Haryana

Sanjeevni – A Ray of Life

Statue of Rao Gopal Dev, Rewari

Rao Gopal Dev was a nineteenth-century revolutionary leader in Rewari, India, who had allied himself with his cousin, Rao Tula Ram, during the Indian Rebellion of 1857.
Now there is Rao Gopal Dev chowk is situated at Rewari, where Narnaul and Mahendergarh road are departed from the chowk and a statue of him have been built in his memory and inaugurated by the Haryana Chief Minister on 16 December 2008

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Aunt’s Desert

Aunt preparing desert, in village at Haryana, India. In Haryana, people pay respect to all elder ladies who are senior to your mother, by addressing them as ‘Tai’ (ताई). So the first name for this picture intuitively came as Tai Ki Kheer (ताई की खीर). But to get the meaning for universe, I had to pick title of universal language. Hence Aunt’s Desert it is.

Given the background now, Tai is cooking desert which is called Kheer (खीर) in a traditional brass vessel, flamed up on a bonfire, you can say its Tai’s bonfire recipes. Kheer is a South Asian rice pudding made by boiling rice, broken wheat, tapioca, or vermicelli with milk and sugar; it is flavoured with cardamom, raisins, saffron, cashew nuts, pistachios or almonds. It is typically served during a meal or as a dessert.

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Ice Block Maker

Baoli Ghaus Ali Shah, Farrukhnagar

An old baoli or step-well was built by Ghaus Ali Shah, a local chief during the reign of Mughal emperor Farrukh Siyar. Built out of stone, lime plaster and bricks, this baoli wears some resemblance with the Turkish hammam. The water tank in the center is surrounded by a verandah with well-framed arches on all sides. There are also chambers for relaxation and recreation on the upper storeys.

Black Winged Stilt

Sethani Ki Chhatri

An elaborate memorial cenotaph in the shape of a two-storeyed chhatri, which is a pillar pavilion is situated on the Jhajjar road at the entrance to the town. It has eight arched openings on each floor and floral decorative motifs are used profusely. Chhatri though typical to Rajasthani architecture, it was later adapted into Mughal architecture. The name suggests that it belonged to a merchants wife, and is decorated with inscriptions and frescoes from Haroti region in Rajasthan.
An inscription within the ceiling frescoes dates it to Vikram Samvat 1918, i.e. 1861 AD.