Cheench(Vithala Deo Temple)
Kagdi Pick Up Weir
Sai Baba Temple
Welcome to Banswara,
Banswara is a district in the Indian state of Rajasthan. Banswara princely state was founded by Maharawal Jagmal Singh. It is the Vagad or Vagwar area in the state. It gets the name from dominance of "bans" or bamboo forests.
It is also known as 'City of Hundred Islands', due to presence of numerous islands in the Mahi River, which flows through Banswara. The host of the vivacious Baneshwar Festival, Banswara is situated in Vagad in East Rajasthan. It is preety famous for the marvellous "Mahi Dam". It is also famous for tourist places like Abdulla Pir, Tripura Sundari, Sai Baba Temple, Cheench(Vithala Deo Temple), lakes etc.
Abdullah Pir is a Dargah of Abdul Rasul, a Muslim saint and mostly visited by the Bohra Muslim. It's an important holy place for the Bohras. Abdullah Pir is located in the southern part of the city. Every year "Urs" is held at the Dargah and its very popular with the masses. The people of the Bohara community take part in it in large numbers. This is a Muslim shrine of Bohra saint and is mostly visited by Bohra Muslims who visit this place during URS.
Many Muslim devotees visit here from various part of the country and from across the world also.
Abdullah Pir tomb here is an important shrine for the Bohra Muslims who were originally Hindus but later became Musta'li Ismaili Muslims. The Urs is a commemoration of the death anniversary of Abdullah Pir. Muslims in Banswara follow an absolute preacher, the Da'i Mutlaq, and are chiefly traders.
This artificial lake has been constructed by Lanchi Bai, the Rani of Maharval Jagami. It is also known as Bai Talab. Anand Sagar Lake is located on the eastern part of Banswara. It is enclosed by the holy trees named 'Kalpa Vriksha', famous for fulfilling the desire of the visitors. Nearby lies the chattris or cenotaphs of the rulers of the state.
This place is situated on a hillock in Kushalgarh tehsil of Banswara district. This is very famous Jain temple housing rare Shilalekhs of the 10th century. We can find two Digamabara Jain Parshwanatha temples at this place. The main temple was built by Digamabar Jain Panchayat of Kushalgarh. The main idol of Bhagawan Parshwanatha is being protected by seven hoods.
The idol of the main Deity Bhagwan Parshwanatha in padamasana posture is about 20 inches high and black coloured. This idol is said to belong to 12-13 C AD, there are numerous other idols of tirthanakaras on the vedi. In the other Jain temple we can find the 32 inches high black coloured idol of Bhagawan Parshwanatha as the main deity. The miraculous stories based on the temples of this place are very famous. The annual function is conducted on the full moon day of Kartika month. This place is on Kushalgarh-Kalizara road and the boarding and lodging facilities are available at the Dharmashala. Such temples are also found in Talwara, Kalinjara, Bagidora, Ajna and Banswara.
Arthuna as well as its surrounding areas have clusters of ruined Hindu and Jain temples belonging to the 11th, 12th and the 15th centuries. Among the dilapidated ruins is a beautifully carved conjugated statue of Shiva, Parvati and Ganesh. Lankiya village around Arthuna has Shaivite temples called Nilkanth Mahadev Temples. The temple is an old stone temple having beautiful intricate carvings and sculpted figures of women embedded in the outer walls. The bull Nandi (Lord Shiva's faithful vehicle) stands guard at the entrance in the temple porch.
This old Digamber Jain Nasiyaji Atishaya Kshetra exist on a beautiful Hill which is located 1 km ahead in south of 'Amaravati' (now named as Arthuna). Amaravati is a historical place and is famous throughout India for art. There are 49 idols in Padmasana and Khadgasana posture. These have been carved on stone and belong to V.S. 1100 to 1200 as per inscriptions on idols. The whole environment gets aromatic by saffron shower on idols from sky at some times.
This is a scenic spot. It is believed that during their exile, the Pandavas stayed here. There is a tunnel here, which is believed to be going upto Ghotiya Amab, a far off place. It is said that the Pandavas used this tunnel as their passage during the rainy season.
Also known as Vithala Deo Temple. This is a famous 12th century temple of "Lord Brahma". The black stone statue is of an average man's height. Apart from its natural beauty and tribal festivals, the presence of ancient temples makes Banswara an interesting place to visit. A few kilometres away from the city, the Vithala Deo Temple is a fine red structure. The temple is dedicated to Lord Krishna and resembles the temples of Khajuraho.
A part of this lake is covered with beautiful lotus flowers. On the banks of the lake is Badal Mahal, the summer residence of the former rulers. Peoples used to enjoying this place in the summer by going boating.
This is the main tourist attraction situated 3 kms away from the main city on the Ratlam Road. It's a place worth seeing, especially for its enchanting fountains, gardens and water, spread over a wide area, which overlooks the Kagdi Lake and is a part of the Mahi Bajaj Sagar project.
Banswara has a number of ancient Hindu and Jain temples, and In the past was known as Lodi Kashi or the city of temples. This famous temple of Lord Shiva is situated inside the natural cave of a high hill on the eastern part of the city. It presents a sensational natural view. The cave temple provides an Amarnath Yatra like feeling to the pilgrims, due to its typical location.
