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The princely state of the Jhalas, Jhalawar was created in 1838 AD after being separated form Kota by the British. 6 kms away from the city of Jhalawar, Jhalrapatan, "the city of bells", is quite unique. It was believed to have been built basically to protect the trade caravans as Patan happened to be junction of caravan's routes. The pride of Jhalrapatan is the 10th century Surya (Sun) Temple (Padam Nath Temple). Buit in 10th century, it is one of the best examples of temples architecture of northern India.

It is said that Jhalrapatan originally had 108 temples built over a few centuries, but today the finest amongst them is the 10th century Surya temple. Similar to the Sun temple in Konarak in Orissa, the Surya temple in Jhalrapatan is crowned with a finely carved shikhara (spire). The columns and arches, as you can see here, supporting the roof at the entrance are, as in most ancient Indian temples, richly carved with images of gods, goddesses and other Hindu motifs. However, the Surya temple is no longer used as a temple and has now been adopted as a meeting place for locals who have little better to do. It is fairly common to see people sleeping on the temples’ stone platforms and just hanging around doing nothing, with worship being the last thing on their minds

I just had to include this person in the frame...he was idling around, with his big, bright Rajasthani turban, and a swashbuckling twirled mousche, but I don’t think he was quite amused when he saw me taking his pictures! :-)

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