Category Archives: Sculpture

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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Jaipur Blue

Sawai Jai Singh Ji I brought the art of Blue Pottery to Jaipur in 1727 and Sawai Ram Singh ji II patronized the art  and Rajmata Gayatri Devi revived the art in 1960s before it could fade away. Today Blue Pottery of Jaipur has come a long way with the help of government organizations like RUDA (Rural Non Farm Agency),Central Glass & Ceramic Research Institute (CGCRI),  non government agencies,artists,artisans,and businesses like Neerja International and the ordinary people for whom the charm of Jaipur Blue has endured over the years.Due to the efforts of all these people Blue pottery of Jaipur  has been granted Geographical Indication (GI) status under the GI Act by the GI Registry in Chennai. This status comes with a unique Registered  Logo with which all blue pottery produced in the Jaipur District will be branded.

Some 400 families in Jaipur and nearby villages like Sanganer, nevta, Muhana, Mahalan and Kotjewar  are actively involved in producing these art works. The body is completely hand made by Quartz and normal glass and the designs are sketched by hand before being colored in by specially developed colors which do not fade with use. Cobalt oxide produces the blue color. Jaipur climate is uniquely suited for producing this variety of pottery.Now a days according to WTO guidelines  100% lead free pottery is being produced. So the Jaipur Blue item can be put to day to day use.

There is no doubt that Jaipur Blue pottery items are works of art because artists like Ms.Meenakshi Rathore and Mr.Prabhu Dayal Yadav are depicting scenes from the lives of  Lord Budha and Mahaveer Swami and the local folk stories.

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Photographing Monuments Of Jaipur

The Young, The Old And The Ancient.

Light plays a big role in making a photo stand out. Golden hours are the sunrise and the sunset.When shooting monuments you have to know where the sun will be at a given time.

It is a good idea to start the day at the Amber Fort because the rising sun illuminates the Fort and you can have early morning darshan at the  Silla Mata Temple.You can not take pictures around the temple and the palaces will open later on.You should concentrate on the exterior of the Fort only. If you want you can take pictures or make a video   riding an elephant to the top of the hillock. One tourist tweeted from her smart phone while riding an elephant up to the Amber Palace. She wanted to be the first to do so.

Now you have a choice either you can wait for the Amber Palace to open to photograph the interiors and then visit the Jaigarh Fort for taking pictures of the Jaigarh Fort and the Cannons and to take pictures of Jaipur and Amber fort from the Jaigarh Fort OR you can head back to Jaipur and take pictures of the Jal Mahal Palace in the Man Sagar Lake against the rising sun and take pictures of  the facade of Hawamahal bathed in the early morning sun light.

Later on around noon you can take photos of the Jantar Mantar, Isar Lat  & the  City Palace. If the spirit moves you you can climb the Victory Tower after paying a small fee and take pictures of the Nahargarh Fort from there.

On your way to the Nahargarh you can take pictures of Jal Mahal from high up.

If you do not mind heights you can even book an early morning hot air balloon ride  to take pictures of the city from high up.

Sisodia Rani ka Bagh has to be captured in your camera in the morning. In the evening you will be shooting the palace against the light. Central Park is nice in the evening.The facade of the B.M.Birla Conference venue on the Statue Circle  is best shot in the setting sun. The founder of Jaipur’s  Statue stands tall at the Statue Circle.You can take its picture also now.

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Places To Visit Near Jaipur-A list

When you are in Jaipur you see all the popular places ,monuments , gardens, palaces,forts which are in or very near Jaipur but miss the places a little out of town but surely worth a visit.This is an effort to list  such places.This list  should also be useful to the people of Jaipur looking for a weekend break near the city.

Sanganer

16 km from Jaipur off the Tonk road this  town is famous for the hand made paper and block printing with vegetable dyes.

Jaisinghpura Khor

12 km from Jaipur on the Amber road,a meena village,it has a fort,a stepwell and a jain temple.

Shahpura near Bhilwara

220 km from Jaipur this town is famous for Pabuji ki Phad paintings made till this day by the Joshi’s  and a stepwell and  Ramdwara temple.

Bagru

35 km from Jaipur on the Jaipur-Ajmer highway this village is famous for hand block printing with vegetable dyes ( Bagru Print) and a fort.

Jamwa  Ramgarh

32 km from Jaipur this village was known for an artificial lake once spread over an area of 20 km.It used to be  a very popular picnic spot during the rainy season.

Samode

40 km from Jaipur this village has a fort which has been converted into a Palace hotel.This palaces is well worth a visit with lunch at the fort.  M.M.Kaye’s Far Pavilions was shot here extensively.

Bhandarej

Bhangarh

Abhaneri

Mehndipur Balaji

lalsot

Sikandra

Kuchaman

142 km from Jaipur this village had the distinction of being on the silk route.Sambhar is 60 km from here.It has a famous fort on a hillock.

Sambhar

94 km from Jaipur it has the biggest inland salt lake and the holy Devyani tank and the palace.

Pushkar

Sawaimadhopur

The Ranthambore National Park covering 329 km  comes under Project Tiger.

