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Ghanerao is a small town famous for its Royal Castle, which has now been converted into a heritage hotel. The castle's highlight is the pavilion in the central court, where originally musicians used to perform. The cenotaphs of former rulers near the castle and the Mahaveer Jain Temple are other attractions of the town.
Ghanerao was known as a princely Thikana which comprised of 37 villages and was founded in 1552 when the thikana was granted to Thakur Pratap Singhji I, son of Rao Viram Deoji of Mertia, grandson of Rao Jodha of Marwar. Due to its strategic location, Ghanerao had the unique distinction of having a seat of nobility in both the houses of Mewar (Udaipur) and Marwar (Jodhpur).
Thakur Pratap Singhji of Mewar dynasty was the first ruler from the time the thikana came to being in 1552. He and his descendants ruled Ghanerao till the year 1742 after which the thikana was transferred to the Marwar dynasty ruling. The power kept shifting from Thakur of Mewar to Marwar over a period of the time and post independence the title carrying rulers continued. Thakur Sajjan Singhji, the 17th Mewar Thakur Sahib of Ghanerao is the current Thakur of Ghanerao since 1982.
Thakur Pratap Singhji I, Rao Viram Deoji, Rao Jodha, Thakur Sajjan Singhji, Rathores of Mertia, Marwar dynasty, Mewar dynasty, etc are the rulers.
There are many excursions near Ghanerao including Kumbhalgarh Fort, Muchhal Mahaveer Jain Temple and Kumbhalgarh Sanctuary.
Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary is in Rajsamand district of Rajasthan. Covering a total surface area of 578 sq km and stretching across the Aravalli ranges, it encircles parts of Udaipur, Rajsamand, and Pali. The wildlife sanctuary encompasses the historic Kumbhalgarh Fort and is also named after the fort. This hilly dense forest of Kumbhalgarh will definitely prove to be a pleasant surprise for those who consider Rajasthan a desert state. The green tract of the park forms a dividing line between the two different parts of Rajasthan; Mewar and Marwar.
The area where the Sanctuary is located was once a royal hunting ground and was converted into what it is today in the year 1971. Another charm of the sanctuary is the diverse topography that it boasts of. The eastern part is lined by the Aravalli ranges that looms over an altitude of 3,748 ft. River Banas also graces the sanctuary and is the primary source of water.
Kumbhalgarh wildlife sanctuary is famous for its 40 strong wolf pack, that is rarely found elsewhere. Apart from the wolf it also houses the various variety of endangered and rare animal species and almost 200 different species of birds. The monsoon in the Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary brings on the beautiful flora, and the autumn brings out russet colours. The sanctuary also offers provision for other activities such as jeep safari, horseback safari and trekking. Many Garasia and Bhils tribals can also be seen here, living in their traditional huts. The natural beauty of the sanctuary attracts tourists from far and wide.
The fort that has made its mark in history as the second largest wall after the Great Wall of China – it is none but the Kumbhalgarh fort in Rajasthan. The mighty fort is 3600 ft tall and 38km long that surrounds the area of Udaipur. It was considered to have been built by Rana Kumbha in the 15th century. The fort is further declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is under the group Hill Forts of Rajasthan. It is located strategically on the western Aravalli hills.
Having witnessed a large number of wars, the hill serves as the boundary that is unbreakable. The fort that has seven fortified gateways and a number of Jain temples within it , along with the Lakhola Tank which is the most famous tank inside the fort that was constructed by Rana Lakha. The fort consists of a number of Hindu temples and Jain temples that indicate the religious tolerance of the rulers and how they patronized the Jains and encouraged their culture in the kingdom.
The brilliant Kumbhalgarh fort is said to be the birthplace of Maharana Pratap. The fort further consists of inscriptions on the foot of idols in Hanuman Pol that provides details of construction of the fort. The Badshahi Bavdi is a stepped tank that was built by the general of Akbar to provide drinking water to the army troops in 1578. The fort initially faced many problems during construction but was resolved by performing a human sacrifice and the main gate of the fortress which is the Hanuman Pol, contains the shrine and a temple to thank and remember the great sacrifice of a warrior.
Muchhal Mahavir Temple is a Jain temple which is located in the Pali District of the Rajasthan. This Jain temple is dedicated to Lord Mahavir. Located in the green environment of the Kumbhalgarh Sanctuary, it provides a great piece to the mind. Situated at about 5km away from the Ghanerao, Muchhal Mahavir temple is known for the statue of the Hindu Lord Shiva with mustache.
Beautiful architecture of Muchhal Mahavir temple attracts many visitors. Its entrance has two statues of the elephants which are standing in the guarding position. Nearby Garasia tribal villages are another attractions around this temple. From the shopping point of view, it is famous for beautiful traditional colorful costumes. At the temple, a fair is organized on the 13th day of Chaitra month every year.
Muchhal Mahavir is the name given to Lord Mahavir when he once had a mustache. The story behind mustache was that Rana of Mewar visited the temple on passing by for hunting. On offering refreshment by the priest, he found a strand of hair in the prasad. He asked the priest if his Lord has a mustache. He also didn't offer prayer that day and demanded the priest to show him Lord Mahavir in mustache after three days on his return from the hunt. The priest offered prayers for 2 days. Impressed by his prayers Lord Mahavir appeared before the priest and told him to cover the idol with a cloth. On Rana return, he asked to disclose the idol from the cloth. King found mustache and a beard also in the Lord Mahavir idol. Rana realized its mistake and asked the priest to forgive him. Since then Lord Mahavir is praise as Muchhal Mahavir.