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A Walk Through The Royal Abode | Jaipur Beat

Jaipurites, we all have seen the City Palace from outside but has it intrigued you how would a walk around the home of the royals be like? Well, we decided to explore the sections of the charming palace and share it with you!

Jaipur narrates its history as a breathing capital of Rajasthan embraced by the illustrious patronage, culture, architecture, performing arts and craft. Founded in 1727 by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, the new capital of Jaipur was unique for its urban planning & vision. With a perfect embodiment of the bygone era beautifully balancing with modern developments; magnificent palaces, special pink facades, vibrant markets, exquisite handicrafts, and colorful festivals, Jaipur continues to celebrate the splendor of its majestic past.

Poised in the middle of Jaipur, the world famous City Palace complex is an integral part of the walled city. Built by the Kachhwaha ruler of Amer – Jaipur, Sawai Jai Singh II, the 18th century Palace glorifies the magnificence of Jaipur’s heritage with its courtyards, gateways, temples and gardens. Characterized by a series of dedicated galleries and museums that offer a grand view of Jaipur’s flamboyant heritage, the City Palace Complex reflects the magnitude of its historical importance and monarchy. A site of living tradition, the City Palace continues to be the home and pride of Jaipur’s Royal Family. 

Take a walk around the opulent sections of the City Place with us!

  1. The Mubarak Mahal is one of the last princely additions to the City Palace, and was completed in 1900. The magnificent double-storeyed building was used to welcome special guests to the royal palace. Islamic, Rajput and European elements of architecture and ornamentation have been assimilated in this building. Today it houses a splendid textile gallery, and some offices of the Museum.
MUBARAK MAHAL
  1. The Sileh Khana building covers the story of the arms and armoury of the kingdom of Dhoondhar. Now a gallery, you can see a range of exquisite but deadly weapons, including swords, daggers, guns, and more on display here.
  2. The Sabha Niwas, also known as the Diwan-e-Aam, is a Public Hall of Audience that has been used by successive Maharajas. The Durbar and important official ceremonies would take place here. This was also where His Highness Maharaja Sawai Mansingh II took oath as the first Raj Pramukh of the newly constituted State of Rajasthan in 1949.
SABHA NIWAS ( Photo Courtesy : Maharaja Sawai Man Singh Museum Trust II )

4. The Sarvato Bhadra, an airy pavilion, open on all four sides, except for small rooms at each corner, is a Rajput architectural innovation. Several rituals and celebrations, including the Dussehra Pooja, and Makar Sankranti festival, happen in this courtyard. On display in the Sarvato Bhadra structure are the world’s largest silver urns, the Ganga-jalis. Maharaja Sawai Madho Singh the second took the Ganga-jalis with him to England in 1902, as a way to maintain his ritual purity, when he travelled across the seas to attend the coronation of King-Emperor Edward the seventh of Great Britain.

SARVATO BHADRA
GANGA-JALI

5. Pritam Niwas Chowk is the inner courtyard of the City Palace. It has four smaller gates, each themed around the four seasons and dedicated to a particular Hindu God.

PEACOCK GATE

Peacock Gate: The northeastern peacock gate represents autumn and has a small idol of Lord Vishnu on its lintel.

LOTUS GATE

Lotus Gate: The southwestern gate is adorned with dramatic lotus petals and flower patterns. It represents summer and Lord Shiva.

ROSE GATE

Rose Gate: The winter season is showcased by this gate. Filled with repeating rose patterns, it is dedicated to Goddess Devi.

LEHERIYA GATE

Leheriya Gate: The Leheriya (waves) gate is on the northwest side of the courtyard. It is green in color, indicating spring and dedicated to Lord Ganesha.

While exploring these landmarks, you will notice that many of their doorways are singular in character; be it the imposing gateways with intricate frescoes at the entrance or the smaller, nondescript doors inside the palaces. Each gate has a role to play and a story to tell. In City Palace, they reflect the influence of Mughal, European and Indian Shilpa Shastra styles.

6. Govind Dev Ji Temple is an epitome of pure devotion and exquisiteness. Surrounded by manicured gardens, spectacular chhatris and fountains, the marvelously textured temple is situated in the City Palace Complex.
Built-in 1735 by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh II, the temple is amongst the seven temples of Vrindavan Thakur, who is one of Lord Krishna’s forms, Govind Dev ji. Swarmed by a great number of devotees and tourists each day, the calming temple of Govind Dev Ji allows the visitors to witness its tranquil surroundings and experience its powerful aura.

GOVIND DEV JI TEMPLE

Hope you enjoyed this royal walk around the City Palace Jaipur!

