September 24th, 2012 by admin

Parsuram Kshetra is also known by the name Bhairo ka Math (temple). It is called Parsuram Kshetra (place) as Lord Parsuram is said to have lived here for sometime and did penance. The deity here is lord Shiva. Behind the linga (idol), are pictures of lord Shiva and Shiva – Parvati in tiles on the wall.

Outside also there is a Shiva linga near a pond. River Banas which flows through Kumbhalgarh, is said to have originated here. I was told this pond never goes dry. However, during my visit there, I saw river Banas was almost dry.

It is also called Bhairo ka Math as there is also a Bhairo devi temple on the left hand side of the compound. I was told coronation of the Mewar kings used to take place here.

Little away from here, my driver showed a cave on the face of a rock and myth has it that it was Parsuram’s.

For more pictures of Parsuman Kshetra visit: Travelingbeats Photo Gallery.

September 21st, 2012 by admin

Club Cabana is one of the popular resorts in Bangalore. Recently, I visited there as part of our team outing. It was my first visit there. From MG road it should be around 30 km.

How to reach there: Bangalore – Devanahalli New Airport road – Sadahalli junction (Take left) – drive straight until you see Jade Garden – Club Cabana is opposite Jade Garden

Day outing cost: Around Rs 1000.

A day outing allows you welcome drink, breakfast, lunch and use of all game facilities till 5.30 pm.

The climate was very good that day. I enjoyed my ride from Bangalore city through outer ring road and it was windy through out. On the flyovers it was difficult to maintain the bike with sudden gush of heavy wind coming in. I reached Club Cabana little past 12 noon. At the entrance to the main area I was given a wrist band to show valid entry. Once I went through the reception and a little sitting area, I was came to see the blue wave pool. Besides the pool there is sitting arrangement where one can have some drink before plunging into the pool.

After playing a lot in the pool, we went to the water slides area on the left hand side of the pool. The blue slide is with tube and the green slide is without tube. The green slide is awesome and gives a high adrenaline rush. Then there is a yellow slide which is a two step vertical slide. On the other end there is a warm jacuzzi where gushing water gives pressure treatment when you sit there.

On the right hand side is the Lazy river. Where we board on a tube and floated as the water flowed. But the water flow is too slow. Little faster flow would have been more fun. Over all we had fun. But food is a major downside. Only one item of chicken (curry), fish fry. No special delicacies either. Also, among games its only the water games that are worth. Others like dart and Archery looks like kind of kiddo. Bowling alley is in bad shape. Drinks are costly too.

One thing which I hated was they charging Rs 200 deposit for a locker. That was way too much. Also, if the key is lost the deposit is gone. I understand the lock has to be broken so they need to recover the cost of the lock. Is the cost of that small lock Rs 200? I found a lot of negative feedback on Club Cabana on Mouthshut.com and Burrp. But some good reviews as well on Trip Advisor. I will give it a overall good ratings but food is bad.

Address:
Club cabana
Jade Garden, Sadahalli Village,
Devanahalli Tq, Bangalore – 562110
Phone- +91-80-28467055-58, 3272327
Fax- 28467059
Mobile: +91-9902027601, +91-9902027602, +91-9845132019
+91-9900249984, +91-9731562855, +91-9731566001

E-mail- reservations@clubcabana.net.in
Website: http://www.clubcabana.net.in/

September 17th, 2012 by admin

Kalpa Vriksha is located at the foot hill of Badal Mahal around 10 km from Kumbhalgarh. We visited in the morning. Hurriedly we went inside as it was drizzling then. Walk further and you will see the Kalpa Virksha (tree) first. Indian mythology says it is a wish fulfilling tree. People with faith comes here pray for their wish and tie read cloths on the trunks and branches of the tree. Side by side there is a male and female tree. There was coconut places all around the tree as offering. This tree also bears a green elongated fruit once in every 12 years. God’s grace I was lucky to see that. I was shown a Rudraksh tree as well there.


Fruit of Kalpa Vriksha

Next I was saw a miniature idol of Kamdhenu (the divine cow). Both Kalpa Vriksha and kamdhenu came out during Samudra manthan (harvest of ocean). It was done by the demons and Gods to get Amrit (drinks to achieve immortality). Besides there was a havan kunda (where yogya (prayer) is done). At the background was a big painting of Maa (mother) Durga.

This place was little different from other typical Hindu worship place.

