Kuchaman City

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Kuchaman City
Educational City
Nickname(s): 
Shiksha nagari,Kuncha ki Dhani
Kuchaman City is located in Rajasthan
Kuchaman City
Kuchaman City
Location in Rajasthan, India
Coordinates: 27°09′06″N 74°51′48″E / 27.151727°N 74.863243°E / 27.151727; 74.863243Coordinates: 27°09′06″N 74°51′48″E / 27.151727°N 74.863243°E / 27.151727; 74.863243
Country India
StateRajasthan
DistrictNagaur
Area
 • Total20 km2 (8 sq mi)
Population
 (2011)
 • Total111,012
 • Density5,600/km2 (14,000/sq mi)
Languages
 • OfficialHindi,Marwadi(Rajasthani)
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (IST)
PIN
341508
Telephone code+91-1586
Websitewww.kuchamancity.com
Loksabha = Nagaur Vidhansabha= Nawa City

Kuchaman City is the second-largest city and a municipality in Nagaur district after Nagaur City in the Indian state of Rajasthan. The city includes a few Havelis in the Shekhawati style and a fort overlooking the city. Fresco paintings there depict flowers, motifs, and Hindu mythology.

The local fort is a major tourist attraction and is also part of the route of Palace on Wheels. A few havelis have also opened their doors to the foreign guests, who visit during the winter.

In 2006, part of the Bollywood movie Drona, starring Abhishek Bachchan was shot at Kuchaman Fort.

In 2008, part of the movie Jodha-Akbar starring Hrithik Roshan and Ashwarya Rai was shot at Kuchaman Fort.

Demographics[edit]

As of 2011 India census,Kuchaman City had a population of 81969. Males constituted 51% of the population and females 49%. According to the India Census 2011, Kuchaman City had an average literacy rate of 76.53%, significantly higher than the state average of 66.11% and national average of 74.04%; male literacy was 86.82%, and female literacy was 65.65%; 14.46% of the population was under 6 years of age.

It is a city of Nagaur District in Rajasthan. Kuchaman is a well developed city. There are 30 Wards in Kuchaman City. It is situated on the Jaipur Nagaur route. It is 145 kilometres (90 mi) from Jaipur and 101 km (63 mi) from Ajmer. Kuchaman City has its railway station situated in the outskirts of the city which is about 9 kilometres (6 mi) from the city bus station. The main businesses in the town are salt-processing, vegetable-oil production and local trade. There are many social societies active in the town, such as Kuchaman Vikas Samiti, the Lions Club, the Rotary Club, Narayan Sewa Sansthan, Maulana Azad Educational Society, Madarsa Islamiya Society, and Mahaveer International. Kuchaman City's educational system is fairly developed, and during the last few years, students from other parts of the state have been coming to the city for education. Kuchaman is the only town in Nagaur district to have CCTV cameras installed for security reason thus making it a truly high-tech city in terms of crime control.

Religions in Kuchaman city
Religion Percent
Hindus
75.02%
Muslims
22.78%
Jains
1.96%
Others†
0.24%
Distribution of religions
Includes Sikhs (0.01%), Buddhists (<0.01%).

Events[edit]

Kuchaman, being a culturally diverse and fervent society, celebrates various holidays and festivals. Local religious festivals include the Hindu festivals of Ganagaur festival,Janmasthmi Utsav (Shri Blaji Navyuvak Mandal seva sansthan-New Colony) Ganesh Chaturthi Mela-Ganesh Dungri, Navratri Mahotsav - Balak Young Society, Holi-Kavi Sammelan, Dussehra-Kuchaman Stadium, Islamic festivals of Eid ul-Fitr, Eid al-Adha, Shab-e-Barat and other events like the Kuchaman Marathon, Mahaveer Jayanti, Harayali Amavasya Mela-Bhairav Talaab, Pashu Mela-Bhairav Talaab, Kuchaman Tade Fair-Station Road are observed throughout the town.

Education Centers[edit]

Kuchaman is known as 'Shiksha Nagri' (Education Hub) of Nagaur. There are various Colleges, B.Ed Colleges, ITI, Schools, Coaching Centers, Hostels and other educational institutions in Kuchaman City where students from all over Rajasthan come to pursue their education. Some of the educational institutes from above categories are

Colleges[edit]

  1. Adarsh College
  2. Astha Mahavidhyalaya
  3. B.R.Khokhar Memorial Teacher Training College
  4. B.R.Khokhar Memorial BSTC College
  5. B.R.Khokhar Memorial Integrated College
  6. Bright Minds Mahavidyalaya
  7. Career Point Mahavidhyalaya
  8. D.R. Memorial Mahila Mahavidyalaya
  9. H.P. Kabra College of Computer Science
  10. H.P. Kabra Girls College
  11. Jupiter College
  12. Kuchaman College
  13. Marwar Mahavidyalaya
  14. Marwar Mahila Mahavidyalaya
  15. Mayur Mahavidyalaya
  16. Modern Mahila Mahavidyalaya
  17. Rajeev Gandhi Mahavidyalaya
  18. Shree Narayan Mahavidyalaya
  19. Tagore College
  20. Vivekanand Mahavidhyalaya

