लक्ष्यराज सिंह मेवाड़ नियुक्त हुए राज्यपाल के सलाहकार

आज महाराज कुमार लक्ष्यराज सिंह जी मेवाड़ के जन्मदिन पर एक गर्व भरा तोहफा उन्होंने मेवाड़ को भी दिया है। राजस्थान के राज्यपाल माननीय कलराज मिश्र ने मेवाड़ के पूर्व राजपरिवार के सदस्य और एचआरएच ग्रुप ऑफ होटल्स के एग्ज़िक्युटिव डायरेक्टर लक्ष्यराज सिंह मेवाड़ को अपने सलाहकार मंडल में सदस्य बनाया। लक्ष्यराज सिंह मेवाड़ को पर्यटन व रोज़गार से सम्बंधित विषयों पर सलाह देने के लिए इस मंडल में शामिल किया गया है।

राज्यपाल मिश्र के प्रमुख सचिव सुबीर कुमार के जारी आदेशानुसार राजस्थान के समग्र विकास से संबंधित प्रकरणों में समय-समय पर परामर्श के लिए गठित राज्यपाल सलाहकार मंडल में लक्ष्यराज सिंह को पर्यटन एवं रोज़गार से संबंधित विषयों पर अपनी सलाह देने के लिए सम्मिलित किया गया है।

राज्यपाल सलाहकार मंडल में नौ अन्य विषय विशेषज्ञों को भी मनोनीत किया हुआ है। राज्यपाल मिश्र के सलाहकार मंडल में उच्च शिक्षा, पर्यटन एवं कला संस्कृति, रोज़गार सृजन, विधि, प्रशासन, उद्योग, अर्थशास्त्र, अनुसूचित जनजाति क्षेत्र विकास, जल संरक्षण जैसे तमाम मसलों पर समय-समय पर क्षेत्र के विकास के लिए मंथन किया जाता है।

प्रदेश और मेवाड़ के भविष्य के लिए यह फैसला अत्यंत लाभदायी होगा।


Lakshyaraj Singh Mewar of Udaipur earns 3rd Guinness World Record

Lakshyaraj Singh Mewar of Udaipur, on his birthday on 28th January, commenced a unique ‘Go Green’ initiative called ‘Vriksh Hi Jeevan Abhiyaan’ which has earned him the third Guinness World Record in just under 10 months.

Lakshyaraj is the youngest member of the former Royal Family of Mewar and a Trustee of the Maharana of Mewar Charitable Foundation, Udaipur.

During the ‘Go Green’ campaign, thousands of school students, Indian Army personnel and citizens from all walks of life participated and planted 4035 saplings varies from Amaltaj; Srahdana; Gulmohar; Kesiya Shayma in less than 60 seconds.

World Record in Udaipur

The previous world record for most saplings planted in 60 seconds stood at 2000 but today’s unique initiative in Udaipur by Lakshyaraj has broken the previous record.

‘Go Green’ highlighted Lakshyaraj Singh’s idea for a cleaner and greener tomorrow with more saplings being planted by the citizens themselves.

Speaking on the occasion he said, “The focus has always been to give back to society. And caring for Mother Earth should be a priority for each one of us so that we are able to provide a better tomorrow for the generations to come given the current challenges of global warming, ecological imbalance and various natural calamities which have resulted due to man-made misadventures.”

This is his third Guinness World Record; the first being ‘Vastradaan’ which witnessed the collection of 3,29,250 clothes for donation to the needy. It was followed by the second Guinness World Record to Inspire Education wherein 20 tonnes of stationery items for students were collected within 24 hours.

Lakshyaraj Singh has created awareness on several social issues related to the rural and urban populace in the region. He has conducted campaigns for numerous social causes to create awareness in the field of education, health, environment etc., in order to improve the standard of living and quality of life of the local people. He has also worked on various social projects in association with NGOs like the Sauhardya Charitable Trust.

Lakshyaraj Singh Mewar is the driving force behind the growth story of Udaipur. He is the scion of the oldest dynasty in the world. His unconditional contribution towards the hospitality and tourism industry and society at large is widely recognized.  He lives by the values of creating equal and fair opportunities for growth and sustainability. Mentoring the young mind is at the core of his beliefs.

At HRH Group of Hotels, as the Executive Director, he has been leading innovations and disruptions in the hospitality industry.

He has worked with stakeholders of the travel and hospitality industry to ensure that Udaipur remains one of the world’s most desirable destination. His unique management style and hands-on approach makes him a very approachable leader and the media has hailed him as the ‘People’s Prince’.


Krishna Janmashtmi 2019: Mewar’s way of Celebration

“नन्द के आनंद भयो, जय कन्हैया लाल की..!!”

“मुरली मनोहर श्री कृष्ण जी की जय..!!!”

With wide cultural diversity, religions, languages, and beliefs, we say India is not merely a country but a beautiful art piece blended with vibrant colours. In India, every other day is an event or a festival. One such festival is Krishna Janmashtmi, which is celebrated as birth anniversary of Lord Krishna and is observed with great vehemence. According to Hindu Mythology, Lord Krishna was born on the 8th day of Krishna paksha (called Ashtami) of Shravan month which usually falls in the months of August-September.

