Sitabari is situated about 45 Kms from Baran in Kelwara kasba on National Highway road connecting Shivpuri-Gwalior. This is one of the most places of pilgrimage in the district. It is popularly held in the area that 'Sita mata' had lived in this place after being left by Lord Rama. This place is also known as the birth-place of Luv and Kush. There are several Kunds in Sitabari namely Balmiki Kund, Sita Kund, Laxman Kund, Surya Kund, Lav-Kush Kund. Sita-Kuti is also situated in the forest area near the temple. The tribal Sahariya fair is held at this place in the May/June every year. Sitabari also serves as an ideal picnic spot.
Kakoni is situated about 85 Km. from Baran district headquarters in the Chhipabarod Tehsil. It is surrounded by the Mukundra mountain ranges and on the bank of Parwan River. Found here are a number of ancient temples. It is said believed that the temples have been built in the 8th century. Remains of Vaishnav, Shiv and Jain temples are found here. Most of the statues of the Kakoni temples are kept in the museums at Kota and Jhalwar district. Archaeological department has announced the place as secure since 1970.
Ramgarh-Bhand Devra temples are situated about 40 Kms from Baran. The place has been named thus due to the Maithun statues found here. The Shiv Mandir of Ramgarh was built in the 10th century and is based on the style of the Khajuraho temples. It is thus often known as Rajasthan'smini Khajuraho. The temple is situated along the banks of a pond, and is now under the archaeological department. On the top of the Ramgarh hill, the Kisnai and Annapurna Devi temples are situated in a natural cave. About 750 stairs were constructed by Jhala Jalim Singh for reaching the temple on the hill top. The main speciality of this temple is that one Devi is worshiped with Meva and another is worshipped with Mas-Madira. At the time of Parshad, a curtain is raised between the two Devis. A fair is also organised during Kartik Purnima.
The Brahmani Mataji Temple is about 20 Kms away from Baran in the village of Sorsan. The statue of Brahmani Mata is situated under a large natural rock in the cave. The Akhand Jyoti has been continuously flowing in the temple since the 400 years. A fair is organised on Shivaratri every year.
Tapasviyo ki Bagechi is situated nearly 1 Km from Shahabad city. Found here are large statues of Shivling and Nadiya. This beautiful place is surrounded by mountains and a place of great natural beauty. The place was used for betel farming previously, and the remains of the same still exist in a ruined state.
Shahi Jama Masjid is situated in Shahabad city and 80 Kms away from Baran city. This masjid was beautifully constructed during the reign of Aurangzeb. Its pillars and mehrab are beautifully constructed and worth seeing.
Thus mentioned above are the various places of pilgrimage tourism in the district of Baran.
(Last Updated on : 21-02-2014)
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