Save the World's Largest Open-Air Art Gallery - Ramgarh Shekhawati
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” People without knowledge of their past history, origin and culture are like a tree without roots” – Marcus Garvey
Ramgarh Shekhawati is a hidden treasure cave for Arts and History lovers. The place is embellished with breathtaking traditional paintings which will leave travelers in awe of the grandeur, majesty and royal charm of this once upon a time the richest towns in the 19th century of India
Shekhawat was the hub of international trade and an important halt in the silk route. It was a city where all dreams of man came true. People from far off lands came here to sell their arts and crafts. These havelis have been adorned with the colorful history, culture, local legends and religious tales.
Unlike, other towns in India named after the ruling kings and nawabs, Ramgarh was founded in 1791 by the Poddar family. It was one of the first companies registered in India in the 19th century. It is famously known as the ” City of Seths”.
A walk down the streets of Ramgarh Shekhawati will take you two hundred years back into the homeland of richest people of India. They were known for their compassion and generosity so much that they often competed against each other on those terms.
Ramgarh was also known as ” Chhtoi Kashi” as it was a center of arts, culture, heritage, and education. There were schools, colleges, and institutes for Ayurveda, languages, and astrology and other sciences. The students had access to free education, accommodation and unlimited opportunities for growth.
It is difficult to believe but this marvelous city has been abandoned by the very Seths who built it. The hauntingly beautiful sites are in desperate need of conservation and restoration. It faces the gruesome challenges of vandalism, ignorance by its owners, negligence and forced urbanization. It is a disgrace to the creative genius of the artistic people who built this magical city.
An English traveler in the 1830’s described Ramgarh as singularly striking and giving reality to a vision drawn from eastern romance. The buildings are all constructed from gravel grey hardpan, numerous handsome houses of the Seths ( businessmen) some of which are on a magnificent scale, ornamented and painted in various devices outwardly, the neat high walls and the gateways and the cenotaphs of the suburb stand in contrast to the deserted ruins all around. It serves as a scene deserving to be allied with enchantment.
I would especially like to thank Mr.Anand Pachlangia who started this battle alone and inspired thousands of people to save our heritage through his website - RAMGARH SHEKHAWATI
The question is if we will not preserve and protect what our ancestors left for us, who will?
By signing this petition, we ask Archaeological Survey of India and Heritage Conservation Department to take necessary actions to conserve and protect the Heritage city.
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