Bagore Ki Haveli - Here is the world's largest turban

Bagore Ki Haveli - Here is the world's largest turban, it has information about the famous Bagore Ki Haveli of Udaipur which is now used as a museum.

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Along with lakes, palaces and temples, the mansions here are also quite famous in Udaipur. Among these havelis, Bagore ki Haveli has a distinct identity.

This mansion, which is almost two and a half centuries old, is known for preserving its cultural heritage along with architecture. This mansion has 138 rooms, windows, decorated arches, corridors, chowks and long wide verandahs.

Presently this mansion comes under the West Zone Cultural Center and has now taken the form of a museum. Along with the museum, many types of cultural programs are also organized in the evening.

Bagor Ki Haveli is built next to Gangaur Ghat behind Jagdish Temple. The distance of Bagor Ki Haveli from Udaipur Railway Station is about three and a half kilometers.

One has to enter the mansion by purchasing a ticket from the ticket window at the gate of the mansion. There is a big square in front in which beautiful stone carvings are visible in the form of two-storey lotus-shaped windows and fountains.

On one side of this main square there are sections called Shahi Gatha and on the other side there are sections called Weapons Museum and Royal Wedding. Porshan's mansion with lotus-shaped windows and fountains has an entry from one side and an exit from the other side.

After going up the stairs, there is a square on the first floor on the left side, in the middle of which there is a Neem tree. It is called Neem Chowk.

There are windows in this square which have beautiful and intricate stone carvings. These are the same windows which appear in the shape of lotus at the time of entry into the mansion.

There are some paintings and a fountain in Neem Chowk. In the evening, the atmosphere here becomes quite cultural because in the evening, a heritage folk dance show is organized in this Neem Chowk.

In this dance show, cultural dances of tribes along with Chari dance, Bhavai dance, Teratali dance, Gorband dance, Ghoomar dance, puppet dance are presented.

Moving forward from Neem Chowk to the other side, the museum begins, in which the puppet section starts first. It has been named the puppet world.

The puppet section is a very long and wide hall in which thousands of small and colorful puppets are present. These puppets include the king and queen as well as members of the royal court, dancers and elephants and horses.

Many puppets look so lifelike that it does not seem that they are puppets, it seems as if they are all alive and will speak. The special thing about these puppets is that all these puppets are made by hand.

From here, if you go to the upper floor, a panoramic view of the mansion is visible. Along with this, Gangaur Ghat, Amrai Ghat, Lake Palace and Pichola Lake are visible in the distance.

From here onwards comes the second part of the museum which has a two-storey mansion. There is a square in the middle of this mansion which is known as Tulsi Chowk.

There are two stone windows on one wall of the square. The workmanship done on these windows is a unique example of craftsmanship.

This section was used to house the queens along with other women of the royal family. It can also be called Zanana Mahal. There are beautiful paintings installed at various places in the corridor of the mansion.

In this part of the mansion, the royal lifestyle, architecture and cultural beliefs are well depicted in the living room, bedroom, Gangaur room, makeup room, music room, entertainment room, puja room, dining room, bathroom etc.

In this mansion, chess, chaupar, snake ladder and ganjife of the royal era are still present, which were used by the women of the royal family for sports, exercise and entertainment. Grandeur is visible everywhere in these rooms.

Hookahs, sarees, big utensils, soft beds for sleeping, puja materials and a big wooden chest are present here. There are paintings of gods in one room. Kavad of Shri Ramayana and Shri Krishna is kept in one room.

Glass work i.e. Pietra Dura has also been done in some rooms in the mansion. This work also has full royal grandeur. Talking about craftsmanship, the workmanship done in stone lattices is remarkable.

Various types of small and big turbans are kept in a room on the ground floor. These turbans belong to different parts of Rajasthan as well as different states.

One of these turbans is said to be the largest turban in the world. The weight of this turban is said to be 30 kg. The second room is related to music. Various types of musical instruments are kept in this room, prominent among which are Sitar, Sarangi, Veena etc.

From here onwards, there are paintings in the room and murals on the walls. There is a temple built a little further here in which Thakur ji Shri Pratap Narayan is seated. There is also a temple of Mataji nearby.

There were separate basements in the mansion to keep gold and other valuable items. From here onwards there are stairs to exit into the main square.

In the Shahi Gatha section of the main square, there are statues of heads of many princely states of Rajasthan as well as many prominent Maharanas of Mewar.

In the weapons museum, along with various types of shields, swords, knives, spears, axes, bows and arrows, daggers, armor etc., photographs of the then Maharana Sardar Singh, Shambhu Singh, Swaroop Singh and Sajjan Singh, who were adopted from the Bagaur hideout, are also displayed. .

In the section titled Royal Wedding, the methods and customs and rituals of weddings of the royal family have been shown in detail. Many types of models have been made to represent these. This part also appears to be a part of Zanana Mahal.

Some parts of Bagor Ki Haveli are not shown to tourists, including Diwan-e-Khas, Darikhana and Kanch Mahal. These parts are restricted areas where tourists cannot go.

If we talk about the construction of Bagor ki Haveli, then this mansion was built by the then Prime Minister of Mewar Amar Chand Badwa during 1751 to 1778. Prime Minister Amarchand Barwa was not a Rajput but a high elite Sanadhya Brahmin.

Amar Chand Badwa served as Prime Minister during the reigns of Maharana Pratap II, Ari Singh, Raj Singh II and Hamir Singh.

Some historians also claim that this mansion was built by Maharana Sangram Singh for his son Nath Singh.

After the death of Amar Chand Badwa, this mansion came under the control of Maharaj Nath Singh, younger brother of Maharana Mewar.

During 1828 to 1884, Maharana Sardar Singh, Swaroop Singh, Shambhu Singh and Sajjan Singh from Bagor area were adopted and made Maharanas of Mewar. Maharaj Nath Singh's heir Maharaj Bhim Singh built Gangaur Ghat on the banks of Lake Pichola.

In 1878, Maharaj Shakti Singh built a palace decorated with glass work on the Tripolia (three carved doors) of Gangaur Ghat.

In 1930, this mansion was acquired by the Mewar state and was made the state guest house. After independence, the Rajasthan government used this mansion for the residence of state employees.

In 1986, this dilapidated mansion was transferred to the West Zone Cultural Center for its office.

After five years of painstaking restoration work, the mansion was converted into a museum. The Haveli has preserved its ancient form in accordance with the royal lifestyle, architecture and cultural beliefs.

Bagore Ki Haveli can be called a vivid example of reconstruction and conservation of a historical and ancient building.

Gangaur Ghat, Amrai Ghat, Jagdish Temple, City Palace etc. are prominent places of interest near Bagor Ki Haveli.

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Ramesh Sharma {M Pharm, MSc (Computer Science), PGDCA, MA (History), CHMS}

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