Historical Significance

The Kankwadi Fort : sariska_fort This abandoned medieval fort situated in the heart of the reserve tells another grim story of the Moughal Empire. It is believed that the moughal emporer Aurangjeb in the 17th centuary kept his brother Dara shikoh confined here for several years as a prisoner in the battle for succession to the Mughal throne.Thousands of date palms growing around the fort are said to be the result of seeds thrown, after eating the fruits, by the Mughal soldiers, guarding the fort during that period.It is a small but a beautiful fort . Still beautiful paintings can be seen on some of the walls of the fort. Many carnivores especially tigers used this abandoned fort for silent retreat.

Pandupol Pandupole is made of two words i. e. Pandu & Pole. Infact Pandu stands for Pandawas; the five brother heroes of the Mahabharat where “Pole” means “Gate”. The Hindu Mythological belief is that the pandava brothers in a historical game of gamble against their cousions the Kauravas; lost the right to the throne and accepted an exile for thirteen years with the condition that the thirteenth year’s exile should be spent in disguise and if during this year their identity get disclosed then they will have to repeat the entire term of exile once again. It is believed that the thick forests of Sariska tiger land provided the necessary hide out to the Pandavas during their thirteenth year’s exile but the enemy spies could pierce through this top secret and started a thorough search operation by vigorously combing these forests. The Pandavas flew towards Pandupole side where they got traped on all the three sides by hillocks. They could not go back as well for fear of the enemy and then “Bhim”; the mighty brother made a gateway through the confronting hillock by using his historic mace and finally succeeded in their mission. After this legend this gateway was named as “Pandupole”. This is situated at about 21km. from the main entrance of the Sariska Sanctuary. Presently this is 20ft by 15ft wide hole at a height of 300ft from the ground. During monsoon spring flows through this gateway and is a source of great attractin to every tourist visiting Sariska.

Garh Rajore There are ruins, more than thousand years old, of Shivaite and Jain temples in the archeological complex of Garh Rajore. Neelkanth temple of 9-10th centuary is still intact. The Jain temple with a 18ft defaced statue of Lord Mahavir tells a grim tale of political turmoil in the past. This complex is an old deserted township, located in the southern side of the reserve. It is quite an interesting place. The complex has several temples in ruins in a small area of about one sq. km.only. It is believed that it was a university where students from various parts of the country used to study various subjects and philosophy in particular from learned teachers. These temples worked as residential schools to these scholors.

The Sariska Palace : Pandupol More than a century old, grand Sariska Palace breaks the monotony of the forest around. It is situated right on the Delhi – Alwar, Jaipur highway, near the reserve gate. The foundation of the palace was laid in 1890 by the visiting son of Queen Victoria, the Duka of Connaught. Presently this is the property of Shri. Ranjeet Singh of Bikaner who has converted this entire palace into a beautiful heritage resort. This majestic palace stands. on the bank of Rupareil, the only river flowing from west to east of this reserve.

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