Monday, February 16, 2009

Heritage of Rajasthan - Dausa

Welcome to Dausa - The DUNDHAD Region Heritage€(DEV NAGRI)

This site presents the glimpses of historical heritage of Dausa District as well as the information regarding the latest development in the District. Dausa is situated at about 55 Kms far from Jaipur on NH-11. It is also known as DEVNAGARI and famous for Mehandipur Balaji Temple. A worship place of Lord Shiva with beautiful & natural water-fall at Jhajhirampura is also has worth to visit.



Location : 54 km east of Jaipur on NH 11, in the north Indian state of Rajasthan.
Established By : Maharajah Duleh Rai
Popular As : Archaeological Site
Major Attractions : Nilkanth Mahadev Temple, Dargah of Hazrat Jamaluddin Shah

History

Dausa District was constituted on 10th April 1991 by separating 4 Tehsils namely Dausa, Baswa, Sikrai & Lalsot of Jaipur district. Mahwa Tehsil of Sawai Madhopur was included in this district on 15th August 1992.

The city of Dausa is situated in the north-eastern region of Rajasthan, a region widely known as Dundhar. The Chouhans & Badgurjars ruled this land in 10th Century A.D. Dausa has priviledged to become First capital of the then Dundhar Region.

Dausa was an important political place for Dundhar region. The Chauhan ruler Raja Soodh Dev ruled this region during 996 to 1006 AD . Later, from 1006 AD to 1036 AD, Raja Dule Rai ruled this region for 30 years.

Dausa has given prominent freedom fighters to the nation. Late Shri Tikaram Paliwal & Late Shri Ram Karan Joshi were amongst the freedom fighters who gave their valuable contribution for fight for independence and for amalgamation of the Princely States to form Rajasthan State.Late Shri Tikaram Paliwal was the First elected Chief Minister of Rajasthan in 1952 after independence. Also, Late Shri Ram Karan Joshi was the First Panchayati Raj Minister of the Rajasthan state who submitted the First Panchayati Raj Bill in the Vidhansabha in 1952.

The famous poet of the traditional worship by poetry, Sant Sunderdas was born on Chaitra Shukla Navami in Vikram Samvat 1653 in Dausa. He was renouned NIRGUN PANTHI Sant and wrote 42 famous Grantha, out of which Gyan Sundaram & Sunder Vilas are famous Grantha.




Dausa - A Tranquil Sojourn To Ancient Town

Your Dausa travel will begin from NH 11. Dausa, a rural city is a cool place to hang around for a day while staying at Jaipur. Just at 54 km east of the Pink City, Dausa is an ancient town of archeological significance. It once had the pleasure of being the first capital of the quomdam Kacchawaha clan of Dhundhar. This happened in 1037 AD, when Rajput king, Duleh Rai, annexed the land from the tribe of Susawat Minas and made Dausa his capital city. Now it is a silent spectator of the bygone glory with an old fort in one side and small havelis dotted all over the terrain. Recently archaeologists visited Dausa and discovered some interesting antiquities, which are believed to belong to the late medieval period. You too should pay a vist to the famous rural destination of Dausa that has historical attractions.


Where The History Speaks For Itself

Being a site of substantial archeological importance, it is not bizarre to find many archaic temples dotting the green terrains of Dausa. Enjoy a holiday in Dausa wherein tourists can drive upto the Nilkanth Mahadev Temple, sitted on the summit of a squat hill and trimmed with picturesque surroundings. This temple is the major attraction of Dausa. An interesting thing about the shrine is that only the top of the Shiv Lingam is visible above the ground, and it is believed that the endless part has gone down to the underworld. One can also visit Mataji ka Mandir, housing some fine examples of stone sculpture, dating back to12th century AD. It is one of those holy sites where spirituality augments with the serene ambiance, pulsating with the euphony of bells that can be heard from quite a miles away. If on a holiday trip to Dausa, don't forget to visit the Dargah of Hazrat Khwaja Jamaluddin Shah Baba, in particular if you want a few miracles in your life. Wait for Mondays when the lethargic famous village city of Dausa springs up to life because of a special market, set up nearby. Leather merchants from nearby districts cluster here to sell some exquisite articles made of camel leather.

Incredible Journey to see Various Facets of India

The Rural Dogma of Dausa

Drive a few kilometers to reach the historical Pratap Vatika in Vair. The erstwhile example of Rajput dominance is now completely in ruins, but still it is a place of fun if you are with someone special. Wander inside the Pratap Mahal, a magnificent mansion with arched roofs and carved pillars, synchronised with appreciating Rajput architecture. Within the complex is a small temple - Mohanji ka Mandir - made of red sandstone, with Mohan (Krishna) as the presiding deity. The beautifully painted arches and shadowed pillars of the temple, though damaged, add to the romantic ambiance greatly. One can spend the holiday evenings exploring the corners of this small town. Visit the countryside and see the circular hamlets, walls of which are covered with plaster of clay, cowdung and hay, and floors are a experiment of pounded lime, limestone pebbles and water. Listen to the folk women of these virgin corners, for whom Dausa is the only cosmos, they know. Jewels glinting on their foreheads, trims of gold ribbon only adding to the decor, and colorful glass bangles jangle not just on wrists, but all the way upto the arms above the elbow.


