Rajasthan – An Epicenter of History and Culture
They call India “Mother India” because so many people believe this is where the world really started. Whether or not that is true, it is certainly a fact that it is a truly complex country, with many different classes, cultures, religions, economies and more.
Rajasthan, which you can visit on the Colours of Rajasthan End Delhi through Insight Tours and Vacations, is the most artistically decorative, tribally diverse and architecturally regal and magnificent in all of India.
The state of Rajasthan is the largest in the entire republic in terms of geographical size. The Great Indian Desert, or Thar Desert, is almost fully in Rajasthan. It borders Pakistan, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Punjab. Jaipur is the capital of this area. Geographically speaking, it is not just home to the Thar Desert, but also the end of the Ghaggar River. Furthermore, the Kalibanga ruins, the oldest ruins discovered in Asia to date, are also in this state.
The Aravalli Range, one of the oldest mountain ranges on our planet, cradles Mount Abu in Rajasthan, where you can visit the Dilwara Temples, where the Jains go for pilgrimage. Furthermore, there are two beautiful tiger reserves, being Sariska and Ranthambore. For those who love birds, the Keoladeo National Park will be a dream come true.
History of Rajasthan
The history of this area is incredibly colorful and rich. This is why it is also such a popular tourist destination. There are some mesmerizing tribal traditions and cultures. Interestingly, millions of tribal people were martyred during various conflicts because they wanted to protect their culture and history.
Most of Rajputana is found in Rajasthan as well. This contains numerous different kingdoms, being Rajput, Jat and Muslim kingdoms. This diversity in rulings is shown in the diversity of the entire area as a whole. While many of these kingdoms fought bitter wars between each other, this is now mainly a thing of the past. But the remnants of these battles have created a truly diverse world in terms of culture, architecture, beliefs and more. There are also many different types of Mahals and Havelis (forts and palaces), that show the cultural heritage of those who occupied these buildings. You will see strong influences of Jains, Muslims and Hindus in the architecture and design of each of these Mahals and Havelis.
Today, the majority of the population identifies as being Hindu. To this day, they are a polytheist religion that worships many goddesses and gods. Furthermore, the Vallabhacharya Krishna’s, who are derived from Hinduism, have one of their main centers of worship here, being the Nathdwara. Interestingly, very few Jain remain. While still a big religion, its numbers are dwindling significantly. On the other hand, those who still identify as being Jain are often find in higher and middle classes, which means they are people of importance. Other religions that are still strongly noticed in Rajasthan are Dadupanthi and, of course, Islam, which is the second largest religion in the region.