Have you ever seen an Egyptian mummy belonging to the Ptolemaic Era in India? Oh yes! you read it right. Albert Hall is one of the oldest museum in Jaipur, Rajasthan. The virtual tour of Albert hall in Jaipur will give you a glimpse of courtyards, different galleries showing culture of Rajasthan, equipments of war etc. If you want to know about the culture and traditions of Rajasthan, you must visit Albert Hall museum.
Jaipur, the Pink city was established in 1727 – 1728, when we look at its history, creation and ingredients that played a giant role in development of Jaipur, then you must visit Jaigarh fort, yes Jaigarh fort itself is an answer to all such questions.
Jaigarh Fort History
Jaigarh fort in Jaipur was source of providing minerals in nearby areas in olden times, Royal king Sawai jai singh used to keep his precious treasury in tanks, that are situated at Jaigarh. Yes, there are four tanks in the fort that had importance at that time, these tanks store water for drinking and domestic purpose now etc.
Using water tanks for domestic and drinking purpose were innovations of king, but keeping precious treasuries and weapons won from war was a mystery, and this mystery still exists, because all these treasuries were used by our king to built the Jaipur city in 1728.
In 1971, water from these tanks was cleared to find out the treasures and precious weapons by government, but the result was not as expected, they failed to find the treasury as these tanks are empty since 1971.
Above article is revealing the mystery that our kings were so kind, that they used their precious treasury to built this beautiful city.
On a sunny day in 1920s, An Indian king walked into a Rolls-Royce Showroom in London to inquire about the Price and Specifications of the Phantom II Tourer. Dress in casual attire, the salesman mocked at him and said he would not be able to afford it and to stop wasting their time. The salesman didn’t knew that the “shabby” Indian was the Maharaja of Alwar, King Jai Singh. He Came back to his place in a bad mood.
The infuriated King, Jai Singh went back to the dealership. He collected his wits together and asked for manager, disclosed his identity and ordered all the 7 cars that were present on the showroom floors. He also asked the dealership manager to send that arrogant salesman to personally deliver the cars to his palace in India.
Maharaja Jai Singh ordered to cut open their roofs and began to use them as garbage collectors.
Soon after the Rolls Royce company received the news of their brand being humiliated this way, the salesman was fired and the company sent a telegram carrying an official apology at Maharaja’s palace in Alwar.
Also imploring him to take the garbage collecting cars off service. Also, Rolls Royce offered him seven new cars for no cost.
The British company had learnt the lesson for their rude behaviour and it was a Perfect Slap for Rolls Royce Company by the King of Alwar.
King Jai Singh called off all the garbage collecting cars and never bought a single Rolls-Royce again.
Jaipur, the Pink city was established mainly in 1727. There were some reasons to establish Jaipur. One of the most important and serious problem was “Water Scarcity in Jaipur”, this problem gave a bad impact on our society at that time. So, Sawai Jai Singh the ruler of the kingdom of Amber decided to store water in some lakes to fight the problem of Water Scarcity in Jaipur.
Jaipurites frequently visit Sagar for outing.. But have you even wondered What is the Purpose of Amer Sagar and Tal Katora Lakes in Jaipur ? Lets discuss it below.
1. Amer Sagar
Amer Sagar is a hidden lake in Jaipur which is covered by huge Aravali ranges, it can be seen neither from Fort nor from the City, it was built at the time of establishing Amer, Sagar lake was fighting this problem at that time. The great king built a rectangular shaped lake and it was filled up by water which came from rain and the whole population of Amer uses this water for domestic and other use, that is the reason why Amer Sagar is a hidden lake.
Tal katora lake also known as ‘Alligator Tank’ is located at link road (kanwar nagar – brampuri). This lake adjoins back portion of the temple of Govind dev ji, built mainly at the time of establishing Jaipur. Unlike Amer Sagar, this lake was not there to fight Water Scarcity. The purpose of both of these lakes were somehow not same. The purpose behind Sagar was to clear problems of water usage, whereas Tal katora was a symbol of greenery and attraction. The king gave a well-designed look by making a circular garden at the midst of Tal katora. If we talk about this lake today, I feel shame to say that “Tal Katora stores sewerage and dirty water of nearby locality”.
See the change between 1727-2015 , A place where people used to come for amusement and feel the natural beauty at that time, is now just a dirty place to solve sewerage issues. Somehow we, the people are responsible for such changes. These are not just lakes but are the gifts by our king to us to fight the problem of water issues in Jaipur that he himself faced.
The aim behind this article is to create a feeling of “Change” that is definitely needed in the youth of Jaipur.
Raja Bhav Singh [1614 – 1621] was the King of Amber. He was born on 10 September 1576
[Asaj Sudi 2 Vikram Samvat 1633]
Raja Bhav singh [1614-1621]
Raja Mansingh had 12 Sons and Bhav Singh was the 3rd Son.
According to Hindu custom, the elder son should become the King after the death of his Father.
Due to favouritism, Mughal Emperor Jahangir appointed Bhavsingh as the next King of Amber and gave the title of “Mirza Raja”.
Maha Singh, the son of Jagat Singh the elder son of Raja Mansingh who died early during his Father reign got The Jangir of Mandu and increased the Mansabdar till 3000 zat and 3000 sawar and appointed to Deccan by Emperor Jahangir where he died in 1617 AD.
In 1620s, The Nizamshah of Ahmednagar, Vazir Ambar Malik rose in rebellion against the Mughal in Deccan. Emperor Jahangir sent Raja Bhav Singh to crush the revolt in 1621.
