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Shekhawati

Introduction of Shekhawati

Shekhawati means the land of Shekhs. It derives its name from Rao Shekha, a section of the Kachhwaha family of Jaipur who ruled from 1433 - 1488 AD. Shekhawati is a historical area which is located in the north eastern part of Rajasthan. It is situated in the triangle between Delhi, Jaipur and Bikaner. It is home of India’s mercantile community, the Marwaris, Marwaris now controls vast business empires in different parts of the country and the world. The marwaris built various havelis. Shekhawati is well-known for painted havelis that represent a rich artistic custom of the region. Shekhawati was a part of the former Jaipur state earlier, now it comprises of the districts of Sikar and Jhunjhunu. Languages which are spoken in Shekhawati are Rajasthani, Marwari and Hindi.

 

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Tourist Attractions in Shekhawati:

In the area of Shekhawati the prominent attractions are the wonderful havelis which were built by the Marwaris who were the rich merchants of the region. Founded to ensure protection from the heat of the harsh and long summers these havelis exhibits a distinctive architectural style and have attractive wall paintings. Havelis of Shekhawati were painted in maroon, green, blue, indigo and yellow colors in the mural style of Shekhawati. The style of mural painting is known as ala gila. The colours mixed into a paste were applied on to the damp wall with a plaster of lime paste through polishing, burnishing and beating.

Jhunjhunwala Haveli: Jhunjhunwala haveli displays a prominent gold leaf which is a painted room positioned to the right of main courtyard.

Murmuria Haveli: The paintings of trains, cars, George V, and Venice were executed on the walls of this haveli during the 1930s by Balu Ram, one of the last working artists of the region. In pictures - like Lord Krishna with his cows in the English courtyard and a young Nehru on a horseback, holding the national flag - this haveli uses a unique theme blending the East with the West. The haveli also features a long frieze depicting a train with a crow flying above the engine and much activity at the railway crossing.

Hanuman Prasad Goenka Haveli: This haveli has a painting which exhibits Lord Shiva on his Nandi bull and Indra Dev on an elephant.

Goenka Double Haveli: Goenka Double Haveli exhibits two gates which have a monumental façade of horses and elephants. Havelis balcony, walls and storeys are decorated with different paintings and patterns which vary from religious patterns and traditional Rajasthani women to Europeans wearing stylish hats and other Victorian finery.  

Gulab Rai Ladia Haveli: Gulab Rai Ladia Haveli is situated in the south of town of Shekhawati where the ornamentation of the inner and outer walls is finest in Shekhawati. Blue washes in the haveli depicts 20th century restriction of the erotic scenes that were commonly acceptable one hundred years ago.

The subjects of the Shekhawati murals (1830 AD - 1900 AD) were changed over the period of time but were based on variety of themes.

Historic:  Rulers Historical tales and scenes of great battles, and portraits of famous rulers were mostly painted in the chhatris of the wells or in the castles of the Rajput feudal chiefs who controlled small feudatory states in this region.

Religious: The main entrance and interior spaces of the haveli consists of religious and fabulous images.  Indian religious legends and fables were the main subject of these havelis so that whole canvases could be covered with the marriage processions of gods.  In the circular ceilings below domes the legends of Krishna and mainly Ras Leelas can be seen.

Secular: External walls of Shekhawati are painted with the aspects of daily life and were clearly inspirational and clearly reflect their lifestyles. These include scenes of processions of caparisoned elephants of celebrated lovers such as Maru and Dhola and trompe I’oeil paintings which creates suspension of belief in disbelief. Among the paintings wonderful representations are a camel straddling a small window, the women peeping out of windows and a staircase turning into an elephant with the balustrade in its trunk. The turn of the 19th century saw the appearance of new designs due to the British Raj’s influence upon the Indian culture. Shekhawati frescoes were degenerated by 1930 which resulted in the migration of the Marwari families.

Floral: The work was very simple earlier, very few colours were used which consists of floral motifs. Then, floral work was generally reserved for arches and pillars. The floral designs were used to create frames and unite a complete section, within which There are canvases of paintings. Only floral representations of foliage can be found in the few Muslim havelis.

Prominent Places in Shekhawati
Important tourist places in Shekhawati are Jhunjhunu, Sikar, Fatehpur, Dundlod, Lachhmangarh, Khatu Shyamji, Chirawa, Mukundgarh, Mandawa, Nawalgarh, Pilani and Shakambari. There are various heritage hotels in Shekhawati, so the tourists can stay in heritage hotels which were once feudal castles. Some of these historic hotels are perfect examples of the painted walls of the region. These are the true treasures of Rajasthan’s open air art galley.

Jhunjhunu: Jhunjhunu is the capital of Shekhawati, it is one of the largest town of the district. It was founded in the mid 15th century AD by the Kayamkhani Nawabs and remain under their control. In 1730 AD it was taken over by the Rajput ruler Sardul Singh. Jhunjhunu has some magnificently painted havelis. Ishwar Das-Mohan Das Modi, Khaitans and Nar Singh Das Tibriwal are easily reachable from Jhunjhunu. Most well-known temple of Jhunjhunu is Rani Sati temple. The most attractive monument of Jhunjhunu is the Khatri Mahal (the Wind Palace) which dates back to around 1760 A.D. Sri Bihariji Temple is famous for its lovely murals.

