Harshat Mata Temple
Neelkanth and Panch Mahadev Temple
Church at Bandikui
Mehndipur Balagi Temple
Hazrat Khwaja Jamaluddin Shah Baba Mosque
Welcome to Dausa,
Dausa District was constituted on 10th April 1991 by separating 4 Tehsils namely Dausa, Baswa, Sikrai and Lalsot of Jaipur district. The city of Dausa is situated in the north-eastern region of Rajasthan, a region widely known as Dhundhar.
Dausa has given prominent freedom fighters to the nation. Late Shri Tikaram Paliwal and Late Shri Ram Karan Joshi were amongst the freedom fighters. Late Shri Tikaram Paliwal was the First elected Chief Minister of Rajasthan in 1952 after independence. The famous poet Sant Sunderdas was born in Dausa. Agriculture is the main occupation of the people of Dausa. The main crops of the district are wheat, bajra, rapeseed, mustard and groundnuts. Some places to visit in the city are Hazrat Khwaja Jamaluddin Shah Baba Mosque, Haveli (Mansions) Attractions, Mehndipur Balagi Temple, Neelkanth and Panch Mahadev Temple etc.
Bhandarej is famous for walls, sculptures, decorative lattice work, terracotta utensils etc found in excavation. It is situated at about 10 Kms from the district headquarter towards Sikandra on NH-11. The Bhandarej Baori (Step Well) and Hotel Bhadravati Palace are important places to visit. The Baori is a magnificent architectural creation and has 150 wide steps going towards the main well, approximately 70 feet in width. The Palace is an interesting blend of both Mughal and Rajput architecture having courtyards, arched windows and traditionally painted verandahs.
Near the Harshat Mata Temple is the stepwell Chand Baoli, belonging to the 11th century AD. The desert kingdom of Rajasthan has many such tanks which served as community centres, and constructing them was considered an act of great generosity and benevolence. These baolis or stepwells were no ordinary structures; they were marvels of architecture.
The Chand Baoli has beautifully carved panels inserted into the sides. The steps, in sets of 4 or 5, are in the shape of an inverted 'V'. The carved stone pillars, which are somewhat damaged now, were once strong enough for supporting pulleys to draw water. Several storeyed verandahs surround this beautiful stepwell.
A Roman style of Chruch for Protestant Christians at Bandikui, about 35 Kms from Dausa, was built up during British empire in India. This small chruch is beautiful and attractive for tourists.
Gatolav, at the district headquarter, is famous for the birth of Sant Sunderdas who had been preached by his master, Sant Dadudayal, the founder of Dadupanthi religion. This place has been improved for tourist purpose, particularly for swimming and boating.
Harshat Mata Temple belonging to the 9th century. of course, only portions of this ancient shrine remain now, like the sanctuary walls, terrace and something of the columned mandapa (forechamber). The sanctum, shorn of its superstructure, is enclosed in an ambulatory and is pancharatha (with five offsets) in structure. The walls have carved niches in which are images of other deities. These worn out images indicate that the temple was originally dedicated to Vishnu, the Creator of the Hindu trinity of Creator Preserver-Destroyer.
The architectural details of the terrace basement is more or less complete, showing friezes of geometric ornament and miniature niches with sculptures of seated deities and amorous couples. The columns and walls are adorned with scenes of dance, music, sport and love, although majorly damaged now. Some of the better panels have been shifted to the Archaeological Museum, Amber and the Central Museum, Jaipur. The sanctum now enshrines an image of the four-armed deity Harasiddhi, locally called Harshat Mata. Many images of Hindu deities have been found around the place which are being preserved by the Archaelogical Survey of India. A mela (fair) is held near the temple in the month of Chaitra (March-April) every year.
