Saturday, July 2, 2011


history of karauli

Karauli was officially founded in 1348 AD by the Yaduvanshi Rajput, Raja Arjun Pal. This holy city was originally known as Kalyanpuri, after the local deity Kalyanji. Legend has it that the princely state of karauli (17 Gun salutes) was established by Raja Bijal pal Jadon, The 88th descendent of lord Krishna, as far back as 995 AD.

The 600 year Karauli old city palace was built probably in the 14th century by the royal family and a magnificent city palace in 1635 AD. The fort and the city palace remains the official residence of the royal family of karauli till 1938 AD. At that time a much more modern Bhanwar Vilas palace was built by Maharaja Ganesh pal Deo Bhadur.

Red stone ramparts surrounded the walled city with bastions for security. Till date the city wall boasts of six gates and twelve posterns. The present city palace is the 17th century building with elaborated ornamented stucco work and frescoes.

The ruling family of karauli are considered the descendents of Lord Krishna, and are Yadav Rajputs, The city is home of Shri Madan Mohanji, the deity of lord Krishna, worshiped by millions of followers from Rajasthan & rest of India. The Temple of Kaila Devi holds an important place among the religious places of Rajasthan. There are 3 fairs, the biggest one is held in the month of Chaitra (March-April).
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history of karauli

Karauli was officially founded in 1348 AD by the Yaduvanshi Rajput, Raja Arjun Pal. This holy city was originally known as Kalyanpuri, after the local deity Kalyanji. Legend has it that the princely state of karauli (17 Gun salutes) was established by Raja Bijal pal Jadon, The 88th descendent of lord Krishna, as far back as 995 AD.

The 600 year Karauli old city palace was built probably in the 14th century by the royal family and a magnificent city palace in 1635 AD. The fort and the city palace remains the official residence of the royal family of karauli till 1938 AD. At that time a much more modern Bhanwar Vilas palace was built by Maharaja Ganesh pal Deo Bhadur.

Red stone ramparts surrounded the walled city with bastions for security. Till date the city wall boasts of six gates and twelve posterns. The present city palace is the 17th century building with elaborated ornamented stucco work and frescoes.

The ruling family of karauli are considered the descendents of Lord Krishna, and are Yadav Rajputs, The city is home of Shri Madan Mohanji, the deity of lord Krishna, worshiped by millions of followers from Rajasthan & rest of India. The Temple of Kaila Devi holds an important place among the religious places of Rajasthan. There are 3 fairs, the biggest one is held in the month of Chaitra (March-April).
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karauli keladevi KELADEVI TEMPLE Mandir Shri Kela Devi Ji Location: 25 Kms away to the South of Karauli God Worshipped: Shri Kela Devi District: Karauli Road Distance from Jaipur: 180 Kms Built in the year: 1600 AD Nearest Airport: Jaipur (180 km) By Shri Bhompalji the king of Karauli. Nearest Rly. Station: Bharatpur (35 km) Cause of Establishment: There is a prevalent belief that king Bhompal received instructions from Goddess Kaila Devi to built the temple for her as he was a great devotee of Kaila Devi, he built this temple and since then the place has become so sacred that millions of people from far and wide come here for darshan. Brief of the Diety: In the sanctum sanctorum, there are two idols. The idol of Kaila Devi is slightly reclined as the neck of the goddess is bend. The idols are very old and they are made of the locally available stone. Religious sect to which the temple belongs: Shakta sect holds sway of the temple but it is worshiped by all Hindus and all others. Architecture of the Temple: Important Architectural Characteristics: The temple is a fine example of medieval architecture. The shikhar is very high like pyramid. There is an open court. The Jagmohan (prayer hall is also the same). The ornamental work, engraving and encarving have been done on walls and pillars. Material of Construction: Red Stone of Karoli Total Construction Time: About 50 years. Religious aspects of temple: The temple has a strong hold on peoples faith. Kaila Devi is an incarnation of Durga Devi. It is believed that the mela of Kaila Devi is the biggest one in North India. Unique features of the temple: Festivals & Fairs in Temple (Main Events): In the Navratras of Chaitra and Ashwin every year millions of people come and offer their presence to the Goddess. These days are held as sacred days. Timings: Morning Time: 5.00 am Evening Time: 10.00 pm Custom & Traditions of Temple: Though this is a Shakta temple but the traditions followed are the Vaishnavs traditions and as such meat and wine are strictly prohibited. Bhandara (feasting open for all) is organized. Vandana (If any particular) in text: Issues requiring global attention for conservation, protection and improvement of the temple: Since the temple holds a great place in this area, it would be in the fitness of things that the ilaqua is beautified, the drab landscape is converted into a lush green forest track. The nearby Chambal ravines are a permanent menace but even the dacoits and bad elements are afraid of the deity and pose no potential danger.