September 13th, 2012 by admin

Suryanarayan temple is located very near to Ranakpur Jain temple in Rajasthan. We were traveling from Kumbhalgarh to Ranakpur and the first thing we saw was Suryanarayan Temple. This temple is dedicated to Sun god (Surya Dev in Hindi). The temple is managed by the Udaipur royal family. Suryanarayan temple can be a precursor for what to expect at Ranakpur Jain temple. This compact temple is beautifully designed. Built on a higher pedestal like Hoysala temples of Karnataka. I felt Suryanarayan temple is a mixture of 3 unique architectures of India. The pedestal and walls are of Hoysala style, the main tower and some designs around the tower are of Puri Jagannath temple of Konark temple style (both from Orissa). Then there is Rajasthani touch through the stone work on the walls and carvings.

The temple is open from dawn to dusk. Photography of the deity is not allowed.

September 10th, 2012 by admin

Haldighati is located around 40 km from Udaipur and 50 km from Kumbhalgarh. Haldighati museum tries to showcase the history of the royal family of Mewar, life and time of Maharana Pratap, Haldighati battle, weapons of the time and local traditions.

Entry fees: Rs 20
Camera fees: Rs 50

There is white marble stone temple on the right hand side just after the entrance. The architecture of the museum is of the form of a fort. The museum is on the left hand side. The first room shows the weapons, lineage of the Mewar royal family and the emblem of the royal family. Other section shows life and time of Pratap, how he conducted war etc. It also features miniature of Chittor fort, Kumbhalgarh fort, Kirthi Stambha etc.

There is a pond at the backyard. Around which we saw Rajasthani traditions like Gadola (nomadic people who spend their lifetime on a cart), traditional way of making sugarcane juice by cow, water harvest by wooden wheel etc. One can buy genuine local products like rose water, rose jam, saufs, various sweets etc. Also, you can try local imitation jewels and cloths.

September 6th, 2012 by admin


Tomb of Jhala Mann Singh at Haldighati battlefiled, one of the commanders of Maharana Pratap’s army

Akbar became the third king of Mughal empire in 1556. He started expanding his empire either by diplomacy or by military might. Most of the Rajput kings and others accepted his offer and became vassals of Mughal empire. However, one freedom loving Rajput – Maharana Pratap did not accepted Akbar as ruler of India or Mewar. Maharana Pratap was the son of Uday Singh, who founded the city of Udaipur. Uday Singh gave refuge to Baz Bahadur of Malwa in 1562 after he was defeated by the forces of Akbar. On this pretext Akbar attacked Mewar and captured Chittor in 1567. Maharana Pratap succeed Uday Singh as king of Mewar and wanted to free Chittor. Akbar sent many diplomatic mission to Pratap to accept his rule and become a vassal.


Turmeric color soil of Haldighati

Pratap could not accept the terms and Akbar sent a large army under Rajput king of Amer (Jaipur) to defeat Maharana Pratap. Pratap devised a plan to lure the Mughals to Haldighati hills and ambush them. The hills is called Haldighati as the soil is of yellow color like turmeric (Haldi in Hindi). But after realizing this, the Mughals under Man Singh ran away to the plains around 3 to 4 km from Haldighati hill. Here a fierce battle took place between the forces of Akbar and Pratap. It is said that 18000 people died from both side over a period of 7 hours battle. During the battle it rained there and all the blood washed away to a nearby pond. The color of the pond changed to complete red and hence it is called Raktatalai (pond of blood).


Present day road through Haldighati hill

Chetak was the beloved horse of Maharana Pratap, king of Mewar region of Rajasthan. Chetak was very skilled, strong, beautiful and devoted towards its master. Chetak is now a legend in Indian history due to his deeds for his master. Chetak’s story is immortalized in Rajasthani ballads.

In the battle of Haldighati against Emperor Akhbar led by Mann Singh, Chetak also took part. Maharana Pratap rode Chetak to led this battle. On June 21, 1576 the battle which took place on the plains near Haldighati hill, Maharana Pratap’s army was outnumbered and here Pratap made an attempt to kill Akhbar’s commander Mann Singh by mounting his horse Chetak on the elephant and threw his lance. Man Singh ducked and the elephant mahout was killed. But in this process, Chetak was severely wounded. Now the tide of the battle was turning against Pratap. His followers urged him to leave the battlefield. One of his trusted lieutenant Jhala Mann Singh wore the royal insignia. The Mughals thought that he was Maharana Pratap and they jumped on him. Jhala Mann Singh was killed in the process. His tomb was erected near Raktatalai.


Raktatalai seen in the background

Meanwhile Chetak took Maharana Pratap and went around 2 km away from the battlefield. On the way there was a small stream. Chetak jumped to cross the stream. On the other side after leading his master to safety Chetak collapsed. At the same place Maharana Pratap erected a tomb in memory of Chetak. There is a small temple besides the tomb. The memorial is in good condition and is taken care by Rajasthan government tourism department.


Chetak’s tomb

The battle was indecisive and Akbar was enraged that his large army could not capture Maharana Pratap.

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