The Great Monuments of Narnaul

Enjoy and explore the beautiful undiscovered monuments/ vedic sites at Narnaul. Ride in Tuk Tuk (almost extint now elsewhere)(optional).
Discover the places from history and neglected /discriminated by the Moughals, Governments for Narnaul’s people revolting against them.
 Pandavs, Rishis (saints) lived during Mahabharat. Pir Turkman, Badshah Akbar, Aurangjeb, Birbal frequently visited.
 Sher Shah Suri was born here.
Holy Saints ‘Chyavana Rishi', Rishis Bhrigu, lived and meditated on Dhosi Hill (vedic site), 'Chyawanprash was discovered here. 
This  town was in the centre of  Brahmavarta State, Saraswati and Drishadwati rivers used to flow through this area. This area was centre of Ayurveda.
Swami Vivekanand  used to visit the area frequently.

It has been important town for trade during silk route period. Even it was Capital of North India for some years.


 

Jal Mahal

A building surrounded on all sides by water, was built by Shah Quli Khan, an officer of Akbar and the ruler of Narnaul, in 1591. It represents a synthesis of Persian and Indian architecture and stands at the centre of a large water tank (now dry). The approach through the water was via a causeway from the north which opens through an arched entrance. The main building is surrounded by four minarets which have stairways leading right to the top. However, the lower chambers have by now disintegrated and no trace of them can be found.

Tomb of Pir Turkman

A tomb-cum-mosque complex, it belongs to a muslim saint caslled Hazarat Turkman who setteled in these parts in the 12th century much to the dislike of local Rathore chiefs. The original tomb is capped by a dome, but the pillared verandah was built by the British much later. Additions to the tomb were common even during the Mughal period.

Tomb of Ibrahim Khan Sur

This tomb is a tribute by Sher Shah Sur, the ruler of Bengal and later Hindustan, for his grandfather Ibrahim. The Sur who lies here served as the administrative officer Narnaul, and the monument was created by Sher Shah’s personal architect Sheikh Ahmad Niyazi. The tomb is a perfect example of the Pathan style of those times.

Chor Gumbad

The Chor gumbad is affectionately called the `signboard’ of the town. Standing majestically and isolated upon a rock in the north of the town, this gumbad is a well pplaned square building with a large chamber within and four minarets outside at each corner. Constructed by the Afghan Jamal Khan (as his tomb) during the reign of Feroze Shah Tughlaq, it became a hideout for robber and thieves, thus earning its name (chor means thief).

Tripolia Gateway

Constructed by Shah Quili Khan in 1589 as the main entrance to a garden, the gate has three sides. The Khan’s octagonal tomb (built in red and grey sandstone) and Islam Quili Khan’s lie within the garden complex, named Aram-i-Kausa by Quili Khan. The gate itself is built from broken down masonry.


Chatta Rai Bal Mukund Dass

A large palace built by Rai Bal Mukund Das, the diwan of Narnaul during Emperor Shah Jahan’s reign. This five-storey building has a number of halls, rooms and pavillions, and the Diwan-e-Khas (inner chambers) flaunts marble floors and pillars. Fountains and springs (they don’t work anymore) were made to keep the building as well as the surrounding area cool in summer, the water being sucked in from a well in the southwest. The Persian wheel was used to lift water into reservoirs at various levels from this well so that water could flow down at great speed. The underground chambers (now eaten away) are believed to have had three layers wher light streamed in throughout the day and had tunnels which lead directly to Delhi, Jaipur and Mahendrgarh. Only a basement remains today.

Mirza Ali Jan’s Baoli

This water well or baoli was built by Mirza Ali Jan and can be found towards the northwest of Narnaul. The Mirza was the nawab of Narnaul while Akbar ruled. The baoli is surrounded by a mass of water called Chotta Barwa talaab, and the main structure of the building is shaped like a huge arched gateway carrying a takhat (bed) with a chattri (umbrella) on top. The decorated chattri is supported by eight pillars from where steps lead right down to a well.

Mandir Chamunda Devi

It is believed that Raja Naun Karan the ruler of the area was a devotee of Chamunda Devi. He constructed a temple of the Devi at the bottom of a hill. This temple is in the heart of the city. After the fall of the regime of Raja Naun Karan, this area came under the control of the Mughals. They built a mosque named as Jama Masjid, the biggest masjid at Narnaul on the temple of Chamunda Devi. After Independence, the people of this town started digging and found the temple in torn condition. This temple is now one of the most important and is visited by the people of the town and a big fair is held on the occasion of Ram Naumi.

Dhosi Hills/Chyavana Rishi Ashram

Dhosi hill is believed to be inhabited by Chyavana rishi, who practiced penance here for many years. A temple dedicated to him is located at the top of the hilland a fair is held every year in his memory in the area. Born in Bhirgu dynasty. Chyavana Rishi is believed to be the founder of Bhargava Community. The Bhargava of Haryana are also known as Dhusar(Derived from Vadhusara). Climbing 457 steps, there is a tank on top of the hill, the water of which is regsrded sacred and is visited by many pilgrims.

Tomb of Shah Kuli Khan

Shah Kuli Khan, a protege of Akbar's guardian Bairam Khan, was governor of Narnaul for 42 years. He was responsible constructing some great buildings in Narnaul. He constructed his own Tomb within the Aram Bagh Complex in 1574-75. The two-storyed tomb stands on araised plateform with a narrow passagearound it supportedon projective brackets. Both the tomb and the platform are octagonal with sides 5.2m and 11.5m respactively. The exterior of tomb is clad with red and grey stones and a white dome.

Modawala Mandir

The temple of Lord Shiva is situated at Narnaul-Rewari road near New Bus Stand. This is the only temple of this area where every member of the Hindu family comes for the worship of Lord Shiva and other Hindu deities. A big fair is held here on the occasion of Raksha Bandan. A brief history of this temple is that tb ere was a khet (agricultural land) and a man who was ploughing the land saw the Shiv ling during ploughing. He heard a voice during sleep that he is the Lord Shiva and a temple be constructed here for the benefit of the people. Thus, this temple was built and is now a place of worship. It is the firm belief of the people of the area that every desire is fulfilled by Lord Shiva provided if he is worshipped or named by heart.

Baba Rameshwar Dass Mandir

Baba Rameshwar Dass Temple is situated at Bamanwas, about 25 km from Narnaul in Mahendragarh District. The temple was constructed by Baba Rameshwar Dass. The main wall of the temple separates the village of Tibba Basai in Rajasthan. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, the temple has a 10 feet high Shivling. It has a spacious hall with marble flooring and decorated walls. Marble idols of gods and goddess are arranged in the hall. The walls of the temple is adorned with painted idols and the morals of the Bhagavad Gita, the Ramayana and other religious epics. There is a huge idol (40 feet) of Lord Hanuman on the main entrance. A beautiful Shiva temple is adjacent to the main temple. A large stone image of Nandi can be found in its premises. No cash donations are accepted here. An annual fair is conducted on Ramnavami. Haryana Roadways provides bus services from Narnaul bus stand to this temple.

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