Schools[edit]

  1. Ravindra Nath Tagore Senior Secondary School
  2. Nobel Senior Secondary School
  3. Tagore Shikshan Sansthan Sr. Sec School
  4. Tagore Science School, Jusri Road Kuchaman City
  5. B.R.Khokhar Memorial Sr.Sec. School
  6. Saint Paul's School
  7. Saint Anslem's School
  8. Tagore International School
  9. KVS School
  10. Vidhya Bharti Public Sr. Sec. School
  11. Humming Birds School
  12. Apex Academy,
  13. Eklavya academy
  14. Kucha-E-Aman School
  15. Hi-Tech School
  16. KCP School
  17. Sanskar International School
  18. Nalanda School
  19. Apollo Children Academy
  20. VT Sr. Sec. School,
  21. Vikas Vidhya Mandir
  22. Rama Memorial School
  23. Lal Bahadur Shastri Science School
  24. BR Khokhar Memorial School
  25. New Modern School
  26. Aielian Public school
  27. D.A.V. Classes & Academy
  28. Geetanjali public sen sec school
  29. Bharti Children Care School
  30. Kautilya central school
  31. Apex Children Academy
  32. Adarsh International School
  33. allen

And Kuchaman city is the hub of Defence academies in Rajasthan. Almost 200 defence academies are here.

Kuchaman Vikas Samiti[edit]

Kuchaman Vikas Samiti (KVS), established in 1978, runs a number of public service institutions in Kuchaman City.[1] Institutions run by Kuchaman Vikas Samiti include:

  • Adarsh Bal Mandir
  • Vikas Vidya Mandir
  • Kuchaman College
  • B.R. Kabra Mahila Shikshak Prashikshan Mahavidhyalaya
  • B.K. Birla Industrial Training Center
  • K.V.S. public School
  • Sarala Birla Kalyan Mandapam
  • Basant Kumar Birla Baarat Bhavan
  • Bombay Hall - The auditorium
  • Ram Jivan Kabra Rog Nidan Kendra
  • Homiyopaithi Hospital
  • Kuchaman Library

Transport[edit]

Kuchaman City is well connected by rail and road to other parts of country. Kuchaman enjoys central location in Rajasthan. All major cities in Rajasthan lie within a radius of 500 km (310 mi). Kuchaman can be conveniently reached from any part of India by road. The town is situated between the Jaipur, Ajmer & Nagaur, both the towns are situated within 100 and 140 km (62 and 87 mi) radius with Kuchaman being centrally located. The bypass highway from Jaipur to Nagaur, Kuchaman to Kotputli and Kishangarh to Hanumangarh is going from the Kuchaman city. All of three highways connect the city to the states Haryana and Punjab.

Sports[edit]

Common games and sports in Kuchaman include athletics, cricket, basketball, badminton, field hockey, football, tennis, kabaddi, kho-kho and chess. The Kharda Stadium in city is the multipurpose sports venue for sports. The Kuchaman Cricket Club (KCC) is one of several cricket clubs of the Nagaur District.KCC organises the Kuchaman Premier League, a district level cricket League. Kuchaman has also a basketball courts at the College ground of Kuchaman College.

Kuchaman Marathon[edit]

The Kuchaman Marathon has been held since 2011. The event has a special theme every year; it is not only about sports but has a social message with a Green Kuchaman-Clean Kuchaman. Kucaman Marathon is sequenced to make Kuchaman a high-class city and prove its existence on the global map. The Kuchaman Marathon organises every year in the month of February with a cause. Some of the themes namely :

  • Run for Clean City, Green City.
  • Run for No Use of Plastic.
  • Run for Fun & Fitness which created a sports culture.
  • Run for Fight against Child Labour.
  • Run against Cancer and AIDS.
  • Run for Blood Donation.
  • Run for Mother - Save the girl Child.
  • Run for Social Support.
  • Run for Flood affected people.
  • Run for martyrs who fought for Nation.

Biker's Rally[edit]

The Kuchaman Biker's Rally is a Motorcycle rally held annually in Kuchaman City. The event is held every year on 26 January the, on which the Republic day is celebrated. Organised by the Kuchaman Biker's Club, the event attracts around 200 Royal Enfield motorcycle enthusiasts from Kuchaman.

