Bundi Utsav 2011 was from 14th-16th November 2011. Man Mohak: Folk Dazzle of India programme was at 84 Pillared Cenotaph at 8:30 pm. I along with Ashok ji – The guide was present at the venue little early. The programme was yet to start Ashok ji saw someone far. He requested to follow.
Shri Durgaprasad Mathur ji – scholar of history.
Namaste – said I.
If you want to know history of Bundi Mathur ji is one of the right person – Ashok ji said.
Appointment was fixed. I was ready for the next meet.
Before leaving for Bhimlat Waterfall I and Ashok ji had a meeting with Mathur ji.Â The query to know more about Suraj Chhatri was existing since the day I reached there to watch Sunrise. I requested Mathur ji to share knowledge about Suraj Chhatri. He presented us hand written history of Suraj Chhatri. That was amazing. Thank you – said I.
Below is the summary of narration about Suraj Chhatri by Shri Durgaprasad Mathur ji:
Northern Aravalli range of Bundi, Western mountain top near Taragarh Fort is a Chhatri named as Suraj Chhatri. King of Bundi Shri Shatrushalya princess Shyam Kanwari ji constructed this Chhatri in the year 1674 (samvat 1730).
It is situated on top of 11.8 feet platform. One can reach the platform after climbing 12 stairs.
Sun God idol is installed on top of platform. Sun God is sitting in Padmasana within the chariot of seven horses run by a charioteer and having lotus within one hand . Devlok Ki Pariya also present within the sky.
Chhatri is supported by 16 pillars measuring 7.8 feet. The total height of Chhatri is 19.3 feet and circumference 120 feet. Khagolshastri believe Chhatri is situated at a location where morning Sun rays reaches first.
Yes. We were there early morning to watch Sunrise – said I. It is indeed beautiful location.
Bundi Rajya Ka Sampoorna Itihas – Shri Durgaprasad Mathur ji showed us the new book written by him. I purchased the book to read to know more about Bundi.
Bundi ki Sthapana, Bundi Rajya Ka Shaskiye Itihaas, 1242-1948 Development, History of 15 smaller States, 21 Stepwell existence within Bundi town and many many more within various tehsil well defined with name, length, width, deepness, number of steps, village name etc. and many other important history written.
Thank you – said I.
Later after tea we saw collection of various articles written by Mathur ji for various newspapers.
And at the end of the book I read more about Mathur ji.
District Education Officer, Principal of college, District Head of Rajasthan Pensioner Samaaj and many more qualification, designation – currently, previously.
I am greatful to AshokÂ ji who introduced myself to respected Shri Durgaprasad Mathur ji.
We need permission to leave – said I. Namaste and Thank you while reading Bichiya Baaje, Mund Mani, Adbhut Sainani, Toot Pada Aakash and many more written by him mentioned within the purchased book.
I started motorbike towards Bimlat Waterfall. Driving thinking about Mathur ji’s effort to collect thousands years of history and later writing a book. Incredible – said I.