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Ranakpur Jain Temple- a striking destination of wonderful architecture

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Ranakpur Jain Temple- a striking destination of wonderful architecture

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It’s Mahaveer Jayanti today, and we are reminded of the most beautiful Jain temple in Rajasthan i.e Ranakpur Jain Temple!
Ranakpur Jain temple is a beautiful destination to experience the marvels of architecture in Rajasthan. The famous Jain temple is located near Sadri town in Pali district of Rajasthan.

The main attraction of the Ranakpur Jain temple is its architectural excellence and fine carvings on the walls. The major attraction of this temple is the Chaumukha marble temple.

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The temple comprises of 1444 pillars, each unique in architecture and design. These pillars in the temple are completely carved in a different manner without any similarities. Carvings of pillars are the peak level of architectural skills in this temple. Other than the pillars, the mesmerizing multi-curved ceilings catch the visitors’ attention. Ceilings of this temple are beautifully carved and designed with miniature designs, geometric designs. Not just the pillars and ceilings of the temple, some other beautiful carvings like Marble elephant are also the attractions of Ranakpur temple.

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So many sculptures and different fine carvings are the symbol of architectural style and preaches of Jainism. This temple is the best and unique place to experience the legends Jainism. The deities that are worshipped here are the Adinath, Neminath, Parshvanath, Surya, and Amba Matha. Among them, the Adinath temple means Chaumukha is visited by a maximum number of devouts.

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Sheetla Ashtami in Rajasthan

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The amazing flavor of fairs and festivals in Rajasthan has its own charm. These fairs and festivals prove to be the best opportunity for the guests to peep into and understand the cultural and traditional aspects of the land of royal figures more closely.

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One of the small and grand festivals is the Sheetla Ashtami festival, which is celebrated in Rajasthan. Sheetla Ashtami is celebrated during the spring season in the month of March or the beginning of April, right after seven days of Holi. Festivals hold an unusual lure for the Rajasthanis and here you can find the locals up with many reasons to celebrate and make merry in the form of different colourful festivals. Each part of Rajasthan has its own unique festival and the village of Seel-Ki-Doongri lying on the Jaipur-Kota road near Jaipur has its own unique festival to worship Sheetla Mata.

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It is a very important Hindu festival in Rajasthan. It is commonly known as Basoda बसोडा or like many people may call it Sheetla Ashtami शीतला अष्टमी.  Sheetla Mata, believed to be the Goddess of Small Pox, is worshipped on Sheetla Ashtami which is falling on 28th March 2019 to control the visitation of a smallpox epidemic in the town. This fair is a rural celebration and is quite popular in the interiors of Rajasthan. The fair is also popular among foreign visitors because of the charismatic display of rural life and colors. Sheetla mata is worshipped on this day. Cold and stale food is offered to Sheetla Devi after the puja. This food is known as Basauda. The same food is consumed by the devotees and distributed among everyone.

It is a common belief among all the people that worshiping Sheetla mata on Sheetla Ashtami would prevent them from the deadly outbreak of diseases.

Wish everyone a very Happy Sheetla Ashtami !

Braj Holi Festival in Bharatpur, Rajasthan

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Braj Holi Festival in Bharatpur, Rajasthan

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The Braj festival in Rajasthan is dedicated to Lord Krishna who is believed to have spent a considerable amount of time in the region called Braj in Bharatpur district of Rajasthan. This festival not only replicates the spirit of Holi but also impersonates the timeless love of Radha and Krishna. The most beautiful highlight of this festival is the Raslila dance performed with great zest and unity. The entire town of Bharatpur is painted into the colours of love and gaiety, where no one is spared from being splashed with colours.

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Celebrated a few days ahead of the actual color festival of holi, the braj holi of bharatpur commemorates the same colorful spirit with great pomp and gusto. The town changes tones. The clouds above are jealous of the clouds below, which will wear but white. Splashes of joy are ubiquitous. Come to Braj for the Braj Holi Festival. As the shades mix, a new hue awaits you on 17th March, 2019.

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Sariska Tiger Reserve to have a new tourism circuit

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Sariska Tiger Reserve to have a new tourism circuit

Situated in Alwar district of Rajasthan, Sariska Tiger Reserve is stretched over an area of 866 km² comprising scrub-thorn arid forests, dry deciduous forests. Recently, developed as the state’s wildlife destination, it is smoothly catching pace in the tourism circuit with the attractive landscapes and vast flora & fauna.

The tiger reserve is soon going to give a reason to wildlife enthusiasts to rejoice as Rajasthan government’s tourism department is planning to develop a new tourism circuit with Sarika and its nearby areas.

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Beautiful places owned by RTDC at Sariska like Tiger Den and Siliserh, which have immense tourism potential due to their proximity to Delhi and Jaipur, have remained neglected due to several reasons. This year now, the tourism destination will be restored to its pristine glory and as a result, will boost the tourism potential of the entire state.

