Places To See In Jhunjhunu Shekhawati Region Of Rajasthan

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Jhunjhunu has a very musical sound to it. It always brought the visual of a Jhunjhuna – a tinkling toy used to attract and distract infants. Then there are people who use Jhunjhunwala as their surname, proudly displaying their ancestry from this small town in Rajasthan. I put it on my travel wish list when I was reading about the Shekhawati region in North Rajasthan.

Jhunjhunu Jhunjhunu is a town as well as a district. In the ancient Indian literature, this place features as part of the Matsya Kingdom in Mahabharata. It is believed to be the place where Pandavas hid their weapons before taking different roles in the court of King Virata.

In the recent history, it was ruled by Chauhans, Islamic rulers and then finally by Shardul Singh – a descendent of the Rao Shekha, on whose name the region is known as Shekhawati.

Painted Havelis of Jhunjhunu

Like all towns in Shekhawati, Jhunjhunu too has its share of painted Havelis to boast of. Some of the Havelis that I visited and recommend are:

Modi Haveli

Modi Haveli at Jhunjhunu
Modi Haveli

This Haveli is located in the main bazaar of the town. In fact, the bazaar is located at the base of this Haveli. I was pleasantly surprised to pass through the Jhunjhunu library and a few book stores in the market. I entered the Haveli through a flight of steps on the side.

Once I entered through the ornate wooden gate with Ganesha on top in saffron color, it was a typical Shekhawati Haveli. By this time, I had seen many such Havelis and I could make my way through it without any help if need be. Baithak of this Haveli is still in use and paintings well maintained.

Read More – Shekhawati Haveli Paintings – Open Air Gallery Of Rajasthan

Tibrewal Haveli

Paintings of Tibrewal Haveli in Jhunjhunu
Paintings of Tibrewal Haveli

Sri Jhabarmal Tibrewal Haveli is a relatively new Haveli at least in its looks. It is different from most Havelis I saw in Shekhawati is that its paintings are very different, a bit modern if I can say with colors that are more global than Indian. They are not as intricate or thematic as they are in most other Havelis. However, inside the chowk, it was a typical Shekhawati Haveli.

Tibrewal is a major business family from the town. The caretaker told me that they still visit the city at least once a year. They visit every Navratri it seems.

Other Places to See in Jhunjhunu

Walking in and around the Seth Manna Lal Khaitan Marg, I discovered some little-known places in the town. Some of them are:

Satyanarayan Mandir - Jhunjhunu
Satyanarayan Temple

Satyanarayan Temple – Located on the first floor, this looks like a lovely Haveli.

Painted Havelis – Many painted Havelis can be seen here, though I could not capture all their names.

Mira Ambica Bhawan
Mira Ambica Bhawan Plaque

Mira Ambika Bhavan or Khetan Bhavan – An 1887 CE Haveli that was donated to Sri Aurbindo Divine Life Trust in 1987 CE. You can visit this house with lovely gardens and a hostel-like layout inside. A well worshipped Ganesha Murti stood at one end. Around lunchtime, I could not find anyone who can talk about this place.

Mansa Devi Mandir – Located on a rocky hillock this is a small temple in white dedicated to Mansa Devi.

Bandhe Ke Balaji Temple – A temple dedicated to Hanuman.

Mertani Ji Ki Baori
Mertani Ji Ki Baori

Mertani Ji Ki Baori or stepwell – Named after Mertani, the wife of Shardul Singh, this is a massive and impressive Baori. However, due to a lack of maintenance, it is difficult to see it from close quarters. Long and narrow stepwell has multiple levels potentially culminating in a well at the end like Rani Ki Vav in Patan. I hope local authorities see it as the environmental heritage & give it the attention it deserves.

Chirawa Pedha
Chirawa Pedha

Chirawa Pedha – You get typical North India or Rajasthani food in the town. As a vegetarian, it was a delight to get an elaborate vegetarian thali in Rajasthan. Chirawa nearby the town is famous for its Pedhas that comes in a peculiar shape here – pinched in the middle and pressed with a thumb on the sides. It is a delicacy to bring back with you from Chirawa or Jhunjhunu.

Read More – Making of Mathura Pedha

Sati Temples of Jhunjhunu

The most popular temple in the town is that of Rani Sati. Now, I knew there are Sati temples in Rajasthan but I had never visited one. So, in the town, I was keen to visit this very popular temple. Sati in popular parlance is the woman who decides to immolate herself on the pyre of her husband. Those who understand this would tell you, not all women could do Sati. Only those who had the power to do so, and wanted to do so could do it. Historically, it is known that Sati was done by women to escape from the invading armies as they did in Chittorgarh.

After visiting a few Sati temples in the town, I read their stories. All these temples were dedicated to historical women who lived a few centuries ago and had performed some acts of courage. Most of them had fought physically, protecting their families, performing way beyond what would be expected of women. My belief is that it is for their bravery that they are deities for their descendants. What is interesting is they are all called by their names, not their husbands names, not family names, but their own names along with affectionate ‘Dadi’.

I reached Bagad, the place where I was staying in Shekhawati around the afternoon. So, in the evening I decided to visit the Rani Sati Temple.

Rani Sati Temple in Jhunjhunu

I had seen the images of Rani Sati Temple in the town. Almost all of them show the façade on the pistachio green color. The size can be deceptive in images you see on your small mobile screen. When I stood in front of that very façade with a huge parking area in front, I was overwhelmed by its size. It is a huge temple façade.

Famous Rani Sati Temple of Jhunjhunu
Rani Sati Temple

From outside you see only the façade & inside no photography of any kind is allowed. I walked in, crossed the lovely Braj Dwar, and saw one of the cleanest, most well maintained and Bhavya or grand temple in North India.

