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    Karni Mata temple - Deshnok

    by al2401 Written Sep 7, 2013

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    Karni Mata was a female Hindu sage born in the Charan caste and is worshiped as the incarnation of the goddess Durga by her followers. She is an official deity of the royal family of Jodhpur and Bikaner and at the request of Rao Bika laid the foundation stone for the Bikaner Fort.

    She has a number of temples the most famous being at Deshnok, near Bikaner. It is famous for its rats which are protected as they are considered sacred.

    Unfortunately the day I visited was a holy day and there was an extremely long and slow moving queue. I spent my time wandering around the Deshnok markets.

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    Sardar/Badal Mahal - Junagarh Fort, Bikaner

    by al2401 Written Sep 7, 2013

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    Sadar Mahal is otherwise known as the Cloud Palace for obvious reasons. It was built by Maharaja Sardar Singh. He was a lover of music and two of his musical instruments are displayed in glass cases. He also loved to play Rag Malhar which is usually only played during the wet season so he had the walls decorated with clouds, rain and lightning surrounding idols of Hindu gods. There are images of the Hindu god Krishna and his consort Radha in amongst the clouds.

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    Anup Mahal - Junagarh Fort, Bikaner

    by al2401 Updated Sep 7, 2013

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    Anup Mahal or Hall of Private Audience/Privy Council Roomis extremely elaborately decorated. The overall impression is of gold and red though there are a multitude of other colours provided by semi-precious and precious stones. This effect is increased by the use of mirrors and glass inlay. The floor is covered by a Persian style carpet made for Maharaja Ganga Singh in the Bikaner jail.

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    Ganga Mahal Museum - Junagarh Fort, Bikaner

    by al2401 Updated Sep 7, 2013

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    Ganga Mahal was built in the early 20th century by Ganga Singh. The large durbar hall has very high timber ceilings and intricate carvings cover the walls. It houses an armory museum and a WWI biplane is in an adjoining hall.

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    Chandra Mahal - Junagarh Fort, Bikaner

    by al2401 Updated Sep 7, 2013

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    Chandra Mahal has the most luxurious room in the palace, decorated with gold plated deities and paintings inlaid with precious stones. In the royal bedroom, mirrors have been strategically placed so that the Maharaja could see from his bed, any intruder entering his room. (Wiki) It is named after Maharani Chand Kanwar, one of the queens of Maharaja Gaj Singh.

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    Karan Mahal - Junagarh Fort, Bikaner

    by al2401 Updated Sep 7, 2013

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    The Karan Mahal and the Hall of Public Audience was built about 1680 in a classic Mughal style. It has a combination of red sandstone and white marble and is richly decorated. The walls and ceilings are covered with flower patterns. The throne room is also in the Karan Mahal.

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    Junagarh Fort

    by al2401 Updated Sep 7, 2013

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    The fort was built by Raja Rai Singh, the sixth ruler of Bikaner who reigned from 1571 to 1612. It is constructed on the site of an earlier stone fort built in 1478 by Rao Bika.

    The main structure inside the fort is the Karan Mahal built by Karan Singh who ruled from 1631 to 1639. It holds the Diwan-i-aam or Public Audience Hall and is considered to be one of the finest palaces in Rajasthan.

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    Phool Mahal ("Flower Palace") which is the oldest part of the palace complex.

    Anup Mahal was used as the administration centre and is a multi-storey structure which has ornate wooden ceilings with inlaid mirrors, Italian tiles, and fine lattice windows and balconies.

    Chandra Mahal has the most luxurious room in the palace, which houses gold plated deities and paintings inlaid with precious stones.

    Ganga Mahal was built in the 20th century by Ganga Singh and has a large durbar hall known as the Ganga Singh Hall that now houses the Museum. The museum has exhibits of war weaponry and also a World War I biplane.

    The buildings are constructed from red sandstaone and white marble and are in a very good state of restoration. I think that the fort in Bikaner is one of the best to see.

    Open daily 10 A.M. – 4:30 P.M.

    Entry Fee Rs 100. Camera Fee Rs 30. Video Fee Rs 100. Entry fee includes a mandatory guided tour of 1 hr.

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    camel safari bikaner

    by garry75 Written Jan 12, 2013

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    You can make one day one night camel safari in Thar desert of Bikaner with camel.At night either you sleep under the stary night or in tent near the sand dunes. in one day you can see some wild life like antilope, foxes,bluebull,and many kind of birds and enjoy sunset in desert of Bikaner.you can also enjoy safari with Rajasthani food.

