Hadi Rani Mahal
Meera Bai Temple
Magnificent Fort Gateways
Welcome to Nagaur,
The Nagaur city lies about midway between Jodhpur and Bikaner. It was founded by the "Naga Kshatriyas". It is also known as the village "Khatwan". Nagaur finds mention even in the Mahabharata. The focal attraction of the Nagaur city is the Ahhichatragarh Fort. Also inside the walls of the fort are palaces, mughal gardens, mosques, temples, reservoirs, water systems, fountains, open terraces, etc dating to the time of Mughals. Dominating the landscape is a five-domed mosque built by Akbar. Also adorning the walls of the fort and ceilings of the palaces are beautiful painting.
Places to visit in the city are Magnificent Fort Gateways, Meera Bai Temple, Amar Singh Mahal (Palace), Nagaur Fort etc.
Nearby lies the Akbari Mahal, which was built to commemorate the recapture of Nagaur by the Mughals from the governor of Ajmer in 1556. The art and architecture of the palace clearly indicates a confluence of both Rajput and Mughal art. In fact, the Mughal style and influence can be seen in most of the airy palaces and pavilions.
The fort also houses the Amar Singh Mahal, which is decorated from floor to ceiling with intricately carved designs. Amar Singh was the ruler of Nagaur during the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan's reign to avenge the death of a Mughal courtier called Salabat Khan. The palace is a fitting tribute to his memory. Although he was cremated on the banks of the Yamuna, his wives commited sati (self-immolation) in Nagaur itself, and their palm impressions can be found nearby.
Also worth looking out for is the Bhagat Singh Palace although the history behind it is particularly gory. Bhagat Singh was the ruler of Nagaur in the first half of the 18th century. His brother Abhay Singh was the heir apparent to the throne of Jodhpur and was persuaded by the Mughals to become the ruler by murdering his own father. Abhay Singh assigned this task to his brother Bhagat, promising him Nagaur if he commited the foul deed. Bhagat willingly commited the patricide and became the ruler of Nagaur and built a splendid palace for himself inside the ancient fort.
25 km away from Merta City; carries a very interesting story that when thieves were found to be under threat of life they remembered mother by heart; mother appeared for their rescue; temple was got constructed under obligation; the thieves who escaped vowed never to commit theft again; mother takes two a half cups of wine from a true seeker.
Also known as Goth-Manglod temple; 40 km away from Nagaur; the oldest temple of the district constructed during the Gupta Dynasty (4th Century); Kul Devi of Dadhich Brahimins.
The other palace to look out for is the Deepak Mahal which is decorated with beautiful floral designs from wall to wall. In rain parched Nagaur the temple is like a breath of fresh air, and it is natural that the desert fiefdom, deprived of any greenery, painted pictures of beautiful flowers and shrubs. Deepak Mahal represents a fantasy for the people of Nagaur.
In Ahhichatragarh, the Ganesh Temple is situated. The Ganesh Mandir has a brick-red facade, which is in reasonably good shape, and the inner sanctum houses a marble statue of the elephant god.
Although the fort is in a fairly dilapidated state it does house some beautiful palaces. One of the most beautifully decorated palaces is the Hadi Rani Mahal which has intricately carved designs all over its walls and ceilings. It is further embellished by exquisite mural paintings mostly displaying Maharani Hadi Rani (one of the most well known maharanis of Nagaur) along with her retinue. It also has a particularly fascinating frescoed ceiling which is worth travelling miles to see.
This temple is constructed in lofty structure of glass; sacred place for the Jain community.
Jain Vishva Bharti Institute (deemed University) is situated in Ladnun town, A famous centre of Jainism a school of thought a centre of spirituality and purification a society of Ahinsa a treasure of tranquility an abode of humanity on earth.
Dadhimati Temple - Also known as Goth-Manglod temple 40 km away from Nagaur the oldest temple of the district constructed during the Gupta Dynasty (4th Century) Kul Devi of Dadhich Brahimins.
Khinwsar Fort - Situated 42 km away from Nagaur on the National Highway No. 65 towards Jodhpur 500 years old fort in the middle of the Thar Desert turned into a hotel furnished with modern facilities. Mugal Emperor Aurangzeb used to stay here Khinwsar town has 25 small temples black deer roaming in herds are a very popular tourist attraction.
The Ahhichatragarh fort houses the Krishna Mandir, dedicated to Lord Krishna. The interiors of the Krishna temple are decorated with pictures - from very primitive sketches of cows and buffaloes to beautiful murals of Lord Krishna in the company of Gopis (milkmaids).
Kuchaman Fort - One of the oldest and most inaccessible forts of Rajasthan situated on top of a straight hill unique water harvesting system Jodhpur rulers used to mint their gold and silver currency here affords a beautiful view of the city fort converted into a hotel has a strong attraction for tourists.
As seen, the gateways to a fort in Rajasthan are no diminutive ones - as they were massive stone structures with reinforced doors to ward off elephants and even cannon shots. Mostly, there are notched parapets at the top of the gates from where archers could shoot at their tormentors.
