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Bikaner Monuments and Festival

JUNAGARH FORT
Junagarh Fort - One of the most imposing forts of northern India-- Junagarh Fort-- has remained unconquered till date. This fort wasMonuments and Festivals built in 15th century by one of the most able and trusted generals of Akbar, Raja Rai Singh. It has a 96 mt long wall, with 37 bastions and 2 entrances. The main entrance of the fort is Suraj pol or sun gate. The fort encompasses many palaces amongst which the most spectacular ones are the Chandra Mahal or Moon palace, the Phool Mahal or Flower palace, both ornated with carved panels and mirrors and the Karan Mahal. Karan Mahal was built in remembrance of the celebration of the grand victory over Aurangzeb. Durga Niwas, a fabulously painted courtyard and Ganga Niwas which housed a finely carved red sandstone front, are the other places of attraction in this fort.

LALGADH PALACE
Lalgadh Palace - Designed by a Britisher for Maharaja Ganga Singh, this palace dispalys a magnificient blend of oriental and european style. The imposing red sandstone monument is designed by Sir Swinton Jacob for Maharaja Ganga Singh.The Palace has beautiful latticework and filigree work , Sprawling lawns with blooming bougainvillea and dancing peacocks make it a not-to-be missed visual treat . Part of the Palace has been converted into a luxury hotel and a museum known as Shri Sadul Museum . The museum covers the entire first floor of the palace and houses well preserved old photographs and trophies of wildlife.

THE GANGA GOLDEN JUBILEE TEMPLE
It is one of the best in Rajasthan, houses an interesting collection of sculptures, terracotta ware, paintings and also musical instruments.

THE GAJNER WILDLIFE SANCTUARY
It is 32 kms away and located on the Jaisalmer road. Bluebull, chinkara and blackbuck can be found. There are flocks of imperial sand grouse too

THE CAMEL BREEDING FORM
It is 10 kms away from the city and probably the only one of its kind in Asia and managed by the government

SUN GATE
It is the main entrance to the fort . Among the notable of these palaces are the exquisitely beautiful Chandra Mahal or the Moon Palace with marvelous paintings , mirrors and carved marble panels and the Phool Mahal or Flower Palace ornate with glass and Mirror work.

BHANDESHWAR & SANDHESWAR TEMPLE
Five Kms from the city these temples are the oldest surviving monuments of aesthetic heritage. These were built by two brothers and the temples carry their names. The Monuments and Festivalsmirror work and the golden leaf paintings in the temple are noteworthy. The temples are dedicated to 23rd Jain teerthankar, Parasvanathji.

DEVI KUND
It is 8 kms away from Bikaner. This is the royal crematorium with a number of cenotaphs. The chhatri of Maharaja Surat Singh is most imposing. One cannot miss the spectacular Rajput paintings on the ceilings

KALIBANGA
One of the major excavation sites of the Harappan civilisation. This place houses emence treasure of our past and is of particular interest to archaeology enthusiasts.

Desnok Temple
You all will agree that at some point of life we all turn to God, whether in times of happiness or sorrow, for his Divine Help. All living beings depend on his Super Power and this here we introduce you to such a Super Power- Holy Shri Karni Mata Temple situated in Deshnok, near Bikaner ,Rajasthan in India. Shri Karni Maa's Temple is one such place where God resides in the form and spirit of the Maa. This temple has the aura of Supreme Power surrounding it and whoever comes here with a pure heart and good intentions never goes unrewarded.

Our MISSION is to help you reach to Maa, who surely takes care of the rest. Maa's divine spirit is always felt so immensly at the very core of the heart, by mere arrival in the premises of the Holy Temple. The unique spirit of the Maa unifies with the soul of her devotees keeping them free from all sorts of earthly worries and tensions. That is exactly how Maa's charm works as she hovers over ones soul protecting it from all harm.

Conclusion:
We the devotees of Shri Karni Maa heartily wish that you must visit this holy temple once to feel the spirit of Shri Karni Mata in your innermost being and feel her presence in your soul as Mother, and devote some time inside the temple with peace and harmony. We assure you that she will be always-

Fair & Festivals

Kolayat Fair
Being reminiscent of the old traditions, heritage and culture; Rajasthan draws huge number of tourists from around the world. There are countless of tourist attractions that dot this land of valor and courage. Forts, palaces, stunning landscapes, mountains and wildlife all have a reflection of the past glory of this princely state. But the best way to see the personified form of the culture of Rajasthan is to witness fairs and festivals that are celebrated on an expansive scale and hold special importance in the life of the local peo

The Kolayat Fair in Kolayat, Bikaner is also called the 'Kapil Muni Fair'. This fair is observed on the banks of the stunning Kolayat Lake. Devotees, who come here for the festivities, bathe in the lake on the day of the festival. It is believed that by taking a dip into the lake they purge their sins.

The celebrations of Kolayat Fair hold a special significance to the local people. According to historical records, Kolayat in Bikaner was also regarded as Kapilayatan. This name was assigned to the place after Kapil Muni, a revered sage. Not only this, these names are also found in the holy scriptures of Puranas and hence corroborate their significance.

Coming to the festivity part of the Bikaner's Kolayat Fair it deserves special mention that there are 52 Ghats that dot the banks of the Kolayat Lake. All these Ghats are beautifully decorated with lights marking religiosities on the day of the festival. The devotees and pilgrims perform certain rituals. They offer prayers, sugar drops, sweetmeats and milk pudding to the deity. All these items are made in the Kolayat Temple that enshrines the statue of Kapil Muni.

The most noticeable and remarkable feature of the Kolayat Fair Bikaner is when all the devotees gather at one point at dusk and put several lit oil lamps on the leaves and leave them to float on the serene and calm lake water. This scene is truly a feast for the eyes.

The camel festival 2005 was celebrated In Bikaner for the dated Jan 23/24/25/05 ( For three days) Site coordinator Mr. Kamal Saxena had personally witnessed the fair following is the report of all the three days.

The report of the first day follows here. The festival got first day officially started by 10.00 a.m. from the fort school, which was once the first college of Bikaner (The Dungar College, during the British Raj when this city had been a State).The mayor of city Mr. Akhilesh Pratap Singh

had inaugurated the festival by showing green flag to start the procession.
Thus about One kilometer long procession got started. The mayor himself walked on the front of the relli. First of all Mangla Ram Bhil, of Anup Garh & his crew members playing beg piper (Masak) Then school girls were walking in their colourful dresses holding

MANGAL KALASH (A clay vessel which had coconut in it)
The relli crossed the hole market then it reached to the Dr. Karni Singh stadium of Bikaner. Where Different events took place following is the reference of the hole of the events.