PS- Jaipur Beat is thankful to MSMS II Museum Trust for giving us the access and permission to photograph and also for each and every detail shared in this blog.

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Pink City and Ranthambore bags India Today’s Tourism Awards 2020

The Pink City keeps it among the top-notch cities to travel to for its invaluable heritage character! It’s an honour and pride that the city received its much-deserved title of the ‘Best Heritage Destination’ by India Today’s Tourism Awards 2020.

Witness The Rise of The Pink City, Jaipur- Now and Then – Jaipur Beat

Not just this, Rajasthan’s famous wildlife destination, Ranthambore in Sawai Madhopur, which is full of natural and wildlife wonders bagged another award under the category ‘Best Wildlife Destination’.

IMG_6304cc copy – Jaipur Beat

Rajasthan wins the hearts of travellers from across the globe for its old-world charm including heritage, culture, landscape, cuisines, and a lot more.

Owning to the iconic colour of the gamut of mesmerizing monuments, buildings, spellbinding palaces, and intriguing streets, Jaipur is always on the top travel list of travellers.

9 Heritage Sites In Jaipur That Will Blow Your Mind Away – Jaipur Beat

Do you need any more reasons to travel to Rajasthan?

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Sawai Jaipur Awards 2020: Awards, Winners & Book Launch

On the occasion of the Commemoration of Late H.H. Brigadier Maharaja Sawai Bhawani Singh MVC of Jaipur, the prestigious annual awards ceremony Sawai Jaipur Awards which is held every year was organized virtually this time on the evening of 22 October.

On this occasion, the book “Bubbles: A Biography of Brigadier H.H. Maharaja Sawai Bhawani Singh MVC, of Jaipur” was launched by Rajmata Sahiba Padmini Devi and Princess Diya Kumari.

The Royals have also embraced the new normal amid the pandemic by bringing the awards to social media for the first time. It was no less than a virtual extravaganza! It was worthwhile to hear again about the glorious tales of our rulers and their exceptional qualities on which the categories of the Awards were based on. People from around the world got a glimpse of the royalty and grandeur of Jaipur with The Sawai Jaipur Awards.

The Maharaja Sawai Mansingh II Museum Trust gave awards in 24 categories. These awards recognized and felicitated those who demonstrated exceptional skills in various fields like preservation of heritage, medical science, sports, traditional crafts, literature & education, among others.
Each awardee received a replica of the silver urn placed at the Sarvatobhadra Chowk of the City Palace, citation, a shawl, and cash.

The awards given for outstanding work in various fields along with the winners:

  1. Raja Dulha Rai Award for Social Work
    Akshaya Patra Foundation
  2. Raja Kakil Dev Award for Excellence in Preservation of Heritage and Architecture
    Dr. Shikha Jain
  3. Raja Pajvan Dev Award for Excellence in the Field of Medicine
    Dr. Subrata Banerjee
  4. Raja Bhagwant Das Award for Excellence in Traditional Crafts
    Mr. Gopal Saini
  5. Raja Mansingh I Award for Bravery
    Martyr Col Ashutosh Sharma
  6. Mirza Raja Jai Singh I Award for Distinguished Service in the Armed Forces
    Major Gen R S Shekhawat
  7. Mirza Raja Ram Singh I Award for Excellence in Ecological Balance and Improvement in Environment
    Wildlife Institute of India (WII)
  8. Maharaja Vishan Singh Award for Excellence in Travel & Tourism
    Mr. Upendra Singh Shekhawat
  9. Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II Award for Excellence in the Field of Astronomy and Related Sciences
    Pandit Dr. Kedar Sharma
  10. Maharaja Sawai Ishwari Singh Award for Excellence in the Field of Journalism
    Rashtradoot Newspaper (Arbit)
  11. Maharaja Sawai Madho Singh I Award for Outstanding Contribution in Development and Enhancing the Image of Rajasthan in India & Abroad
    Rajasthan Association of North America (RANA)
  12. Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh Award for Excellence in the Field of Literature and Education
    Mr. Bhanwar ji Bhanwar
  13. Maharaja Sawai Jagat Singh Award for Excellence in Art, Painting & Sculpture
    Mr. Bajrang Lal Suthar
  14. Maharaja Sawai Ram Singh II Award for Excellence in the Field of Photography
    Mr. Surendra Singh Chouhan
  15. Maharaja Sawai Madho Singh II Award for Excellence in the Field of Theatre, Film & Television
    Mr. Pramod Bhasin
  16. Maharaja Sawai Mansingh II Award for Excellence in the Field of Sports
    Mr. Anantjeet Singh Naruka
  17. Marudhar Kanwar Award for Distinguished Services in MSMS II Museum Trust & JPC Trust
    Mr. Sheodana Ram Kumawat
    Mr. Rohitashw Singh Tanwar
  18. Kishore Kanwar Award for Excellence in Performing Arts
    Pandit Krishna Mohan Bhatt
  19. Rajmata Gayatri Devi Award for Women’s Excellence
    Ms. Laila Tyabji
  20. Sawai Bhawani Singh Award for Excellence in the Field of Business and Industry
    Shree Cement Limited
  21. Rajmata Padmini Devi Award for Excellence in Loyal & Disciplined Services to the Royal Family of Jaipur
    Smt. Saraswati
    Smt. Madan Kanwar
    Shri Ashok Kumar
  22. Princess Diya Kumari Award for Achiever in any Field
    Shri Moti Singh Rawat
  23. Maharaja Sawai Padmanabh Singh Award for Young Achiever in Sports
    Ms. Avani Lekhara
  24. Princess Gauravi Kumari Award for exemplary achievement in start-up/ innovation/invention with social impact
    Dr Sunita Bundas

