Karaulli - Quick Facts

Area: 5530 sq. kms

Population: 82,960

Altitude: 275m

Climate: Sub Tropical

Clothing: Summer - Light Tropical’s & Winter - Wollens

Season: Winter - Oct to March & Summer - April to June

Language: Rajasthani, Hindi & English

Religions: Hinduism,jainism,islam,christanity

Best Time To Visit: Oct-Mar

Karauli is a holy city situated 160 kms from Jaipur. Earlier called Kalyanpuri, after the local deity Kalyanji, Karauli was founded in 1348 AD. Karauli was strongly fortified by its rulers. The city is surrounded by a wall of red sandstone strengthened by bastions at several places. The peripheral wall, now dilapidated at several places, has six gates and eleven postems.
As per the legend, the ruling family of Karauli, recognized as the head of the Yadhuvanshi Rajputs, is the descendant of lord Krishna. Situated 23 kms from Kaila Devi, Karauli was an erstwhile princely state in eastern Rajasthan. Karauli is famous for its pale red-stone. Karauli has some noted places of visit like temples of Kaila Devi and Madan Mohanji and other historic monuments. The annual fair at the Kaila Devi temple is quite popular.

By Air
Jaipur is the nearest airport, which is 160 kms, from Karauli.

By Rail
The nearest junction is Gangapur city – 81 kms.

By Road
160 kms from Jaipur

Local Transport
Camel rides & bullock carts can be arranged.

Timangarh Fort
The Timangarh Fort, situated at a desolate location near Masalpur sub - tehsil headquarters about 40 kms from Karauli, is famous as a storehouse of ancient ashtadhatu and stone idols and sculptures, hidden underground near the various temples located inside the Fort complex. The beautiful carvings on the temples, both religious and geometrical, are striking proof of the exquisite workmanship of highly skilled artisans that once operated in this region. Mixed Iron-Metal.

Kela Devi Wild Life Sanctuary
Kela Devi Sanctuary is named after the locally famous kela Devi temple at its entrance. As you enter the Sanctuary, the hustle bustle of the temple complex gives way to tranquility, merely few hundred meters inside. It is a world of nature, Spread around is a vast expanse of wilderness – undulating highland. Hills in the interior are still higher, extensive and rugged. The panorama comprises dense forest to scrub composition changing from place to place like patterns in kaleidoscope.
Another typical feature of the sanctuary is the numerous khos or deep gorges breaking the ground. These several hundred feet deep khos initially fall steeply, forming irregular, lofty walls of rocks, which further down, slope gently into narrow valleys. The rich and dense forest in the khos virtually make them impenetrable and inaccessible - ideal place for animals to take shelter and rest. Some interesting khos in the sanctuary are Chirmul, Ghanteshwar, Khadi (Keri Umar), Kudka and Nibhera. Kela Devi highland forest undergoes unbelievable dynamic change with the season. It's all lush green during monsoon. The ground cover turns into a carpet of bleft ststraw color soon after the monsoon. The forest canopy is a mixture of various hues coppery being predominant in winter. This turns to all ash grey in summer.
The river Banas touches the western tip of the sanctuary while the Chambal flows along south-east, forming its natural boundary at places.
Among mammals Chinkara, Wild Boar and Jackal can be seen commonly in morning and late afternoon. Leopard, Sloth Bear, Hyena, Wolf and Sambhar sightings are occasional at night. And of course the tiger continues its secretive existence.
Kela Devi is a true wilderness - untouched by the pace of the civilization. The rugged terrain is stunningly picturesque in monsoon with soothing greenery and numerous beautiful waterfalls. t once operated in this region.

Kaila Devi Temple
Shri Kailadevi Ji temple is situated around 23 kms. Away from Karauli town in district Karauli. It is believed that the temple came into existence around 1100 A.D. This temple is of Shri Kaila Devi Ji which is reining deity of millions of people of eastern Rajasthan, M.P. and U.P. Around 60 lacs pilgrims flock to this place every year. This temple is regarded as one of the 9 Shakti peeths of goddess Durga.
In chaitra Navratra virtually the entire area of eastern Rajasthan, western U.P. and western M.P. congregate at the feet of goddess. 1000 of buses, cars and other vehicles bring these people here. Lacs of devotees come on foot also. A real sea of humanity engulfs the surrounding area for around 15 days. Such a large assemblage of devotees requires tremendous efforts for provision and maintenance of basic civic amenities and services.
The Govt. deploys a whole array of officers and staff from various Govt deptt. For proper management of Chaitra fair.

Shri Mahavir Ji
Birth name of Mahavir was Vardhman. The different names Ativir , Sanmati , Mahavir were the epithets conferred upon him for his acts of boldness and bravery at different occasions. The universality of the application of the name Mahavir has rendered it functionally equivalent to a personal name.
Born in a princely family all the comforts of life were available to him but child Mahavir did not evince interest in worldly pleasures. Having strong spiritual inclination and desire to do well of the people, he had a strong urge of renunciation of worldly attach- ments. Deep affection and persuasion of his parents and relatives could not keep him confined to the family bonds. Spiritualism and renunciation so much prevailed over him the ultimately on November 11, B.C 570 (Marga-sirsha Krishna - dasmi) , at the age of 30 years, he left the place and proceeded to the park, Jnatrkhanda - Vana, close to Kundapur, and relinquished his ornaments and clothes . He pulled out his hair by his hands and initiates himself as a Digamber Jain monk. He observed fast for 03 days and then plunged himself into meditation. After some- time he started touring various parts of the country. He lived in gardens park, but as required by the rules of his vows and fast, he entered a town or a village once in a day and accepted the food offered to him according to the norms laid down for Jain ascetics. In a standing or squatting posture, and with his eyes fixed on the tip of nose, he spent his time in meditation and in reflecting on the Atman ( soul ) and in cultivating the attitude of equanimity towards one and all. Strictly observing his five great vows & other principles, he got himself habituated to endure with peace & patience all physical tortures, known as ‘pariahs’, like hunger, thirst , cold, heat, mosquito bites etc.
Mahavir spent twelve years as an ascetic, practicing various austerities. One day on Baisakh - Shukla - Dasmi , April 26, B.C. 557 at the age of 42 years, while he was seated beneath a sal tree plunged in meditation close to the village Jrmbhaka by name, on the bank of river Rijukula omniscience or all knowledge - infinite knowledge ( Ananta - Jnana ), "knowledge free from Karmic interference" - Keval - Jyana which has no limitations of time and space, dawned on him. He got satisfactory solutions for all those problems and questions connected with life and the universe which occur to any inquisitive soul.

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