Shahi Jama Masjid of Shahabad
Tapasviyo ki Bagechi
The Suraj Kund
Brahmani Mataji Temple
Welcome to Baran,
Baran town is carved out of Kota city is situated further into the Hadoti region of Rajasthan. The region is less crowed and attracts tourists who like to wander through isolated areas and in the interiors one can chance upon a ruined temple here and an abandoned fortress there. There are wooded hills and valleys that provide shelter to a large variety of wildlife of Rajesthan.
One can visit Sitabari -a beautiful picnic spot dotted with old temples of Sita and Laxman beside seven water tanks. Sitabari is also venue for a tribal fair held in the months of May/June in Baran city of Rajesthan. Other places in the city are Shergarh Fort, Shahabad Fort, Nahargarh Fort Shahi Jama Masjid of Shahabad etc.
The temple of Brahmani Mata is about 20 Km. from Baran in the village Sorsan. The 'Akhand Jyoti' is continously flowing in the temple since last 400 years. The statue of Brahmani Mata is situated under the large natural rock in the cave. The fair is organised on Shiv Ratri every year.
lthough we have entered into 21st Century with computerised mechanism and very hi-fi technology but the trend today is going back to the Nature. People prefer to use natural, safe and effective products for holistic health. The use of herbal remedies and beauty aids is an ancient Indian tradition and a part of Indian culture.
You will be glad to know that Aloe Vera can be produced in Rajasthan only and its products are so famous that the Aloe Vera Gel is used as cosmetic as well as painkiller and for overall health.
In a tourist season, which starts from October to June, around 25-30000 foreign tourists visit the nursery. About 17 spices are products and Herbs namely Brahmi, Jamun, Shtawari, Shankhpushpi, Guggel, Gurnar and in fruits Citrus, Lemon, Banana, Chickoo, Mango and Pineapple etc are produced. About Rs 7-8 Lac were invested in a nursery.
Shergarh also has traces of Jainism as it has Rock carved statues, two of them intact and one partly destroyed. There is a deep sitting Place, which was used by Munis for Tapsya/Sadhna in this Gufa. It seems that the carving is about 300 years old.
Kakoni is situated about 85 Km. from Baran district Headquarters in the Chhipabarod Tehsil. It is surrounded by the Mukundra mountain ranges and on the bank of Parwan river. It is said that the temples at Kakoni are built in 8th century. These are the remains of the 'Vaishnav', 'Shiv' and 'Jain' temples. About 60% statues of the Kakoni temples are kept in the Museums at Kota and Jhalawar districts. Archaeological department has announced the place as secure since 1970.
It is situated about 45 Km. from Baran in Kishanganj tehsil. Connecting road is from village 'faldi' between Kishanganj and Bhanwargarh. Bilasgarh was the big city during the Khechi kingdom which was destroyed to ruins by the order of Aurangazeb. The daughter of the king Khechi was very beautiful and for her Aurangazeb has send his force which has ruined the city Bilasgarh. The princess ends her life in the 'Bilasi' river, the spot is now known as Kanyadeah. The ruins of the Bilasgarh is still situated in the lonely place inside dense forest area.
This place is the copy of Galtaji (Jaipur). Good mountains, river and continuous flow of water throughout the year and about 50,000 pilgrims' people take holy bath on the even of Kartik Purnima. This place can also be developed as a picnic spot and proper restaurants etc can be developed. It is about 50 km from Baran.
Manihara Mahadev Mandir is a tourist destination, at a distance of about 3 km from Baran, in the Baran District of Rajasthan. Inside the mandir, there are two famous and ancient temples of Mahadevji and Hanumanji. The temple has a known history of about 600 years. The place is of great religious importance. It is surrounded by green trees and ponds. Every year, during Shivaratri festival, a fair is conducted in the temple.
The fort is about 73 Km. from Baran in Kishanganj tehsil. Fort is an impressive structure in red stone and a fine example of the Mughal architecture.
Ramgarh-Bhand Devra temples are situated about 40 Km. from Baran. The Shiv Mandir of Ramgarh was built in 10th century and are based on the Khujraho style. Due to the Maithun Statues, the place is named as Bhand Devra. This temple is situated on the bank of pond and is now under the Archaeological department. This temple is known as Rajasthan's mini Khujraho.