There are several small but interesting havelis(mansions) in and around Dausa besides an old fort
The Dargah of Hazrat Khwaja Jamaluddin Shah Baba (a dargah is the tomb of a Muslim saint) is a renowned one and is frequented by Hindus and Muslims alike, not just from within Dausa but from nearby stations as well. The dargah itself is a modest building located in peaceful surroundings. It is generally believed that nobody ever returns from there without getting one's wishes fulfilled. The sleepy little town comes alive on Mondays when a special market springs up. Leather merchants from nearby places gather here to sell their camel leather goods and fine sheets of raw leather.
Jhajhirampura is famous for the natural water tank and temples of Rudra (Shiv), Balaji(Hanuman) and other religious god and godess. It is situated at around 45 Kms from district headquarter towards Baswa (Bandikui). Surrounded by hills and with natural water resource, this place has natural and spiritual glory.
Kaila Devi (Goddess) Temple is situated on the banks of the Kalisil river in Karauli district. The temple is dedicated to the tutelary diety, goddess Kaila, of the erstwhile princely rulers of the Karauli state.It is a marble structure with a large courtyard of a checkered floor.In one place are a number of red flags planted by devotees.The place is also famous for its fair held during the dark half of 'chaitra'(March-April) and lasts for a fortnight.
Khawaraoji is famous for residence of the then rular Raoji and natural beauty. It is situated at about 25 Kms from the district headquarter towards Sikrai. Though, it has typical way to reach this place, the fort like residence is converted into the Khawaraoji Heritage Hotel. Surrounded by hills at the three sides, and having Amol Ghati nearby with natural beauty, this place has worth to visit by tourists.
Another group of finely carved sculptures dating back to 12th century AD that are worshipped are built in the front wall of a modern temple (built in 1965) known as Mataji ka Mandir etc. On the way to the Bawdi is the Harshd Mata Temple. It is dedicated to a goddess. It was built by King Chand or Chandra of Nikumbha Rajputs of Chahamana Dynasty who was ruling at Abaneri or ancient Abha-Nagari (City) during 8th - 9th century A.D. Facing East, this temple is raised over double terraced platform. Originally hails the super structure of the Mahameru Style. The Sanctum is Pancharatha on plan and consists of Sandhara Garbhagriha, pillared Mandapa, crowned by a domical ceiling. Each niche of the buttress of Garbagriha has beautiful Brahmanical deities. Sculptures curved in deep relief fixed in the niches around the plinth of the upper terrace are the main attraction of this temple.
Temple of Bajrang Bali (Hanuman) god is famous for treatment of mentally disturbed people by the PRETRAJ.With the tremendous growth in medical sciences in the world, still people from all over India come to this place to overcome such diseases. The number of visitors turn-up, number of residential accommodations and volume of donations receivedby the temple show the importance of this place. It is situated about 40 Kms from district headquarter on NH11 towards Mahwa/Agra.
Dausa is also known as DEVNAGRI. In fact, Sahajnath, Somnath, Gupteshwar and Neelkanth, the five images of God Shive (Mahadev) are situated in the temples at Dausa. The temple of Neelkanth, situated on the plateau of the nearby hill, shows its ancient glory and spiritual presence. The roap-way also attracts the tourists to enjoy the faith of this religious place.
A few kilometres away from Dausa lies Vair. This is where the historic Pratap Vatika spreads itself. The once-lively fort-palace complex is now in ruins, and this makes an ideal location for a quiet picnic. The Pratap Mahal with its rounded roofs and small pillared balconies is very much in keeping with Rajput architecture. Within the complex is a small temple "the Mohanji ka Mandir" made of red sandstone. Mohan is another name for Krishna, the dark and mischievous Hindu god with a flute.
The arches and pillars of the temple, badly damaged, add to the romantic ambience greatly. The Lal Mahal topped by chhatris (cenotaphs) has a beautiful kund (tank) adjoining it. There are people inhabiting a part of the mahal, so all of the complex is not desolate. If not anything else, you might bump into their cows and goats at least.
- Abhaneri : It is famous for "Harshat Mata Temple" and Chand Baoli-A Stepwell.
- Some Temples : Sahejnathji Temple, Somnath Temple, Gupteshwar MahadeoTemple etc.