Destination Dausa

Dausa tourism is a fine one day excursion from Jaipur, the Pink City of Rajasthan. Situated at 54km from Jaipur on National Highway 11, this trivial town is well connected to major cities nearby. It is best to get a cab from Jaipur and travel to Dausa, looking at the colourful villages gushing past the windscreen. One can even fly upto Jaipur Sanganer Airport and then can take a break before continuing the journey.

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How to Reach

Location

The district is situated in the eastern part of Rajasthan and lies between 26.23 degree to 27.15 degree North Latitude and 76.07 degree to 77.02 degree East Longitude. Also, the Mean Sea Level height of the district is 333 meters.

Rail Network

The district is well connected by Rail route. The important trains having stoppage at Dausa district are 2915-Asharm Express, 2414-Jammu Jaipur Express, Jaipur Gwalior Intercity Express, Jaipur Amritsar Express and 2461-Mandor Express. District has also one important railway station, namely, Bandikui Junction.

Road distances

NH-11 passes through the district. It covers about 85 Kms in the district which includes district headquarter, Sikandra and Mahwa. Dausa is 55 Kms from Jaipur on NH-11 and well connected with Agra, Delhi and other surrounding districts viz. Karouli, Sawai Madhopur and Bharatpur by road. Further, NH-11A also passes through the district covering Dausa & Lalsot Tehsil regions.RIDCOR has completed one mega highway, namely Alwar to Sikandra (81 Kms) and working on second mega highway i.e.,Lalsot to Kota (195 Kms) for completion at the earliest. Very soon, the district will have four-lane facility on NH-11.

Boundaries

The district is surrounded with Jaipur, Tonk, Sawai Madhopur, Karouli, Bharatpur & Alwar.

Total Area & Population

Total area of Dausa district is 3404.78 sq.kms. which is 0.99% of the area of the state. The district has total population of 13,17,063 out of which 1,35,818 are in Urban area and 11,81,245 are in Rural area as per Census 2001.

Police Circles There are 4 Police Circles, 13 Police Stations and 15 Police Choukies in the district to manage law and order position of the district with Superintendent of Police ( SP ) as district head.


Geography


Boundaries

It is one of the district of Jaipur Division and surrounded with 6 districts, namely, Jaipur, Tonk, Sawai Madhopur, Karouli, Bharatpur & Alwar. It has totoal area of 3404.78 sq. kms. in roughly semicircular or 'C' shape with tempering towards east and west at corners.


Soil

The soil of the district is yellowish to dark brown dominantly fine taxtured, generally suitable for all type of crops. Further, watershed scheme has been implemented in the district to avoid erosion.


Mountain Ranges

/p>Hills of the district are parts of the North Aravali ranges. The Lalsot-Bayana Hill range, runs from Lalsot to Bayana, demarcates the boundary between Dausa and Sawai Madhopur districts. The Aravali exposures have a perfect concordant sequence of beds from Lalsot to Bayana ridge. A belt of crystalline quartzite is found in hills from Dausa to Bhankari, schistose quartzite is also predominately exposed.


FLORA & FAUNA (Plants & Animals)

Dausa district falls under Indus Plains floristic region of India. Each region has its distinctive species. This district is endowed with Acacia nilotica ( Babool ), Asenegal (Kumta), Anogeissus (Dhok), Prosopis (Khejadi), Capparis(Kair) and Caotropis (Ak). This vegetation is typically of tropical throne forests.

The district is endowed with a variety of habitats. The district, although not rich in dense forest growth, it sustains considerable biological diversity. As far as the faunal regions are concerned, the district falls under Oriental region. Of the characteristic wildlife of the region, the wild animals still surviving in the district include the monkey, lemur(langoor),panther,black buck & the peafowl.

Sources of Irrigation

The major sources of irrigation are wells and tube-wells in the district. Around 155000 Hectare area (45% of the district area) is covered by these sources per year. Besides this, very limited area is irrigated through small rivers & ponds.

Dams and Rivers

There are 36 dams in the district. The major dams are Sainthal Sagar, Kalakho Bandh, Madhosagar Bandh and Moral Bandh. Morel and Ban Ganga are major rivers located in the district. The total capacity of dams are 7074 MCFT.


Main Crops and Cropping Pattern

The district has 219575 hectares of arable land of which 128169 hectares (58.92%) is under irrigation.

During Kharif, the groudnut crop is produced in irrigated areas. Maize also requires irrigation. Generally other crops are sown at the commencement of the rainy season. Groundnut, Maize and Cotton arre sown by broadcasting the seeds. Fertiliser is applied before sowing of groundnut and cotton.

Dring Rabi, the mustard and gram is sown from September to October, in unirrigated land, while in the irrigated land, barley, gram and mustard are sown in October-November and wheat in November-December.

