Manasa Mata and Harshnath Mandir at Sikar

Harshnath Mandir

Located in the Sikar district and about 14 kms away from the district headquarters of Sikar, Harshanath is an old Hindu temple. This ancient temple is famous for the ruins of a 10th century Shiva temple located on Mount Harsha on the Aravali range. The temple was initially developed by Shingraj, the erstwhile Emperor of Ajmer. The origin of the temple dates back to 973 AD but was destroyed later by Aurangazeb, the Mugal Emperor in6. Rao Shivsingh made a new temple abutting the old temple and using the ruins from the old temple in 1718 AD.

Harshwardhan mandir Sikar

Harshwardhan mandir Sikar

Around this ancient temple you will also find ruins of several other temples. The pillars that are profusely carved and the figure of Goddess Parvati in standing posture are among the major attractions within the ruins.

Generally speaking, this is a site that could be of greater interest to visitors with interests in archaeology and ancient arts.

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Sikar – Ancient Part of Rajasthan

Sikar is an important part of your Rajasthan, India itinerary offering a mix of history, archaeology, ancient temples and fortresses.

Sikar can be easily reached from Jaipur (nearest airport) or New Delhi by road and the distance of about 250 kilometers can be covered in about 4 hours. If you are taking a road trip from Jaipur or Agra, you will also have the advantage of expressways (toll roads) and the distance of about 130 kilometers can be covered in 2 hours or less. Another option would be to travel by train from Jaipur which is about 100kms from Sikar.

There are about 5 trains from Jaipur on a daily basis though advance reservations may be needed for a comfortable journey. You can also consider traveling by train by New Delhi to Sikar by train but that option is best suited to people who are looking for a relaxed style of travel. Fathepur, Nawalgarh and Jhunjhunu are the other important destinations within the Shekawati region of Rajasthan distanced by about 100 kilometers from Sikar. 

Sikar is more a part of your Shekawati region itinerary. The entire region is sometimes called the ‘Open Art Gallery’ because of its wealth of crafts, architecture and traditional arts. Much of these belong to the 18th and 19th centuries when Rajasthan was at its height of glory.

Laxmangarh Fort, Sikar

Laxmangarh Fort, Sikar

The central attraction when you arrive in Sikar is undoubtedly the Laxmangarh whose history dates back to 1862. Laxmangarh is also the place where you will be treated to some rare frescoes and a distinct style of architecture that the fort presents. Apart from the fort, you can also explore a series of Havelis (abode of the wealthy) and these include:-

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