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Beautification Of The Streets Of Jaipur

Peacock Garden

In any modern city you will see  ugly places left over by modern flyovers or circles made to regulate traffic. They are inevitable by product of modernization. A consequence of a large number of people living together.It has become so that we do not notice the eyesores  any more.   For some time now the Government of Rajasthan and JDA (Jaipur Development Authority) have been going to great lengths  to beautify these eyesores. They  can not get rid of them but they can hide them a little. They can divert the attention of the public from something ugly to a thing of beauty, a work of art.  They have had the walls of flyover painted with traditional paintings, on  some mural have been put , on some mandanas have been painted. On the island made by the circles they have put up sculptures depicting rajasthani  culture.

The Peacock Garden in Malvea Nagar was one of the first space left over by the flyover to be beautified by having a garden developed and mandanas painted and carved stone chatris with sculptures of  life size  peacocks made of fiber installed.The peacock sculptures have been made by Mr.Raj Kumar Pandit who is based in Jaipur.

In continuation of this trend JDA has earmarked other circles to install sculptures at. The circles earmarked are near Lakshmi Mandir, near Rajmahal and in front of BJP office on Sardar Patel Marg. There will be 31 statue of metal made from a mixture of 8 metalas (Ashta  dhatu). The themes will be rajasthani dress, Jaipur festival and Holi dance. They will cost about rupees 1.5 crores.

These efforts are laudable. But people have defaced the painted walls where they could reach them and  there have been instances of statues being stolen. These statues are works of art and valuable public property. In my opinion the JDA  is  justified in guarding them. Maybe they ought  to  have them insured for what they are,works of art, and to put the onus of their safety on the insurance company.The cost  will be justified too  as works of art appreciate over time.

The Peacock sculpture, Chatri & the mandanas painted on the flyover.

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Peacock-The National Bird Of India

Indian Peafowl

‘The gorgeous peacock is the glory of God’.A sanskrit verse says.It seems the poachers  are only interested in its white meat and eggs and  tail feathers and not in its glorifying God.Due to poaching and use of pesticides their numbers are decreasing alarmingly.So much so that the 11th bird fair in Jaipur was dedicated to the peacock to bring awareness to its plight. A census was also organised to count the actual birds.

There was a time when these birds were everywhere in the north,west and central India.It had been proclaimed the national bird so it was protected by law and according to the scriptures it was thought to be a vehicle of Goddess Saraswati( learning),Kartikeya(god of war) and Subrahmanya (god of yogic powers).

Alexander the great took back with him to Greece 200 birds and they spread to western Asia,north Africa,Europe and America.

It is said that on the peacock throne of Emperor Shah Jahan there were two figures of bejeweled peacocks.

Indian Peacock has fan shaped tips to their tail feathers and the Burmese sub species has pointed tips.The peacock unfurls these feathers to attract the pea hen.They shed all their tail feathers every year and grow new ones.

The Peacock is  the first bird to sound the alarm of the approach of a tiger or a leopard in the jungle.

Bird Watching In Jaipur

A Bird Fair in Jaipur you say. Read this.On  8 th & 9  th February 2008 the 11th annual   bird fair was  organised by the Tourism Wildlife Society of India at Mansagar Lake,Jaipur.This lake has been developed by the Jal Mahal Resorts Pvt.Ltd. after an expenditure of 17 crore rupees.The basin has been cleaned and three types of grass,two varieties of lotus and fish preferred by the migratory birds have been sown. Consequently about  100 types of migratory birds  were seen here by the help of binoculars by school children bird enthusiasts from jaipur and foreign tourists .The fair was inaugurated by American ornithologist Peter G Caisner.He has seen 8144 types of approximately 10,000 species of birds found on earth.In India we can find only about 1200 types of birds. The event was dedicated to the national bird peacock,as their numbers are decreasing day by day due to poaching and use of pesticides.About  a dozen  experts from Bharatpur also  attended the fair and imparted information about how to protect our feathered friends.  Common Teal, spoonbill duck, grey heron, red crested pochard , sand piper and flamingos were some of the birds seen here.

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