A Heritage of Culture , Temples , glorious Civilizations , Colours
and the land which brings essence to life with river Chambal
The Hadoti region consists of several districts of Bundi, Baran, Jhalawar and Kota and together they form a rich Heritage and offer a scenic treat to the eyes with its glorious past
15 km from Kota, is a place not only of archaeological but also mythological signifinace. According to Padam Skand Puran,it is believed that Parshuram was asked by his father Jamadagni to built a temple of Mritunjaya at Keshorai. It is also believed that during the exle period or 'agyat vas' the Pandava took shelter at this place and the remains of their Yagyashala are still evident here. According to Hamir Maha Kavya, the chauhan ruler of Ranthambore, Jaitra Sing after handing over his princely state to his son Rana Hamir Dev, went to worship at Kesho Rai however, due to his accidental demise, the offering were completed by his son Rana Hamir. This temple was later destroyed by natural sources and was recreated by Bundi naresh, Maharaja Shatru Sal in 1641 A.D. It is considered to be a tirath sthan and many devotees take bath in Chambal River during Kartik poornima and enjoys the kartik fair. Jain Temple of Muni Suvrat nath is also located at this holy place and is considered to have magical powers.
THE PRIDE OF HADOTI
90 Kms from Kota city, is the magnificent World Heritage Site which is an extra ordinary embodiment of marvelous architecture, its an enticing cross of great design and structure which takes us back to the 15th century. It is an example of 'Jal Durgh' Water Fort wherein the three sides of the fort are surrounded by water of Ahu and Kali Sindh rivers. Outside the fort is a dargah of Sufi saint Mithe Shah,where the famous 'Urs' or Fair is held every year during the Muslim month of Moharram. Monastery of Sant Pipa , a contemporary of Sant Kabir is also situated nearby.
Large Indian Parakeet The Hiraman Parrot which speaks in a sweet tone almost similar to humans are also found at Gagron. Stories of this rare and unique bird are enlisted in the books of many historians.
Charchauma consists of group of Four Villages situated 35 kms North east from Kota via Kaithon. One of the Chauma has the famous Five faced Shivling also called the Panch Mukh Shivling. Inscription of Gupta Period instilled on the walls makes this place of archaeological importance. the Shillaikh has been referred to 'Bhavprati kratilingam' meaning shrasthi ki prati krati. The Panch Mukh Shiling is famous for its expressions and varied Hairsytles and is considered to be one of its kind.
Located in the far southeastern part of Rajasthan, Kakuni preserves remarkable sculptures as well as the foundation or base courses of a number of temples, which are in a damaged condition. Whatever remains reflects a high level of art inherit in architectural condition.
10th century matth having 5 temples, all of which is in danger and need utmost attention to be preserved.
The shells of the Ostrich Eggs have been discovered and are considered to be 40000 years old.
Near the river Chandrabhaga ,is the earliest dated, post Gupta period temple Shitaleshwar Mahadev at Chandrabhaga near Jhalawar. This temple was built by Durghgan, a Samanth ruler. Inscriptions dated 689 A.D. are found here. According to Colonel Todd,writer of Annals and Antiquities of Rajashtan, there were 108 temples however now only a few exist. Devi temple Kartik Mela is held every year and thousands of devotees come every year walking barefoot to take a holy bath and worship their lord.
65 km from Kota are group of Lord Shiv, Lord Vishnu, Surya and Jain temples of 8th to 10th century. There are 8 temples spread over in all directions of this region. Astonishingly Three sanctums have been created on a single platform and at present in danger.
The famous temple no. 1 is the Triple Shrine Temple which is not visible anywhere else in the Hadoti region. Read more
Termed as Masterpiece of the 8 th century , Kansua Mandir at Kota is indeed a picturesque beauty. The auspicious Shahestra Shivling
is also considered to be holy and auspicious. Shilalekh inscribed within the wall in the Kutil script of 8th century.
The Shiva Lingam that presides over the Kansua Temple, Kota, Rajasthan is indeed a spectacular manifestation of human imagination. It is not a normal Shiva Lingam with one head; but it is a magnificent four headed Shiva Lingam carved out from stone.
Ruins of Bhimchauri
105 Km from Kota , a place called as 'Atalpuri' is soon going to become extinct if not preserved today.
The Grand Gadgaj Temple of 12th century has now only the remains of the great temple, these remains itself speaks of the scenic beauty the temple had.
A museum has been installed at Atru where the magnificant sculptures and ruins from the yesteryear temples are preserved and reflect our majestic past.
35 Km from Baran and 15 km from Mangrol, the place famous for its Bhumijh style Temple Bhanddevra is often called as 'Mini Khajuraho of Hadoti' The old name Srinagar itself tells us about the prosperity of the region during the 10th-12th century. The Erotic Figures at Ramgarh are often considered to be as appealing as the figures of Khajuraho. The Shatriya ruler of Medh vansh, Malay Dev Varman is said to have constructed this temple and was later renovated by Trishas Varman.
18 kms from Kota , at the merge of Chandraloi and Chambal River are the 10th century Indo Aryan Nagar style temples of Vishnu and Shiva. The Sculptors of 8th to 13th century created an attractive piece of beauty however, because of low maintenance and natural calamity these Temples are slowly getting destroyed. Due to recurrent Floods, the entire village has now moved away from Manas Gaon to Naya Gaon leaving this epitome of Beauty all alone in isolation between the wild grass, shrubs with thorns leaving no way possible to reach at this Heritage Site for Protection.
Derived from the Sanskrit word 'Vrihadaditya' which is probably after the name of a Sun god representing the sunset , situated 65 km from Kota city has a sun temple standing besides a water tank. The famous sculpture of Sun God rising his chariot is found in the western niche of the temple and is suggestive of the worshiping of the Sun God in this area. It is considered to be a composite figure of Harihar Hiranyagarbh. The Asthadigpal, the Apsaras and the various worshipped Dev and Devis are magnificently carved at the outer wall or mandovar of the Temple.