The district has 94652 hectares of double cropped area with the crop cycle as moong-wheat, groundnut-wheat, moong-mustard, bajra-mustard, bajra-gram etc.

The principal crop of the district in Kharif is Bajra. The most important food grain crop in Rabi is wheat.


Culture


FOLK MUSIC & DANCES

HELA-KHAYAL DANGAL


The folk art of Hela-Khayal is a unique singing style of this region. Its' uniqueness lies in its traditional singing which iS highly stylised yet it has now been skillfully employed to comment on the current socio-economic-political scenario in a satirical manner. Extremely popular among the village folk of Dausa, Hela singers demonstrate and typify the undying spirit and zest for life of its people.

PATHAR TARASHI (Stone Carving), POTTERY & PITAL WORK




STONE CARVING AT SIKANDRA


Sikandra is situated at 25 Kms on NH-11 towards Agra.This place has made its mark in the domestic as well as international market for its aesthetic intricate carvings on sand stone form districts adjoining Dausa. This small place exports lattice work jalis, pots, idols of gods and goddess, animal shapes, furniture, lamps, temples, fountains, etc. worth crores of rupees. Artisans generally source stones from three places - Bansi Paharpur, Dholpur & Karauli. Major work is done on stones from Bansi Paharpur which is the beautiful pink coloured sand stone. Generations after generation of Mali community are carrying on this work. The stone sculptures of Swaminarayan temple (trust) are being made at Sikandra. It seems as if the ancient rich sculpture art of Abhaneri has got revived and got settled here for the benefit of present generation.




PITAL WORK AT BALAHEDI


Balahedi is a village in Mahwa Sub-division which is situated at around 60 Kms on NH-11 towards Agra. Traditional craftsman are still manufacturing pots of different shapes and sizes using Pital which ia an alloy of copper and tin.

POTTERY AT BASWA


Flower pots, Table-Lamps, Temples, Hukkas, Gulab-dani made up of bright red earthenware are still show the talent and craftsmanship of traditional experts of Baswa, around 17 Kms from Bandikui Sub-division. Right from the small essential items for routine life to the decorative items for drawing root, are prepared by these enthusiastic craftsmen.

LOCAL FESTIVALS

BASANT MELA

At district headquarter, Basant Panchmi Mela (During February every year) is organised with the worship of idols of Raghunathji, Narshingji and god Surya. The festival is celebrated for three days with a large local market for villagers to procure there essential requirements for the entire year. Besides this, it has all arrangements for rural entertainment. Therefore, it has very much attention and importance for rural population scattered in the district.

DOLCHI HOLI

In Pavta village, the young men of Gurjar caste, celebrated the traditional Holi with a difference. On the next day of Dhulandi, those young men throw a jet of water on each other using a small pot made up of leather from the four adjacent ponds prepared for this purpose. It goes on for one hour and they face it with brevity and enthusiasm.

SHEKH JAMAL's URS

On Lalsot road, there is a holy place of Sufi Sant Hazaratshah Shekh Jamal.During the Urs, a lot of pilgrims visited to this place every year. famous singers make this more attractive by singing religious songs all over the night.

SPECIAL CHARACTERISTIC

In year 2001, total population of the district was 1317063, out of which 279377 (21.2 %) is SC population and 353187 (26.8 %) is ST population.Therefore, major population, approximately 48 % is of SC & ST communities. Meena and Gurjar are the dominating caste in different areas of the district. Though, district has literacy rate over 60 %, still people believe in the traditional system of social justice and living.

POPULATION ANALYSIS

The major communities in the district are Brahmins, Rajputs, Mahajans, Jains, Kayasthas, Sikhs, SC & ST. Besides these, there are major communities such as Jats and Gujars who were engaged in agricultural activities and animal husbandry. Others engaged in their professional activities were Khati, Nai, Teli, Luhars, Dhobi, Darji etc. According to present analysis, some of these castes have shifted to agriculture and service sectors because, in rural areas, most of them do not get gainful remunerations from their ancestral activities.



Tourism


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TOURIST PLACES

Historical & Sight-seeing Spots

ABHANERI

Abhaneri is famous for its Post-gupta or early medieval monuments. Itis situated at about 33 Kms from the district headquarter towards Bandikui. The Chand Baori(Step Well) and Harshat Mata Temple are the important places to visit. The temple is an execellent example of intricate carving on stone whereas the Baori has stairs with unparallel artistic and architectural beauty.

BHANDAREJ

Bhandarej is famous for walls, sculptures, decorative lattice work, terracotta utensils etc found in excavation. It is situated at about 10 Kms from the district headquarter towards Sikandra on NH-11. The Bhandarej Baori (Step Well) and Hotel Bhadravati Palace are important places to visit. The Baori is a magnificent architectural creation and has 150 wide steps going towards the main well, approximately 70 feet in width. The Palace is an interesting blend of both Mughal and Rajput architecture having courtyards, arched windows and traditionally painted verandahs.

