“KESARIYA BALAM AAVO NI PADHARO MHARE DESH”
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Day 2: A TOUR TO JAISALMER: FORT’S & HAVELI’S
Next day we woke up with an excitement of exploring Golden City glories and its enormous Forts, so our first landing was ‘Jaisalmer Fort’.
When we entered inside the fort campus, a soothing music started amplifying on our ears… “Kesariya Balam Aavo Ni Padharo Mhare Desh”, the sound was coming from Ravanhatha (a musical instrument look like small Vina) which was being played by an old man.
Gazing the fort from a distance gives panoramic view of gigantic and fabled masterpiece of architecture. This massive monument seems that, it is standing silently but buried lots of era and secrets of king’s kingdoms. The fortress is built up of golden sandstone, which mirrors numerous shades of yellow; in sun light it reflects lion yellow color and during night flashes bright honey color.
The impression of Jaisalmer fort in the moon light is splendid and ravishing. In 1156 AD, Raja Rao Jaisal founded his magnum opus the ‘Jaisalmer Fort’ and it was named “Sone Ka Quila” by the local people.
I was astonished by the behemoth glance of the fort; it resembled my childhood massive sandcastle that we used to make on tiny sand dunes. But this was not my sand castle; it’s an colossal desert fort, dictating the landscape for statute miles around its spot at the apex of Trikuta hill. It positions on a triangular hill, which is 259 feet tall, surrounded by dense, crenelated wall over 30 feet in height, strengthened with 99 bastions and the fort stands 76 meter above the town. Bizarrely, these walls don’t have any mortar at all; it is made-up of substantial, snakingly interlocked stone blocks. The fort implies abundant kindness; it nurtures more than 3000 people inside the estate.
Picture: The above two pictures are with reference to Hotel Nachana Heveli, where Picture 1 is of current Raja & Rani and Picture 2 is a rare picture of Old Nachana Heveli.
When we enter the fort up, a solid steep inclined lane started, which was paved with flagstones and the series of four mammoth gates (Suraj Pol, Ganesh Pol, Rang Pol and Hawa Pol). Although, walking on this path we were feeling like, walking on treadmill with rock climbing mode set. Following this track, we reached the innermost gate, Hawa pol (wind gate), this was the voluminous Chauhata square. The foremost lure of this place is Maharawal’s marble throne, positioned over a flight of marble steps and this is the place where king used to sit and layout his Darbar (court). This is heart of the fort compound situated in front of the palaces of king.
While admiring castle’s glory, we reached near the bevy of palaces. When we entered to the premises, we found this place is actually a muddle of syndetic castles. Thus, to experience the triumph of this royal heritage, we started our walk from its oldest donjon, ‘Juna Mahal’ dating back to 16th century, which dwells with seven stories and jali screens; it is the one of the oldest mansion of its kind in the Rajasthan. Similarly, the fortification showcases other forts.
There are lots of other castes around like mardana mahal (men’s quarters), Rang Mahal, Sarvotam Vilas, Gaj Vilas, Moti Mahal & many more, these all fortresses were built during the sway of Mulraj II (1762-1820), which has exhaustive wall painting and mirror embellishment, most of them were ornamented with blue tiles, crystal mosaics, floral flash and carved flaps.
Inside the fort premises there are mesmerizing Jain temples (date back to 12th-16th centuries) situated. Although, the Rajputs/kings used to worship Hindu gods but the manifestation of this Jain Temples shows that they chartered the practice of Jainism. The temple’s carvings and edifices are fabulous. The Parsvanatha temple possesses amazing gateway, an elegant entry and 52 trivial shrines. Also, the brackets are elaborately carved with ladies and dancer’s depictions. Likewise, Rishbhanatha temples holds 600+ portraits, Ashtapadi incorporates the Hindu gods of Vishnu, Kali and Lakshmi into its adornment, the Mahavir Temple slots in with an emerald statue and other temples embraces lots of tombs and ancient manuscripts.
Finally, after so much wandering and overdose of history, we reached to the most adventurous and exciting point of this fortification. Essentially, this point is liable to exhibit complete panoramic view of Jaisalmer city and to show the glimpse of Thar Desert, it is called “the Cannon (Toapp) Point”. The spot is perfect abode for miraculous camera-works, as we waited till long in the queue just to click a single photo. Cannon (Toapp) point is a sharp climb up and amongst the 99 bastions of the fortress. The gigantic hefty Cannon (Toapp) which is sited at centre of this point, makes it more majestic and alluring. Moreover, there is one more cannon point in the citadel but the cannon placed here is quite small.
Our next destination was “Havelies” (a kind of castles). Entering to the lane of Havelies, we were feeling like entering to the ‘Time Machine’, it seemed everything is flapped to Imperial era. The lane was full of beautifully carved porticos and nook and net windows (Jharokha) overhanging the streets underneath.
Although, we explored the glamour of lots of Havelies including Salim Singh-ki Haveli, which is famous for its striking peacock brackets, Nathumal-ki Haveli which is fairly carved out of a big stone by two craftsmen, each of them commenced one half of the house, it has a extremely embellished frontage with an eye-catching front door safeguarded by two elephants. Amongst all these Havelies, ‘Patwon-ki Haveli’ has huge attraction, perhaps it is the finest Haweli in the city. It was built in 18th century and a cluster of five Havelies, exclusively constructed for five brothers. This Haveli holds marvellous engineering with fascinating paintings, carved pillars, abundance of balconies which cover the opposite wall and the inner lawn is enclosed by luxuriously ornamented rooms.
After all that, I have gone almost crazy and jumped to the shops which were placed outside the havelies; almost all the shops were selling hand crafted alluring Rajasthani ornate stuffs and adorable colourful puppets, though I managed to buy pairs of “hathi dant” bangles and few vintage stuffs.
Picture: Beside it’s rich culture Jaisalmer is also known for it’s world class Antique products and Shopping, it ranges from Antique Statues, Utensils, Stones, Pictures and Colorful Dresses like Caps, Dupatta’s and many others like Earrings, Umbrella’s, Bedsheet, Wall covers and MANY MORE !!!
I am sure, girls will enjoy shopping here.
After this amazing ancient tour, we took a deep sniff, had Rajasthani Khichadi & Dalbati Churma to vitalities our sole for the next archival move that is “THAR Desert” & “A abandoned Haunted Village – Kuldhara”.
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