Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Historic wooden Chariot in Jaipur Khartar Sangh: Old images

Historic Chariot in Jaipur Khartar Sangh 


Historic Chariot at Mohanbadi temple campus, Jaipur

Mr. Chhajulal in the driving seat of wooden chariot

Side view of the historic Chariot in Jaipur

Backside view of the historic chariot in Jaipur

Khartar Gachchh Sangh, Jaipur had started making a gorgeous chariot in the year 1890 for procession of Lord Parasnath, 23rd Jain Tirthankar. It took a long 16 years to complete the work. The chariot was continually used in processions of Lord Parasnath in his birth day Paush Dashmi till the year 2006.

The procession used to start from Sri Suparshwanath temple (Panchayati Mandir, Gheewalon ka Rasta) to reach Sri Adinath temple, Mohanbadi passing through the roads of Johri Bazar, Badi Choupad, Ramganj Bazar and Surajpole Gate. It used to return through the same way to Panchayati temple. The procession of Paush Dashmi now starts from Mohanbadi temple to Gheewalon ka rasta but without the historic chariot on wheels.

  The chariot is a great example of Mogul Rajput school of woodcraft. It is a huge one. It has beautiful craftsmanship. Pair of wooden horses in front of the chariot looks great.

Mr. Girdharilal is a living member of the family who built and maintained the wooden chariot for more that a century.  He has provided me with four historic photographs of the legendary chariot. These photographs are taken somewhat between 1970 and 1980. We are reproducing these images here for your perusal. I hope you will admire the craftsmanship, gorgeousness and beauty of the legendary chariot in Jaipur.

Jyoti Kothari


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