Sightseeing[edit]

Kuchaman Fort[edit]

Kuchaman City and Fort, 2006

Perched atop a 1,000-foot-high (300 m) cliff, the Kuchaman Fort is the most important attraction in Kuchaman. It was built by a Gurjara-Pratihara king during 730-760.[citation needed] Currently a heritage hotel, the fort displays a rich collection of original inlay work in semi-precious stones, glass, and gold paint. The Sheesh Mahal (glass palace) is a sight for marvel. A colorful bazaar, located below the fort, is a great place to shop for handicrafts and fabrics.

Meera Mahal[edit]

The Meera Mahal is an exquisite palace which plays host to the miniature paintings illustrating the life story of Rathore poet-saint Meerabai, the passionate devotee of Lord Krishna. Meera Mahal, which contains a solid display of paintings on the life of Mirabai( who was from the Rathore dynasty and she was a poet Saint). She later married a strong warrior namely Rana Sangha.[1] The passion and dedication with which Meera (a married Rajput woman) worshiped Lord Krishna has been a part of the folklore for ages and is still considered to be one of the finest efforts by any devotee to evince the allegiance to the Lord. Ranjit Singh constructed the Mahal (Palace) and its temple, which contains lok devta and gurus.

Jal Mahal[edit]

Jal Mahal (Water Palace) is a unique concept visualized and implemented with an aim to provide the queens and princesses with a hidden swimming pool. The fort has two swimming pools. Jal Mahal, an underground pool, is royal in every aspect with its supercilious cloisters and arcades. The fort is now a heritage hotel and provides an opportunity to its customers to swim in these pools and envisage the imperial beauties that once owned and used it. Apparently the pool is also capable of controlling the water temperature.

Sabha Prakash[edit]

The Sabha Prakash (Illumination Meeting) used to be the formal chambers for meetings and for holding court to interact with citizens. Many critical decisions for welfare and dispute settlement were delivered from the main hall. The hall itself is decorated exquisitely and is adorned with polished walls strewn with semi-precious pebbles and shingles that are intricately inlaid. The decoration of the Sabha Prakash was deliberately done, keeping in mind the exhaustive exposure it would have to the public eye. The decoration shifts towards the Shekhavati style. However, most of the decoration is unique to the Kuchaman Fort.

Lok Dev Temple[edit]

Built by Ranjit Singh, this temple showcases paintings of Lok Devtas (folk-deity) such as Sant Gogaji, Baba Ram Dev, Sant Ravi Das, and Sant Kabir.

China Pole[edit]

Complete with intricately painted interiors, this pole was constructed by a Chinese traveler who wanted to narrate his travel experiences in a unique way.

Ganesh Dungri[edit]

Ganesh Dungri, is a Hindu temple located in Kuchaman. The grand temple is located on an elevated at Dungari hill in Kuchaman. The temple is sometimes also referred to as the Ganesh Temple. This temple is believed to have been built during the rule of the Raja Hari Singh.

Shakambhri Hill[edit]

Shakti Peeth Shakumbhri, meaning the abode of Shakti Goddess Shakambhari or Shakumbhri, is situated outside the urban area, at a distance of 3 km (1.9 mi) to the South of Kuchaman. Perched in the midst of the Aravali mountain range, this temple is believed to have been built during the rule of the Raja Pratap Singh. Twice a year, in the Ashwin and Chaitra months of the Hindu calendar (during the days of Navratra), the famous Shakumbhri Mela is organised. About 100 meter southeast of Shakumbari lies the Bhura Dev (BHAIRAV) temple which is considered to be the guard of Shakumbari Devi.

Gates of Old City[edit]

  1. Paltan Gate
  2. Kashmiri Gate
  3. Aathuna Darwaja
  4. Hauj ka Darwaja
  5. Dilli Darwaja
  6. Suraj pole gate

Other Places of Interest[edit]

  1. Saafe Wale Saai Baba (The Saai Temple)
  2. Bhairav Talab (Lord Bhairav Temple and Pond Side Picnic Spot)
  3. Shyam Baagh (The Kuchaman Fort Lower Area)
  4. Mukti Dham (Funeral Center and Joggers Park which is the largest Shamshaan Ghat (funeral center) in the state of Rajasthan)[citation needed]
  5. Kharda Stadium- A multi-purpose sports arena in the city
  6. Star City Mall- Shopping Complex with multi-screen theater and food station in it
  7. Digamabar Jain Lord Mahaveera Temple and Chetalaya
  8. Kanoi Park- Public Joggers Park with amusement area for children
  9. Jaav ki Baori- State time property for water harvesting. Prime minister Narendra Modi had also tweeted about the Baori in his official tweeter handle.

Gallery[edit]

Fresco paintings at Kuchaman Fort

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Kuchaman City: Kuchaman Vikas Samiti (KVS), Kuchaman City". Kuchaman City blog. 3 June 2013. Retrieved 19 February 2019.