I once read that a Dessert is a place without expectation. Until recently I believed that but on my recent trip to Rajasthan’s Interiors I saw things peoples totally unexpected and got completely amazed by the hospitality, patience, and perseverance of Rajasthan, let alone dessert.
Even with the harshest of Sun & toughest of climate, Rajasthan offers warmest of smiles with hearts as wide as their desserts
Speaking of unexpected, we got to experience the opening ceremony of Maru Mahotsav or Dessert festival 2018 in Jaisalmer. We had no idea of its grandeur & the effort locals and government put in it to make it so.
There were Camels decorated with brightest of Pom-Poms, Jaisalmer’s Royal family, Men with silver swords with facial hair even bigger than my whole face. Ladies clad in traditional attires and lust-worthy jewelry.
Dessert Festival is celebrated every year for three days prior to full moon in Jan-Feb. It celebrates the prophecy, according to which Lord Krishna told Arjun about a Yadav successor who will set up the kingdom on Trikuta Hill(Triangular hill). Prophecy becomes true when Rawal Jaiswal a Yadav successor established Jaisalmer in 12th Century after his name.
The government now equally celebrates the festival as it enhances Tourism. Even BSF & Army take participation in various competitions like Camel race and Fighter plane stunts.
We couldn’t stay until the whole festival but it was surely a delight to experience the opening ceremony of Maru Mohatsav. If you plan to visit Jaisalmer do it during the festival.
Share with me if you have been to Jaisalmer and how was your experience.
In the quest of finding my forever love for beautiful architecture and historic monuments, we head towards Khajuraho temples which marvels in both.
I was reading something on these temples in the beginning of the year and since then was dying to experience them in person.
Khajuraho temples were built between 9th to 12th century AD by the affluent kings of Chandela dynasty.
There kingdom was prosperous, abundant and splendid where Sun shines the brightest on Golden Khajur trees hence named Khajuraho.
Needles to say temples were built by the exceptional sculptors with precise knowledge of Astrology, Architecture & Art. It is evident these sculptors were given full liberty in depicting there vision & art however challenging & Erotic it may seem.
Erotic Art is only a small part associated with these temples but is not the crux of them. These poses are only sculpted on the outer sides of the temples, never inside. Legend has it that before you enter the temple to pray, you must take circle(parikrama) around it to see all the Stages of Life be it, 9 Planets(represents Man’s connection to supreme power), Dancing Apsaras (represents opulent lifestyles & prosperity), Family (richness of relations), Erotic poses (When Man & Women devotes themselves to pure love), Reproduction (Sacred process of giving birth hence completing the circle of Life).
Once you have seen of all these or came out of all the phases strong, you are ready to be a devotee of the God.
It’s absolutely Inspiring to see how these massive & beautiful structures were made only by Interlocking the Sandstones without cement or any modern machinery
Kandariya Mahadev Temple is the largest Shiva temple in all of Khajuraho. It sits up on approx. 13-15ft height hence you need to take the plight of stairs to reach the top. These Temples have seen the test of time in 1000years. There Sandstone might be aged but they are still standing elegantly with proud.
I tried to capture all the details in one single post… but only able to complete half of Khajuraho Temples.
Hope you enjoyed the picture of the Heritage Temples of Khajuraho…. Stay tuned for Eastern & Southern Group of Temples.