Time Travel through History: Visit Abhaneri this weekend!

Attributes: Heritage, Around the City

At the end of the year, it is toilsome to dig out something crazy to do but if you are a heritage and nature lover and want to explore history, grab some snacks and get ready for a long drive to Abhaneri. It is near Bandikui in Dausa District of Rajasthan, located at a distance of approximately ninety-five kilometers from Jaipur, a two to two and a half hour drive.

Abhaneri is famous for its architectural glory in beforehand archaic monuments, its rich history of architecture, accomplishments and performing arts.It is substantially famous for its centuries old Chand Baori step well and Harshat Mata temple. It was founded by Raja Chand and earlier named as Abha Nagri - the city of joy, happiness, and brightness. The village is believed to be a construction of more than four thousand years old and has several explored and unexplored pages of history buried in its ruins.

Harshat Mata temple is believed to be a source of joy and brightness for this village. The idol of Harshat Mata in joyous mood spreads the splendor of joy all around. The deity is offered daily worship by the local priests and is visited by a lot of locals and tourists daily. Carved pillars in the temple are worth noticing while the ruins of the deity give a good judgment of the artistic excellence at the time of creation of those sculptures. The temple was destroyed into ruins by Aurangzeb whose army turned the massive structure into ruins. However, the remains of sculptures carved on the walls and statues of this double platform structure still catch visitor's attention at the first sight.

Being at Abhaneri, Chand Baori will give you a treat of raree-show. 3500 steps forming a myriad from a well on three sides extend in thirteen stories over hundred feet in height stands directly opposite to Harshat Mata temple. This architectural extravaganza was once used by devotees to form the ritual of washing hands and mouth before visiting the temple. It has its own history providing passages leading to the royal chambers of kings and queen and sometimes being a place for community meetings with local villagers enjoying the cool water in hot summer days. It has been an attraction for Directors and even if you are a good photographer you can get some of your favourite shots over here.

In a state like Rajasthan, Baoris are an integral part as they served as the traditional reservoirs for storing rainwater to make up for the scarcity in the dry seasons. Abhaneri is a mark of creativity clearly depicts the artsy mindset of people. You can also get a glimpse of Ghoomar, Kalbelia and Bhawai unique dance forms typical of Rajasthan nearby.

A one day return drive from Jaipur, visit Abhaneri and rejuvenate your soul and mind!

Author and Picture Credit: Rajat Wadhawan

Tags: Abhneri, Weekend Gateway

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