Tourism and wildlife go hand-in-hand at national parks, and very soon the travelers and wildlife enthusiasts visiting Rajasthan will get a chance to enjoy safaris in all the zones of Sariska Tiger Reserve.

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Mandawa to host a 6 days International Horse Riding Expedition from 2nd March 2019

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Rajasthan is globally acclaimed for its royal grandeur, rich culture and vibrant festivals. The land of maharajas has something to offer to the connoisseurs of culture, adventure and vibrant celebrations.  A one-of-its-kind horseback adventure – ‘Gallops of India’ is another exciting event in Rajasthan, which will take place in Mandawa from 2nd to 10th March this year. This edition is hosted in India is the 3rd in a row after Morocco and Oman.  The adventure event was a huge international success with riders participating from different parts of the country.

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This exemplary competitive endurance ride will witness 70 horse riders from all over the world riding the indigenous Marwari Breed covering a total distance of 200 km.  The riders will participate from countries like Australia, Belgique, Brazil, France, Germany, Ireland, Israël, Italy, Luxembourg, Norway, Oman, Poland, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland and the USA. The prestigious 61st Cavalry of the Indian Army will also participate in the event. 

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The Gallops is the only equestrian event in the world which offers high adrenaline adventure that is simultaneously sporty, human and touristic. The Rajasthan Chief Minister, Mr Ashok Gehlot also congratulated the organizers for organizing an event to promote and popularize the Indian Marwari horse breed.

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It is to be noted that the 1st edition of the Gallops took place in the Sultanate of Oman, with the support of its Majesty Sultan Qaboos, in the year 2014 with 110 riders from 10 different nations participating in the prestigious event. 

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Similarly, under the patronage of its Majesty, King Mohammed VI, Morocco hosted the 2nd edition of the grand marathon in February 2018 with 4 foreign teams from Oman, Germany, Ireland, France, Slovakia and Malaysia participating in the expedition.

Why You Shouldn’t Miss Makar Sankranti of Jaipur

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Hundreds of kites dancing in the sky, and us- on our terrace. That’s the memory every Jaipurite has of Makar Sankranti. Kite-flying is one of the most favorite and zealous festivals in Jaipur. It’s not just about flying kites but also about the battleground that the sky becomes and the way the whole group of family and friends gather up on their terraces and hoot and shout along with the music.

But this is not all! There’s so much more to this festival and the day marks as one of the most auspicious occasions of the year. Here are some of the reasons Jaipurites put their heart and soul into celebrating Makar Sankranti.

1. Pavitra Snaan and Daan
While lakhs of people take dips into the Ganges on Makar Sankranti around the nation, scores of people also arrive at Galta Ji Temple in Jaipur to bathe in the seven holy kunds there. The day is celebrated to worship the Sun God. It is considered that taking dips in the kund at Galtaji on Makar Sankranti absolves us of all our sins.

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To take a dip in the kund at Galta Ji Temple, you might as well trek up the small hill that exits the city from Galta and Surajpole gates. It’s a sight to behold when you see the amount of faith that Jaipurites put into worshipping on Makar Sankranti.

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People around the country also believe that donating clothes, jaggery, corn, ground peanuts and sesame is a good omen and brings prosperity.

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2. Harbinger of spring
Makar Sankranti falls on the equinox and the day and night are equally long. After this day, the days start to get longer and nights shorter. It also marks the onset of spring season. This also brings a welcome relief from the cold wave of the bygone winter.

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3. The Harvest Festival
Makar Sankranti is celebrated every year as the harvest festival of the country. The Rabi crop is harvested in the month of January and corn, mustard, peanuts, sesame etc. are the major crops harvested at this time. One day before Sankranti, i.e. on Lohri the new crop is offered to god through worshipping fire.

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4. Kite Buying
Kite buying is a serious affair in Jaipur. People don’t just by any random kites. They especially head to kite markets like Handipura, Haldiyon Ka Rasta, and Kishanpole bazaar to buy the best kites. It takes an understanding of the science behind the designing of kites in order to buy the best ones. You can find hundreds and thousands of kites in all shapes, sizes and designs according to your preference. Some of the popularly known designs of kites are Chaand-dara, Glass-dara, Mangal-dara, Aankhal-dara, Tripatta, Dadhiyal etc.

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5. Kite- Flying

A true jaipurite knows how to fly a kite and the science applied behind it.

It takes a lot of patience, time and effort to prepare for kite flying. The night before Sankranti the whole family sits together to put ‘tang’ in kites with white saddha.

