Karauli: Introduction of Karauli, History of Karauli, Tourist Attractions in Karauli

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Introduction of Karauli

Karauli is a picturesque old fortified town situated at a distance of 180 kms from Jaipur in the North Indian state of Rajasthan. It was founded in 1348 AD by Raja Arjun Pal. Initially, the town was known as Kalyanpuri, which was named after the local deity Kalyanji. The fortified city of Karauli is surrounded by Red sandstone walls with bastions for security. In the present day, these fortifications are in wrecks, yet it boast of the six gates and eleven posterns. Karauli is well known for its Madan Mohanji Temple. Karauli is also known for the fair at Kaila Devi temple, which is celebrated annually at Kaila in Karauli district. The climate of Karauli is moderate. Hindi, Rajasthani and Marwari are the common languages which are spoken here.

History of Karauli

Karauli was founded in 1348 AD by Raja Arjun Pal. In those days Karauli used to be the capital of a small state of the same name. Legend has it that the ruling family were descendants of Lord Krishna, one of the most loved god of Hindu mythology. As such they occupy the topmost rank among the Yaduvanshi Rajputs and their family history is rich with tales of valour and glory.

Tourist Attractions in Karauli

Today Karauli, famous for its pale red sandstone, is also known as a holy place. There are some old monuments you could see here, apart from exploring the rambling countryside and the game sanctuary. Near the town of Karauli, there is a celebrated Kaila Devi temple. Kaila Devi Temple is situated on the banks of the Kalisil river in Karauli district. The temple is dedicated to the tutelary deity, goddess Kaila, of the erstwhile princely rulers of the Karauli state. It is a marble structure with a large courtyard of a checkered floor. In one place are a number of red flags planted by devotees. The place is also famous for its fair held during the dark half of 'chaitra' (March-April) and lasts for a fortnight. Karauli is well known fo as a residence by the Royal family. The fort has been deserted by them since that time. Today, it serves as a shelter for monkeys and geese. In the old days, the geese were usedadan Mohanji Temple. The temple is dedicated to Lord Krishna. Karauli also possesses a  a warning system against any intruders. It seems that still geese are doing their duty. Bhanwar Vilas Palace was built as a royal residence in 1938 by Maharaja Ganesh Palr its M600 years old fort. This fort makes the highlight of Karauli. Until 1950, this fort was used Deo Bhadur, the then ruler of Karauli. The architecture is of colonial style and the interiors are furnished in art - de-decor period furniture. The Bhanwar Vilas Palace still belongs to the successors of the Royal family. However, the Palace has been converted into a Hotel to serve the current visitors.

Festivals in Karauli

In Karauli, one animal fair and two religious fairs are held. The religious fairs are held in March - April and Sept - Oct at the temple of Kaila Devi. The Animal fair is held at Karauli in the month of February every year for a week which coincides with the festival of Shivratri. This fair is one of the oldest animal fairs of Rajasthan where every year thousands of animals of all kinds are brought for sale/purchase. Here one can see the trading of animals, the animal owners camping, shops selling colourful and attractive items for use and decoration of the animals. In the end of the fair, various competitions are held to judge the outstanding specimens. Then the animal fair gets converted in a commodity fair where spices, handicrafts items and household goods of all kinds are traded.

How to reach Karauli

By Air
The nearest airports are Jaipur and Agra which are situated about 182 kms. away.

By Rail

The nearest railway stations are Gangapur City, about 31 kms and Hindaun, about 30 kms, both on the main Delhi-Mumbai Broad gauge Line, where almost all the trains running between Mumbai and Delhi Stop.

By Road
Karauli is situated only 64 kms off the well known Jaipur-Agra Highway.

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