If you have missed the Sawai Jaipur Awards 2020, watch it here:

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Join The First-Ever Virtual Sawai Jaipur Awards on 22nd October

We all have learnt in school about our kings & queens and their never-ending tales of bravery and valour. We all have been impressed with the importance of the royal family. Haven’t we all been for once royal admirers?

We bring you a step closer to the glorious past and stories of our mighty rulers! After all the coronavirus pandemic isn’t stopping the Sawai Jaipur Awards from felicitating people for their commendable contribution. It will take place this year despite all the odds, but as a virtual extravaganza!

Every year, it recognizes the people who have contributed to society through their excellence in various fields. But, this year is a little more special with unveiling BUBBLES, a biography of Late His Highness Brigadier Maharaja Sawai Bhawani Singh MVC, of Jaipur. It will bring back fond memories to those who knew the Maharaja personally, and will inspire definitely the young!

There are 24 categories ranging from preservation of heritage, achiever in sports, medical science, bravery, excellence in traditional crafts, and much more. The name of the awards are based on erstwhile to present rulers of Jaipur and the categories are based on their qualities. Starting from Raja Dulha Rai Award for social work to Rajkumari Gauravi Kumari Award for a person with exemplary achievement in innovation with social impact; Sawai Jaipur Awards will honour individuals and organizations for achievements in their respective fields.

Witness the Royal Virtual Award Ceremony on the official Facebook & YouTube page of MSMS Museum.

Date: 22nd October 2020
Time: 5:30 pm

Link:
Facebook-
https://www.facebook.com/events/351950256252922/

YouTube-
https://bit.ly/37oJnsa

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Meet Jaipur’s Real-Life Superheroes and Participate in Joy of Giving Week

As Mahatma Gandhi said, “To find yourself, lose yourself in the service of others.” To acknowledge Bapu’s teachings and walk the path that our Nation’s father has shown to us, we commemorate the week of his birth i.e. 2 nd -8 th October, every year as the Joy of Giving Week.
The Joy of Giving campaign encourages people to give -money, resources, skills or time and experience this phenomenal feeling of fulfilment. Although, we feel that the Joy of giving shouldn’t be confined to just one week. However, this particular week encourages and inspires us to reach out to those in need by looking beyond our own self-centred lifestyle and restore humanity. If we look around, there are some compassionate people who are all round the year doing their best to lend their support, to help and uplift the people who genuinely seek society’s attention, with all the possible resources they have.
So today, Jaipur Beat acknowledges and applauds those compassionate and
courageous minds who have gone beyond their limits and are creating hope for those in need. In fact, here’s a cue on how you too can experience the Joy of Giving along with these organizations.

  • Praveen Lata Sansthan

An award winning Non Government Organization that works towards empowering girls and women by focusing on education, health, safety and skill development. Their mission is to eradicate poverty and hunger, promote gender equality and empower women, ensure environmental sustainability and rural development. They even run few programs and one of them is called Spotless Dame, which is an initiative to create awareness around menstruation hygiene and innovation of environmentally friendly low cost pad made of Bamboo Charcoal which can be reused for 5 Long Years named MeraPad. Be a part of this revolutionary NGO that are fighting for so many issues to provide a better life to those people.

http://pls-ngo.org/

  • Rays- Aasha Ki Ek Kiran
Image via Rays Aasha Ki Ek Kiran

How often do we see people treat people with HIV+ LIKE normal human beings? Rays is home to more than 50 children that provide all the support needed like education, medical aid, balanced meals and regular exercise. These kids attend regular school and travel across India during summer holidays and are also taught dance, music, art, yoga and other extracurricular activities by the volunteers. Yet another revolutionary NGO that you can help out!

