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Menal Temple Complex Rajasthan India

Menal Temple Complex, Menal

Bhilwara Land of courage and Sacrifice is a prominent Trading centre of Mewar Achhal. It is mid station of Ajmer Chittor Rail Line and is situated on NH-no. 4 Between Banas and Kothari River. On its east is Bundi, Rajasmand at West, Ajmer at North and Chittorgarh at south is the 14th largest district of the state.

According to historians, Bhilwara was established 300 to 400 yrs. Ago due to regular confrontation between the rulers. Bhilwara got destroyed a no of times before it flourished Eighteenth century seemed to be Significant to Bhilwara from development point of view Because of stone laid by the then Rulers and Britishers. Bhilwara at present has become an important Trading city. In 1858, a fierce battle was fought between known Revolutionist Tantya Tope & Britishers at Sanganer Village. Then after Bhilwara got connected through railway line and business started to grow.

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PLACES OF INTEREST ARE:
Harni Mahadev: Harni Mahadev is the nearest pilgrim site for the Bhilwara Residents which is at a distance of 6 kms. Beneath the green mountains, near the water fall under a large stone there is a 'Shivling'. On the occasion of Shivratri 3 day fair is held here. There are large no. of people assemble to view this site. In the month of Shravan devotees accumulate & perform various Religious rites. Municipal Corporation of Bhilwara with the help of local people is developing new facilities. At the top of a hill there is situated a temple of 'Chamunda Mata' from where a complete view of the city as available. This temple is connected with the road.

Mejha Dam: Situated at distance of 17 kms from Bhilwara it is the main Tourist Spot and water reservoir for the Bhilwara Residents. Its capacity is 30 feet. During the rainy season, the surrounding is a site to behold here. A rest house of Irrigation Deptt., swimming pool, swings for the children & toy train are there. Complete facilities for picnic and party are present here.

Menal: Menal is the main tourist spot of Southern Rajasthan. Apart from being a tourist place it's a centre of religious belief also. It is located on the Bhilwara-Kota road, 80 kms away from Bhilwara. It has beautiful waterfall, where water fall to a depth of 150 feet in a v-shaped valley with great force. It's a terrific site. During the rainy season, sound of the waterfall can be heard from a long distance. In the 12th century Chauhan Rulers build unmatched art laden temples over here, in which Mahanaleshwar Temple is famous. In this temple there is a huge statue of Lord Shiva and the ceiling are embossed with ancient quotations. The best time to visit this place is July to October, when Menali River flows & meets at Triveni with Banas & Badech.

Joganiya Mata: Joganiya Mata is a famous temple which is at a distance of 80 km from the Bhilwara City. It was built in the 8th century. The temple is situated at the midst of the dense forest therefore people scare to visit this place. It has become a shelter place for Dacoits & Drunkards who started offering animal sacrifices; this pratha became so popular that offering animal sacrifices became a regular feature after the fulfillment of asked desire. During Navratra, number of goats & buffaloes are cut to offer as sacrifice; hence the environment here was not conducive. In this situation, Jain Sadhvi Mewar Sihni Yaskanwarji took the responsibility of banishing violence from this are and due to her great efforts, sacrificing & drinking stopped in the year 1974. Then after, due to her inspiration only, religiously bent people made an effort for the planned development of this area, as a result of which Dharamshalas, Shops were built and water, electricity reached this place. During Navratra Festival a 9 day fair is regularly organized here which is visited by number of people here.

Triveni: 40 kms away from the Bhilwara city on Kota Road, Bards, Menali's and Badachh river meets, it's popularly known at Triveni Chauraha. On its coast line there is an ancient temple of Lord Shiva which remains submerged in water during rainy season. On the occasion of Poornima, Amawas, Kartik & Magh month people from distant places come to take a dip in this holy water. During Shivratri, a huge Mela is organized here. People also come to flow the after remains of their dear ones in this holy water.

Mandalgarh Fort: Located at a distance of 52 km in Mandalgarh, from Bhilwara, this is a fort which is 1 km long and at a height of 1850 feet above sea level. Naturally this fort was much secured. At this place there are number of temple of God & Goddesses to visit.

Bijolian: Bijolia became famous in the 20th century because of Kissan Movement. It is at distance of 92 km from Bhilwara, Bhilwara - Kota Road. During the colonial rule Zagirdar (Landlords) did many atrocities to farmers, under the leadership of Manikya Lal Verma and Vijay Singh farmer got united and started fighting for their rights. After a span of 10 years Jagirdars had to bow down in from of the farmer. The voice of this revolution reached "Gandhiji" also and he supported this movement.

Shahpura: Shahpura is situated at a distance of 55 km on Jahajpur - Devli Road. Shahpura is famous for the contribution made by the Barhat family the freedom struggle of India and as the prime center of International Ramsnehi Sampraday. Shahpura is also famous for its 700 year old Far Painting. The painters of this region have won several national prizes.

 

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