An Unbelievable Sight which I Stumbled Upon During Jungle Safari in Ranthambore National Park

Ranthambore National Park needs no introduction to the wildlife lovers as we all know this famous tiger reserve forest in India for being the habitat of the legendary tigress named Machli, which was the most photographed and documented tiger in the wild when alive. I was so fascinated by the tigress Machli that I always wanted to visit the Ranthambore tiger reserve to watch her in its natural habitat, but for one or another reason I couldn’t have managed to visit here earlier before the tigress died last year.

ranthambore national park

However, even after her not being physically present here anymore, our trip to the Ranthambore forest was stirred by our love for her as I often watch her videos and see her photographs shared by various wildlife photographers and tourists who happened to click her picture when she was alive and ruling the Ranthambore tiger reserve as a queen. We had booked the two safaris – one in the morning and one in the evening. And, we were really lucky as we got the sight of a tiger in our first safari as well as the sight of a tigress with her three cubs in the second safari on the same day.

We were really blessed that day as we got to see the tigress and her cubs from the few meters of distance that too for around one hour as they were resting lazily and playing with each other completely aloof from what was happening around them. The mother tiger was dozing off while her cubs were trying to play with her and thus not letting her sleep. Such an amusing mother-child playfulness of the most dangerous species of the wild was rare for any human being to see. We felt as if we were some special guest of Nature so awarded with such an enchanting sight.

Baboon in ranthambore

Though we were very much content with the sight of the tigress and her cubs, but there are many other animals in the forest which draw our attention with their beauty and behavior. Apart from the tiger, we also got amazing chances to spot honey bears, crocodiles around the lakes along with the abundance of deer and monkeys which were almost everywhere in the forest. We have also seen a good number of exotic birds which I had never seen before in any other sanctuaries where I had been earlier in India. They were indeed very beautiful and mesmerizing birds, perhaps they were migratory birds as I guessed.

Frankly speaking, my 2-day trip to Ranthambore National Park with friends was very much enriching for me and it really gave me much needed breathing air away from my chaotic work life in the city. This beautiful park offered me an opportunity to have a rendezvous with some of the amazing wildlife in their natural habitat. I will recommend every wildlife lovers to visit this tiger reserve as most probably you will be bestowed with tiger sighting along with other wild animals and amazing natural beauty.

Trinetra Ganesh Temple – An Ancient Temple amidst the Ranthambore National Park

Would you believe if I tell you that there is a temple in a remote, tranquil place in Rajasthan which receives around 20 kg of letters every day and all of them are conscientiously read by the priests in front of Lord Ganesh?

Yes, that’s true!

A temple dedicated to Lord Ganesha which is located inside an old Fort amidst the dense forest away from the populace is receiving such a huge number of letters every day.

You must be wondering what these letters are for and who sent them.

For your information, all these letters contain formal prayers and requests, wedding invitation cards, invitations to various auspicious functions, wish petitions, thanksgiving letters and various others addressing to Lord Ganesha, the premier deity of the Temple.

The priests of the temple used to read all these letters in front of the Lord Ganesha as devotees believe that if their prayers, requests and invitations will be read in front of the Lord Ganesh idol here then it will be heard and resolved quickly by him, the Obstacle remover god.

Due to this eternal devotion and faith towards the Lord Trinetra Ganesha, the devotees from all over the world convey their problems and requests directly to the Lord through the letters.

The Trinetra Ganesha of Ranthambore is believed to be the Pratham Ganesha who is worshipped first before performing any auspicious ritual in the Hindu religion. Lord Ganesha is a symbol of auspiciousness and also known as the Lord of Intellect and the destroyer of obstacles. It is believed that worshiping him brings good luck and fortune.

The Trinetra Ganesha Temple in Ranthambore is considered as one of the oldest temples in India and the only temple in the whole world where Lord Ganesha is with his whole family.

The temple is situated in the mighty Ranthambore Fort which is located within the Ranthambore National park, a highly celebrated wildlife sanctuary in the Sawai Madhopur district of Rajasthan. The Ranthambore Fort is the tenth-century fortress lies on the Aravali Hills and a World Heritage site.

Historical Legend of the Temple

Known as one of the oldest Ganesha Temple in the world, this pilgrimage center has been said to be built in 1300 by the great king of Chauhan dynasty, Hammir Dev Chauhan.

It is said that the king Hammir Dev prayed to Lord Ganesha when his kingdom was in trouble during an ongoing battle with the Sultan of Delhi, Ala-ud-Din Khilji in 1299 AD. The king dreamt the very night that Lord Ganesha appeared in front of him and promising that his trouble will end the next morning. Miraculously, the war ended the next morning and also an idol of Lord Ganesh with three eyes was found.

Later in 1300 AD, the King Hammir Dev installed the Lord Ganesha idol along with his wives Sri Riddhi Siddhi and his two sons Shub and Labh.

Ganesh Chaturthi Festival

Ganesh Chaturthi festival is the main festival of this temple and celebrated with much vigor and dedication. Many thousands of devotees visit from different parts of the country to worship Lord Ganesh during the festive period. The Wednesday is the special day in this temple as this particular day of the week is dedicated to Lord Ganesh. However, if you don’t like the crowd, then you should avoid visiting this temple during the Ganesh Chaturthi festival as the place is much crowded with the devotees who come here for the Darshan and Puja.

Address of the Trinetra Ganesha Temple, Ranthambore-

If you have any auspicious occasion at your home, then like many other devotees you can also send the first invitation to Lord Ganesha through the postal service.