KHAWARAOJI

Khawaraoji is famous for residence of the then rular Raoji and natural beauty. It is situated at about 25 Kms from the district headquarter towards Sikrai. Though, it has typical way to reach this place, the fort like residence is converted into the Khawaraoji Heritage Hotel. Surrounded by hills at the three sides, and having Amol Ghati nearby with natural beauty, this place has worth to visit by tourists.

JHAJHIRAMPURA

Jhajhirampura is famous for the natural water tank and temples of Rudra (Shiv), Balaji(Hanuman) and other religious god and godess. It is situated at around 45 Kms from district headquarter towards Baswa (Bandikui). Surrounded by hills and with natural water resource, this place has natural and spiritual glory.

Temples and Religious Spots

MEHNDIPUR BALAJI

Temple of Bajrang Bali (Hanuman) god is famous for treatment of mentally disturbed people by the PRETRAJ.With the tremendous growth in medical sciences in the world, still people from all over India come to this place to overcome such diseases. The number of visitors turn-up, number of residential accommodations and volume of donations receivedby the temple show the importance of this place. It is situated about 40 Kms from district headquarter on NH11 towards Mahwa/Agra.

NEELKANTH & PANCH MAHADEV

Dausa is also known as DEVNAGRI. In fact, Sahajnath, Somnath, Gupteshwar & Neelkanth, the five images of God Shive (Mahadev) are situated in the temples at Dausa. The temple of Neelkanth, situated on the plateau of the nearby hill, shows its ancient glory and spiritual presence. The roap-way also attracts the tourists to enjoy the faith of this religious place.

GATOLAV

Gatolav, at the district headquarter, is famous for the birth of Sant Sunderdas who had been preached by his master, Sant Dadudayal, the founder of Dadupanthi religion. This place has been improved for tourist purpose, particularly for swimming and boating.

CHURCH AT BANDIKUI

A Roman style of Chruch for Protestant Christians at Bandikui, about 35 Kms from Dausa, was built up during British empire in India. This small chruch is beautiful and attractive for tourists.

TOURIST CIRCUIT

Bhandarej-Abhaneri-Bhangarh Circuit

Dausa ( An Archeological City ) ( Land of Gods )

Situated on National Highway No. 11, 55 km east of Jaipur, Dausa is an ancient town of archeological importance. It had the privilege of being the first headquarter of erstwhile Kachhawaha rulers of Dhundar. Carlyle in the year 1871-72 AD found a number of stone circles on the sloping grounds to the north of the foot of the hill. One or two of them contained cromlechs, a few cairns and sepulchral mound of prehistoric date. Daya Ram Sahni, an archaeologist, also visited Dausa and discovered other interesting antiquities which are believed to belong to the late medieval period.

HISTORY- Dulha Rai, the real conqueror of Dhundar, was a youth of remarkable beauty and valour and hence got his name “Dulha Rai” or the “bride groom prince”. His fame attracted to his banners, the voluntary support of all the spirited chiefs in the neighbourhood. Dulha married the daughter of Ralhansi, the Chauhan Raja of Lalsot, and received as his wife’s dowry, half the share of the fort of Dausa, which his father-in-law owned. The other half belonged to a Bargujar family. After securing half of Dausa fort by marriage, Dulha Rai, with the armed help of his wife’s kinsmen and no small amount of chicanery, expelled the Bargujars from their portion of Dausa, and this city became the first capital of the Kachhawahas in Dhundhar land.

HOW TO GET THERE

Road - Dausa is situated on NH 11 and is 55 kms away from Jaipur, on route to Agra.

Air - Nearest airport is Sanganer Airport at Jaipur about 70 kms away.

Rail - Nearest Railway Station is Dausa railway station situated at the mid of the Dausa city.

Places to stay - Even for a small town, Dausa boasts of some very good options for accommodation.

BHANDAREJ - During Mahabharata times, this place was known as Bhadrawati. Walls, sculptures, decorative lattice work jails, terracotta utensils etc. found in excavations speak volumes about the ancient splendour of this place. Its history can be traced back to the 11th century when the Kachhawaha chieftan Dulha Rai defeated the Badgujars and conquered Bhandarej. At present Bhandarej Baodi (stepwell) and Hotel Bhadrawati Palace is the sole centre of attractions. About 1500 tourists visited Bhandarej during last year out of which 900 stayed overnight.

Bhandarej Baodi - This vast stepwell (Baodi) is a fine example of the splendour and grand history of the region. There is no water in this well at present but it seems that in earlier times it was used as a bathing “Ghat” with separate enclosures for ladies and gents. There are almost 50 steps and 3 floors in this stepwell. It has domes on both sides which have carvings of peacocks, birds, animals, etc. Similarly, there are number of small windows on corridors on both the sides for ventilation purposes as well as for imparting privacy to the womenfolk while watching processions on the outside. There were facilities of separate changing rooms for ladies and gents. More recently, it is used for picnics and get-togethers during rainy season by the locals. Every Friday, people belonging to various religions gather to pay homage to Saiyad Baba. Constructed in 1787, this stepwell requires lots of restoration work to bring it back to its past glory. Right now, the roads leading to this step well are in a poor state. Also, there is a lack of signage and it is not easy for the tourists to reach this place on their own.

