The Desert State Rajasthan has always intrigued Indians and foreigners alike for in numerous reasons – The expanse of the majestic desert, rich cultural history, colorful tradition, and warm hospitality. But there are much more unknown, untold and unexplored facts about Rajasthan that Shatika thinks all Indians should Knows.
1) Rajasthan once used to be a part of the world’s oldest civilization, the pre-historic Indus Valley Civilisation. Excavations at Kalibangan, a town in the Hanumangarh district, about 200 km from Bikaner have revealed artifacts dating back to the ancient civilization along with the discovery of ploughed fields, probably the world’s earliest ones.
2) In Hindu mythology, the state of Rajasthan has an importance all of its own. It is believed that Lord Ram of the Hindu epic Ramayana spent some time in the jungles of Rajasthan during his 14-year long exile, as did the Pandavas from another Hindu magnum opus, the Mahabharata.
3) The ancient city of Mandore, about 10 km north of Jodhpur, is believed to have been the hometown of Mandodari, the chief wife of the demon king Ravana of Lanka, who was killed by Lord Ram.
4) The mystic Saraswati River, one of the main ancient rivers revered by the Hindus, is believed to have disappeared under the sands of the Thar Desert, due to the emergence of the Aravali range of mountains.
5) The Aravalis are the oldest mountain range in India, even older than the Himalayas.
6) The Thar Desert is the largest desert in India and the world’s 18th largest sub-tropical desert. While we have just touched the tip of the iceberg, there are many more interesting facts about Rajasthan – its history, its culture and tradition you name it. Do you know of any such interesting fact about Rajasthan that you think the world doesn’t know? If so, please share with us at firstname.lastname@example.org or https://www.facebook.com/ShatikaSarees/
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