About Shekhawati – The Open Art Gallery

The semidesert region of Shekhawati is a colourful fantasy having a fascinating uniquely of its own. The open air art gallery, as it is popularly called is famous for its plethora of painted havelis, all commendable pieces of the rich artistic traditional of this region. ‘Shekhawati’, meanings the land of Shekhs clan derives its name from Rao Shekha (1433 A.D.-1488 A.D. ) a section of the Kachhwaha family of Jaipur.

Sikar is a Historical City and at present district head quarter. Sikar district presents a good many facts for the tourists. Sikar is as much part of Shekhawati as Jhunjhunu. It was the biggest Thikana (Estate) of the Jaipur State. It lie on the highway 11 in the midway on route Bikaner to Agra . It is 116 Km away from the Jaipur, 320Km from Jodhpur 240 Km from Bikaner and 301 Km. from Delhi.

Since last decade Sikar has grown up as the new educational hub of Rajasthan. It consists of BITS, Pilani, Mody Institute, Laxmangarh & numerous reputed Engineering Colleges, Deemed Universities, many State Board awarded schools for meritorious students. Nowadays Sikar has started to be known as Expert Coaching. destination for IIT, Medical & Engineering Entrance Exams.

PLACES TO VISIT IN SHEKHAWATI

KHATU SHYAMJI

Khatu Shyamji is a village in Sikar District that has the Khatu Shyamji temple devoted to Lord Krishna. The temple has been mentioned in the Hindu epic Mahabharata as the site where the son of Bhima, Barbareek, and Nag Kanya displayed their warrior skills.

SALASAR BALAJI

A famous temple dedicated to Hanumanji is located here.

LAXMANGARH

Laxmangarh town is a popular tourist place that is known for the Laxmangarh Fort. The fort was built on the hill in 1862 by Laxman Singh, Rao Raja of Sikar.

GANESHWAR

Ganeshwar village is situated close to the town of Neem ka Thana in Sikar. The hot sulphur springs are its prime attraction and it is believed that taking a dip in the spring water cures skin ailments.

JEENMATA

Jeenmata village has an ancient temple devoted to Goddess Jeen Mata. It is believed to have been constructed around 1,000 years ago in the architectural styles of Rajput clans, namely Pratihar and Chauhan. The temple has twenty four pillars that are carved with figures. The idol of Goddess Jeen Mata enshrined in the temple has eight arms.

HARSHNATH TEMPLE

The Harshnath temple, belonging to the 10th century, is located on the Aravalli Hills near Sikar. The remnants of the ancient Shiva temple can be seen at the site.

MANDAWA

Founded in the 18th century,this medieval fort dominates the town with a painted arched gateway adorned with Lord Krishna and his cows. A shiva temple with a rock crystal lingam is also worth a visit.

PILANI

The home of the Birla’s , the leading industrialists of India. It has a large campus of the Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS) with a beautiful Saraswati Temple, Shiv Ganga. BITS museum, Panchwati and Birla Haveli Museum are also worth visiting.

TAL CHHAPAR (100 KM)

Home to the endangered speicies of black buck and some migratory birds.

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