Art of Jodhpur and Jaisalmer – Tushar Sharma
“Rajasthan” or better known The Land of Kings a place of heritage, art, and diversity. The Land of this beautiful state is made purely of Gold as a Royal Place should be. A land of fierce Rajputana’s. As exploring this beautiful land we came across Jodhpur or The blue city. The city has one side Mehrangarh fort wall protecting it and on the other side, modern air force base as the city is still in its Golden era. This city is the perfect example of people getting modern and also preserving their heritage. In the city, you can see two huge infrastructures one is Umaid Bhawan and other is Mehrangarh Fort.
While going for Mehrangarh fort you first visit Jaswant Thada a place one where on one side there is a beautiful man-made lake and one other side are the crematory site of the kings. All the buildings in Jaswant Thada were made in the long span of time. The buildings made during the 16th and 17th century had the Mughal and northern style of architecture in it where buildings constructed at later part had more of Jain Architecture. As a major part of silk route in the previous era, the Jodhpur had many Visitors. So it became a diverse city, even still you can feel the diversity of this place as different communities are still living together. Mehrangarh fort a building so huge that you can still feel the fear of Rajputana’s at the gate. The place had a different charm all over it. The place was built on a volcanic rock. You can just feel the beauty of whole beauty of the Jodhpur city by standing on top of the Mehrangarh Fort and why it is known as the blue city. The place had the huge collection of art. As the city is diverse the art of Mehrangarh fort was also diverse. Some items were of the Mughal era while some were of English era and some victory souvenirs. One of the examples is glass from Belgium which is translucent glass reflecting from one side and opaque from the other side As being the trending route it had different artifacts of different communities. The place had a collection of painting so huge that they can’t display all the paintings at one time. The sculptures in the buildings were so finely carved that even with the modern tools we can’t do the same fine work. But still, there are some families in Jodhpur who can still do that time of fine work.
As the democracy flourished in the country demand of these type of artwork also decreased as it was too expensive. On the other side of the city, we have the youngest palace Umaid Bhawan which is a perfect example of modern Art Deco. The building was constructed in the golden era of Art Deco architecture. The place has a huge collection of King’s paintings. Because the current king still lives there most of the palace is not available for the tourists. The flag of Jodhpur had five colors and a kite emblem over it, which was the royal flag of Jodhpur. The city is still one of the few cities in India who is preserving the beautiful game of POLO. Jodhpur has its own Polo team. A few miles outside the city there is beautiful Mandore garden which is believed to be the place of the old fort of Jodhpur. This place is completely covered with beautiful infrastructures having a beautiful northern side of architecture. There was also a Hall of the Gods where the statue of Hindu gods and Local brave men who now local people worship as gods are present. This place had a layer of calmness all over it. Jodhpur is famous for its sweets which were too delicious for anyone to miss.While traveling in Rajasthan we came to know about a place lesser known to tourists Osian which is famous for its temples. On one side there is
While traveling in Rajasthan we came to know about a place lesser known to tourists Osian which is famous for its temples. On one side there is the beautiful Jain temple and on the other side, there was deity Osian’s temple. Even when you are visiting the city you can see some abandoned temples of Hindu Gods which were beautifully carved with the northern style of architecture. Jain temple in the city still has some structures present from initial times but most of the temple is newly carved. The architecture still looks so beautiful that you can’t tell the difference between the part of the building which is newly carved and the part which is restored. Even some statues are preserved from those times. The other side of town has Osian’s temple which looks like a complete city in itself, series of the temple are present there some which are preserved from 1000 years as the local ‘Pujari’ explained. The temple was on the highest point of town as if the goddess was watching all over the town from above. This place still is one of the holy shrines for the local people.
As we are approaching the beautiful Golden city the ground slowly changes from hard rock to soft dusty sand. The noise of the city far left behind we could see only few vehicle in a long time. Straight empty road, golden sand, and sunset made a perfect mix which no one can experience at any other place in the world. The city itself is distant from all the other major cities. While reaching in the city anyone can see the magnificent Jaisalmer Fort. Fort which is currently home to more than 4000 families is in itself unique. This place was the major trading route for Jain people that is why the art and culture of the city are influenced by Jain culture. Fort had Jain temples made inside it which tell us how important this place for the trading parties would have been. Jaisalmer fort was constructed over a long period of time so it had different artworks over it over the period of time. While in the fort you can clearly feel why this city is known as Golden city, the whole city is made of yellow sandstone which is actually one of the stones on which it is difficult to carve. But even new people have demand for this type of carving which helped to preserve the talent of carving in Jaisalmer. The city has many beautiful buildings like Salim Ki Haveli, Patwon ki Haveli, Badabagh and much more. Most of these buildings are now owned by private people who help to preserve the art of that building. In front of the city is Gadisar Lake which is the man-made lake at that time it was for drinking purposes as it was a dry state and also a picnic spot for the king. The place was truly astonishing.
Outside few kilometers of Jaisalmer is the mystic city of Kuldhara an abandoned village which was due to the cruel Salim Singh. Two thousand villagers left the place as described in the local folklore. As same as other buildings, the village is made of yellow sandstone which made the buildings so much cooler from the inside as we experienced. The village was left as it is as local people would have left at that time. It was abandoned two hundred years ago still, it was so well preserved.
As to experience, the complete Rajasthan one should definitely visit sand dunes. The beauty of this place is majestic, one can see the horizon so far away and the night sky so clear that they can see the Milky Way, a perfect experience for an art enthusiast. Lighting a bonfire enjoying Rajasthani cultural folk music this is the best experience no one could get anywhere else.
The beauty of Rajasthan is not in its forts and buildings but rather in the diversity of this state. As for how it adapted the beautiful things from different cultures and religions and made this princely state so beautiful.