Inside this temple, you will find all the religious temple. During Maha Shivratri, rudra abhishek Pooja is carried out. Kavadi Yatra is to be start from this Temple to Baneshwar Temple by Walk to bring the Water of Mahi and Pooja will be carried out from that water to Lord Shiva.
An interesting feature of this temple is the presence of a small shrine of a Muslim saint only 10 steps away from the cave, making it an important place of worship for both Hindus and Muslims.
Mahi Dam is one of the major attractions of Banswara. It was constructed on the Mahi river. The dam was constructed under the Mahi Bajaj Sagra Project, various dams and canals have been constructed over a enticingly enchanting scenic surrounding. Near the dam, you could locate the enticing garden with fountain.
The Mahi river has a number of islands at intervals and hence Banswara is at times referred to as the city of hundred islands.
Paraheada is located in the Garhi Tehsil. It is famous temple of Lord Shiva. It was constructed by the Mandlik. Paraheada is 22 km from Banswara.
Shri Raj Mandir or more popularly known as the City Palace was built in the 16th century and situated on a hillock overlooking the town. Covering a huge area it follows typical style of old Rajput architecture. Though lack of funds has made many royal palaces of Rajasthan exchange hands with the government after Independence, this palace is still owned by the Royal family
The palace has been maintained rather well and can be visited only by a lucky few, only by invitation. The Tripolia Gate near the entrance of the City Palace has been a mute witness to the fortunes of the palace. This three arched open gateway has a clock embedded on its outer wall, but unfortunately this lovely timepiece has long crossed its working days.
It is a place surrounded by hills. People call it "Phati Khan" because it is a deep cave under a hill. There is a pool of very cold water which is found throughout the year. It is said that Lord Ram, during his exile came and stayed here for some time.
This is a famous Sai Baba temple built in top of the hill.
Talwara is another place to visit near Banswara. Its historical significance due to its primeval temples and the devastated of some old monuments.Talwara is the temples of Sun god, Lord Amaliya Ganesh, Laxmi Narayan Temple, and Jain Temple of Sambharnath make Talwara a religiously important site. The idols in these temples are carved in local black stone and are beautiful to look at.
The charming environs of the Bai Talab also hold a couple of holy trees known as Kalpavriksha. According to Hindu mythology, the Kalpavriksha tree was one of the 14 gems which came out of the depths of the sea after the Samudra Manthan (churning of the ocean). The ancient scriptures speak of a mighty tug of war betwixt the Gods on one side and demons on the other which brought out many divine and exotic elements to the surface of the sea.he first one to emerge was Goddess Laxmi, the goddess of Wealth and Prosperity. Then came Kaustaubh, a precious jewel. Next were the divine white elephant Airawat; Kamdhenu, the celestial cow; Dhanvantri and Nimi, the fathers of medicine and surgery; Shiv Dhanu, Lord Shiva's bow; Sura, the intoxicating drink and five other elements apart from Kalpavriksha.
It is also said to fulfill the desires of all those who have faith on the holy tree. This tree has a generous connotation attached-for ages it has been known to grant wishes of the needy and desperate. Nature worshipped in the forms of trees and animals have been the basis of the pre-Aryan religious practices. This tradition is still found among India's tribal population and more among the Bhils.
They believe that goddess Earth manifests herself through nature and the banyan tree is its best form of representation. The tree is said to be possessed by Shalabhanjika, the goddess of trees. The seeds of the tree make up for beads and are worn by the tribals in honour of the mother goddess and Lord Shiva. The banyan is often depicted as the Kalpavriksha by the tribals of India. The tree has a Ganesh idol anointed in saffron and worshipped daily by the locals.
Tripura Sundari is the temple, devoted to Goddess Tripura Sundari or Turita Mata. This temple has a gorgeous idol of black stone having 18 hands and more important each hand carrying a different emblem. The Goddess is seen riding a tiger. It is believed that its one of the Shakti Peeths of Hindus having divine powers. It is believed that this temple was built before Samrat Kanishka, who rule here. The exact date of its construction is not yet known. It is said to be one of the "Shakti Peeths" of the Hindus having charismatic divine power. But it is believed that the temple was constructed approximately before the reign of the Kushana emperor Kanishka who ruled here in the first century AD.
Tripura Sundari is located about 19 Km from Banswara and 5 Km from Talwara. The place gets its name from a temple here dedicated to goddess Tripura Sundari.
The wildlife here includes a large variety of animals, reptiles and fish. Chinkara (Indian gazelle), chowsingha (four-horned antelope) are spotted very rarely. Sambhar (Asiatic deer), wild boar (Susscrofa cristatus) and cheetal (spotted deer) which used to frequent these forests have now become migrated to greener pastures. Squirrels (Funamblous palmarum) and reptiles like lizards and snakes of various types are found almost in all parts of the forests. Birds are common and varied. Jungle crow (Corvus macrorhynchos), red vented bulbul (Pycnonotus cafer), myna (Acridotheris tristis), red spur fowl and black drongo (Dicrusrus adsimilus), grey shrike, green bee eater, parrot, house sparrow, purple sun bird (Nectarina asiastica), wood pecker, white spotted fantail can be spotted here. Major carps, catfish and other fish varieties are abound in the waters of Mahi, the Anas, the Chap and the Airav. Among the major fish rohu, khuris or sarsi, kalbose or kalot are found while the cat variety includes patola, girai, saul lanchi, singhara and singhi.