Sikar: The largest "thikana" (Feudal state) under Jaipur is Sikar, which was founded in the late 17th century. Important places to visit in Sikar are the fort and temples of Raghunath, Gopinath and Madan Mohan, Madho Niwas Kothi, Biwani Haveli, Jain temple, Jubilee Hall, Sodhani Haveli. Sikar also has a large market which is worth to visit.

Fatehpur: Fatehpur was founded built by Fateh Khan, a Kayamkhani Nawab in the mid 15th century. Fatehpur is famous for beautiful havelis and supreme frescoes. Havelis of Fatehpur offers a combination of the Indian and the western styles. Some of the prominent havelis are Singhania and Chamariya havelis. Many wealthy merchants are attracted towards Fatehpur due to its central location. It is one of the richest sources for observing some of the finest art in the region.

Lachhmangarh: The foundation of Lachhmangarh was laid by Raja Lachhman Singh of Sikar in the early 19th century. modeled to resemble the city plan of Jaipur, Lachhmangarh offers a bird’s eye view of the town. Lachhmangarh is one of the most magnificent forts in the Shekhawati region. The town of Lachhmangarh has a lot of unusual subjects which are painted on its remarkable havelis.

Khatu Shyamji: Khatu Shyamji is well-known for the Shri Shyamji Temple which was constructed in white marble.

Shakambari: Shakambari is enclosed by hills on three sides. It is a perfect picnic spot. It is well-known for its 7th century temple which was devoted to Shakambhari Mata.

Nawalgarh: The foundation of Nawalgarh was laid in the 18th century. Nawalgarh has the finest of Shekhawati’s paintings. Two forts and palace hotel of Nawalgarh with fountains and garden along with a host of temples are famous for their architecture and frescoes add interest to the town. Famous havelis are Bhagats, Dangaichs and Poddars.

Mandawa: The foundation of Mandawa was laid in the 18th century, it is the heart of the region of Shekhawati. Some of the wonderful havelis in Mandawa are Ladia havelis, Saraf havelis and Chokhani. A medieval fort dominates the town of Mandawa which is now converted into a heritage hotel. This fort has a painted arched gateway which is decorated with Lord Krishna and his cows. Other worth visiting place in Mandawa is a Shiva temple with a rock crystal lingam.

Badalgarh Fort

Chattris

Fatehpur Haveli

Laxmangarh Fort

Mandawa Fort

Nawalgarh

Nawalgarh Fort

Nawalgarh Haveli

Ramgarh

Rani Sati Temple

Sikar

Khatu Shyam Temple

Other Places

Dundlod: Dundlod was a thikana of Shekhawat rulers under Jaipur state. Dundlod is famous for  Dundlod fort, palace and Chhatris. Havelis of the Goenka family are very well-known in Dundlod. Palace of Dundlod is now running as a heritage hotel.

Mukundgarh: Mukundgarh is famous for its fine havelis and the mural art of havelis. It is a small settlement which lies a few kms from Nawalgarh. Mukundgarh Fort is now a heritage hotel.

Pilani: Pilani is home of the Birlas, famous industrialists of India. Important attractions in Pilani are Birla Havelis, BITS museum, Panchwati and Saraswati Temple. Campus of the Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS) is in Pilani which is well-known all over the world. Pilani is also known for its extreme climate. 

Malsisar and Alsisar: Foundation of Malsisar was laid in the mid 18th century and of Alsisar in the late 18th century. Both these towns lie at the northern edge of Shekhawati. Angular style of paintings in various colours make the trip to these towns a memorable one. These two towns are distinguished by the red and blue colour of their frescos. Other prominent places in Alsisar are temples and Jhunjhunuwala havelis.

Bissau: Foundation of Bissau was laid in the mid 18th century. Bissau has and finely painted havelis of Jhunjhunuwala, Tibrewals, Kedia and Khemka which contains high quality of frescos and marvelous chhatris of Thakurs. Bissau also has Chhatri of Hammir Singh with paintings and a fort.

Mehansar: Foundation of Mehansar was laid in the mid 18th century. Famous attractions in  Mehansar include Raghunath temple with beautiful paintings of the Bikaner School of Art and Sone-Chandi ki Haveli. The most excellent interiors can be found here in a former jeweler’s showroom and are rich in their use of decoration and colours.

Harsh Nath Temple: Harsh Nath temple is an old 10th century Hindu temple which is located on the Harsh Nath hills, it is about 10 km from Shekhawati town.

Jeen Mata Temple: Jeen Mata temple is the venue of a colourful fair held twice in a year during ‘Navaratras’. It is considered to have been built a thousand years ago.

Chirawa: Chirawa is a popular trading town between Churu and Loharu. Chirawa is well-known for large havelis. Famous attractions in Chirawa are Kakranias Havelis, Nemanis Havelis and Dalmias Hacvelis. Poddar wells are also a prominent attraction in Chirawa.

Churu: Churu has havelis which are famous for colorful architecture, although Churu is not a part of the Shekhawati region. Churu is in the desert region of Rajasthan.

Kajara and Surajgarh: Kajara has some amazing havelis of 19th century. Surajgarh has a remarkable fort of 18th century with painted havelis and temples.

 

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