Shri Mahavir Ji
Kaila Devi Game Sanctuary
Bhanwar Vilas Palace
Karauli Cattle Fair
Madan Mohanji Temple
Welcome to Karauli,
Karauli is the district in Indian state of Rajasthan. It is well-known for its Madan Mohanji Temple. The temple is dedicated to Lord Krishna. Initially, the town was known as Kalyanpuri, which was named after the local deity Kalyanji. The fortified city of Karauli is surrounded by Red sandstone walls with bastions for security.
In the present day, these fortifications are in wrecks, yet it boast of the six gates and eleven posterns. Karauli also possesses a 600 years old Fort. This Fort makes the highlight of Karauli. Until 1950, this Fort was used as a residence by the Royal family. The Fort has been deserted by them since that time. Other places in the city are Kaila Devi Game Sanctuary, City Palace, Temples of Madan Mohan ji and Kalyan ji etc.
Built as a royal residence, in the year 1938 by Maharaja Ganesh Pal Deo Bahadur, the then ruler of Karauli is the Bhanwar Vilas Palace.The architecture is of colonial style and the interiors are furnished with art-de-decor period furniture.
The old, yet monumental City Palace is a treasure trove of architecture, stone carvings, magnificent lattice work and classic paintings. The mesmerizing beauty of Darbar Hall is an experience in itself.
It is about 25-km from karauli. This game sanctuary situated in the vicinity, is a protected forest and an extension of the Ranthambore Tiger Project.The Sanctuary is inhabited by Chinkaras, Wild Boar, Blue Bull, Jackal, Leopard, Panther, Tiger, Sloth Bear, Hyena, Wolf, Sambhar and a variety of birds.
At a distance of 25 km from the Karauli city sits pretty the shrine of Kaila Devi smack on the banks of the Kalisil River in the hills of Trikut. The temple of the Goddess (Goddess Lakshmi, the Goddess of wealth) attracts millions of pilgrims every year and the annual fair lasting a fortnight is the main attraction. Right in front of the Kaila Devi temple is another minor temple dedicated to Bhairon. Another interesting shrine right in the courtyard is that of Lord Hanuman (The Monkey God).
The city of Karauli derived its name erstwhile name from the deity Kalyanji. The city was earlier known as Kalyanpuri. The deity has been accorded a place of importance amongst the 300 odd temples scattered in and around Karauli. The temples of Madan Mohanji and Kalyanji are considered one of the most important temples amongst the congregation. The temple of Kalyanji especially is considered to be the guiding force behind the welfare and progress of the city. The temple itself is and imposing structure built in traditional style and housing the deities idol inside the main hall.
The land of Rajasthan has been conquered by the human with a lot of assistance of our domesticated friends. The camels, buffaloes, horses and cattle have played a major role in the survival of the Rajasthani community. The importance of these animals is still visible through the cattle fairs that are organized throughout the state. The Karauli Cattle Fair is a grand affair. One can witness a huge market full of the bargaining voices trading the wares in form of the best and the healthiest camels, horses, buffaloes etc. The Fair is generally organized before the scorching summer heat fries the region. The cattle thus traded are expected to serve the owner during the forthcoming hardships.
The Madan Mohanji Temple is one of the most important temples in the city of Karauli. Along with the Kalyanji temple this is another shrine which is thronged by millions of devotees from all walks of life. The temple is dedicated to Madan Mohanji, a deity of Lord Krishna. The temple is ancient with daunting presence and the atmosphere is festive. The temple architecture is Hemadpanthi and the construction is mainly using stones and lime. The shrine has been considered very lucky by the erstwhile King and is supposed to have blessed many warriors with victories in the battlefield.
If the tiring schedules of visiting and admiring the beauties of monuments at Karauli tire the legs and fatigue the bodies then the best antidote is a walk down the local Bazaar (Market) at Karauli. The market provides access to some of the best handicraft articles which include many showpieces as well as decorative. The colourful bangles are considered a specialty of the region and the Bangle market is almost always flooded with women folks seeking this exclusive shining piece of glass. Intricately woven clothes and other decorative are also available in the market. The market rules are simple, if you like something quote a price and buy it if the deal is struck. However be careful of the inflated prices before you plunge into the bargaining game.
Shri Mahavir Ji is the famous Jain pilgrimage in Karauli. Its architecture and sculpture is quite captivating. It has old statues of Jain tirthankar(God).
The Timangarh Fort named after the King Timanpal is an imposing structure staring down at the surroundings at a distance of around 40 km from Karauli. The fort is believed to have been constructed in 1100 AD, and destroyed in one of the attack thereafter. The fort was renovated in 1244 AD by King Timanpal of Bayana. The fort is renowned for it's collection ancient ashtadhatu (eight metals) and stone idols carvings. The amazing art work visible on the temple yards and walls is an example of the expertise that prevailed in the region. The Fort is touched upon by the Sagar from one side and stands witness to the innumerable dips the local villagers have dived in hopes of acquiring the Paras (the wishing stone) stone believed to be sunk at the bottom of the lake, and some villagers still hopes to find the paras stone which is believed to be still somewhere in the lake.
- Jeep Safaris, Boating Facility etc.