HOTEL BHADRAWATI PALACE - This well maintained palace is an interesting blend of both Mughal and Rajput architecture having courtyards, arched windows and traditionally painted verandahs. The Palace also has a camping site with orchards and lush green fields. Located on the Jaipur-Agra highway, 62 kms from Jaipur, this heritage property is splendidly restored and refurbished to the former glory. It has accommodation facilities of 35 double rooms, 10 deluxe rooms and 25 standard rooms each with a unique Rajasthani style. Other facilities available on request include jeep, horse safaris and camel trips that offer ample scope for bird watching and give an insight into the village life.

Cottage Industries - There is an iron colony nearby where various things made up of iron are made. Also Bhandarej is famous for carpet making.

HOW TO REACH THERE -

Bhandarej is located at about 10 kms from Dausa. One has to turn 3 Kms inside from the highway (Dausa-Agra NH 11) from Bhandarej Mod which is 7 Kms from Dausa.

ABHANERI - (Village of stepwell), (An Archeological Beauty)

At a distance of 25 Kms from Dausa on route to Abhaneri, we come across Sikandara chauraha. This place has made its mark in the domestic as well as international market for its aesthetic intricate carvings on sand stone from districts adjoining Dausa. This small place exports lattice work jalis, pots, idols of god and goddesses, animal shapes, furniture, lamps, temples, fountains, etc. worth crores of rupees. Artisans generally source stones from three places - Bansi Paharpur, Dhaulpur and Karauli. Major work is done on stones from Bansi Paharpur which is the a beautiful pink coloured sand stone. Generations after generation of Mali community are carrying on this work. The stone sculptures of Swaminarayan temples (trust) are being made in Sikandara. It seems as if the ancient rich sculpture art of Abhaneri has got revived and got settled here for the benefit of present generation.

Abhaneri or Abhanagri, is an ancient village in Rajasthan, famous for its post-gupta early medieval monuments. The village has contributed numerous pieces of sculpture to various museums world wide. Abhaneri is situated on the Ahmedabad -Delhi railway line, near Bandikui in Dausa District. One has to turn left from Sikandara Chouraha to reach Goolar Chauraha from where Abhaneri is just 3 kms away.

Harshat Mata Temple- According to the locals, the village is so called because, the local Goddess Harshat Mata is shown portrayed in a joyous mood and spreads “abha” or brightness all around. This temple was built by King Chand or Chandra of Nikumb Rajputs of Chauhan dynasty who was ruling at Abhanagri during 8th and 9th century AD.

This temple is raised over double terraced platform, originally the superstructure of Mahameru style. The sanctum is panchratha on plan and consists of Sandhara garbhagriha, pillared mandapa, crowned by a domical ceiling. Each niche of the buttress of garbhagriha has beautiful brahmanical deities and sculptures carved in deep relief. Fixed in the niches around the plinth of the upper terrace are the main attractions of this temple. The temple is placed under the protection of the Archaeological Survey of India. Daily worship is offered to the deity in the temple. The temple at present is in ruins and pieces of sculptures showing a fine degree of craftsmanship lie strewn around. An annual fair held in honour of Harshat Mata lasts three days and numerous devotees and merchants gather from neighbouring villages. Recently, villagers have also installed an idol of their local deity.

CHAND BAODI - One of the best example of architecture in the country, this magnificent step well was built by Raja Chand or Chandra, A Nikumbh Rajput of Chauhan dynasty who was ruling Abhanagri during 8th-9th century AD. This is one of the earliest baodi in Rajasthan. It is about 100 ft deep and is square in plan and closed by pillared verandahs with entrance on the north. It has double flight of steps of its 13 landing from south, east and west while a multi-storeyed pillared pavilions approached by flight of steps from rear side. Two projected niches on the lower storey enshrine the image of Mahishasura Mardini and Lord Ganesha. Separate changing rooms for ladies and gents are also provided. The steps of this mystical place are still not counted. It is said that on a full moon day, this place has a mesmerizing effect. Ancient idols and sculptures which were recovered from the precincts of Harshat Mata temple have now been placed inside the verandahs of Chand Baodi and are being developed into a museum by Archaeological Survey of India. Various sculptures of Harihara, Ardhanarishwara, Ganesha, Vishnu, Shiva, Bhairava, etc are found here. These sculptures are full of beauty, shine and liveliness and display the high level of talent and finesse achieved by the sculptures of that period. At the outer periphery of Chand Baodi, a beautiful garden has been developed and also district administration is in the process of acquiring nearby land for constructing way-side facilities for the tourists.

HOW TO REACH THERE-

It is located near Sikandara Chouraha that is 25 kms from Dausa and 8 kms to Abhaneri via Goolar Chouraha.