He died in December 1621 due to over drinking Alcohol in Barar, Balapur.
He was brave but not good in politics as like his father and grandfather in Mughal court. He have patronize to the number of poets and writers in his Durbar.
All the above dates are based on Hindu Calendar.
Hindu calender was start during the reign of King Vikramaditya of Ujjain in 57 B.C
Sanganer, the tehsil! Almost every person in Jaipur have heard about it. Many people live there, many visit this place everyday. Sanganer is about 17 kms south of the main Jaipur city. It is famous for Handmade paper industry, Textile painting and Jain Temples.
Do you know there’s a mystery in Digamber Jain Temple which is located in Sanganer Jaipur? 90% percent of Jaipurites have no clue about it.
There are two Jain temples in Sanganer. One is old Temple and other one is newly made which is not open for visitors. The old Digamber Jain Temple Sanganer Jaipur has seven sacred underground floors that are not open for visitors because of old religious believes. Only saints can visit and have a look in a fixed time interval. This temple is 4000 years old.
It was decided previously that only saints can visit the closed floors and bring source of knowledge or any idol that they discover. The ancient Shri Digamber Jain temple has fine carvings that can be compared to Dilwara Temple of Mount Abu. In the midst of underground portion there is an ancient small temple guarded by the nature-spirits. The temple is made up of red stone.
The temple came in light when Muni Shri 108 Sudhasagar Ji Maharaj, a disciple of Acharya Shri 108 Vidhyasagar Ji Maharaj visited the sacred floors. He bought valuable Idol made up of precious stones which were never seen before from the underground floors in presence of over five lac Jain disciples.
He claimed that he encountered many nature-spirits in form of snakes who were present there to protect the treasure and visitors cannot enter into the sacred underground floors without seeking permission from the protector gods. The process of bringing Idol and keeping back was telecasted live on various Media channels and widely covered by National media.
Beside talking about this temple, Sanganer has an India Gate that is also a sign that shows Sanganer has past values like our great forts of Jaipur.
The Aim Behind This Article is to make Jaipurites aware about History and Mystery.
Nahargarh Fort based on the theme of temple of NAHAR SINGH BHOMIA JI was built in year 1734 by king Sawai Jai Singh the founder of Jaipur. It was tiger’s hunting palace and was also called “PALACE OF TIGERS”.
The Huge designed walls seems like fortifications which connects the Nahargarh fort to Jaigarh fort, the fort on top of Amber. In early times at the time of wars, the safest place in Jaipur was Nahargarh fort. Sometimes prince from different kingdoms use to keep themselves safe in this fort..
Nahargarh was also known as Sudharshangarh, but as it was famous with name “Adobe Of Tigers” so it came to known as Nahargarh. Sawai Jai Singh connected a cave from Amber to Jaigarh and then Jaigarh to Nahargarh via road, because all three of these places were very safe, so it was very important to create a hidden connection between the forts at the time of War Attacks.
Nahargarh was a defensive palace like Jaigarh fort and capital AMBER. The great fort was further developed by Sawai Madho Singh. He built further palaces in the fort and gave it a mesmerizing look. He linked Rooms from corridors, these corridors were very narrow. This construction costed 3 and half lakh rupees at that time.!
If we talk about beauty of Nahargarh in this century , then answer will be – “As always”. Because many super hit movies are shooted here
Few of the movie which are shooted in Nahargarh Fort are as follows :
In 1878, Prince of Wales visited Jaipur, whole city was decorated and colored Pink to welcome and give honour to him in the capital of Rajasthan (Rajputana).
He was a great adviser for Jaipur city. Albert Hall museum was also the idea of Prince of wales.
As per his advise king constructed Albert Hall.
This is one of the picture from 18th century showing great welcome of prince of wales at chandpole gate, Jaipur
Jaipur also known as Pink City, Capital of Rajputana (now known as Rajasthan) was an imagination of a Great King Sawai Jai Singh (Ruler of Amer) .
Jaipur was discovered in Estd. 1727. Ruler King Of Amer decided to expand his capital Amer in a city named as Jaipur. So, he made a society with 8 gates (ajmeri gate, sanganeri gate) to give a security touch up to his city. He made 8 buildings in the city, 6 of them he gave to his “praja” and 2 he kept to manage his kingdom.
The security concept given by Jai Singh were very creative. He gave concept of “PARKOTAS”, Designed Wall At The Top Of Aravali Hills To Keep An Eye On Enemies. These Parkotas covered almost complete Jaipur at that time and gave a nice view of city which was a creative concept.
Chaupars were coverd by tents at that time.
At the time of wars and fights The King used to close all the Eight gates so that nobody can enter the city and harm people. Jaipur was very safe place at that time because Jaipur was limited in those 8 gates which are now known as “Chaar Diwari of Jaipur”!
Maharani Gayatri Devi, Rajmata of Jaipur was the third Maharani consort of Jaipur from 1940 to 1949 through her marriage to Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II.
Rambagh Palace in Jaipur, which Taj Group took-over in 1972, is one of the best hotel in Rajasthan whose Presidential one-bedroom suite costs around 6.6 Lakh a night, is said to be home of late Rajmata Gayatri Devi.
One of the most beautiful Women in the World as described by the Vogue magazine.
Here are few Pictures of Gayatri Devi reveal her many roles as a Mother, Wife and Fashion icon :