वाल सिटी में अब भीड़ नज़र नहीं आए तो चौकिएगा मत । फ्राइडे से एक ड्रास्टिक चेंज हुआ है ।ओल्ड सिटी में अब सिर्फ RJ सीरीज़ वाली गाडियों को ही एंट्री मिलेगी । बाकियों के लिए नो एंट्री । ये पायलट प्रोजेक्ट के अंडर है, जो अभी ट्रायल मोड पर रहेगा । ये सक्सेसफुल रहता है तो इसे परमानेंट भी कर दिया जायेगा । इसका मकसद पुराने शहर में लगातार बढ़ रहे पोल्यूशन और बढ़ते गाडियों के ट्रैफिक को कम करना है ।शुरु में रंगनिवास से जगदीश मंदिर की ओर जाने वाली सड़क पायलेट प्रोजेक्ट के लिए चुनी है । इस दौरान यहाँ पर ई-रिक्शा चलेंगे जो टूरिस्ट्स को रंगनिवास से जगदीश मंदिर तक छोड़ेंगे । इसके लिए उन्हें जेब से सिर्फ 5 रुपये खर्च करने होंगे ।
फ़िलहाल ये अभी ट्रायल पर है इसलिए शुरू में 6 रिक्शा ही अवेलेबल होंगे बाद में ये नंबर बढ़ा कर 25 कर दिए जायेंगे ।
इससे एक तो भीड़-भचक्का कम होगा, ट्रैफिक का झंजट ख़त्म हो जायेगा और पोल्यूशन में भी कमी आएगी , साथ ही साथ रोजगार भी मिलेगा ।अब प्रश्न ये उठता है कि यहाँ के लोकल्स का क्या होगा ? उनकी एंट्री कैसे होगी ? तो उसका इंतज़ाम भी किया गया है ।लोकल्स को एक पास दिया जायेगा वो दिखाकर अपने-अपने घर को जा सकते है, वो भी अपनी सवारी के साथ । जब तक पास नहीं है तब तक एड्रेस प्रूफ चलेगा ।
टूरिस्ट्स भाइयों को अपने व्हीकल्स पार्क करने होंगे , उसके लिए आप या तो दूधतलाई/हेमराज व्यायामशाला पर पार्क कर सकते हो और अगर आप सुरजपोल-उदयापोल की तरफ से आते हो तो RMV स्कूल पास PWD ऑफिस के गोदाम में पार्क कर सकते हो ।
यहाँ फ्री-फ़ोकट का काम नहीं रहेगा आपको कुछ पैसे चुकाने पड़ेंगे ।
On May 5, 2016 Dr. Shikha Jain, Consultant – MMCF and Director – Dronah gave a lecture on The City Palace Museum, Udaipur about the Conservation Master Plan and its phased implementation.
More than 100 people attended the talk at the auditorium of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya (CSMVS), Mumbai formerly Prince of Wales Museum of Western India. The audience included architects, conservators, students and scholars jointly invited by CSMVS and The Museum Society of Bombay. Ms. Pheroza Godrej, Ms. Brinda Somaya, Ms. Deepika Sorabjee, Ms. Shreya Sarda, Ms. Veronique Polès, Mr. Amitesh Banerjee and Ms. Gayatri Banerjee were some other eminent also present at the talk. Ms. Vrinda Raje Singh, CEO – JCI represented Maharana of Mewar Charitable Foundation (MMCF), Udaipur at the event.
Mr. Sabyasachi Mukherjee, Director, CSMVS introduced Dr. Shikha Jain and Ms. Vrinda Raje Singh who were also felicitated by eminent historian Ms. Devangana Desai. Dr. Jain gave a very comprehensive talk highlighting the unique challenges faced while preparing the conservation master plan and the phased implementation works thereafter. She highlighted how the local mindset, sentiments were important for the plan. Udaipur is one of the most unique heritage in India will little influence of the outside world, keeping the almost true Rajput style architecture intact.
She said that the conservation philosophy for The C ity Palace, Udaipur goes beyond mere technical restoration, to encompass the social and the natural realms. It aims to conserve the built heritage in its entirety, along with its geographical and socio cultural morphology. The C ity Palace Museum is a living heritage site, an embodiment of the social and ritual traditions of Mewar region since centuries. Hence, the conservation and museum polices integrate the continuity of socio-cultural values since centuries. The built spaces and specific artefacts are still strongly associated with Mewar rituals and often used in the annual festivals and rituals by The Mewar Family.
