Friday, 8 July 2011

Banswara, Rajasthan

Banswara is a city in Banswara District in south Rajasthan in India. Banswara princely state was founded by Maharawal Jagmal Singh. It is named for the "bans" or bamboo forests in the area. It is also known as 'City of Hundred Islands', due to presence of numerous islands in the Mahi River, which flows through Banswara. Banswara is one of the most beautiful city in rajasthan. The city is totally surrounded by the beautiful range of mountains and there are some ancient temples which are situated on the peaks of those mountains for instance the Madareshvar Temple is one of the most famous temple in the city.

Places to see:

Vithala Deo Temple

Apart from its natural beauty and tribal festivals, the presence of ancient temples makes Banswara an interesting place to visit. A few kilometres away from the city, the Vithala Deo Temple is a fine red structure. The temple is dedicated to Lord Krishna and resembles the temples of Khajuraho.

The Mythical Tree

The charming environs of the Bai Talab also hold a couple of holy trees known as Kalpavriksha. According to Hindu mythology, the Kalpavriksha tree was one of the 14 gems which came out of the depths of the sea after the Samudra Manthan (churning of the ocean).

Abdullah Pir Tomb

Banswara, like many other places in Rajasthan, was also influenced by Muslim rule. Apart from the Muslim festivals of Id and Muharram celebrated here, Urs forms an annual occurrence.

Dailab Lake

Dailab Lake is again one of those numerous lakes found in the desert state of Rajasthan. Covered with beautiful lotus flowers round the year the lake has a beautiful structure named Badal Mahal (Palace of Clouds).

Temples of Madareshwar

Banswara has a number of ancient Hindu and Jain temples, and In the past was known as Lodi Kashi or the city of temples. The temple of Madareshwar is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is built inside a small cave.

City Palace

Shri Raj Mandir or more popularly known as the City Palace was built in the 16th century and situated on a hillock overlooking the town. Covering a huge area it follows typical style of old Rajput architecture.

Maharawal Jagmal Singh's Palace

Maharawal Jagmal Singh’s palace wasn’t quite as fortunate as the City Palace. This once imposing structure now lies in ruins on a hilltop south of the town. The stone wall that used to defend the city is also in ruins............

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