Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Photographs from Here and There in Rajasthan... Rustic Rajasthan

Experience the rustic charm of Rajasthan… The villages… The heart of the state!!!

Magnificent doors in the villages painted in vivid colors, the walls are carved with traditional paintings. The small but heavy metal rings act as door bells. These photos were taken in Khatu, Salasar and some other villages that I passed through in Rajasthan.

Traditional doors in Rajasthani villages
Traditional doors in Rajasthani villages
Traditional doors in Rajasthani villages

A top view of a typical Rajasthani village, I took these photos from the terrace in Jhunjhunu where I was staying.

View from the terrace in a Rajasthani village
View from the terrace in a Rajasthani village

And behind every door you will find things that will make you wonder in amazement… Given below are some of the traditional things which are still used in the kitchens in the villages of Rajasthan.

Tea is being brewed on traditional brick and mud fireplace over coal fire.

Tea being brewed on traditional fireplace in Rajasthan

A traditional coarse stone grinder known as Chakki used to grind grains and spices.

Traditional Chakki used for grinding purposes

The clay pot known as Ghadaa or Matka is primarily used to store drinking water.

Earthen pot known as Matka or Ghada in a village home in Rajasthan
Earthen pot known as Matka or Ghada in a village home in Rajasthan

Hung from a ceiling, a Chikka is mainly used to hold earthen pots containing butter which need to be kept out of reach of small children.

Butter stored in chikka in villages of India

One can’t help but recollect how Mother Yashoda used this chikka to protect butter from her mischievous son Krishna. But Lord Krishna always had the last laugh as He and His friends still managed to steal it by forming human pyramids. The festival of Dahi Handi is still celebrated on Lord Krishna’s birthday, depicting this fascinating leela.


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40 comments:

  1. This is fascinating! I love the chikka, and the fun story about Lord Krishna; the chakki looks as if it's been used for hundreds of years, maybe more; altogether an old world that is new to me. Thank you for sharing this with us, and thank you for visiting my blog. I love to have visitors and comments.
    -- K

    Kay, Alberta, Canada
    An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

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  2. it's always interesting to know about other country's traditions and cultures. thanks for sharing your world. i enjoy your previous posts too.

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  3. What a great photo tour of an interesting place. I enjoyed it very much. Thanks for commenting at my blog.

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  4. I happened to reach your blog and am glad about it. I've recently had a delightful experience in the rural parts of Rajasthan and therefore can identify your enthusiasm in presenting this wonderful post. Rustic charm of Rajasthan indeed!
    Have a lovely day.
    ~celine

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  5. Not just a problem with you on my blog roll, I've tried to leave a comment twice only to be told there is an error and for my comments to disappear - oh well, 3rd time lucky.

    Thank you for pointing out the problem with the blog roll - it seems to happen from time to time (why I don't know) but usually it is a problem with all sites and not just the one. I've tried to 'cure' the problem by erasing you from the memory (as if I could) and re-adding you but to no avail. I don't know what else to try - help!!!

    Anyway, here I am now, viewing yet another wonderful post. You are so right, those colours are vivid but do you know what really caught my eye? The clay fireplace, simply beautiful.

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  6. Not just a problem with you on my blog roll, I've tried to leave a comment twice only to be told there is an error 153 (?) and for my comments to disappear - oh well, 3rd time lucky.

    Thank you for pointing out the problem with the blog roll - it seems to happen from time to time (why I don't know) but usually it is a problem with all sites and not just the one. I've tried to 'cure' the problem by erasing you from the memory (as if I could) and re-adding you but to no avail. I don't know what else to try - help!!!

    Anyway, here I am now, viewing yet another wonderful post. You are so right, those colours are vivid but do you know what really caught my eye? The clay fireplace, simply beautiful.

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  7. Arti, your post is beautiful! I loved getting to explore Rajasthan with you!

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  8. These are wonderful pictures. I love learning about other cultures and cities. Thanks.