The City Palace Museum is the only museum keeping with contemporary times with its usage of spaces give an experience of a living historic site and very unique museum collections under a single ownership that show continuity in practice since centuries of one of the oldest dynasty in this world (Sisodia Rajputs). The hour long talk was received very positively generating a new interest in Udaipur, Rajasthan among all present who complimented the work done at the City Palace Museum, Udaipur.
Swami Vivekanand Seva Nyas (SVSN), Udaipur is a voluntary organization with a difference. This welfare trust is inspired by the teachings of Swami Vivekanand: “Daridra Devo Bhava” (to serve the poor is to serve God). Since 2004, SVSN has aimed to serve the underprivileged by economic empowerment of the rural population through innovative training in agriculture and animal husbandry; infrastructure improvement of schools; healthcare delivery and awareness training and social awareness against orthodox practices such as child marriage, dowry, etc. While in urban areas SVSN supports financial and health care for needy widows. SVSN has undertaken an endeavor to improve the quality of life of destitute widow residing in Udaipur and neighbouring areas of Udaipur with an objective to provide free monthly medical check-up by doctors, distribution of medicines for the whole month and if necessary refer them to other specialties for surgeries like cataract, dental care; to provide monthly pension to widow so that they can fulfill their very basic needs; to provide scholarship stationeries and uniforms to children of young widows so that they can continue their education and to provide skill development training to young capable widows so that they can earn their livelihood. For more detail please visit: http://swamivivekanandsevanyas.org/
MMCF is supporting the project for the year 2016-17 with an objective to promote distribution of clothing, medical relief, books etc. and to help institution who are working for the benefit of widows.
SVSN organizes a medical camp in Udaipur on every last Sunday of the month with free medical services which includes checkups, referring to eye and dental hospitals, surgeries and free distribution of full course of medicines for the month for these widows. Presently 200 widows are enrolled and 135 are regularly getting benefited. This camp is conducted by senior eminent doctors of Udaipur. In April 2016 the camp was organised on 24th and more than 100 widows were benefited. The camp is coordinated by SVSN team members under the guidance of Smt. Manjula Bordia, President and Dr. Arun Bordia, Founder Member of SVSN, Udaipur.
While the majority is still discussing on how to deal with problems of declining sex ratio, violence against women and shrinking greenery, here is a man who has found a novel way to sensitize people on all of them.
‘Shloka Beti Garden’ is taking shape speedily in Udaipur which would be perhaps the first of its kind in the country. Unlike other gardens, this one would be a platform where parents would rejoice the birth of their girl child. Daughter’s birth would be celebrated here at the expense of the Siddha Peeth which would arrange for rituals like yagya, hawan and prasad to invoke blessings for the infants.
To welcome the daughters as avatars of mother nature and godesses like Lakshmi, Durga and Saraswati, the parents and relatives would be made to plant trees of therapeutic values. The project is the brainchild of Devendra Agrawal, founder of Maa Bhagwati Vikas Sansthan, an NGO, which has been working ardently for the cause of saving abandoned infants especially girls for nine years now in Udaipur.
Agrawal is also the man behind the set up of Divya Mother Milk Bank, the first of its kind not only in Rajasthan but North India. After the success of the bank in Udaipur, Agrawal has been appointed as the state advisor for project envisaging set up of milk banks, one in each district by this year.
“The construction of the garden is ongoing on a vast land of 2 acres at Tiger Hill in Badi area. The estimated budget is around Rs 1 crore which is being met by public contribution and charity. The garden would be ready for dedication within six months,” Devendra Agrawal said. “Our society is prejudiced and people still have priorities for sons. At Beti Garden we aim to make people realize that there is no difference between them. Girls should be welcomed with dignity and love,” he added.
The Siddha Peeth would charge no money for the rituals, chants and prasad, however, if anyone would like to offer an ‘Annaprasadam’ it would be made available at nominal price. Agarawal’s cradle project that started in April 2007 has received 138 babies so far who were saved due to their safe abandonment in cradles.
Two light and sound shows, each of an hour, were displayed at Gangaur Ghat during dusk. Alluring patterns on the water curtain and their ravishing shadows on the waters of Pechola gave its visitors a striking experience. On the the other side of the city at Lake fatehsagar a huge crowd converged to take gilmpses of performances given by the prominent Indian Rock band Prem Joshua.
Audience of the soulful event had an immensly pleasant time listening to the band play a merging of spirituality into western music also the audience adorned their beloved bhajans sung into new western versions.The lake carried a beautiful charm with the ensemble playing melodies on the flaoting stage and passing vibrant and calm vibes to the visitors at Fatehsagar. The festival ended on a soothing note at the view of the charming glow of the city’s lakes.