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Dausa District is a Confluence of Culture, Arts and Crafts

The district of Dausa is known for its diverse culture, art, and handicrafts. One of its hallmark attractions is the Basant Panchami Fair held annually on Magh Sudi Panchami at Baradari Maidan in Dausa city. It’s a vibrant affair that draws in upwards of lakhs of devotees from across the region to explore an array of household products offered up by a variety of stalls or haat markets organised around the fair grounds. Moreover, there are plenty of historical sites to explore as well as various forms of creative expression demonstrated by those who call Dausa home.

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All in all, the Basant Panchami Fair brings out the spirit and vibrancy of Dausa’s rich collection of culture, arts and crafts. Mehdipur Balaji has long been a sacred site for Hindus, located some 50 kilometers from the district headquarter. This incredibly special location features an idol that is part of the mountain itself – an astonishing geographic phenomenon. Furthermore, at the feet of this holy figure, lies a pond whose waters never fade away. Locals consider this place to be rewarded with the power to cure mental illness, epilepsy, paralysis and insanity – an invisible blessing that manifests in the form of a grand Mela during both Navratri festivals and on Hanuman Jayanti.

It is with deep reverence that generations of worshippers have journeyed here to experience its divine magic and partake in its delightfully majestic rituals. The Bijasani Mata Fair and the Gangaur fair in Lalsot tehsil of district are certainly something to behold! The Bijasani Mata Fair, held on Chaitra Sudi Purnima, attracts a large number of devotees from all over the region. On the other hand, the Gangaur Fair held on Chaitra Sudi Teej features fantastic festivities that draw people from far and near.

Both these annual celebrations offer locals a chance to celebrate traditional culture while connecting with generations past. For those looking for a unique experience, attending either of these two fairs is well worth their time! Abhaneri is a historic site with exquisite architecture and impressive engineering. Located near Abhaneri Bandikui, the town was most likely prosperous over a thousand years ago based on its stunning structures. Various ancient monuments can be found here from periods such as Gupta and early medieval times.

The steps of Chad Bawdi, the artistic staircase descending from Harshad Mata’s temple, and the remarkable stepwells are examples of the skillfulness these builders possessed. Below Harshad Mata’s temple lies another wonder – a tunnel that is believed to connect the Kubaniya Kund of Aluda to Bhandarej’s stepwell! With so much history in one place, it’s no surprise that Abhaneri is regarded as heritage of great significance. The significance of the Archaeological Department’s discovery of 262 fragmented pieces scattered outside the temple of Jhajirampura Jhajhirampura is immeasurable.

For centuries, this historical site made up of Jhajeshwar Mahadev was erected by Thakur Ramsingh and later fortified with a Gomukha made of Bhojpatra. Miraculously, Arjundas ji also contributed to the upper part of the kund by constructing Jalhari that housed 12 Mahadevs. Hot water from Gaumukh flows during winter while cold water graces visitors during summer time; truly a unique experience in the district. The relic is an incredible testament to the art and culture entrenched in this ancient region.

Bhandarej village, situated 12 km away from Dausa district headquarters, is a must-visit destination for those interested in ancient culture and art. Home to the powerful Kachwahas of Dhudhar region, who defeated the Badgurjars here in the eleventh century, Bhandarej boasts numerous monuments that will delight any visitor. From the Bavdiyo stepwell and Kund to Buteshwar Mahadev Temple and Hanuman Temple, there are plenty of beautiful places to explore.

Those interested in learning about the history of this village can take a walk around Gopalgarh palace, which was once a busy trading hub for iron goods and leather shoes. Even today, visitors can still find dyeing-printing works that showcase traditional artistry—yet another reminder of why Bhandarej is an important site for any lover of history or culture. The Kubaniyan Kund of Alooda Aluda village near Dausa is a site full of historical importance. It is home to pools built in the shape of kubaniyas, an ancient form of transportation, which are sure to captivate your attention.

