individually known as Ashtaya, the 8 darshans are Mangala, Shrungar, Gwal, Rajbhog, Uthhapan, Bhog, Sandhaya Aarti and Shayan. In each of them the leelas (divine manifestations) of the Lord are described and harmonized with His daily routine.

Archtitecture of the Temple

The temple has three entrances. The first is through the red door at Chaupati from where the Govardhan worship place can be reached. Surajpol is an entrance exclusively for women and leads to Kamal Chowk through Singhpol. Various religious festivals are celebrated at the temple like Janmashtmi, Phooldol and Diwali.

The annakootritual is famous worldwide where cooked rice is hurled at the devotees after the ceremony and is ‘looted’ by them.

Places worth seeing in the temple include the Moti Mahal, Sudarshan Chakraraj, Dhwajaji, Kamal Chowk, Ratan Chowk, Mani Kotha and the temples of Shri Navnit Priyaji.

The Shri Krishna storehouse has silver and golden mills. Apart from that, the Shakghar milkboth and the outlets having roses, betel leaf, sweets and clothes as well as the gardens are worth a visit.

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EklingJi Temple – Udaipur, Rajasthan

EklingJi Temple, Udaipur, India

EklingJi Temple, Udaipur, India

About  Eklingji Temple – Location

The Eklingji temple,  is devoted to Lord Shiva, the tutelary deity of the former Mewar rulers. It is situated approximately 24 km to the north of Udaipur.

Eklingji Shiva temple Udaipur is a huge complex consisting of 108 temples. Enclosing the temple are high walls with bathing terraces leading down to the water. Filling the temple with fragrance all the time are the lighted incense materials.

History – Eklingji temple

One of the legends relating to Eklingji is that after killing Vrakshasur, indra had meditated and prayed toeklingji in repentance and to be free of the curse.

According to another legend, Bapparawa had seen the Shivlinga in his dream when he was in trouble and when the problem was solved, he constructed the tample and later build Mewar. The ruler of Mewar regards Eklangji as the real kingdom.

Architecture  of  Eklingji Temple

Eklingji temple houses a 50 feet high multi-faced black stone statue of Lord Shiva. There are four faces of the statue, depicting Lord Shiva in his four forms. In the east is Surya (sun), in the west is Brahma, in the north is Vishnu and in the south is Rudra. In the center of these images is the Shivlinga, encircled by a silver snake. The temple houses the whole family of Lord Shiva, including Parvatiji (wife of Shiva) and Ganeshji (son of Shiva).

Eklingji temple  also contains the statues of Yamuna and Saraswati. The temple has silver doors depicting Lord Ganesha and Lord Kartikeya. Located nearby Eklingji Shiva temple, are the temples of Amba Mata, Ganeshji and Kalika. Also shown in the brackets are nymphs in erotic dance postures and a life size image of Bapparawal.

It is a beautiful temple complex, with fine art work and delicate sculptures and of course a soothing spiritual atmosphere.

There are two tanks situated on the Northern side of the temple – Karz Kund and Tulsi Kund. Water from these tanks is utilized for temple services. The prayer service is performed in a very elaborate and authentic manner, using the Vedic and Tantric styles – beginning sharp at 4 in the morning.

Shivratri is an important religious event here, on this day the image of the deity is decked with jewellery and large gatherings of devout hindus come here to offer prayers.

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Chamunda Devi Temple – Mehrangarh Fort , Jodhpur Rajasthan

Chamunda Devi Temple, Jodhpur, India

Chamunda Devi Temple, Jodhpur, India

Location

The temple is situated in the southern end of the Mehrangarh Fort located on a hill top in Jodhpur, 330 km from Jaipur.

The fort, one of the largest in India, is situated 400 feet above the city and is enclosed by imposing walls. It comprises several palaces known for their intricate carvings and sprawling courtyards.

About Chamunda Devi Temple

Chamunda Mata, a form of goddess Durga, was the favourite deity of Rao Jodha, the founder of Jodhpur. He brought her idol from the old capital of Mandore near here in 1460 and installed it in the Mehrangarh Fort.

The goddess remains the Isht Devi (patron deity) of the erstwhile royal family. The Chamunda temple draws tens of thousands of devotees, especially during the Navaratri period.

People in Jodhpur believe that Goddess Chamunda is their guarding deity. Pilgrims coming here tie a piece of cloth or thread to a trident in the temple in the hope that the goddess will answer their prayers. When their wishes are fulfilled, devotees pay a thanksgiving visit.

The temple is maintained by the Maharaja Ummaid Singh Religious Trust.

During Dussehra celebrations, Mehrangarh Fort is thronged by devotees to get a glimpse of Chamunda Devi. If you are a devotee of Chamunda Devi, do visit this temple, when in Jodhpur.

Human Stampede Occurred in Chamunda Devi Temple

More recently the temple has been in news because on September 30, 2008, a stampede took place at Chamunda Devi temple. There were more than 25, 000 worshippers who gathered at the temple to celebrate the onset of Navaratri, the greatest festival among the Hindus in India. This incident has caused more than 113 deaths and injuries to over 300 people.

The pathway leading to the temple is not more than five-six feet wide, one reason why so many people died stampede.

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