BHANGARH - About 34 kms from Dausa via Sainthal Mod, and 47 kms from Sariska, this place was once a flourishing town of 10,000 homes. According to legend, it was built in the 17th century by Raja Madho Singh, the younger brother of illustrious Man Singh (one of the nine gems of Akbar’s court). But it was in the past; now only splendid ruins remain. According to prevalent tales, the town was cursed by an evil magician and had to be abandoned. According to this curse, it was also said that if the town was ever rediscovered, the township would not be found, but only temples would show up. True to the story, only temples dot the landscape and even far up on mountains only shrines can be seen. People say that nobody who has stayed there after dark has ever returned to tell the story. The fear still looms large in the minds of the locals, for they tread the soil of Bhangarh cautiously.

Most of Bhangarh is in ruins. Crumbling temples, walls and pavilions standing against the silent wilderness of forested hills scream out about the town’s ancient prosperity. An ancient site has been preserved by ASI in the rugged hills of Bhangarh. The ruins of the arches and colonnades, built on various levels, suggest that it was once quite an elaborate complex.

The recently restored evocative medieval bazaar is a truly fascinating experience. Nearby is the finely carved Someshwar Temple. The temple tank is still used by villagers to bathe and wash. There’s also the temple of Gopinath which has carved pillars and a corbelled cupola. Another fascinating monument in Bhangarh is Randiyon ka Mahal (Palace of Prostitutes). Its unusual name comes from female courtesans for whom the palace was built.This site seems to be a perfect place to pack a picnic lunch and retire to.

Apart from the above excursion sites, this circuit also boasts of the great religious sites of Mehndipur Balaji, etc. and divine architectural styles. This place provides an ensemble of religious, historical, architectural and mysterious places making this circuit an exciting tourist destination.

HOW TO REACH THERE -

From Dausa on route to Jaipur on NH 11, one has to turn right from Sainthal Mod to reach Sainthal Police Station which is 25 kms away; from where Gola Ka Bas Mod is 7 kms away on the route. Here we have to take a turn towards Bhangarh and this stretch is 1.8 kms.

Route Map for Bhandarej-Abhaneri-Bhangarh Circuit




Statistical Data

Provisional Figures (as per census 2001)

Population


Male Female Total Population % Growth over 1991 Female/Male Ratio
2001 2001 2001 2001 2001
Rural 621591 559654 1181245 32.85 900
Urban 71847 63971 135818 29.05 890
Total 693438 623625 1317063 32.44 899

Literacy Percentage


Male Female Aggregate
2001 2001 2001
Rural 79.19 40.83 61.02
Urban 90.12 62.54 77.13
Total 80.37 43.15 62.75


Administrative Setup


District Administration

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Dausa had been identified as the 29th district of Rajasthan. District Collector & District Magistrate is the head of District administration. Additional District Collector (Admn.),Chief Executive Officer(Zila Parishad), Sub-divisional Officers & Assistant Collector are other administrative officers in the district. Various district level departments and offices are located at the district headquarter. The district has 5 sub-divisions, 5 Tehsils and 1098 revenue villages.

The Dausa Tehsil has 244 villages, Baswa has 230, Lalsot has 323, Mahwa has 162 and Sikrai has 139 revenue villages.Further, the district has 5 blocks ( Panchayat Samiti) and 223 Gram Panchayats.

Various Offices at District, Block & Tehsil Levels

District Level Offices

The main collectorate building have Collector's office, SP office and Treasury as important offices. Besides this, the district has offices of Education (Primary & Secondary), Medical & Health, Family welfare, Agriculture, Horticulture, Animal Husbandry, Transport, Forest, Public Health & Engineering, Public works, Irrigation, Industries, Planning, Social welfare, Statistics, Public relations, Supply, Sales tax, Sports, Employment, Cooperative and Fisheries department. JVVNL, JVPNL, RIICO & RFC also have their offices at the district.

There is separate building for Zila Parishad near collectorate which has control over the development activities of the district. The Zila Pramukh is the Head of the Zila Parishad and a senior administrative office is Chief Executive Officer of the Zila Parishad.

The district also has central goverment offices such as Income Tax, Railways, NIC and BSNL etc.

District has two important projects, namely,Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan and National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme. Further, district has Zila Shaksharta Samiti, Zila e-Mitra Samiti & District Computer Training Centre.

Sub-division / Block Level Offices

Dausa district has five Sub-divisions / blocks namely Dausa, Bandikui, Lalsot, Sikrai & Mahwa. Sub Divisional Officer & Sub Divisional Magistrate ( SDO & SDM ) is the head of the sub-division. For Blocks, the Block Development Officer ( BDO ) is the incharge of the block. The development activities are coordinated by BDO whereas SDO is to manage the administrative matters. SDM also acts as first class Magistrate.

Various development works and projects at the rural level (Gram Panchayat level) are run through BDO's office. One Gram Sevak (Secretary) is appointed at each Gram Panchayat to keep record of development works. Gram Panchayat meetings are organised on fixed intervals to discuss village level issues sch as development works, land holding rights and relief activities.

