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