An even more significant attraction nearby is that of Getolav, located a mere three kilometers away. This area is where Swami Dadu Dayal Ji Maharaj initiated Sant Shri Lakhaji and Narhariji and Sant Sunderdas Ji as his disciples. As if that wasn’t enough to make Getolav a pilgrimage destination, Dadudayal ji’s temple, pond and Sunderdas Ji’s memorial have also been constructed by the Sunderdas Memorial Trust nearby for all to admire. The Panch Mahadev of Dausa are a well-known pilgrimage site in the district, holding great religious significance to people of all faiths.

Be it visiting the Neelkanth Mahadev, Baijnath Mahadev, Gupteshwar Mahadev, Sahajnath Mahadev or Somnath Mahadev temple; thousands of tourist flock around the area every year. Unlike these temples, Bawdi wala Balaji’s fair is held every year attracting hundreds of local villagers and visitors alike. Located 12 km away from Dausa’s district headquarters lies this temple in Bhandarej which comprises five floors with large descending stairs leading to a beguiling ancient idol and many other ruins.

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The sight of this temple has been made so grand that it captivates the hearts and minds of tourists who come here to pay homage. Stone carvings are a magnificent sight to behold, and the road leading from Sikandra crossroads to Balaji Mode, Gijgarh, Manpur, Mahuva in Dausa district features an abundance of this stunning handicraft. In fact, artistry overflows from nearly 240 stalls, where highly skilled craftsmen create whimsical statues of animals like elephants and stags or ornamental pieces such as arches or pillars.

Delicate details are picked out of the stone blocks with care and precision, transforming them into lively works of art. Approximately 800 people have been involved in this industry thus far, allowing for a diverse array of beautiful artefacts to be produced by the roadside. The Kumbhakars of Baswa are a unique craftsmen in the district who make beautiful clay pots, laver pots, dolaks, nagades, table lamps and many other earthenware.

More than 150 craftsmen have made this small village their home and potential selling sites include Jaipur, Delhi, Dausa, Bandikui and Ramgarh. An impressive range of items can be found ranging from the tiny 3 inch pot to a humongous 14 inches jar with prices ranging from Rs 500 for hundred to as little as five paise lamp. With just an investment of Rupees 5 thousand required for raw material, equipment and sawdust soil etc., this industry provides countless job opportunities giving hope and livelihood to hundreds of families.

Other than pottery, there are another 30 industries in Baswa that lend diversity to the local economy. Craftsmanship and artistry have been practiced in Baswa for many generations. The pottery produced by their hands is highly sought-after, especially by buyers from Delhi and Jaipur. After purchase, the pieces receive painting and other treatments before they are exported outside of India. Additionally, there is a significant focus on brass work in Balahedi village in the Mahuva tehsil.

This traditional trade has around 125 people who work to create beautiful objects using this malleable metal despite the modern preference for steel. Raw materials are imported from Rewari, Jaipur, Agra, Mathura, and the finished pieces are then sold locally in Dholpur, Khedli, Nandbai, Bayana Hindaun and Bhusawar as well as Dausa where there are ten wholesalers of utensils. The village of Lawan in the Dausa tehsil of Rajasthan, India is renowned for its masterful weaving and intricate textile industry.

It is said that the artisans of this area have been weaving for generations, creating breathtaking rugs that are both beautiful and hardwearing. The trade works like this: commercial parties from Jaipur bring raw materials like cotton, tani and design maps to the village. From there, local artisans use their unparalleled skills to weave them into stunning rugs at a rate of fifteen to thirty-five Rupees per square foot depending on the intricacy of the design.

Once completed, these exquisite pieces can be sold in places as far away as Germany, America, England and even Bombay! Such skill and craftsmanship cannot be underestimated; the Dari’s of Lawan really are producing some awe-inspiring textiles! The district of Dausa is alive with historical and cultural importance. From the majestic stepwells at Abhaneri near Bandikui to the temples of Panch Mahadev in Dausa Nagar, there are many places to explore.

Kund Bhandarej’s stunning structures, Dadu Dayal’s sacred temples, the fortifications of Sunderdasji and Jhajeshwar Mahadev in Jhajhirampura all represent different aspects of art and literature that have been preserved for centuries. Visiting these special places gives a unique insight into local culture and provides an opportunity to understand how important literature and art are to India as a whole.

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