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Jaisalmer Redux

Filed under: India,Photos — she_travels at 11:12 pm on Monday, April 2, 2012

Right then next up…

See that date? 1367… holy hannah!!

Ahh, the colors of India!  The lake is directly behind me. If ever I have a house on my own I might start collecting crafty umbrellas.

From Wikipedia:

Jaisalmer Fort is one of the largest forts in the world. It is situated in Jaisalmer city in the Indian state of Rajasthan. It was built in 1156 AD by the Bhati Rajput ruler Rawal Jaisal, from where it derives it name.
With 3000 residents, many are selling their wares within the fort walls. This is just inside the gate.

Cool huh?

Yes, random loose cows even in the fort. We were  on a mission to find a view.


That worked out. Reminds me of parts of Syria.

From Best in Jaisalmer:

Jain Temples situated in the Jaisalmer Fort are a must visit site in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan. You will find these temples to be very old and high pilgrimage as well as archeological value. These are a chain of Jain temples dating back 12th and 15th centuries and are devoted to various Jain Tirthankars. On the walls of the temples, you can find animal & human figures, carved in famous Dilwara style.
Ceiling.
Carvings, Carvings everywhere.
Mom and I had discussions about what this might be, any thoughts?
Truly an amazing place.

Talk about balance.

Lahku took us to a temple outside of the city next.
From Time Travel in India:

Ludharwa is north west of Jaisalmer and is an important center of Jain pilgrimage It was Lodharwa Fort that Rawal Jaisal abandoned and shifted to his new capital. Ruins of the ancient township can still be seen here. The main temple enshrines an image of Parasnath, the 23rd tirthanker, and is finely wrought in silver and surrounded by fine sculptures. The temple has its own resident cobra, which is said to be 1.5 meters long and over 400 years old. It lives in a hole on the north side of the temple and it is said to be very auspicious to see the cobra.
I was, however, duly impressed.
Can you even believe the carving.  Never mind the thing is HUGE!!
From the outside….
Inside the same wall.
We did not see the cobra,  only  his hole in the wall and a bowl of milk.
On the way back to town we saw many a goat…
Have a look at his horns.
The last stop in Jaisalmer was sunset point.
One of my favs I think…
Look at that, no sunset pic from sunset point.  I did snap a shot of the fort from the hotel roof.
OK, part of the fort.
Up next, Jodhpur, the blue city.

2 Comments

Comment by treeowner

April 3, 2012 @ 9:49 am

those carvings are truly amazing ! what is it carved out of ? stone wood ?
so many beautiful shots !

Comment by she_travels

April 3, 2012 @ 1:57 pm

I believe Ludharwa Temple is carved from some sort of sand stone.. as we get farther in to the trip you will see several mediums including inlaid marble. By the by ~ the face of the Rat Temple, pictured in the Bikaner post, was carved from Italian marble.

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