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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.

Mehndipur Balaji

The Balaji Temple

103 Kms. from Jaipur near  Bandikuin (the nearest train station 27 kms-1 hrs by bus ) is Mendipur Balaji.Situated in a valley it is said to be 1000 yrs old-though the temple it self is only about 100 yrs old. Hanuman ji, in   his child image,with Pretraj and Bhairavnath  are worshiped.The idols are part of the mountain. Every tuesdays & saturdays devotees gather in great numbers to worship the deities so that by Balaji’s blessings mentally ill can regain their sanity and the possessed are free again .Three other main days are at Holi,Dushera & Hanuman Jayanti.

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