You can mail your letters or marriage invitations to Lord Ganesha at the address mentioned below:

Sanjay Dadhich,

Dadhich Sadan,

Opp. Hotel hill View Ranthambore Road,

Sawai Madhopur (Rajasthan) 322021.

Landline No : +91 7462 220 655, +91 7462 228 01.

Mobile No : +91 9414 045 263, +91 9784 407 076.

NOTE:  Please send your marriage invitations 15 days prior to the occasion so that it can be offered to Lord Ganesha in time.

Five Places You Should Not Miss to Visit in and around the Ranthambore National Park

What could be more adventurous than the confronting the wild beasts in their natural habitat! Nothing could trigger your adrenaline rush more than this. Nothing could make your heart beat stop than seeing a tiger just few yard away from you. Isn’t it? Of course, all of you who have visited any tiger reserve forest even once in their life and got the sighting of this amazing predator will concur with me on this. If you haven’t been on any such adventure trips, you are missing a great adventurous feeling. And, the Ranthambore Tiger Reserve will be the best option if you want to drive right away for such adventure trip.

With the escalating number of tigers in the recent years, the Ranthambore National Park becomes the prime spot for the wildlife enthusiasts from all over the world. And, adding the spice, the internationally famed star tigers here attract tiger lovers from all over the world just like a magnet attracts iron. Spread in the large landscape filled with a massive number of dry deciduous trees and small shrubby plants, the Ranthambhore forest offers you a quaint view of a forest. However, the forest has large greenery covered hilly areas in comparison to the other regions of Rajasthan which are famous for their desert landscape.

The Ranthambhore National Park is located around 10 km from the Sawai Madhopur district of the Rajasthan and can easily be accessible from all the important locations of India as well as the Jaipur International Airport is around 160 km and directly connect through the road and the rail making it easily accessible to the wildlife lovers of the world. Now coming to the point, here are the five places in Ranthambore which you should not miss to visit while you are in Ranthambore for the adventure trip.

Climb Up to the Mighty Ranthambore Fort:
It’s an irony that most visitors often focus only on the tiger sighting and ignore the stunning Ranthambore Fort which is located in the heart of the large forest. The fort stands proudly since the mid of the 10th century, when it is said to be constructed in the reign of Chauhan Rajput ruler Sapaldaksha. The fort is the living testimony of the glory and grandeur of Rulers of the Ranthambore region. The overlooking view of the entire forest and hills from the top of the fort is very enchanting and magnificent. You can visit the Fort in your own car, but you have to keep the pollution clearance certificate of your car handy with you as you can’t enter the forest without showing it at the entrance.

On the way to the fort, you might get the sight of various wild animals or even you can get a glimpse of the majestic ruler of the forest, the royal tiger as the way to the fort passes through the forest. So, don’t get hassled by the sight of sambhars, deer, hyena, leopards and langurs in your way to the fort. The historicity of the interiors of the fort is marvelous and testifies the glory and valor of the Chauhan dynasty. There is a famous temple of Lord Ganesha inside the fort, which is visited by the plenty of devotees every day. Also, there is a Digambar Jain temple, a Dargah and a mosque inside the fort. If you want, you can hire a guide here.

Savor the Tranquility of the Kachida Valley:

With mesmerizing lush greenery, the Kachida valley will captivate your mind with its natural beauty and the tranquil environment. You will fall in love with this valley at the first sight. The terrain of the valley consists of many rocky outcrops, an abundance of water bodies, low hills and a large green expanse. The valley is located at the edge of the park and populated by the Panthers in majority along with the other animals like sloth bears, wild boars and deer. This valley is home to panthers as they don’t venture deep into the jungle to avoid conflicts with the tigers.

Submerge into the history at Raj Bagh Ruins:

With the ruins of prehistoric monuments, The Raj Bagh ruins will take you to the voyage of a prehistoric era. The wracked stone structures of palace outhouses, arches and domes are the reminder of the bygone Royal era of Rajasthan. The historic monumental remains here are not only a testimony of the imperial epoch of the past but also enhance the scenic beauty of the landscape. Seated idly in between the two famous lakes, Padam Talao and Raj Bagh Talao, it gives a visual delight to the visitors.

Jogi Mahal – Now Ruled by Tigers:

The famous Mahal on the bank of the Padam Talab in Ranthambore is known as Jogi Mahal, which was once the resting abode for Jaipur Royals when they used to visit Ranthambore for hunting excursion. The Padam Talao is known for having the water throughout the year, even when most of the Ranthambore forest is dry during the summer season and thus thirsty tigers often visit here to drink water making it the best place to hunt tigers. Later, the Mahal was converted into a forest rest house for the tourists, but after a poaching incident here, it is closed for tourists to stay here or visit inside, but one can make a stop here during the safari and view it from outside. As for now, good tigers sighting has been reported in and around this area, making it a good location to spot a tiger. Besides this, the place is a visual pleasure for nature lovers as well.

Get a Tiger for Yourself at Dastkar Ranthambore:

It is a must visit place outside the Ranthambore National Park to buy a souvenir and other handmade beautiful and useful items for yourself. From handmade tiger toys in various sizes and wildlife painting to a large variety of handcrafted handbags, bed sheets, cushion covers, sandals and many more items, you can go on a shopping spree here. These handmade items are based on the wildlife themes and are not only beautiful and fancy but durable too and available at a very reasonable price. There are traditional jewelries, hand crafted and block printed dupattas, skirts and many other items to carry home. Just visit here and take a look.