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KELADEVI TEMPLE

 

Mandir Shri Kela Devi Ji
Location:25 Kms away to the South of KarauliGod Worshipped:Shri Kela Devi
District:KarauliRoad Distance from Jaipur:180 Kms
Built in the year:1600 ADNearest Airport:Jaipur (180 km)
ByShri Bhompalji the king of Karauli.Nearest Rly. Station:Bharatpur (35 km)
    
Cause of Establishment:There is a prevalent belief that king Bhompal received instructions from Goddess Kaila Devi to built the temple for her as he was a great devotee of Kaila Devi, he built this temple and since then the place has become so sacred that millions of people from far and wide come here for darshan.
    
Brief of the Diety:
In the sanctum sanctorum, there are two idols. The idol of Kaila Devi is slightly reclined as the neck of the goddess is bend. The idols are very old and they are made of the locally available stone.
Religious sect to which the temple belongs:
Shakta sect holds sway of the temple but it is worshiped by all Hindus and all others.
Architecture of the Temple:
Important Architectural Characteristics:
The temple is a fine example of medieval architecture. The shikhar is very high like pyramid. There is an open court. The Jagmohan (prayer hall is also the same). The ornamental work, engraving and encarving have been done on walls and pillars.
Material of Construction:
Red Stone of Karoli
Total Construction Time:About 50 years.
Religious aspects of temple:
The temple has a strong hold on peoples faith. Kaila Devi is an incarnation of Durga Devi. It is believed that the mela of Kaila Devi is the biggest one in North India.
Unique features of the temple:
Festivals & Fairs in Temple (Main Events):
In the Navratras of Chaitra and Ashwin every year millions of people come and offer their presence to the Goddess. These days are held as sacred days.
Timings:
Morning Time:5.00 am
Evening Time:
10.00 pm
Custom & Traditions of Temple:
Though this is a Shakta temple but the traditions followed are the Vaishnavs traditions and as such meat and wine are strictly prohibited. Bhandara (feasting open for all) is organized.
Vandana (If any particular) in text:
Issues requiring global attention for conservation, protection and improvement of the temple:
Since the temple holds a great place in this area, it would be in the fitness of things that the ilaqua is beautified, the drab landscape is converted into a lush green forest track. The nearby Chambal ravines are a permanent menace but even the dacoits and bad elements are afraid of the deity and pose no potential danger.

karauli keladevi KELADEVI TEMPLE Mandir Shri Kela Devi Ji Location: 25 Kms away to the South of Karauli God Worshipped: Shri Kela Devi District: Karauli Road Distance from Jaipur: 180 Kms Built in the year: 1600 AD Nearest Airport: Jaipur (180 km) By Shri Bhompalji the king of Karauli. Nearest Rly. Station: Bharatpur (35 km) Cause of Establishment: There is a prevalent belief that king Bhompal received instructions from Goddess Kaila Devi to built the temple for her as he was a great devotee of Kaila Devi, he built this temple and since then the place has become so sacred that millions of people from far and wide come here for darshan. Brief of the Diety: In the sanctum sanctorum, there are two idols. The idol of Kaila Devi is slightly reclined as the neck of the goddess is bend. The idols are very old and they are made of the locally available stone. Religious sect to which the temple belongs: Shakta sect holds sway of the temple but it is worshiped by all Hindus and all others. Architecture of the Temple: Important Architectural Characteristics: The temple is a fine example of medieval architecture. The shikhar is very high like pyramid. There is an open court. The Jagmohan (prayer hall is also the same). The ornamental work, engraving and encarving have been done on walls and pillars. Material of Construction: Red Stone of Karoli Total Construction Time: About 50 years. Religious aspects of temple: The temple has a strong hold on peoples faith. Kaila Devi is an incarnation of Durga Devi. It is believed that the mela of Kaila Devi is the biggest one in North India. Unique features of the temple: Festivals & Fairs in Temple (Main Events): In the Navratras of Chaitra and Ashwin every year millions of people come and offer their presence to the Goddess. These days are held as sacred days. Timings: Morning Time: 5.00 am Evening Time: 10.00 pm Custom & Traditions of Temple: Though this is a Shakta temple but the traditions followed are the Vaishnavs traditions and as such meat and wine are strictly prohibited. Bhandara (feasting open for all) is organized. Vandana (If any particular) in text: Issues requiring global attention for conservation, protection and improvement of the temple: Since the temple holds a great place in this area, it would be in the fitness of things that the ilaqua is beautified, the drab landscape is converted into a lush green forest track. The nearby Chambal ravines are a permanent menace but even the dacoits and bad elements are afraid of the deity and pose no potential danger.


