Baran, a popular district in the state of Rajasthan was carved out of Kota District. The place is covered with forests of Sagavan, Kher, Salan, and Gargsari and the River Kalisindh flows through the region. It was ruled by the Solanki Rajputs during the 14th and 15th centuries. Today this town is somehow forgotten by travellers and hence remains unexplored. Here is a guide to the pious town of Baran.
Kakuni is located at a distance of around 85 km in the Chhipabarod Tehsil of the Baran district. The place is renowned for its temples and is situated on the banks of the Parvan River. These temples are the remains of Jain, Shiv, and Vaishnava temples which date back to the 8th century. Travellers can also see the remains of the Bhimgarh Fort here which was built by King Bhim Deo.
The ruins of the fort
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Bhand Devra Temple is located on the Ramgarh Hill, 40 km away from Baran. It is dedicated to the Hindu Lord Shiva and is popularly known as the 'Khajuraho of Rajasthan'. Located on the banks of a pond, this shrine was built in the 10th century. At present, it is under the Archaeological Department for some renovation work. The temples of Kisnai and Annapurna Devi are also located on the Ramgarh Hill. These shrines are situated inside a natural cave and travellers can reach here by climbing around 750 stairs which were built by Jhala Jalim Singh. One of the deities of the temple is worshipped with meva or dry fruits while the other is offered meat and liquor. A grand fair is organised here annually on the occasion of Kartik Purnima and devotees throng the place in large numbers to participate in the festivities.
The remains of the ancient temple.
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Shahabad Fort is an ancient fort situated on the hilltop in the middle of a forest area. It was constructed in 1521 by Chauhan Vanshi Dhandhel Rajput Mukutmani Dev. It is considered as the strongest and the best fort in the entire Hadoti region. The fort is bounded by the valley of Kundakoh and has 18 cannons. A topkhana or artillery, a barudkhana and some temples are also located in the premises of the fort.
The stairs leading to the fort
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Shergarh Fort is known for its ancient Jain and Brahmanical temples. The place is located beside the Parban River in the Atru Tehsil of Baran. Visitors can see a stone statue called Koshvardhan dating back to 790 AD in the fort.
How to Reach Baran
By Air: The closest air base to Baran is located at Jaipur which is around 312 km from the destination. It is well connected to major Indian cities including Mumbai and New Delhi.
By Rail: The Baran Railway Station is connected to major parts of the country by frequent trains. Trains for Bhopal, Jaipur, Jodhpur, and Kota are regularly available from this railway station.
By Road: Buses for Baran are easily available from nearby places including Jaipur, Udaipur, Shivpuri, Gwalior, Nahargarh, and Shahabad. Tourists can opt for AC or Non AC buses, depending on their budget.
So when are you heading to Baran?
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