Some people just come and go, while some come, make a mark, change everything around for good and leave us with a lot of memories to treasure all our lives ! One of these great people is Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II, the last ruling Maharaja of Jaipur who embarked on a program of modernization, created infrastructure and numerous public institutions that later resulted in Jaipur being selected as the capital of Rajasthan. Today, on his 108th birth anniversary, let’s look at some of his greatest treasures named after him 🙂
1. Maharaja Sawai Mansingh Vidyalaya
Also known as S.M.S. School, MSMSV is one of the best schools in town. It was organised in 1984 by the Sawai Ram Singh Shilpa Kala Mandir Society, a trust set up by the Late His Highness Maharaja Sawai Man Singh and stands as a perfect example for relevant co-education till date.
2. S.M.S Medical College
Established in 1947, SMS Medical College is the oldest college in Rajasthan and is one of the premier medical colleges of India.
3. S.M.S Hospital
Sawai Man Singh Hospital is the major hospital of Jaipur and Rajasthan state of India. SMS Hospital also became the hospital to have treated largest number of patients in India in 2013, leaving India’s premium AIIMS hospital behind !!
4. S.M.S. Stadium
A huge cricket stadium in Jaipur, S.M.S stadium is situated at the corner of Rambagh Circle. This stadium hosted a solitary Test match, between India and Pakistan, starting in February 1987 and never looked back. It has also hosted IPL matches for Rajasthan Royals, its local team, and who won the first season.
5. S.M.S. Museum
The most stunning architecture and a major landmark in Jaipur, City Palace houses the Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II Museum that has a marvelous collection of art, artifacts and handicrafts illustrating the history and culture of the great Rajput kings and leaders.