Braj Dwar of Rani Sati Temple
Braj Dwar of Rani Sati Temple

The main temple is in white marble. It is difficult to guess the age of the temples that are perpetually well maintained. Honestly, to the devotees, it is irrelevant, who only wants the best for their deities. A row of smaller temples leads to the main temple. These are 13 temples dedicated to different Satis from the same lineage. A board clearly mentions that the temple does not propagate the tradition of Sati.

Community Sati Temple

While talking to the priest, for the first time I learned that the Sati temples belong to a Gotra or a community. This one belongs to the Bansal Gotra of the Agrawal community. She is their Dadi Sati or the ancestral grandmother. She came from the Goyal family and was married into a Bansal family. Being a Goyal Agrawal myself, I was dumbfounded at discovering something that I should have known, but I never knew.

Trident as Dadi Sati
Trident as Dadi Sati ( Representative Image)

I sat there looking at the face created around a Trishul or a trident. The Sati temples rarely have a Murti or a depiction of the Sati. They worship her as Shakti depicted by Trishul. Devotees sit in front of the Devi and make a Swastika sign with Henna powder, Haldi and Kumkum while making a wish. I also sat there and made my swastika, hoping to get some divine energy from the Devi.

Swastika and Sri
Swastika and Sri – the auspicious signs

Dadi Sati

Dadi Sati in this temple is believed to be an incarnation of Narayani, or Uttara – the wife of Abhimanyu in the Dwapar Yuga. In this Yuga, she was married to Tandan who had an enviable horse that the king of Hissar wanted. In a fight for the horse, he kills Tandan. Narayani fights & kills the king and his son and then decides to be a Sati, as she had wished in her past life.

I walked around the temple as the sun was setting. There are smaller temples within the temple complex. There is a platform with different forms of Matrikas depicted where evening Puja is conducted with Shakti mantras.

An annual fair happens on Bhadon Amavasya or the no moon day of the month of Bhadon. I am told it attracts lakhs of devotees from the region. People of Jhunujhunu spread across the world come back for this fair. Read more on the temple website.

Khemi Sati Temple

Overwhelmed with the visit to Rani Sati Temple, I sat in the car to head back to the Hotel. I suddenly saw another big temple on the way. My driver said this is Khemi Sati Temple. It was dark, but I decided to visit the temple, or you could say the temple called me.

Khemi Sati Mandir, Jhunjhunu
Khemi Sati Mandir

It was an equally huge temple built in a typical North Indian style of temple architecture. I walked in and walked towards the sanctum. I found myself surrounded by the Murtis of different Swaroops of Devi in the niches of the walls leading to the sanctum. In front of the main temple, two priests were doing the Arti. I sat there looking at the Trishul decorated to look like a face.

Ved Pathshala at Khemi Sati Temple
Ved Pathshala at Khemi Sati Temple

After the Arti priests told me that this Dadi Sati temple belongs to the people of Goyal Gotra. Now I knew why I felt that strong pull from this temple. I had a brief conversation with the priests who then told me about the Ved Pathshala that they run. They took me to the school where I heard young students chant Purush Sukta – a hymn from Rig Veda. I heard about the social projects of the temple and the expansion plans of the temple.

I stepped out like I am stepping out of an ancestral home.

Chavo Veero Dadi Temple, Bagad

Very close to Piramal Haveli, where I was staying was another Sati Temple – Chavo Veero Dadi Temple. Here Chavo is the Dadi or grandmother who is worshipped. Veero was her brother who also died with her in a fight. This was under massive reconstruction when I visited. Read More on the temple website.

Travel Tips

Braj Dwar Rani Sati Mandir Jhunjhunu

  • The town is reachable both from Jaipur and Delhi.
  • You need a day to cover all the things I have mentioned above.
  • You can also do the rest of the Shekhawati region from here, though Mandawa and Nawalgarh are more popular places to stay.

14 COMMENTS

  1. I just realized that I missed some major attraction of Rajasthan during my trip. I definitely love back to visit this beautiful place in near future.

  2. This article is very helpful to everyone. Thank you for sharing this article. And i am waiting for your next article. Thank you once again.

  3. Thank you, Mr. Anuradha Goyal, for sharing this article. It is very helpful to everyone. I am waiting for your next article. I went there about 20 years ago.

  4. Well Rajasthan is my ancestral state. Haven’t been able to visit Jhunjhunu per se. Next trip to Rajastahn would try to. However, have heard about the Rani Sati Temple. Some of my family members have visited the same. Looking at the temple images here realized that it is indeed exceptional and so well maintained.

    And Indeed, Rajasthani food especially sweets are to die for , like the Pedas showcased above 🙂

    Did you eat Daal-Baati-Choorma or Gatte Ki Sabzi or Kair Saangri or something?

    I’m sure this trip would have been quite interesting at a personal level as well as you got to visit Sati Temple connected to Goyals. Tracing and visiting one’s roots is always heart warming.

  5. Love this blog as it helps many people who are looking for some traveling tips and places to visit.i have recommended many viewers this blog so they can get their desired knowledge about it. Love to see more blogs like this.

  6. Thankyou so much mam, for your article that you have posted.Last year i visited Rajasthan it was a well founded place to travel and i have visited the main tourist attractions like Jodhpur, Jaisalmer, Bikaner, Jaipur etc but I don’t know about jhunjhunu Shekhawati because i never heard about this place before.From your post i get to know about Jhunjhunu and its tourist attractions like jhunjhunu town , paintings of jhunjhunu havelis , temples, food etc which allure me alot to visit this place in near future.

  7. I have always been a big fan of Rajasthan but never got a chance to visit.After reading I desrie to visit this place .The places which I liked the most is modi haveli and rani sati temple.As I am foodie I will definitely try these Chirawa pedha this looks super delicious will definitely try these .

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