Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Little known Rajasthan Jhalra Patan
Jhalra patan is so full of artistic, architectural and cultural history. As you walk its streets every other house has something to tell, a story, a a memory etched in its fading stones. It was here the First War of Independence of India against brtish Colonial power was planned. Tantia Tope had his guns and ammunition stacked and then he marched on to fight white racialists.
there are modest houses but artistically designed and you feel a beautiful lady from time past surveying the bazaar from behind exquisite latticed jharokha. in every moment of present there is the fragrance of past in Jhalra Patan. the shop from where people are buying their necessities has a facade that comes from a couple of hundred years in time. the past always intervenes in every moment; the shop around sun temple sell material for whitewashing houses and there is a crowd of people there waiting to find work. the temple is still a centre of activity as in the past centuries. The daily labour market is located by Sun Temple.
the fine art of bangle making continues may be from many centuries i the shops near temple. Women came to worship and saw the gods and the beautiful maidens in their best jewelry carved on the temples walls and they remembered to deck their own beauty and they shopped for bangles and jewelry in nearby shops. the bangles being made 'hot' in front of you and the woman fixing the shiny stones to the lac bangles is a treat of dexteriority and artistic creation. In another shop the silver smith is working the magic of his art inherited from his forefathers. Thus continues in every corner, in evcery activity, every house and shop a sliver of time from as far back as a thousand years or more.
Jhalra Patan does not offer you a tourist tailored world; it is a world that tailors you and your thoughts by a magical past and a part of India that is perennial.