November 26th, 2012 by admin

Muchwala Mahaveer temple is a important Jain pilgrimage in Rajasthan. It is located near Ghanerao village of Pali district, Rajasthan. It is around 37 km from Ranakpur.

So how the name Muchwala Mahaveer was coined? Legend has it that once the king of Mewar during one of his tour was tired and rested at the temple. The priest here gave him some prasad. The king found a small hair. On this the king joked does your Lord has mustache? The priest said yes out of fear. In those days it was always wise to sing with the king’s tune. The king said he would like to see the lord’s mustache when he visits here next time. The priest now further scared thinking that king will punish him he will find the lord have no mustache. Finding no way he decided to kill himself or anyways he is going to be killed. That night lord Mahaveer showed up in his dream and told – next day do my puja as usual and put a drape on my face and ask the king to offer prayer when he comes.

He did exactly the same. When the king arrived, he went inside to offer prayer. There he opened the drape and to his surprise, Lord Mahaveer had mustache. The apologized to lord on his mistake. Later the mustache disappeared. However, the name “Mucchal Mahaveer” got coined. The main temple was getting renovated when I was there. Photography of idol is prohibited. Also, one must leave their shoes outside.

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November 22nd, 2012 by admin

The drive from Kumbhalgarh to Ranakpur was a revelation which I never expected. I was told by my driver that this section of Rajasthan is a hilly region featured by the Aravalli hill range. As we traveled I was surprised to see the dry ghat section almost resembling the eastern or western ghats of India. I saw a few places where the road takes a number of hair pin bends. Forest on the body of the hills are not very thick but bushy in nature. From a viewpoint noticed that a new hotel/resort is being made ready in the valley below.

Rainy season will be more greener and more soothing, there is no doubt about it! If environment can be helped artificially with more rain or water for the ecosystem here, the forest would grow further. This would ultimately result in more natural rain and the ecosystem can endure henceforth. Driving through the forest and stone hills we stopped at a bridge. Here a natural waterfalls can be viewed during monsoon season only. Through I could see water below the bridge but there was no trace of waterfalls then.

We were greeted by langurs who tried to block our way in the hope of getting something. I found langurs are naturally found here. They typically wait beside the road in the hope that passerby people will feed them. These species of monkey are different than what is typically found in and around Bangalore. The langurs have grey hair, black face, black hand and black feet. Wheres the monkeys around Bangalore are smaller in size comparatively, have red face and golden hair.

I could view a few temples in the lap of the hill merging with the forest but still distinctly visible. This journey kept be guessing. Soon we reached Surya Narayan Temple followed by Ranakpur temple. This was a discovery for myself. I would like to tell my readers that Rajasthan is not all desert as many of us typically think. Be there to experience it and surprise yourself!

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