The Nagaur Fort Had Three Main Gates
1. Sireh Pol : The outermost gate has heavy wooden doors fitted with iron spikes to prevent elephant charge.
2. Beech Ka Pol : This is the second gate of the impressive fort.
3. Kacheri Pol : The last gate is known so because it housed the judiciary of Nagaur in ancient times.
Makrana - A treasure trove of marble examplifies how stones can be shaped and made use of marble mining is the main-stay of living for the locals worth seeing how stone brings quality in life this marble used in the construction of the Taj Mahal, Victoria Memorial and other buildings in white stone.
Meera Bai Temple Also known as the Charbhuja temple 400 years old evidences how total surrender helps attain godly qualities how deep faith converts poison to 'Amrit'. Bhanwal Mata Temple - 25 km away from Merta City carries a very interesting story that when thieves were found to be under threat of life they remembered mother by heart mother appeared for their rescue temple was got constructed under obligation the thieves who escaped vowed never to commit theft again mother takes two a half cups of wine from a true seeker.
Merta City is renowned for its consortium of temples and bravura palaces. Situated in the Nagaur district of Rajasthan, Merta boasts of several unique attractions viz the Meera Bai Temple (four hundred years old), Aurangzeb Mosque and Bhanwal Mata Temple. Founded in 1480 Merta used to be a major trade center and has been witness to many a bloodbaths during the fight for supremacy over the desert. The victory of the Marathas Warriors (Peshwas) over the combined allies from Jaipur and Jodhpur in 1790 was at Merta and so was the conquest of the desert by the Mughal Emperor Akbar in 1562.
Located atop a hill like so many of Rajasthan's forts for strategic reasons is the historic Nagaur fort, dating back to the 4th century. The city itself has three main entrances called the Delhi Gate, the Tripolia Gate, and the Nakash Gate. The three palaces within the fort which are particularly exquisite are the Hadi Rani Mahal, the Sheesh Mahal and the Badal Mahal which are noted for their beautiful frescoes.
Nearby lies a mosque which was built by the Mughal emperor Akbar and a shrine dedicated to a follower of Moin-uddin Chishti, the famous sufi (mystic) saint who lived in nearby Ajmer. Also in Nagore lie a cluster of cenotaphs built in the traditional Rajput style like pristine stone umbrellas.
Samadhi of a renowned saint, inspires the liberation of the soul with simplicity and truthfulness; a symbol of communal harmony.
This masjid within the fortress was built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan during the time when Nagaur was under the Mughal control. In a frail state the mosque is no Taj Mahal but was definately an important historical monument. In a way, it represents the time when the Mughals enjoyed uninterruped power in Nagaur from the time Akbar conquered it in 1556 to when his grandson Shah Jahan voluntarily bestowed it to Amar Singh in 1638.
Dargah sacred place for Muslims and Sufis. Jain Temple in Glass - Lofty structure of glass sacred place for the Jain community. Saiji ka Tanka - Samadhi of a renowned saint, inspires the liberation of the soul with simplicity and truthfulness a symbol of communal harmony.
- Maroth : Situated in Nawan tehsil of Nagaur District. 11 kms away from Nawan and 11 kms away from the Kuchaman Road railway station.
- Harsor : Situated in Degana tehsil of Nagaur district. About 30 kms from Degana.
- Phalvardhika (Phalodi) : Situated in Merta tehsil of Nagaur district. n old temple of Brahamani Mata known as Phalvardhika Mata belonging to the10th century or even earlier.
- Kinsariya : Kinsariya is famous for the temple of "Keway Mata" in the Parbatsar Tehsil of Nagaur district.
- Khundiyas : Khundiyas (Parbatsar) is famous for the temple of "Baba RamdeoJi" in the Parbatsar Tehsil of Nagaur district.
- Peepasar : Peepasar is a small village in the Nagaur Tehsil of Nagaur district. It is the birth place of the Great Saint Jambhoji, the founder of the Vishnoi community.
- Panchla Sidha (60 kms from city) : It is the famous for Jasnath community.
- Gogelav : n the village near about 150 Gateways are there and some of them are very beautiful with stone carvings.
- Son Nagar : In the village there is a small museum where Rajasthani life style goods are collected and displayed. (This village is also famous for its artistic "Kathi"-saddle for camels and horses.)
- Jhorda (30 kms from city): It is the birth place of the Great Saint Baba Hariram and the poet Kandan Kalpit.
- Kharnal (15 kms from city): It is the birth place of Lok Devta Veer Tejaji.
- Kurki : It is the birth place of the famous princess and poetess, Meera Bai, about 30 kms. from Merta.
- Ren : Here is a famous Peeth of the Ram Sanehi community.
- Manjhwas (20 kms from city): The village is famous for "Pashupati Nath Temple" and "Phulabai Temple".
- Mundiyad (25 kms from city): Here is an old Mataji temple and cenotaphs of Jagirdars and Charans of the medival period. There is also a small Ganesh temple very famous among the people near by.
- Harsolav : It has an old fort, a Ganesh temple, a Jain Mandir and a cenotaph of Ramchandra Gurjar which is worth a visit.
- Khatu : It is famous for its fort and phool bawadi.