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On Sankranti, everyone’s duty is sorted! Makar Sankranti food is all about pakode, moongfali, popcorn, khichadi, gajak, feeni, ladoo and papdi-chatand the children in the house go up and down the terrace for serving them. The youngsters become DJs playing the best songs the loudest.

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And oh! What an art kite flying is. As soon as the ‘Dangal’ starts in the sky, you can hear “Woh kaata” every five seconds from a terrace or two around!

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  1. The evening sky

As the day sets in, the kites start to come down and gradually the whole sky is lit up with fireworks and paper lanterns known as “Tukkals” or “Kandeel.” The night view on Sankranti is absolutely mesmerizing and one of those experience that is hard to get over!

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So if ever you plan to visit Jaipur during winter, make sure you don’t miss the intoxicatingly enthusiastic vibe of Makar Sankranti!

All you wanted to know about the Bikaner Camel Festival

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Bikaner Camel Festival, Cultural Evening

Numerous tourists from the land and abroad visit the Bikaner Camel Festival, which is organized especially, for promoting the camel breeders of Rajasthan and to revive the age-old traditions of taming and training camels.
Camel festival begins with a pompous procession of decorated camels heading to the open ground. A camel pageant is held on the first day. Here the camel owners show off their adorned camel’s. Camel dance performances are a sight to behold. The colourful bridles, bejeweled necks, and jingling anklets of these camels cast a magical spell on the audience.

On the second day, the fleetest camels of the region take part in the camel races. The excited tourists and locals cheer the favorites. Various sports competitions enthrall the participants and spectators alike.

On both days the evenings end with spectacular performances by folk artists of Rajasthan. The jubilant, skirt swirling dances, the awe inspiring fire dances and many other equally interesting performances entertain the visitors.

TIME EVENT VENUE
12TH JANUARY 2019, Saturday
8:00 – 10:00 am Camel Safari & Camel Riding for Tourists (Free of Cost) Village Raisar (15km from Bikaner City on Bikaner – Jaipur Highway)
11:30 – 12:30 pm Ceremonial Procession Junagarh Fort to Dr. Karni Singh Stadium
12:30 – 12:50 pm Inauguration Dr. Karni Singh Stadium
12:50 – 1:10 pm Bagpiper Band Recital by Army Dr. Karni Singh Stadium
1:10 – 1:50 pm Camel Decoration Competition Dr. Karni Singh Stadium
1:50 – 2:30 pm Camel Fur Cutting Competition Dr. Karni Singh Stadium
2:30 – 2:50 pm Band Recital by R.A.C. Dr. Karni Singh Stadium
2:50 – 3:30 pm Camel Dance Competition Dr. Karni Singh Stadium
3:30 – 4:00 pm Miss Marvan (Beauty Pageant) Competition Dr. Karni Singh Stadium
4:00 – 4:30 pm Mr. Bikana Competition Dr. Karni Singh Stadium
6:30 – 8:30 pm Cultural Evening By Rajasthani and Artists from various parts of India Dr. Karni Singh Stadium

 

13TH JANUARY 2019, Sunday
10:00 – 11:00 am Heritage Walk (Rampuria haveli to Bikaji ki tekri) Dr. Karni Singh Stadium
12:00 – 12:30 pm Tug of War Competition, Indians v/s Foreigners (Male) Dr. Karni Singh Stadium
12:30 – 1:00 pm Tug of War Competition, Indians v/s Foreigners (Female) Dr. Karni Singh Stadium
01:00 – 01:30 pm Villagers Wrestling Competition Dr. Karni Singh Stadium
01:30 – 02:00 pm Kabaddi Display Match Dr. Karni Singh Stadium
02:30 – 03:00 pm Turban Tying Competition (For Foreigners) Dr. Karni Singh Stadium
03:00 – 03:30 pm Camel Dance Show Dr. Karni Singh Stadium
03:30 – 04:00 pm Women Water Pot Race Competition, Indian & Foreigners Dr. Karni Singh Stadium
04:00 – 04:30 pm Women Musical Chair Competition, Indian & Foreigners Dr. Karni Singh Stadium
04:30 – 05:30 pm Prize Distribution Dr. Karni Singh Stadium
06:00 – 08:30 pm Cultural Performances by Artists from various parts of India Dr. Karni Singh Stadium
08:30 – 09:00 pm Fire Dance Dr. Karni Singh Stadium
9:00 pm Fire Works Display Dr. Karni Singh Stadium

 

 

(*Events are subject to change)

Other Programme:-

  1. OPENING RUSSIA-2019: Painting Exhibition by Russian Masters at Laxmi Niwas Palace Bikaner from 6-1-2019 to 15-1-2019
  2. Exhibition & Sale of Camel Products by National Research Center on Camel, Bikaner at Dr. Karni Singh Stadium
  3. Exhibition by National Equines Center, Bikaner at Dr. Karni Singh Stadium