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Lakshmangarh Fort in Sikar, Rajasthan

One can find countless beautiful as well as mysterious places in the multihued state of Rajasthan. Lakshmangarh is a beautiful town in Rajasthan that has awesome ancient Havelis and temples. Lakshmangarh is a conurbation in Sikar region of Rajasthan. Lakshmangarh, often considered as a rural community, is a moderately a big township at this moment in time. This town has a population of about 100,000 inhabitants. Lakshmangarh, in line with majority of countryside townships in India, has experienced quite remarkable growth and modernization in conjunction with all allied issues that crop up from a deficit in appropriate road and rail network. However, ancient Havelis with traditional structural design thrive here. Undesirably, new residences that are built presently in Lakshmangarh are based on the practical Indian style contemporary small town structural design (essentially the roofs and adjacent walls of the buildings are often unattractive with uncovered bricks in order to cut the construction costs) that can be observed throughout North India. On the other hand, Lakshmangarh is a charismatic town where you still can observe the majesty of ancient times. In addition,

Lakshmangarh, an artistic town:

Lakshmangarh is a hub of superiority in edification with many reputed institutions such as, Modi Institute of Vocational Education, Bagaria Bal Vidya Mandir, Todi Degree College and Raghunath Balika Vidyalaya. In fact, Lakshmangarh has created great educationists, entrepreneurs, artisans and leaders. The town has a profound enlightening tradition for many years.

Origination of Lakshmangarh town:

Lakshmangarh town was established in the year 1862. Roughly before 200 years, this town was designed by “Rao Raja Laxman Singh” of Sikar Thikana under Shekawati district of former Rajputana. The powerful realm of Jaipur had several “Thikanas”. The region of Shekawati was one among them. The name “Shekawati” originated from “Shekawats”, a brave Rajput clan who were ruling this region. The ‘Jagirdars’ of “Thikanas” were described as “Rao Rajas”. Later, Lakshman Singh became the “Rao Raja of Sikar region” and he was also the founder of Lakshmangarh town. Conceivably, Lakshmangarh must be the final town that was designed in Rajasthan after Jaipur. The originators of Lakshmangarh have planned the community in accordance with the architecture of Jaipur. Hence, Lakshmangarh is appropriately illustrated as minuscule of Jaipur of Shekawati district.

Marvelous Garh:

The utmost striking edifice of Lakshmangarh town lies 20 km south of “Fatehpur”. In ancient times, each and every Rajput emperor was over-enthusiastic to establish a fort for military reasons as they used to battle frequently. In early 19th century, one such awesome sight of a Fort was established by Lakshman Singh. This was built with the intention to protect the Lakshmangarh town from the attacks of next-door Rajput Kings. The locals of the town called this Fort as “Garh”. In essence, Garh is an exceptional part of “Durg-Sthapatya”, the fort planning in the entire globe as the configuration was constructed with speckled pieces of massive rocks. Unfortunately, the architectural luminosity of Garh has not yet fascinated the interest of the tourism industry till now. At the moment, this fort (Garh) is a private property. Public are not permitted to admire or realize the beauty of Garh or its gorgeous surrounding areas. This is a distressing element of its splendid history. However, one can ascend the slope to reach a holy shrine which is open to the visitors. The sight from the access ramp is quite captivating as well. Obviously, admiring the beauty of Lakshmangarh town from this tallness will entice a person to reach the top. Sadly, a security man does not allow the visitors or tourists to reach the top of the fort!!

Attractive Havelis and Temples near Lakshmangarh Town:

* Ghata Ghar or Clock Tower: Apart from the famous Lakshmangarh fort, the “Ghanta ghar or Clock Tower” and other different Havelis with renowned Shekhawati wall paintings and “Chhatris” are the trademarks of the Lakshmangarh town.

* Hanuman temple: The Hanuman temple placed in the Garh (fort) is a “Siddha Peeth”. It is honored by the local villagers. The newly married couples often visit this Hanuman temple to get the divine blessings of the God seeking happy matrimonial bonds.

* Shri raghunathji (Bara mandir): This temple was established by Rao Raja laxman Singh in the year 1862. It is one of the most excellent temples in the entire Lakshmangrah area.

* Char Chowk Haveli: Also, from the top of the ramp, one can see the design of the dual “Char Chowk Haveli”. On the northern exterior barrier of Char Chowk Haveli, there is an image that portrays a bird standing in its beak on an elephant with one more elephant. The huge paintings on the frontage of the northern side have mostly discolored paintings. The paintings in outer downstairs patio are enclosed by blue wash. The portraits in the inner quad of the Haveli are well maintained. The ceiling and walls of a small upstairs room on the eastern side of the Haveli are totally wrapped up with paintings. This place boasts some unambiguous erotic pictures, which is imperfectly lightened up. Hence, even though they’re well maintained, visitors must require a flashlight to observe their exquisiteness.

* Chetram Sanganeeria Haveli: This Haveli has lower paintings on the west side wall. However, they are extremely scratched and damaged. The portraits on this wall comprise a lady sitting in a swing that’s hanging from a tree, a lady spinning around, a man balancing the knives and dancing on a shaft, etc.

* Radhi Murlimanohar Temple: This temple is placed 50m east of Char Chowk Haveli. This temple dates back to 1845. It still preserves some paintings beneath the roof spaces and a number of sculptures of goddess in the region of the external barricades.

* Shyonarayan Kyal Haveli: Shyonarayan Kyal Haveli dates back to the year 1900. Beneath the roof space on the eastern barricade, a man & woman are in a cherished assignation whilst a servant waits with a tall glass of wine in readiness. A few other images comprise those of Europeans being drawn by ponies with a small coachman at the wheels and a lady observing herself in a mirror.

* Rathi Family Haveli: On the western wall of this Haveli, a European woman sews on a treadle machine in a smart red frock. One can see the influence of European tradition here from the tinted roses and a “Grecian column” effect. The south side of Rathi Family Haveli has pretentious embellishments and the British tiara stuck between two unicorns. On the western side of the Haveli, eventful tea stalls can be found. This is a great spot to sit and be in awe of these amazingly pessimistic portraits and images.

Conclusion:

Some Havelis are seriously damaged and some are converted into illegitimate apartment shopping arcades by accident. The local administration no more shows any interest in re-establishing these ancient Havelis. Every now and then, this issue has also been titled in the local newspapers. Nevertheless, nobody could fetch the preferred outcomes to shield the traditional Havelis that adds pride to this region of Rajasthan.

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