Saturday, 12 January 2008

Rural Shekhawati - Lohargal and Parsurampura

Lohargal, Shekhawati, Rajasthan.

As I mentioned last time I arranged a trip to Shekhawati for a Danish group of managers. They were going to New Delhi to study globalisation and outsourcing, but we wanted them to see a different side of India as well. So we took them out into rural Shekhawati for a day. Here we went to the holy water tank at Lohargal, where pilgrims who cannot afford to go all the way to Varanasi come to wash away their sins. According to myth a might army came to bathe here after a glorious victory on the battle fields only to find that their weapons and armour dissolved in the water.

We arrived a little late so most bathers had already left, but there was still a small group of young girls enjoying the cooling water.

And once the local guys saw me taking pictures of the girls, they too wanted some attention so they started making all sorts of dramatic jumps like boy above.

Macaques near the water tank.

A very different type of monkey: A langur.

Nice little local well on the road leading to and from Lohargal.

A differently large well can be found nearby. A really nice stepwell.

From Lohargal we went to a place called Parsurampura, where I saw some old cenotaphs build in honour of a deceased ruler. A beautiful peacock strolling around in front of the cenotaphs lent itself nicely for a picture.

Inside the dome of the cenotaphs are what are believed to be the oldest paintings in Shekhawati. Unlike the more recent paintings I showed in my last post, these are so old that only a limited number of colours were available. The scene above shows the life of nobility.

Same painting, but different scene showing a major battle, as far as I can tell involving demons, giants and Gods.

Traffic jam Shekhawati style on the way forward.

Bed room in the small fort of Parsurampura.

And lastly a couple of nice birds. First a purple sunbird.

And a black-shouldered Kite.

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