http://www.ngoraysjaipur.org/

  • Umang
Image via Umang

The organisation strives to provide an equal opportunity for person with Cerebral Palsy, Mental Challenges, Autism, and Multiple Disabilities in rural and tribal areas. They enhance the quality of these people’s life by enabling them to achieve their potential and participate in the society. The good deeds that this NGO is doing are worth offering your support in your own way.

http://www.umangindia.org/

  • Viren Sharma
Image via Viren Sharma

Viren Sharma a canine behaviourist and CEO of International Dog Bazaar is an ardent dog lover who has feed more than 50,000 stray dogs during COVID pandemic. This dog man of India started his passion in 2001 has now recorded adoption of more than 1000 stray dogs in a month, highest in India by any animal welfare organization and has revolutionized the pet industry with his unique concepts. He is the voice for the voiceless!

https://www.virensharma.com/

  • Jaipur Rugs Foundation
Image via Jaipur Rugs Foundation

The only purpose of Jaipur Rugs Foundation is to reach to remote rural areas to empower them to lead a good life. Jaipur Rugs work with 40,000 weavers in 6 states of India that provides them the opportunity for personal growth and development. This organisation ensures the best of artisans work to the customers and sustainability to the rural artisans.

https://www.jaipurrugs.org/

  • Rani Ratna Kumari Foundation
Image via Rani Ratna Kumari Foundation

Rani Ratna Kumari Foundation is a charitable trust that focuses on women empowerment in Shahpura. It has been working for the upliftment of the social status of women and especially the skilled lady workers of hand block printing. This organisation works towards holistic development in the rural areas through job creation for women and promises to provide them aid and support.

https://www.facebook.com/rrkfindia

These real-life superheroes don’t fly but they definitely are on a good mission!

Stand up, reach out and step forward to help someone in need or just distribute masks, medicines, food, sanitizer etc and experience the true Joy of Giving 🙂

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Jaipur amongst India’s top leisure destinations this year | Jaipur Beat

Looking at the prevailing COVID situation, the long air or train travels are not in the plans for the next months atleast. But yes, the road trips to nearby places are catching the attention to break away the monotony of never-ending WFH duties.

Travellers take note! Now Jaipur, Goa and Kochi are listed as ‘India’s top ‘Next Destinations’ of the year 2020!

The survey reveals-

1. 80 per cent Indians are planning to travel.

2. People are looking for safe and sanitised places to stay.

3. Further, the travellers are trying to make an informed decision rather than impulsive when it comes to travelling. The last and the most important is

4. Road Trips set to go high

After staying almost half of the year at home, Indian travellers are now keen to take a ‘safe’ break from daily routine. Visiting places, preferably close to home, is likely to be a top travel trend as the festive season and long weekends begins soon. For Delhi/NCR people, Jaipur and Udaipur are places they can conveniently drive down to, whereas for Mumbaiwalas, it can be Goa. For Bengaluru denizens, road trip to Mysore offers a nice break from stay at home monotony.

As the festive season starts, Jaipur is ready to welcome you all. So, get set and go!!

Happy Weekend 🙂

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Get, Set, Click to Jaipur’s first Virtual Exhibition- Travelling Trunks

We totally understand how exhausting it must be to stay at home for the past few months and not being able to socialize enough or attend exciting events that keep taking place in our Pink City.

The pandemic isn’t ending but this long halt at home has to come to an end. After all, all of us are itching to see what’s going around– check-out new trends and off-course festival shopping! What if you get this all at one place that too from the luxury of your home?

Tadaa !!

Jaipur Beat has come across this amazing exhibition in the city! The FICCI FLO ( an organization to empower women) has come up with an interesting Virtual Exhibition of the stuff manufactured, designed and procured by the women associated with them.  In the current times when everything has gone virtual, FICCI FLO has announced “Travelling Trunks  – A whimsical event that brings 50 hand-picked favourites from across the nation to the beautiful Pink City. Scheduled from 17th to 19th October 2020 Travelling Trunks promises a bonanza of the pop-ups of apparels, accessories and home decor with exclusive workshops, exotic foods and never-ending live music!

Isn’t it the dream to go shopping without having to pay for the tickets?

And, the timings of this exhibition couldn’t be this much perfect as the biggest festivals are approaching. Don’t hold your excitement as the Travelling Trunks Virtual Exhibition is bringing in your favourite happening, vibrant streets as well as high-end fashion together at one event! Get ready to fulfil all of your shopaholic needs and entertainment greed that too by sitting on your couch.

We bet this one of a kind virtual exhibition is going to be one of a kind experience! Are you in?

Pro Tip: Call up your friends, fix up a time and go shopping with Travelling Trunks!