Tehsil & Sub-Tehsil Level Offices

There are five Tehsil headquarters in Dausa district. These are Dausa, Baswa, Lalsot, Mahwa & Sikrai. Each one has a Tehsildaar as the administrative officer. Tehsil has overall control over land administration and records. Tehsil is divided into "ILR Circles" which are further divided into "Patwar-mandals". "ILR Circle" is supervised by Inspector Land Record (ILR) whereas "Patwar-mandal" is supervised and managed by the Patwari. There is only one Sub-Tehsil in the district, namely, Lawan in Dausa Tehsil and Nayab Tehsildaar is the controlling officer for the same. Tehsildaar also acts as an executive magistrate in his respective area.

Communication to district officials

Dausa - Schools, Colleges, Universities & Educational Institutions

Dausa Nursing Colleges

Dausa Law Colleges





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ZILA PARISHAD


Major development activities for rural segment are governed by Zila Parishad, headed by the Zila Pramukh who is an elected chairman through Panchayat Elections. Chief Executive Officer, Zila Parishad executes following schemes for development and welfare of the public :

1. National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGS)

This scheme was launched on 1st April 2008 in Dausa district. It provides 100 days guaranteed employment to every enrolled rural family.

2. Swarn Jayanti Gram Swarojgar Yojana (SGSY)

Bank loans and subsidies are provided to the BPL selected families for improvement of resources as per their technical skills and requirements. For SC/ST beneficiaries, the subsidy is 50% ( maximum 10,000/-) whereas for general, it is 30 % (maximum 7500/-). The main objective of the scheme is to generate employment in BPL families.

3. Indira Awas Yojana (IAY)

Financial assistance is provided for construction of house to BPL [ Below Poverty Line ] families having no PAKKA house in rural areas. It is perferred that houses are built in groups for better common facilities but individual assistance also provided in installment as per status of the construction. For one room, kitchen and toilet in 20 sq.m., an assistance of Rs.35,000 is allowed.

4. MP Local Area Development ( MPLAD)

Under this scheme, Every Member of Parliament can select development works, each costing not more than Rs.10 lacs and upto Rs 2 crores, in their parliamentary area and forward to the District Collector for execution.

5. MLA Local Area Development (MLALAD)

Under this scheme, Every MLA can recommend works upto Rs 80 lacs to create public assets for local requirements in his/her constituency.

6. MADA ( Bikhari jan Jati Yojana)

Subsidy is provided to the poor persons of the ST community to uplift their economic development. Under this scheme, capital subsidy for membership of cooperative socities, subsidy for electric connection, hand pump installation, higher education for girls, ayurvadic treatment camps etc is provided.


PROGRESS AT A GLANCE (2008-09, till July 2008)

Scheme/Activity Amount Spent Beneficiaries / works completed Loan sanctioned
(in Lacs) (Numbers) (in Lacs)
NREGS 3315.42 16 NA
SGSY 5.666 34 77.68
IAY 34.85 263 NA
MPLAD 81.21 79 NA
MLALAD 74.78 21 NA
MADA 19.35 452 NA
Guru Govalkar Jan Sahbhagi Vikas Yojana 19.91 9 NA
NA = Not Applicable



Contact Information


Place

STD Code

Baswa, Sikrai 01420
Dausa 01427
Lalsot 01431
Mahwa 07461

Public Representives

DAUSA Parliamentary Constituency

NAME

Phone (Office)

Phone (Residence)

Shri Sachin Pilot , M.P.

3016566, 3011739 (Delhi)

3010724, 3014210 (Delhi)

BAYANA Parliamentary Constituency
Shri Ramswaroop Koli, M.P. 011-23092632 05643-230234

NOTE

Dausa, Lalsot, Sikrai and Bandikui Assembly Constituencies are part of DAUSA Parliamentary Constituency( Before Delimitation).
Mahwa Assembly constituency is part of BAYANA Parliamentary Constituency(Before Delimitation)

Members of Legislative Assembly

NAME

Phone (Office)

Phone (Residence)

MLA - Lalsot Shri Parsadi Lal

Minister for Cooperative, Small Savings & Lotteries Deptt.


01431-264118

01431-223777

MLA - Mahwa Smt. Golama

State Minister for Khadi and Gramoudyog Deptt.



MLA - Bandikui Shri Ram Kishor

State Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment Deptt.



MLA - Sikrai Smt Mamta Bhupesh

MLA - Dausa Shri Murari Lal Meena

Zila Pramukh

NAME

Phone (Office)

Phone (Residence)

Smt Kameri Meena

01427-224906


DIstrict Administration

Designation

Phone (Office & Residence)

Mobile

District Collector & DM

01427-510777,510666


Police Administration

Designation

Phone (Office & Residence)

Mobile

Superintendent of Police

01427-230001,230002

9414236026

Judiciary

Designation

Phone (Office & Residence)

