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Sikar Tourism, and Travel Guid

History

A Brief History of Sikar
Sikar is a Historical City and at present district head quarter. Sikar district presents a good many facts for the tourists. Sikar is as much part of Shekhawati as Jhunjhunu. It was the biggest Thikana (Estate) of the Jaipur State. It lie on theSikar highway 11 in the midway on route Bikaner to Agra . It is 116 Km away from the Jaipur, 320Km from Jodhpur 240 Km from Bikaner and 301 Km. from Delhi. Sikar was the capital town of the Tikana Sikar.

It is escorted all around by the highwalls comprising of seven gates. The primitive name of Sikar was ‘Beer Bhan Ka Bass’. In order of mitigate the enmity on account of the murder of Daulat Singh’s father Jaswant Singh , Bahadur Singh the raja of Khandela gifted the village to Daulat Singh . He laid down the foundation stone of the fort on the raised ground of this village. Lateron his son Shiv Singh who was very strong, clever, courageous and bold made a magnificent fort on it. Shiv Singh was the most prominent Rao Raja of Sikar. He developed the village into a beautiful town. It is surrounded by a strong boundary wall. He was a religious man.

Climate

Climate Mean Max. Mean Min.
Summer 41.2 degree C 28.7 degree C
Winter 30.0 degree C 10.5 degree C
Rainfall 45-60 cms.
Best Season September-March
Clothing Summer Light Tropical
Winter Light wollen
Languages Rajasthani, Hindi, English

How to Reach Sikar?

SikarBy Air: The nearest airport is Jaipur.

By Rail : Sikar is connected by Rail with Jaipur, Delhi, Ganganagar, Bikaner, Churu and all the major cities of India along with all the tourist interesting town of Shekhawati region.

By Road : Sikar is well connected by roads with Delhi, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Bikaner and other important tourist centers in the Shekhawati.

 

Monuments

Khatushyamji Temple
Khatushyamji is located 65 Km. away from SIKAR & 80 Km. from Jaipur via Reengus.
This little village is famous for Shyamji Temple built with white marbles. Ponds for holy dip and Shyam garden is worth visiting.

History
The legend of this immensely popular Krishna temple can be traced back to the medieval Mahabharat where, Barbareek the son of great Pandav brother Bhim and Nag Kanya (snake

princess) displayed his great warrior skills that pleased Lord Shiva who endowed his blessings in the form of Teen Ban (three arrows) and Agni Dev (fire god ) gave him a bow, so that he could conquer all the three worlds. In order to watch the famous war of Mahabharat he sat towards the battle field and in between his tryst with a Lord Krishna in disguise become a vital part of the history and thus the incarnation of KHATU SHAMJI. The lord asked the youngSikar Barbareek to sacrifice his head for charity, because otherwise the victory of pandavas would not be possible since he possessed the Teen Bans. The boy maintained his promise of Sheesh Dan as a true Kshatriya but at the same time wished to watch the war and his wish was granted. Later on, his head was buried in Khatu where the king had a dream and was inspired to construct a temple and place the head in a religious manner. Till this date his devotees are blessed by just pronouncing his name from the bottom of their heart with true Samarpan. The devotees from all around the world visit this pilgrimage temple at the time of the mela in the FALGUNSUDI EKADASI (Kartik) month. Their devotion and belief simply pours from their conscious belief. The temple today is run by trust and the offerings of the devotees are for the Kripa which the god bestows on his devotees

Ganeswar
Ganeshwar & Baleswar both 15 km. away from Neem ka Thana on different roads and 80 km. from Sikar via Udaipurwati. Ganeshwar is a pilgrimage as well as a salubrious Picnic spot. The hot sulphur springs here is a major draw. A dip in the spring, it is believed, cures skin diseases. It is an ancient site. Excavations in the Ganeshwar areas have revealed the remains of a 4000 years old civilizations. Close by is Baleshwar, yet another worth visiting site, ponds and old Shiva temple is there surrounded by Aravali Hills

Jeen Mataji Temple
Jeen Mata is 30 Km. away from Sikar.There is an ancient Temple dedicated to Jeen Mata ( Goddess of Power) . It is said that this temple was built thousand years ago. Lacs of devotees congregate here every year in the month of SikarCHAITRA & ASHWIN at the time of NAVARATRA fairs. There are a number of Dharamshala's to accommodate large number of visitors.

There is a popular belief which has come down to people through the centuries that in a village Ghoghu of Churu, King Ghangh loved and married an Apsara (nymph) on the condition that he would not visit her palace without prior information. King Ghangh got a son called Harsha and a daughter Jeen. Afterwards she again conceived but as chance would have it king Ghangh went to her palace without prior intimation and thus violated solemn vow he had made to the Apsara. Instantly she left the king and fled away with her son Harsha and daughter Jeen whom she abandoned at the place where presently the temple stands. The two children here practiced extreme asceticism. Later a Chauhan ruler built the temple at that place. Goddess Jeen Mata is Devi herself, the very embodiment of divine cosmic power. The deity is Mahishasura Mardini Durga having eight arms. The miraculous deity fulfills the wishes of her devotees. Whosoever acts unholily in the temple precincts is punished with a divine retribution. Mahishasura was demon in the form of a buffalo. He waged a fierce battle with Shri Durga. He with his forces affronted the goddess with all his demoniac powers. The battle with Durga has been beautifully described in the third chapter of Shri Durga Saptashati. Finally Durga pressed Mahisha with her foot and struck his neck with her lance. The lion too suppressed Mahisha (then in the buffalo form). This lion riding eight-armed form of Durga is Mahishasura Mardini. Here Jeen Mata is worshipped in her eight-armed form. The temple has been constructed in the style of architecture adopted by Pratihar and Chauhan clans of Rajputs. There are twenty four pillars with panels of figures finely carved on them. The main temple has a very high Shikhar (Pinnacle) in the midst . This is a unique temple from every point of view. It is believed that the Pandavas during their exile from Hastinapur came to the thick forests of this place where they spent their period here incognito. The daughter named Jeen of the King Ghangh also practised asceticism here. The place has acquired a great religious importance and is held sacred by all. Nestled amongst the high Arawali hills, the idyllic surroundings lend this sacred a natural grace of serenity and lushgreen vegetation with fauna and flora.

Harshnath Temple
Harshnath Temple is 14 km. away from SIKAR is an ancient site famous for the ruins old Shiva Temple (10th Century) located on the high hills of Aravali. The architectural display of the old temple is breath taking

There is an another Shiva temple built by Shiv Singh of SIKAR in the 18th century.