The Thar is more characterized as the flat lands unlike how we tend to understand.There is a harshness and purity to it which travelers from the ancient Silk Road found peace and solitude in.It would be unfair to say that we were the first ones to visit them,as the Chinese motif of lion atop Shiv temple hints the history with China dated long back standing proudly the test of time.
/*Please note that Temple Trails were part of Suryagarh Trails.Do know more,click here*/
The Shiv Temple ‘Muhar Mahadev':Our First Stop
As we pass through the stretch of land with munga plants,old jaal tree which people when they have nothing to eat they eat the small fruits of the plant,Ker and Sangri we saw a no - road ahead our vehicle was driving towards.It was a patch of land,with a well on one side and a small temple on another.200 years ago the well was built for people and the cattle to drink water.
Opposite is the local village temple built in the 16th century,the remnants of which still remain.In front of the temple were the wishes in the form of Nandis.
It so happened that if people make a wish and it comes true,they built a Nandi .It was where Siddharth chose to have a little chit chat with the panditji who owned a red jeep,while we forgot his existence and moved ahead later to realize our gang is shorter by one man who was even offered a lift in the jeep by Panditji before we came to pick him back!
Horses,Wild Camels and Saanda
Passing through the famous breed of warrior horses of Rajasthan on the way,we had our cameras ready for what seemed like nowhere.The yesteryear Marwari horses has their ears standing up making them different from the regular horses on the way.Much to our surprise,they are still found in MP,Rajasthan and Gujarat.
Then came the Wild camels on the way.Unlike what we think of about Camels that they are highly domesticated beings,there are some who wander in groups in the wild who belong to no body.While moving in one of the desert oasis on the same night,we had a chance for the night Camel Safari “Not the wild ones though”.Climbing a camel to me every time is an adventure , specially when it suddenly gets up leaving you almost stunned with a frightened sense of excitement and you feel like you are on top of a tower which moves a little up ,a little down on the way.For us,after a moment of a little ‘getting used to the up-down of the camel” in the dark,we started enjoying the ride.
After we had forgotten our dear Siddharth to the tales of Baba at the Shiv temple,we rode our way to find the Saanda.Saanda(Saara hardwickii) is a spiny-tailed lizard hunted by the local people in the belief that the fat extracted from it is an aphrodisiac.They are quick to respond to any movement and hence every time we tried to capture it,it hid himself in the holes which it created.
One of the men from the villages,tried to put his hand to take out one,only to find that they were gone.Nonetheless,we could a see lot of them,when we were in our vehicles.As we play hide and seek with the "Aphrodisiac Saanda" we have some more stories coming up for the Amazing Temples in Jaisalmer very soon :)