Kota: divine excursion to Indergarh Mata & Chauth Mata Temple
If you are an Indian:
Whenever you think of having coaching for your engineering or medical entrance, the first place that strikes your mind is Kota, Rajasthan. Kota which was once known as the industrial hub of country is now considered as the coaching capital of India. Truly speaking, Kota was once a lesser known city of Rajasthan. But over the last few years, Kota has earned its name as the coaching capital of India. And why not to say, the no. of students who shifts here every year for the preparation of engineering and medical entrance, and the no. of coaching institutes present here, have changed the culture of Kota.
But, do you know, there are various sacred destinations as well near Kota, where one can have a short and amazing excursions? In the same way, I’ve been to Kota many a times (usually for 3 days), as my uncle lives there, but never gave a thought of doing any excursion. And now, I finally got the opportunity to visit the city for a large interval of time – to attend family function. Yes, I was too excited as I was going for 10 days!!!
As I was from Jaipur, which is 250km away from Kota, it was very easy for me to catch a bus. Moreover, I was so much thrilled about getting to Kota and hanging with my family for next 10 days for the first time. Finally, I reached Kota at about 3:00PM.
My first 3 days went in arranging family event and off-course attending the event at Kota….
Since I was off there in winter – January, the temperature was quite chilling and pleasant. Not only the temperature was pleasant, but the entire city was wrapped in a mighty fog sheet. This made me and my brother to go on for a short excursion.
We took the bike along with gadgets like mobile (for GPS) and camera, and started moving towards North direction. Actually, we were heading to some rare but known temples, situated on the hill.
The time was 7:00 AM (morning) and the entire city was again in the midst of fog sheet. Due to the low visibility (around 100m), we keep our bike’s speed at 35-40km/hr. We stopped at several places in our way and try to do photography. We tried to capture sunrise, farms and several other things:
See what I’ve captured:
Chauth Mata Mandir (temple):
Chauth Mata Temple is located at about 130 km from Kota in the district Sawai Madhopur of Rajasthan, offers a spectacular view of temple at the top of the mountain. We finally arrived at Chauth Mata temple at about 11:30AM, parked our bike, and bought some holy Prasad to dedicate it to Chauth Mata.
What is so grand in this temple:
The temple was established by the ruler Bhima Singh in 1451. It is situated at about 100ft on the Burwada Mountain. The place is actually known as Chauth ka Barwara placed in village Panchal. The Rajasthan government has declared this temple in the top 11 splendid temple of Rajasthan. To visit this temple, lakhs of tourists come here every year. Still it is considered to be rare of the rarest temple – as said by people out there. Moreover, every year during Navaratri, various religious events take place. This place is the centre of faith for many of the people. In earlier days, devotee has to go through a dusty and rocky way to reach at the top, but now proper stairs – made of marbles (sangmarmar ka stone) and stones are created making way quite easy.
I think we had stepped up 700 stairs straight up. In addtiton to that, Lord Ganesh and Bhairav is also present in the temple. I felt very calm, pleasant and peaceful there. As I reached at the top, the air was even more chilling and I could easily see the thin sheet of fog covering the whole area. Since camera was prohibited inside the temple so I don’t have any photo of inside of temple.
Have look at the photographs:
I co-incidentally met one of my uncle at Chauth Mata temple; and just see my looks.. amazing na I know..
Indergarh Mata Temple:
While returning from Chauth Mata temple, we headed back to Kota. But in the way back to Kota, we came across a remote area Indergarh. This Indergarh has it’s own story and has accumulated another sacred temple – “Indergarh Mata temple”. Very less people traveled here. Indergarh is present in Bundi district near Kota. This temple is dedicated to Bijasamamata (Durga) goddess and has a very high recognition in Hinduism.
This historic temple was built many years ago, approximately 2000 years ago. Indergarh Mata Temple is situated on a giant steep mountain. As it is a steep mountain, the stairs are too very steep with less support. Actually there are hundreds of steep steps and you have to push yourself up with high energy and lots of devotion as we had done. We had to step up without much support, which in itself was little dangerous but more of a adventurous.
When we reached at the top, our eyes could look far and wide to a distance. Best site to photograph the landscape, the sunset and the temple. I tested my photographic skills here a lot:
At the end of the day, we had a nice dinner at Indian Dhaba:
Kadhai Paneer with butter Naan and Dal Makhani – the Indian special. I’m not remembering the name of Dhaba but it was fantastic. Finally, our whole excursion was great. I don;t think any trip better this can happen near Kota. We clicked photographs of both sunrise and sunset which I always loved to, we stepped up thousands of stairs, we met our Uncle there and many more such things.
There are few more famous but rare things to do near Kota, may be next time I’ll do that as well. Hence, Rajasthan has really great things to do rather then just beautiful desert. Also visit the “Mount Abu: Rajasthan’s sole hill station“.