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  9. like pics
    chakki pic is beautiful
    beautiful designs doors

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  10. Rajasthan is a rich world in traditons and it is not short of iconic photographic objects. The faded beauty of the buildings tell many stories. The doors are marvelous. Love the muted pastel colours.

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  11. Love these doors - the beauty of every day objects. Rajasthan must be so pretty! And the story of Lord Krishna is sweet! Somehow, i have a connection to Lord Krishna! Have a gorgeous time there Arti!

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  12. Aloha..intriguing series from your travels! My favorite are the doors- I find them so enchanting! Thank you for your warm visit- a wonderful day to you-:)

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  13. Very nice pictures and interesting information!
    Thanks for sharing;o)
    Thanks also for visiting my place and taking the time to comment;o)

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    Have a nice day****

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  14. I love those doors, they are so beautiful and elaborate. And those clay pots - oh yummy!

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  15. Arti, I just read your comment on my blog. You are right, it says your last post was five days ago, which is why I didn't visit!! There is one other blog on that list that they miss when the woman posts. It took almopst a week once after she posted to show it!! I hate to think I can't trust the blog roll!! But thanks so much for telling me this, please let me know if you notice it any more so I don't miss your wonderful posts!! This one is amazing! Such beautiful, colorful, intricate doors!! And the butter thing kind of puzzles me. Do the children like to get into butter? Would they eat plain butter or just play with it?

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  16. Wonderful photos! Those doors are gorgeous - and a little mysterious. You wonder what lies behind them.

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  17. Wow, how interesting! Love these photos!

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  18. Hello, this is a lovely post, I love those wonderful doors, and the lovely story about the butter. this is a lovely way to learn about other countries and their traditions.

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  19. Arti! WOW! Those first several photos of the old buildings with the BLUE DOORS are captivating and thank you for visiting from such a far away land! ENJOY YOUR DAY! AND THANK YOU...Anita

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  20. Look at those doors, amazingly beautiful!

    You have a wonderful blog. Thank you for stopping by on mine ;-)

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  22. Everything about this post is so beautiful Arti .The doors,culha,chai,matkas,chakki,chikka and you are right after looking at the chikka first thing that comes to the mind is Natkhat Krishna.I have never been to Rajasthan and it is in my travel list.Thanks for sharing this post:)

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  23. great photos . having a nice virtual tour of Rajasthan .

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  24. Lovely photos and blog. The doors are just amazing.

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  25. Awesome photos. Thank you for sharing them with us. Also, thank you very much for stopping my blog and leaving a comment.

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  26. So love the pictures. Sure the tea is amazing.

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  27. These doors and doorways seem to have so much history and many stories hidden.

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  28. Beautiful photography and the simplicity of life in clay, fire and water, is very sacred.

    lovely post.

    joanny

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  29. Oh wow! Such amazing images from a place so far from home! Sure hope I get to visit India one day :)
    Wish you a happy weekend!

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  30. What interesting photos, love them!

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  32. These photographs are just gorgeous --thanks for sharing.

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  33. Awesome, Great Photographs..... CHAI ka baghuna, Chaaki, Design on Matka... Each one looks very attractive.... Really Great Photography.

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  34. Beautiful doors, lovely works of art. There is such a beauty in the handmade necessities of life, and the kitchen is an eye opener to all that. Love the way butter is kept...such creative thinking.

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  35. i love how the pics show a mixture of elegance & rustic-ness all intertwined. lovely!

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  36. too good arti! i m back to ur blog and needless to say ur post made me fall in love and bring back my memories of the village i visited an year ago. i m particularly in love with those gates, they look so unique and strong.
    great captures...keep it up :)

    sarah

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  37. Wonderful pics. Our villages and small towns are the last bastion of age-old cultural memorabilia and artefacts. Someone should preserve them before we lost them altogether.

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  38. Excellent images from remote corners of Rajasthan.

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  39. nobody share such stuff only those who feel can do that.great!

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