On the top of the Ramgarh hill, Kisnai and Annapurna Devi temples are situated in the natural cave. About 750 stairs were constructed by Jhala Jalim Singh for reaching the temple on the hill top. The main speciality of this temple is that one Devi is worshiped with Meva and another is with Mas-Madira. At the time of Parshad, curtain is raised between the two Devis. Fair is also organised during Kartik Purnima.
about 50000 pilgrims visited this place on the eve of Kartik Purnima. Saint Kelpuria Maharaj was successful in getting one branch of Pushkar at this place and people take holy bath at this spot. This place is the best location to be developed as Picnic spot and proper Dhaba restaurants can be developed.
It is located about 80 km from Baran in Rajasthan. It was constructed by Chauhan Vanshi Dhandhel Rajput Mukutmani Dev in 1521. Situated amidst dense forest area, on the high mountain ranges, in Baran District, the fort houses a Topkhana (artillery) and the Burudkhana Temple. Surrounded by Kundakoh valley on two sides, the fort had 18 cannons earlier and one of them had a length of 19 ft. A pond and high mountains cover the other two sides.
Shahi Jama Masjid is situated in Shahabad city and 80 Km from Baran city. This masjid was beautifully constructed during the reign of Aurangazeb. Its pillers and Mehrab are worth for seeing.
Named after Sher Shah Sur, the Sultan of Delhi in mid 16th century, Shergarh fort was built much earlier in the 10th century and was the site of religious fervour in the name of Lord Shiva the Destroyer. However, the fort was originally built as a form of defence against the rulers of Mewar who were bent upon attacking Bundi throughtout the 12th to the 17th centuries. Shergarh sanctuary has a lot of potential for rural tourism
We tried to see the Dam and it was noticed that the dam is constructed by Irrigation Department, Government of Rajasthan that can be developed as good picnic spot. Just about 5 Kms from Shergarh village there is a Majar of Peer Baba and Annual Urs is organised on 13-15 April, 2006. The whole area is green and full of natural beauty, which may attract tourist.
Sitabari is an ideal picnic spot, situated about 45Km from Baran in Kelwara kasba on National Highway road connecting Shivpuri-Gwalior. This is a holy worship place. It is well known in the area that 'Sita mata' has lived in this place after being left-out by Bhagwan Ram. This place is also known as the birth-place of Lav and Kush. There are several Kunds in Sitabari namely Balmiki Kund, Sita Kund, Laxman Kund, Surya Kund, Lav-Kush Kund. Sita-Kuti is also situated in the forest area near the temple. The tribal Sahariya fair is held at this place in the May/June every year.
Legend has it that a stream sprouted from the ground where Lakshman shot an arrow to fetch water for Sita. This stream is called 'Lakshman Babhuka'. People from all communities visit Sitabari to bathe in the tanks(kunds), which are always filled with clean, fresh water. The water of the 'kunds' is considered to be sacred and is believed to possess curative properties.
At Sita Bari Lav Kush were born, Balmikiji wrote Ramayana at this place, Lav Kush were educated, Ashwamegh horse was kept by Lav Kush, Chakrvarti Samrat Lord Ram Chander came here to take back Sita but Sita was so dejected that she asked her mother (Earth) to give her shelter and ultimately solitude within Prithvi at this place. This is the only place having the temple of Laxman, Lav and Kush in India. It also has ancient Balmiki temple.
Tapasviyo ki Bagechi is a favorite tourist spot situated a kilometer from Shahabad, in Baran District, Rajasthan. Major point of attraction here is the large statues of Shivling and Nadiya. The place is surrounded by beautiful mountains and is rich in natural beauty. The place was once used for betel farming, whose remains can still be seen here.
The Suraj Kund is surrounded by verandahs on all sides. Ashes of cremated people are immersed in the water flowing out of the 'kund' by those who cannot go to the Ganges for this ritual. Washing clothes or using soap is not allowed in it. This kund is named after the Sun God - Suraj Narain whose idol can be seen here.
In one corner of the kund, the 'Linga' of Mahadevji is placed. The other two kunds are the Sita Kund and the Bharat Kund. People offer cash, grain, 'Batashas', jaggery, coconut etc. to the deities as a token of their devotion. Pilgrims also visit the Valmiki Ashram where, according to the Ramayana, the twin sons of Ram and Sita, Luv and Kush were born. It is a simple structure of one horizontal stone resting on two vertical stones.
- The Remains of Garhgachch(110 km from main city) : These 9th and 13th century temples, made of red stone are in Baran district.