 karauli keladevi

 

                                       

KELADEVI TEMPLE

 

Mandir Shri Kela Devi Ji
Location:25 Kms away to the South of KarauliGod Worshipped:Shri Kela Devi
District:KarauliRoad Distance from Jaipur:180 Kms
Built in the year:1600 ADNearest Airport:Jaipur (180 km)
ByShri Bhompalji the king of Karauli.Nearest Rly. Station:Bharatpur (35 km)
    
Cause of Establishment:There is a prevalent belief that king Bhompal received instructions from Goddess Kaila Devi to built the temple for her as he was a great devotee of Kaila Devi, he built this temple and since then the place has become so sacred that millions of people from far and wide come here for darshan.
    
Brief of the Diety:
In the sanctum sanctorum, there are two idols. The idol of Kaila Devi is slightly reclined as the neck of the goddess is bend. The idols are very old and they are made of the locally available stone.
Religious sect to which the temple belongs:
Shakta sect holds sway of the temple but it is worshiped by all Hindus and all others.
Architecture of the Temple:
Important Architectural Characteristics:
The temple is a fine example of medieval architecture. The shikhar is very high like pyramid. There is an open court. The Jagmohan (prayer hall is also the same). The ornamental work, engraving and encarving have been done on walls and pillars.
Material of Construction:
Red Stone of Karoli
Total Construction Time:About 50 years.
Religious aspects of temple:
The temple has a strong hold on peoples faith. Kaila Devi is an incarnation of Durga Devi. It is believed that the mela of Kaila Devi is the biggest one in North India.
Unique features of the temple:
Festivals & Fairs in Temple (Main Events):
In the Navratras of Chaitra and Ashwin every year millions of people come and offer their presence to the Goddess. These days are held as sacred days.
Timings:
Morning Time:5.00 am
Evening Time:
10.00 pm
Custom & Traditions of Temple:
Though this is a Shakta temple but the traditions followed are the Vaishnavs traditions and as such meat and wine are strictly prohibited. Bhandara (feasting open for all) is organized.
Vandana (If any particular) in text:
Issues requiring global attention for conservation, protection and improvement of the temple:
Since the temple holds a great place in this area, it would be in the fitness of things that the ilaqua is beautified, the drab landscape is converted into a lush green forest track. The nearby Chambal ravines are a permanent menace but even the dacoits and bad elements are afraid of the deity and pose no potential danger.

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MADANMOHAN JI TEMPLE

 
Mandir Shri Madan Mohan Ji
Location:KarauliGod Worshipped:Lord Krishna
District:KarauliRoad Distance from Jaipur:150 Kms
Built in the year:1600 ADNearest Airport:Jaipur (150 km)
ByShri Gopal SinghjiNearest Rly. Station:Hindaun (25 km)
    
Cause of Establishment:It is believed that Shri Gopal Singhji got victory in the battle of Daultabad. After this the king in his dream saw that Lord Krishna instructed him to fetch his idol from Amer and installed at Karauli. The king of Karauli therefore, brought this idol and got this temple constructed to enshrine it.
    
