Anil Kumar Rajput is well known in the travel trade since 1980. He has worked in India and abroad, a boxer, a rifle shooter and a Para jumper in his college days. As Boy Scout and NCC cadet attended camps at many places which developed his interest in traveling and to explore new places, trekking, he loves driving to adventurous places and photography.
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|The Harshat Mata Temple built around 7-8 century AD
Abhaneri – A Small Village near Jaipur, Rajasthan
Abhaneri is a small village in Rajasthan near Jaipur, while driving on National Highway 11A towardsAgra, after crossing Dausa at Sikandara take a left turn on a State Highway 25 to Bandikui, then turn right at Gular Chauraha for Abhaneri, total distance from Jaipur is 96 Kms, upon entering into the Abhaneri, first visible structure is a ruins of a Hindu temple of Goddess Harshat Mata built in 7-8th century AD, considered to be Goddess of Joy and Happiness, it is built on a double platform, on the walls are the statues & sculptures of Gods and Goddesses which depict images from daily life, built by King Chand, ruins of the temple still boasts the architectural and sculptural richness of medieval India, this city was known as “Abha Nagari“.
|The front view of the Abhaneri Step-Well, A Marvelous piece of Architecture & Stairs
Chand Baori, A Step-Well
Just next to the temple is a enclosed rectangular courtyard type of structure, upon entering one reaches aJharokha
and coming down stairs on left one can see, the Baori
) on right, something which is unique to India, it is a water reservoir
which not only has water also respite from heat in dry summers it is about 64 ft deep narrowing towards the bottom criss-crossing steps
provided with double flight of steps on three sides reach the the water surface, it is one of the deepest and the largest step-well in India
, the geometrical pattern of stairs gives the different magical images of the stairs, the light and shadow makes one spell bound, the stairs are on the three sides while on the one side are the three storied pavilion with beautiful carved jharokhas
, the galleries supported on Pillars and two projecting balconies enshrining beautiful sculptures.
|A closer look on the double flight stairs of the Abhaneri Step-Well & The magical look of the stairs in the Step-Well
This surrounding area is semi desert, shrubs and small trees mainly the Kikar and Ber(Ber Berry), Amla (Goose berry) are found, there are only two seasonal rivers Banganga and Morle, agriculture is totally dependent on rains and ground water. Chand Raja was from the Gujara Pratihara clan claiming to be the descendant of Lord Ram’s younger brother Laxman, they were at their peak during 6-10th century AD, almost North of India, founder of this dynasty was Raja Hari Chandra and once dominated theRajasthan, their capital city was Mandore near Jodhpur, during this period open pavilion temples were built the best examples are the temples are at Khajuraho in Madhya Paradesh and Osian in Rajasthan.
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