Bhindawas Bird Sanctuary is located 15 km from Jhajjar town in Haryana and three hours’ drive from Delhi, the capital of India. It is spread over an area of 1074 acres. The primary attraction of the sanctuary is its magnificent lake which draws approximately 35,000 varieties of migratory water birds comprising more than 250 species from various regions of the world.
Spread over an area of 440 acres, the lake is surrounded by a man-made 12 km embankment which was basically built to trap water that escaped from the Jawaharlal Lal Nehru canal through a tunnel whenever the lift system stopped functioning during the power failure.
The sanctuary has acquired an ecological importance in view of the diminishing water level in the world renowned Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary in Rajasthan. It is a haven for birds here. The spectacular lake is a veritable feast to the eyes.
It contains a number of tiny islands which serve as nesting place for the birds. It is not possible to ‘shoot’ the beauty of the vast expanse of water without exceptionally powerful lens.
Beri Mandir is so called because it is situated in Beri town in district Jhajjar. It houses the idol of goddess Bhimeshwari Devi. According to scriptures Lord Krishna asked Bhim to bring their kuldevi, or family goddess, to the battlefield of Kurukshetra to seek her blessings for victory.
Bhim, accordingly, visited mountain Kinglay, the abode of the goddess and requested her to accompany him to the battlefield. The goddess accepted his prayer with the proviso that he would carry her in his lap and not drop her on the way.
As the great warrior was bringing her he experienced a strong urge to ease himself. He, therefore, placed the goddess under a beri tree. When he came back, the goddess refused to accompany him any longer because he had broken his word. She, therefore, stayed put at the spot and sent him back.
When the battle of Mahabharat ended, Gandhari, the queen mother of Kauravs passed by the Beri tree and built a temple at the spot. This may probably be another reason why the temple is so named. An interesting feature of the temple is that married couples visit it to retie their nuptial knot in the presence of the goddess.
Bua Wala Talab in Jhajjar has a heart rending 375 years old story of true love behind its construction. According to the legend, one day Bua, the brave and vivacious daughter of Mustaffa Khan, a satrap of the Nawab of Jhajjar, rode her horse to a forest.
Unluckily she was attacked by a tiger and screamed for help. Hearing her cries, Hassan, a poor but handsome wood cutter who was working close by rushed to the spot. He killed the tiger and brought her back in a grievously injured state.
The grateful father of Bua offered a reward to the woodcutter, but was taken aback when he requested for the hand of his daughter in marriage. Mustaffa Khan grudgingly accepted his request but postponed the event for some time. One day he asked Hassan to join the Nawab’s army and go a battle field. The wood cutter obliged, but was killed in the battle.
Established in the year 1959 by Swami Omanand Saraswati, its current director, the Archaeological Museum of Gurukul, Jhajjar has grown to be the largest in Haryana. The museum has acquired a vast collection of exhibits through the untiring efforts of its founder.
It has a huge assortment of antique idols and coins brought in from various states of the country including Rajasthan, Haryana, Punjab, Allahabad and Bareli in Uttar Pradesh. The museum also houses a large variety of big and small idols related to the period of Lord Rama.
On display, for example, is the statue of the Panchwati deer, in whose form Ravana appeared to kidnap Sita. There are several exhibits depicting the Mahabharata period. For example, there is a painting showing the Chakravyuha where Abhimnayu was trapped and killed.
There is also an image of the chessboard. One can see unbelievably interesting items. There is, for example, Nilgiri’s barrels made of the camel’s skin, a chain without joints, miniaturized agricultural implements inserted into a bottle and a flexible stone found from the hills of Kaliyana.
There is a big collection of antique coins displayed in glass boxes. The coins have been brought from a number of countries such as Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Pakistan, Japan, Thailand, Russia, Burma, Canada, France, England, Australia and several other countries.