Brief of the Diety:
The principal deity is of Lord Krishna which was brought from Amer by Shri Gopal Singhji and installed here. The idol of Shri Krishna is 3 ft. high while that of Shri Radha is 2 ft. high They are made of Asthadhatu. They are so antique that no one can think how precious they are. Both the idols are the unique example of sculpture and they seem to beloved like.
Religious sect to which the temple belongs:
The temple belongs to the Gaudiya Sampradaya.
Architecture of the Temple:
Important Architectural Characteristics:
The temple of Shri Madan Mohan ji is built of Karauli Stone and offers us the best example of medieval architecture. There is a circumambulatory path around the Garbhagriha. Here also beautiful pictures have been thrown. A wide open chowk beautiful and spacious Jagmohan and sanctuma sanctorum are wonderful from architectural point of view.
Material of Construction:
Lime mortar and Karauli stone.
Total Construction Time:2-3 year
Religious aspects of temple:
This temple is a center of faith for the Hindu Community. The villagers in particular have strong devotion for the Lord here. Worship is performed in accordance with Gaudiya rituals and traditions.
Unique features of the temple:
This temple is situated in the lap of Karauli fort and is world renowned for its vastness and beauty. One can see temples in a series here. In front of the principal temple, thee are many smaller shrines, specially in a moonlit night the beauty of the temple becomes indescribable.
Festivals & Fairs in Temple (Main Events):
All Hindus festivals are celebrated here, but those related to Radha and Krishna are celebrated with enthusiasm. They are Janmasthmi, Radha Asthmi, Gopasthmi, and Hindola etc. On every Amavasya in a month, a fair is held which is attended by thousands of local and rural people.
Timings:
Morning Time:5.00 am
Evening Time:
10.00 pm 
Custom & Traditions of Temple:
Traditions and rituals followed by Gaudiya Sampradaya as enunciated by the Acharaya of this cult, are observed here. Prasad is distributed. Charitable works are done and a Bhandara offers free foods to the visitors. The timings for opening and closing the temple are fixed and there is punctuality observed. Religious books are read and recited, religious discourse are given, and Ramleelas and Rasaleelas are also organized.
Vandana (If any particular) in text:
Issues requiring global attention for conservation, protection and improvement of the temple:
The temple is of Gaudiya Sampradaya and one of its own kind in Rajasthan. Therefore, this is incumbent responsibility of the Devsthan Department to look after the interest of the temple.
 

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Shri Mahavir Ji
 
Birth name of Mahavir was Vardhman.The different names Ativir , Sanmati , Mahavir were the epithets conferred upon him for his acts of boldness and bravery at different occasions. The universality of the application of the name Mahavir has rendered it functionally equivalent to a personal name.
Born in a princely family all the comforts of life were available to him but child Mahavir did not evince interest in worldly pleasures. Having strong spiritual inclination and desire to do good of the people, he had a strong urge of renunciation of worldly attach- ments. Deep affection and persuasion of his parents and relatives could not keep him confined to the family bonds. Spiritualism and renunciation so much prevailed over him the ultimately on November 11, B.C 570 (Marga-sirsha Krishna - dasmi) , at the age of 30 years, he left the place and proceeded to the park, Jnatrkhanda -Vana, close to Kundapur, and relinquished his ornaments and clothes . He pulled out his hair by his hands and initiated himself as a Digamber Jain monk. He observed fast for 3 days and then plunged himself into meditation. After some- time he started touring various parts of the country. He lived in gardens park, but as required by the rules of his vows and fast, he entered a town or a village once in a day and accepted the food offered to him according to the norms laid down for Jain ascetics. In a standing or squatting posture, and with his eyes fixed on the tip of nose, he spent his time in meditation and in reflecting on the Atman ( soul ) and in cultivating the attitude of equanimity towards one and all. Strictly observing his five great vows & other principles, he got himself habituated to endure with peace & patience all physical tortures, know as ‘pariahs’, like hunger, thirst , cold, heat, mosquito bites etc.,
Mahavir spent twelve years as an ascetic, practising various austerities. One day on Baisakh - Shukla - Dasmi , April 26, B.C. 557 at the age of 42 years, while he was seated beneath a sal tree plunged in meditation close to the village Jrmbhaka by name, on the bank of river Rijukula omniscience or all knowledge - infinite knowledge ( Ananta - Jnana ), "knowledge free from Karmic interference" -Keval -Jyana which has no limitations of time and space, dawned on him. He got satisfactory solutions for all those problems and questions connected with life and the universe which occur to any inquisitive soul. He fully comprehended the Six Substances (dravya) and Seven Principles (tattva) whereby one gets explained the nature of all the objects and their activities. It was crystal clear to him that the very basic principle of life in Jive Atma - tattva, which is distinct from matter (body).
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 karauli Timangarh fort
image002.jpg (37183 bytes)The Timangarh Fort named after the King Timanpal is an imposing structure staring down at the surroundings at a distance of around 40 km from Karauli. The fort is believed to have been constructed in 1100 AD, and destroyed in one of the attack thereafter. The fort was renovated in 1244 AD by King Timanpal of Bayana. The fort is renowned for it’s collection ancient ashtadhatu (eight metals) and stone idols carvings. The amazing art work visible on the temple yards and walls is an example of the expertise that prevailed in the region.

The Fort is touched upon by the Sagar from one side and stands witness to the innumerable dips the local villagers have dived in hopes of acquiring the Paras (the wishing stone) stone believed to be sunk at the bottom of the lake, and some villagers still hopes to find the paras stone which is believed to be still somewhere in the lake.
 
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