Mobile

District & Sessions Judge

01427-223320,220321


Contact Information of District officials
S. No. Designation Phone (Office) Phone (Residence)
1. District Collector & DM 510777,510666 510888
2. Addln District Collector & ADM 510750 510751
3. Chief Executive Officer, Zila Parishad 223532 220534
4. DIO, NIC 224414 ---
5. District Project Manager, DPIP 224643 222354
6. Asstt. District Collector & EM 510777 PP ---
7. Treasury Officer 223305,224679 221730
8. District Supply Officer 223564 ---
9. Chief Planning Officer 223743 ---
10. Public Relations Officer 223435,224507 ---
11. Supdt. Engineer, JVVNL 231123 231124
12. Income Tax Officer 224880 ---
13. Regional Transport Officer 223225 231181
14. Executive Engineer, PWD 223025 231522
15. Executive Engineer, PHED 223937 220163
16. Social Welfare Officer 223440 ---
17. General Manager, DIC 224430 ---
18. District Education Officer, Secondary 224977 ---
19. District Education Officer, Elementary & DPC,DPEP 221189 ---
20. Chief Medical & Health Officer 230077 ---
21. Principal Medical Officer, Govt Hospital 220964 220630
22. Deputy Director, Agriculture 220012 220125
23. Asstt. Director, Horticulture 230723 ---
24. Deputy Director, Women & Child Development 223236 ---
25. Deputy Director, Animal Husbandry 230306 01420-222993
26. Small Savings Officers 223245 221072
27. Asstt Director, SI & Provident Fund 223549 ---
28. District Employment Officer 224044 01420-236130
29. Labour Welfare Officer 223157 ---
30. District Ayurvade Officer 220078 ---
31. District Literacy Officer 231161 ---
32. Project Manager, SCDC Corporation 224216 ---
33. Krishi Vigyan Kendra 231083 ---
34. Commercial Tax Officer 223990 ---
35. Suprintendent , ITI 223592 220148
36. Lead Bank Officer [ UCO Bank ] 223550,223050 ---
37. Manager, RFC 223547 ---
38. Asstt Regional Manager, RIICO 224375 ---
39. Manager, Circuit House 224033 ---
40. Chief Depot Manager, Roadways 223564 ---

Contact Information of Police officials

S. No.

Post

Phone (Office)

Phone (Residence)

1.

S. P.

230001

230002

2.

Addl S.P.

230003

230004

3.

Dy. SP Dausa

224504

230005

3.

Dy. SP Bandikui

01420-222090

01420-223213

3.

Dy. SP Mahwa

07461-233298

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4.

Dy. SP Lalsot

01431-222270

9414491867

5.

Dy. SP Jail

231442

231441

6.

SHO Dausa

230006

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7.

SHO Sadar Thana Dausa

223700

---

8.

SHO Nangal Rajawatan

282240

---

9.

SHO Sainthal

284434

---

10.

SHO Lalsot

01431-222040 ---

11.

SHO Ramgarh Pachwara

01431-284600 ---

12.

SHO Bandikui

01420-222053 ---

13.

SHO Sikendra 01420-241006 ---

14.

SHO Mahwa 07461-233261 ---

15.

SHO Kolva 01420-234050 ---

16.

SHO Manpur 01420-254512 ---

17.

SHO Mandawar 07461-260260 ---

18.

SHO Salempur 07461-233407 PP ---

19.

R.I. 223429 ---

20.

C.I. Intelligence Dausa 223842 ---

21.

Police Control Room 100 ---

Contact Information of Judiciary officials

S. No.

Post

Phone (Office)

Phone (Residence)

1.

District & Sessions Judge

223320

223021

2.

Chairman, District Consumer Protection Forum

223217

223218

3.

Special Judge (ST/SC), Atrocity

223873

230875

4.

Addln District & Sessions Judge, Bandikui

01420-223305

223306

5. Chief Judicial Magistrate 223055 223600

Contact Information of Revenue officials

S. No.

Post

Phone (Office)

Phone (Residence)

1.

Sub Division Officer & SDM, Dausa

510752

510753

2.

Sub Division Officer & SDM, Bandikui

01420-222487

01420-222488

3.

Sub Division Officer & SDM, Lalsot

01431-223259

01431-222323

4.

Sub Division Officer & SDM, Mahwa

07461-236565

07461-233227

5.

Sub Division Officer & SDM, Sikrai

01420-254495

01420-254495

6.

Tehsildaar, Dausa

223162

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7.

Tehsildaar, Baswa

01420-231302

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8 Tehsildaar, Lalsot 01431-222069 ---
9. Tehsildaar, Mahwa 07461-233258 ---
10. Tehsildaar, Sikrai 01420-254203 ---
11. Sub-Tehsildaar, Lawan 285505 ---
12. Sub-Registrar, Dausa 223433 PP ---

Contact Information of Block Development Officers

S. No.

Post

Phone (Office)

Phone (Residence)

1.

B D O Panchayat Samiti Dausa

220043

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2.

B D O Panchayat Samiti Lalsot

01431-222023

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3.

B D O Panchayat Samiti Bandikui

01420-222032

---

4.

B D O Panchayat Samiti Sikrai

01420-254204

---

5.

B D O Panchayat Samiti Mahwa

07461-233227

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