Dhosi Hill

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Dhosi Hill
Dhosi Hill.jpg
Aerial view of Dhosi Hill
Highest point
Elevation 1,170 m (3,840 ft)
Listing List of Indian states and territories by highest point
Coordinates 28°03′40″N 76°01′55″E / 28.06111°N 76.03194°E / 28.06111; 76.03194Coordinates: 28°03′40″N 76°01′55″E / 28.06111°N 76.03194°E / 28.06111; 76.03194
Geography
Dhosi Hill is located in Haryana
Dhosi Hill
Dhosi Hill
Location in Haryana
Location Mahendragarh district, Haryana, India
Parent range Aravali Range
Climbing
Easiest route Hike / scramble
View of Dhosi Hill crater showing various structures
Lava or eruptions lying at Hill
Serpentine Stairs to Dhosi Hill Crater from Kultajpur Side
Remnants of a fort built during medieval period by Hemu
Base of Dhosi Hill
Shiv Kund' Sarovar at Dhosi Hill
Cave on the route of parikrama, which provides shelter to pilgrims
Ancient Shiva Temple on the levelled surface of the hill

Dhosi Hill is an extinct volcano, standing alone in the North-West end of the Aravali mountain range with height varying from about 345 to 470 meters from the surrounding land and 1170 meters from the sea level; has temple, pond, fort and caves on the top and forest around it.

The hill is unique, for the reasons, it has all the physical features of a perfect volcanic hill with distinct crater, lava still lying on it and giving a perfect conical view from top.

Location[edit]

Dhosi Hill is located on the borders of the Indian states of Haryana and Rajasthan. The Haryana portion lies in Mahendragarh district to the south, 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) from Narnaul on Singhana Road; the Rajasthan portion lies in Jhunjhunu district to the north.

While the ground level is about 900 feet (270 m) above sea level, the hill top is another 900 feet above the ground level.


Dhosi Hill Seasonal Waterfall[edit]

The hill presently falls under the administration of three village panchayats, being those of Dhosi in Jhunjhunu district of Rajasthan state and of Thana and Kultajpur in Mahendragarh district of Haryana state. These villages are situated on the three waterfalls that become active during the monsoons that occur in July–August, being created from the overflow of a reservoir at the summit. The waterfalls are mentioned in the epic Mahabharata. Each village also has an ancient water reservoir to augment the supply for villagers and animals.

Fort[edit]

Dhosi Hill has remnants of a fort built by Hemu about 500 years ago. There are thick walls, up to 25 feet (7.6 m) high and 40 feet (12 m) wide on even the steepest slopes and the top of the volcano. The fort was constructed to safeguard the heritage and ashrams on the hill from frequent attacks by Muslim invaders during the medieval period. To replace the old temple, a fort modeled on the temple of Chyavana was built at the crater of the hill in the 1890s by the Bhargava community.

All-weather stairs in stone and lime plaster are constructed on the Kultajpur and Thana sides.

Water sources[edit]

A sarovar (reservoir) that stores rain water for bathing of pilgrims has existed at the summit of the hill for centuries. The stored water contains a few rejuvenating properties and treatment for skin ailments. The water in the reservoir becomes herbal and also cupric because of the quantity of copper in the hill and growth of rare herbs in large quantities.

The reservoir becomes silted over time and is desilted at regular intervals. In 1944, the industrialists Birla brothers, led by G. D. Birla, who hailed from the nearby Pilani village, arranged for the reservoir to be desilted and constructed a proper concrete dam on the site to increase the storage capacity. This was done in the memory of their father, Raja Baldev Rai Birla. A plaque is put on the Dam to this effect which states that reservoir could be used for bathing by all shades of Hindu pilgrims, including Sanatani, Harijan, Arya Samaji, Buddhists, Jains and Sikhs. This plaque shows that there was no caste barrier to use of the facilities.

In 2003, the reservoir was desilted by Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage, a NGO based in Delhi and Haryana.

A well for the supply of water for drinking and other purposes exists on the top of hill which is recharged by seepage and percolation of water from adjoining reservoirs which are charged by the rain water on the hill. The Government of Haryana now provides drinking water at the hill through mechanical uplifting from the base of the hill.

Parikrama[edit]

Those visiting the hill on pilgrimage have performed a parikrama (circumambulation) of it since the time of Shaunak. The 8–9 km parikrama track includes some portions of which are damaged because of landslides.

Temples and religious melas[edit]

Apart from temples at Shiv Kund, halfway to top of hill from Kultajpur side, there are several temples on the crater portion of the hill. Among these is the Chyavana temple, the Shiva temple on the crater, a Devi temple on the hilltop, and a Rama temple next to the Royal Guest House. The Chyavana temple has Shekhawati paintings in the Garbhagrah of the temple and a basement which can be used as a Dharmshala (resting place) for pilgrims. Among other structures on the hill is the renovated Chandrakoop.

Melas are organised on various festivals and other special days. On the day of Somvati Amavasya many people assemble for a holy bath in the sarovars. A map from the 1890s indicates there were then separate Ghats for women, known as Janana Ghats, but now they are abandoned.

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