Bharatpur

176 km from jaipur- a Jat kingdom-is an ancient city and was part of the Matsy kingdom around 1500 B.C.The impressive Lohagarh fort was built around 18th century by Raja Surajmal  and definitely worth a visit.

Keoladeo Ghana National Park once a hunting preserve of the royalty was declared a sanctuary in 1956 and a national preserve in 1982.Now it is  a world heritage sight.over 400 species of birds have been sighted here.Open all year round from 6 am to 6 pm.Mode of transport inside the sanctuary are bi-cycle,boat and cycle rickshaws.

Bairath (Viratnagar)

86 km from Jaipur on Alwar-Shahpura road in this ancient village relics from Mauryan, Mughal and Rajput periods have been found.Remains of  Budhist monastraies built by the Emperor Ashok have been excavated here.Parswanath a Jain temple is nearby.Legend has it that Pandavas  spent a year here.

Pachewar

90 km from Jaipur on Malpura Road in Tonk District is this 300 year old fort of Khangarot-Kachawa rajputs.

Pachar

85 km from Jaipur via Renwal is the village of Pachar.Famous for its fort and Jain Mandir.

Salasar Balaji

Khatu Shyam Ji

Kota

249 km from Jaipur settled  on the banks of river Chambal ,famous for Kota Stone and Kota Doria Saris.

Mahaveer ji

The temple  to Mahaveerji was built at the spot where a statue of shri Mahaveerji was discovered by a cow herds man.A big fair is held every year in the month of March.

Neemrana

Almost midway on the Jaipur-Delhi Highway in the lap of the ancient Aravali range lies the vanquished kingdom of Nimola Meo-who when defeated by the Chauhans took an oath from them to name the kingdom after him.Sensitively refurbished to its old glory the fort has been converted into a world famous non-hotels.Definitely worth your time.There is a stepwell nearby to sight see besides the fort.For activities they provide Zipping-flying  supported by cables.

Karauli

Founded some 500 years ago as Kalyanpuri ,Karauli is famous for an annual  cattle fair held in February,  and the temples of Kaila Devi and Madan Mohan Ji and  the Bhanwar Vilas Palace,now a heritage hotel,built in 1938 by Maharaja Ganesh Pal Dev Bahadur.There is also the Kaila Devi  game sanctuary.It is spread over 25 kms and is part of the Ranthambore Game Preserve.

Tonk

110 km from Jaipur on the NH 12 Nawab Ameer Khan settled the modern Tonk.Places of interest are the Sunehri Kothi,inlaid with magnificient mirror work (Closed on Sundays) and the Arabic and Persian Research Institute ( 01432-247389).Tonk also produces high quality Namdha.20 km from Tonk is   Natwara Fort of Karnot Rathores.

Kanota

15 km from Jaipur on Jaipur Agra High way Kanota Fort houses a Museum  and a library with rare books.

Rajmahal Palace in rajmahal village on the banks of the Banas river at the foot hills of the Aravalies was built by Rai Singh Sisodia some 350 years ago is being run by the Kanota family as a Palace Hotel.

Bundi

210 km from Jaipur Boondi was founded  in 1342 by  Rao Deva Hada    as the capital of his Hadoti kingdom.

In Remembrance

On 21 st October 1959 a unit of  Indian Police Force martyred itself defending the Indian soil against the Chinese in Ladhak.  Pt.Jawahar Lal Nehru,the then Prime Minister, decided to honour their ultimate sacrifice by declaring 21 st October as Indian Police Force’s Martyrs Day.  Smt.Usha Rani Hooja was commissioned with the task of casting a  sutiable bronze statue for the memorial. She did every body proud by casting the Trimurty sculpture  which was installed at the Narain Singh Circle on the Jawahar Lal Nehru Marg.This memorial was inagurated by the Prime Minister on 5th November 1963.This year also on Shaheed Diwas, a function was organised at the Rajasthan Police Academy and every police line in every district of Rajasthan. Homage was also paid at the Shaheed Samark on JLN Marg.

In And Around Bhandarej-A Sketch

Off Jaipur Agra highway ( N.H.11) 11km from the district headquarter of Dausa lies the little known village of Bhandarej.This Powerpoint Presentation gives you a birds eye view of the village Bhandarej and the tourist spots near it including photos of The Hotel Bhadrawati Palace.

Mehndipur Balaji

Bhangarh

Marriages May Be Made in Heaven But Are Solemnised In Jaipur

A Guesthouse In Jaipur

Master Masons Of Sikandra

The Stone Carvers

The Stone Carvers

On Jaipur-Agra Highway (NH.11) near sikandra on both sides of the high way(For approximately 6 kms)you will see an open air market -shops selling wares made out of sand stone.Their forefathers built rajasthan’s fort’s and palace’s and temples and the colonial buildings in New Delhi and else where.

Now a days they make Jali’s,pillars,idols of various gods,fountains,likeness of birds and animals in stone.They make judicious use of modern machines and artisans in their work. Their work is in great demand in the various metros of India.
There are about 500 workshops where about 7000 workers carve stones for their livelihood.Most of the artisans are from the near by villages.Some workers are from other states also.Some 100 shops sell ready to buy stone artifacts.These are the sermons in stone of master masons of Sikandra.