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    Karni Mata Temple, Deshnok

    by illumina Written Sep 22, 2012
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    The Karni Mata Temple at Deshnok was built in the early 20th century for Maharaja Ganga Singh of Bikaner. The temple is famous for the rats which are said to be reincarnations of storytellers, the followers of Karni Mata, a female mystic and sage, considered to be an incarnation of Goddess Durga, who stayed here in the fifteenth century and performed many miracles.

    The rats are fed from large bowls of milk and given sweets; prasad, a gift of food which has first been offered to the deity. It is considered particularly lucky to see a white rat.

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    Junagarh Fort - Ganga Mahal

    by illumina Updated Sep 22, 2012
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    The Ganga Mahal was built in the 20th century by Ganga Singh (reigned 1887-1943). It has a large durbar hall known as the Ganga Singh Hall that houses the Museum - this is well worth a visit for the displays of weaponry and armour. It also contains a World War I biplane presented to the king. The ancient sandalwood throne in the hall is believed to have belonged to the kings of Kanauj from whom the Rathores descended.

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    Junagarh Fort - Anup Mahal

    by illumina Written Sep 22, 2012

    The Anup Mahal is a multi-storey structure, which functioned as the administrative headquarters of the kingdom. It was the Privy Council Room, featurying a throne where the ruler would sit and entertain most of his foreign guests and highly placed officials.

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    Junagarh Fort - Karan Mahal

    by illumina Updated Sep 22, 2012
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    The Karan Mahal, or Public Audience Hall, was built by Maharaja Anup Singhji in about 1680 to commemorate his father Karan Singh's victory over Aurangzeb, the Mughal Emperor.

    It has a surrounding gallery, and the second photo shows the courtyard of the palace from behind the screens which would have been damped to provide a cooling breeze.

    The interior has inlaid polychrome glass, intricate mirror patterns, and red and gold paint, much of it added by later rulers.

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    Junagarh Fort - Gates

    by illumina Written Sep 21, 2012
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    The original main entry to the fort was the east facing Karan Pol, however now visitors usually enter by the gate shown in the first photo, the Suraj Pol (or Prole), the Sun gate. This gate is built in yellow sandstone, rather than the red sandstone of the other buildings. The doors here are strengthened with iron to prevent ramming by elephants, and two painted statues of elephants with mahouts stand guard.

    The second photo shows Daulat Pol, to the right of Karan Pol. If you look closely, on the wall to the left of the archway can be seen red hand prints which represent the wives of the Maharajas of Bikaner who committed sati (self immolation) on the funeral pyres of their husbands who died in battle. There are forty-one hands.

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    Junagarh Fort

    by illumina Written Sep 21, 2012

    Junagarh Fort is situated in the heart of Bikaner, with the modern city built up around it - in fact it's one of the only major forts in Rajasthan not to be built on a hilltop (quite a bonus, no hills to climb in the searing heat - it was around 45 degrees when we visited at the end of April 2009!).

    The fort was actually only named Junagarh (old Fort) in the 20th century when the royal family moved out; before that it had been called Chintamani (which is actually the name of a wish-fulfilling jewel within both Hindu and Buddhist traditions, equivalent to the philosopher's stone in Western alchemy).

    It was begun on the orders of Raja Rai Singh, the sixth ruler of Bikaner, and constructed between 1589 and 1594AD. Due to the intense building activities of many rulers through four centuries, the present fort is a composite structure, a combination of Rajput design of the 16th century with Mughal and Gujarati influences, 19th century semi-western style, and later Rajput revivalist architecture.

    It is known as the Fort of Interiors, and the 5.28 hectares large fort precinct is indeed studded with palaces, temples and pavilions. It is one of the precious gems of Indian architecture in the midst of Thar Desert.

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    Deshnok Temple/Rats Temple

    by RAJASTHANBYCAR Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Deshnok is a small village situated 31 km south from Bikaner city along the Jodhpur Road. It is connected by national highway N.H. 89 and Rail. It is a pilgrim centre of Karni Mata. Karni Mata, considered as an incarnation of Goddess Durga lived here in the fourteenth century and performed many miracles. Originally the village was called 'dus- nok' meaning ten corners as it was formed by taking ten corners of ten villages.
    Before the temple is a beautiful marble facade, which has solid silver doors built by Maharaja Ganga Singh. Across the doorway are more silver doors with panels depicting the various legends of the Goddess. The image of the Goddess is enshrined in the inner sanctum.
    Entrance Free Camera Fee Rs 20 and for Video Camera Fee Rs 50.

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