The mystery that lives on .. in Jodhpur

Mehrangarh Fort
Mehrangarh fort – Photo Source: Commons.wikipedia.org

In the land of mystery

2015 AD

 

Drought archaically means ‘thirst’. Google calls it “a prolonged period of abnormally low rainfall, leading to shortage of water”.

Drought strikes Marwar (Jodhpur) time and again. People living here don’t have enough water to drink leave alone to bathe and take care of their sanitary needs. They live in extreme conditions. It is a disheartening spectacle.

It in indeed unfortunate for me to touch upon this rather melancholic topic, however heart-wrenching it may be, it is somewhat imperative for all of us to be aware of the environment around us and to give back to it whenever and wherever possible.

Besides what Science and Geography can explain, let me narrate a much believed anecdote that seems to have landed this land of Marwar into so much trouble. This story is interesting when you relate it to the events of drought that this place has borne for hundreds of years!

The mystery lives on…

“In 1459, Roa Jodha, the founder of Jodhpur (Also named after him), a Rajput chief of the Rathore clan decided to build the utterly famous and unassailable Mehrangarh fort, endeavouring to define the prowess of the dry, arid land of Jodhpur. As the labourers began work on the supposed 400 Mt. high cliff called Bhaurcheeria (the mountain of Birds) to build the great fort, the supposed quiet and secluded place was suddenly flooded with a lot of noise disturbing the meditation of the Hermit, Cheeria Nath Ji, the sole human occupant of the hill. Unaware of the Chief’s plans, the hermit was rather annoyed with the trespassers’ derision of Serenity and pronounced drought. Thereafter the region came to be known as Marwar”

Several hundred years after this supposed anecdote, people of Marwar continue to stare at the sky mouth agape, hoping and praying for some merciful rain, but in vain.

The Story continues…

PS: Well, even today the fort is home to thousands of birds, particularly the Cheel or Kite, the sacred bird of the Rathore clan.

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Marwar Paintings – The Royal Art!

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“A Painting is immortal, it lives through generations, it lives through battles, it lives through glory and grief, and it lives forever!”

Well-built valiant men adorning prominent whiskers and funnel shaped turbans, dainty yet lavishly & colorfully draped women by their side are perhaps one of the most fascinating paintings that are admired by an art lover. These are the collective paintings of Marwar that are preserved and displayed by the Royal family of Jodhpur at the Mehrangarh fort. The skilful use of colour is exuberant, the strokes are delicately impressive and the finishes of the Marwari paintings epitomize royalty.

Rajasthan is a true wonderland. Though most of us are so tempted to think of a dry arid desert when we think of Rajasthan, perhaps what we miss out is that this land is the land of the grandest Kings & Queens who have made our history much beyond a set of recorded facts. They have added Grandeur and a larger than life spectrum to the Historic landscape. Their stories are bound to interest people from all demographics and lifestyle.

How did the Maharajas live? What did they adorn? What did they eat? How did they fight wars? How did they look when they rode fearlessly across territories and difficult terrain? How did they Romance with their wives and many mistresses? How did the women folk look like? Were they physically gratifying to look at? Did they wear bright colours? What jewelry did they adorn? How did the Maharajas entertain themselves with Music and Dance? How did they command their court-men? How did the Mughal Sultanate influence the style of these paintings? Did the original Rajput art fight back its existence?

How passionately did they get their most talented artists to capture all of these mesmerizing moments so that those moments could surpass space and time and become immortal?

This post is a mere teaser brought to you by Bijolai Palace, A Treehouse Palace Hotel in Jodhpur. We know how valuable these paintings rather how invaluable. You will find photographs of a few of this fabulous work of art displayed all around the Palace. We made extensive efforts to seek special permission from the curator of Mehrangarh Fort to display the immortal.

Now it is your turn to witness the beauty and finesse of the Marwar Artists at Jodhpur.

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