Raipur Village in Pali District , Rajasthan is a small intriguing Village on way to becoming a tiny Town as it expands and merges with village Haripur (home to the fabulous Lakshman Sagar) . Raipur is located 90 kms from Ajmer, off a fabulous Highway .
Rajasthan is a lovely state which truly reflects the Heritage of a Royal Past.
The pictures that follow were taken in Raipur Fort Palace now located in the midst of the Raipur Village where the erstwhile Ruling Family resides todate.
Red is the Hallmark of this Royal Palace from where ,Once Upon a Time, Regal Diktats were issued and executed.
The first glimpse of the RegallyRed Archways to unfold from the bustling village street of Raipur.
The Main Entrance from the alleys of the Town-Village as it exists to date.
The Main Gate which leads to the courtyard and the numerous Palaces within the Raipur Fort complex.
You feel you have gone back in time, 400 years ago as you step into the main courtyard that leads to the various Palaces .
The Palace which is immediately behind the Royal Marble Throne.
This was a peak into one of the relatively unknown Royal Homes of Rajputana.
In the first blog on Leh, Ladakh titled CHARMING LEH AIRPORT, I had mentioned certain signs which forecast what was to be unveiled in the hours and days to follow.
The posts SIGNS OF BUDDHA , EMPTINESS and FROZEN unraveled Three such Symbols, this post is the fourth in the series.
On reaching the Naropa Temple ( Famous for the Hemis Festival or Kumbh of the Himalayas) and the Rancho School ( made famous by the Bollywood movie 3 Idiots) at Shrey, Ladakh I was greeted with a SEA of MAROON.
Buddhist Devotees draped in shades of Maroon had reached Shrey in thousands to celebrate the Birthday of His Holiness the Gyalwang Drukpa.
An Awesome and Stunning Gate crowned by two Dragons around the Buddhist Circle of Dharma . Unfortunately my illiteracy prevents me from reading the script on the Golden Gate.
The Grey Wall is the Boundary between the NaropaTemple and the famous Rancho School. Both of which are managed by the Hemis Monastery which in turn is headed by the Spiritual Leader His Holiness of Drukpa Lineage.
The Himalayas look upon the Celebrations taking place in the valley below. The Birthday Celebrations coincide with the Winter Festival held at the Hemis Monastery.
The Dragon Flag is the Symbol of the Hemis Monastery
Devotion and Faith help thousands of Monks and Devotees brave the Icy Chill of Winters at Ladakh as they sit in the open , under the gaze of the snow capped Himalayas, listening to their Spiritual Leader His Holiness the G. Drukpa .
Despite an extremely hard and tough life all you see in Ladakh are Happy and Cheerful Faces.
Was the Secret of Happiness their faith in Tibetan Buddhism or the Colour Maroon they adorned , or both ?
If you recall the initial picture in the CHARMING LEH AIRPORT showcases cheerful Buddhist Monks in Robes of Maroon greeting us.
Who says you cannot see the Future ? Travel with Mukul and Behold the Faithful.
The India Art Fair is annually held in January at the NSIC grounds, Okhla in New Delhi.
It was an amazing opportunity to see some fabulous works of Art brought together under one Roof.
The threads that bind the four works of art selected by me for this blog are:
The Artists of all the paintings are Anonymous.
They are all almost 200 years old dating to the 19th Century.
All of them are expressions of Faith and reveal tales from Hindu Mythology.
The Colourful and detailed featured Image of Maa Durga ending the terror of the Rakshas ( Demon) Mahishasur portrays so many symbols and tales that it would take me years to understand and pen them down.
The large almond shaped eyes are a signature of the artists of Bengal and Maa Durga is portrayed as such to date.
The painting below beautifully illustrates Lord Shiva with his wife Parvati seated on their vehicle the Bull, Nandi. Mount Kailash in the the Himalayas is his fabled abode which is depicted in the picture below.
An unusual potrayal of Goddess Parvati depicted as Mother with her younger son Lord Ganesha.
The crown in the painting seems to be an influence from the Mughal Period and is repeated in all the pictures above as well.
Maa Durga is an incarnation of Goddess Paravati who assumes a Fierce and Powerful form armed with various weapons to end the Evil of the Demon Mahishasura.
Symbolism and Philosophy is deeply entrenched in all the depictions and portrayals in the paintings.
The painting of the Goddess Saraswati below is distinctively different from those above.
The headgear and attire are more in tune with depictions from Southern India. The style was made extremely popular by the famous artist Raja Ravi Verma from Travancore ( now in modern day Kerala).
The attention to detail is simply mind blowing as the Jewellery is visible through the extremely fine and translucent Saree that drapes the Goddess of Wisdom.
The Veena ( musical instrument in her hands) , the string of White Pearls and the Vedas ( Holy Books ) symbolize the Goddess of Fine Arts and Knowledge.
All the paintings show the fascinating minds of the Anonymous Artists who have unfortunately been lost in the Mists of Time.
Treat yourselves to this secretive getaway NAZAR BAGH near Jaipur.
A view of Nature FOR YOUR EYES ONLY.
The write up will be updated in a while. All Good things take time, so hold your breath as I will unveil this treasure in the midst of Rajasthan, India.
Nazarbagh is located in the pristine rural countryside of Rajasthan about 5.5 kms off the Jaipur-Ajmer Highway at Jaisinghpura.
It is strongly recommended to walk the the last mile if you wish to be soaked in the Enchanting countryside that encompasses this discretely located Palace.
The picture below reveals the unique lansdscape of the region with interesting Shrubs and biodiversity unique to the arid lands of Rajasthan.
Luxurious and plush Nazarbagh is unveiled through Trees and the bounty of Nature that surround this Palace.
A lovely Lily ( commonly and incorrectly refered to as Lotus) Pond surrounded by Flower beds ( do see the blog titled ICE DAISY athttp://www.enchantedforests.wordpress.com) and Trees far in the Horizon soothe your eyes.
A view through graceful arches at the Porch
For me Nature leaves signs to show if an area ,home or Palace is conducive to human well being.
If Birds , bees and butterflies inhabit a region it indicates that all is in harmony with Nature. Nazarbagh gets a big approval as it is located in the lap of Nature.
See the picture below which reveals a Bird’s Nest seen from the amazing marbled Verandahs of the Palace.
A Birds Nest
The lovely Rooftops with the typical signature Chatris ( literal translation is an Umbrella) reveal two contrasting countrysides.
As you shift your Glance you will be fascinated by an arid and parched land along with an ancient River Bed which would have been the Original Landscape prior to the Introduction of Water through modern Irrigation methods.
The Flora and Fauna in both both the Green and Brown Lands would be interesting to compare and detail.
I did hear the tell tale bird calls of the Partridges ( English), Teetar ( Hindi) or Grey francolins( Scientific Name) at Nazarbagh.
As we descend from the Rooftops adorned by Chattris and walk around the Sprawling Green Periphery of the Palace am spellbound by the Avenue of Neem ( Scientific Name Azadirachta Indica) trees.
Neem is an endemic tree native to India which works as a natural Bio filter of Air as well besides having numerous Germicide properties.
Nazarbagh Palace was a wonderful date with Nature , away from the crowds that thronged the Jaipur Literature Festival at Jaipur.