Krishna Janmashtmi

The story of Krishna is deeply embedded in the cultural fabric of India and the people of this land revere him as divine. Lord Krishna is considered to be the eighth incarnation (avatar) of Lord Vishnu who took birth in a human embodiment to end all the evils and injustices. Krishna was the eighth son of king Vasudeva and Devaki and was born in prison, since his parents were captured and imprisoned by his uncle, Kansa. When Kansa identified that his sister Devaki’s child Krishna would become the cause of his death, he wanted to kill him to eliminate the root cause. Hence, after his birth, he was secretly sent to Nanda and Yashoda who then brought him up as their child.

Birth of Krishna

Krishna is known for his mischievousness, and since his childhood, he was very fond of Makkhan (Butter). Ancient Hindu tales reveal that he used to steal butter from his neighbour’s place and thus also called with the name “Makhan Chor”. To commemorate the birth of Shri Krishna this festival is also recognized as Dahi Handi Parv. During Janmashtmi a Matki Phod event is held at places wherever it is celebrated; in which a group of individuals build a human pyramid to reach the matki (earthen pot) which is hung at a certain height. In India, it is celebrated zealously in Mathura and Vrindavan, the birthplace of Krishna and in the states of Gujarat, Maharashtra, Rajasthan and northeastern states of Assam and Manipur.

Makhan Chor

In Mewar region, Vaishnavas consider it as the most important religious festival because it marks the victory of good over evil. In Udaipur, the festival is celebrated in a way that showcases the typical Mewari culture. Several cultural activities are performed in different regions of Udaipur, but the most prominent and renowned one is held at Jagdish Chowk. The Dahi Handi event at Jagdish Temple is the biggest and renowned not only among locals but also visitors. Since Udaipur is a famous tourist destination many foreigners also love to attend this fest and witness this phenomenal event.

Dahi handi at jagdish chowk

Dahi Handi Event

Dahi Handi Event

In Mewar region, people usually keep fast and open it the next day or after midnight because Krishna was born at midnight. Devotees believe that Krishna will be born at midnight and thus they should eat only after his birth. In India, you can’t say it’s a festival unless special sweets are prepared, and Chappan Bhog is one for which Krishna Janmashtmi is famous for. ‘Chappan Bhog’ is a cluster of 56 dishes which is offered to God on the following day, which is known as ‘Nanda Utsav.’ After the offering, the food or Prasad is then distributed and shared among devotees so they can end their fast. Lord Krishna is also known as ‘Makhan Chor’ or “Laddu Gopal” or “Baal Gopal” and called with numerous other names. Since he was very fond of butter and milk, the Bhog mainly include dishes of milk like Makhan mishri (milk cake), rabri, rasgulla, murabba, saag, khichdi, milk, dry fruits, etc.

Chappan Bhog

Idols of Lord Krishna is adorned with news clothes and ornaments. The idol is placed in a swing called “Jhulaa,” which is also a part of the ritual. Then it is placed in a cradle to symbolize his birth. Women also draw tiny footprints walking towards their house, as a symbol for Krishna’s journey into their homes.

The bustling crowd at Jagdish Chowk, the colorful attires, the chants of “Haathi Godaa Palki Jai Kanhaiya Laal Ki”, the sweets made of milk and cream, pink-colored Gulal in the air, everything you see around is so enticing that one could easily forget the troubles of life and embrace the festive vibes with both arms open.


Udaipurblog wishes a very happy and joyous Krishna Janmashtmi to all its readers!!!

जय श्री कृष्णा..!!!  


Cyclists Touring India To Support Polio Eradication are in Udaipur, Know Why!

This duo, Pavan, and Bhagyashree are cycling across India to spread awareness about Polio. They are in Udaipur today and are quite grateful for their journey so far. I had a chance to have a conversation with Pavan. Their enthusiasm and zeal left me amazed. Have a read of my inspiring conversation with M.J. Pavan.

  1. Tell me about you and your mate; how did you come together to cycle across the country?

I am M.J.Pavan, a mechanical engineer from Bangalore. My cycling mate is Bhagyashree Sawant who is an MSc in Phycology. I have cycled from Delhi to Leh in 14 days covering 1400km and Bhagyashree has climbed Mount Everest twice up to 8000 meters.

Cyclists Touring India To Support Polio Eradication are in Udaipur, Know Why!
M.J. Pavan and Bhagyshree Sawant

We both are in the same Rotaract club that is the Rotaract club of Bangalore Orchards.  Since we both were into adventure sports we took up this expedition where we can think of using our expertise for a noble cause.

  1. When did you start this tour?

We started our tour on 2nd of October, from Palampur, Himachal Pradesh.

  1. Tell us about your journey so far?

Till now it’s been a great journey. We are meeting new people every day and it is a great opportunity for us to come across and know about different cultures in India. Since India is diverse in all aspects every day is a new experience for us.

  1. What made you opt for this?

Most of the people in India are not much aware of polio. If we all are healthy and free from polio today it is because of Rotary International which has worked selflessly to eradicate this disease from India hence we are carrying the public image of Rotary contribution in making India polio-free. Polio is caused by contaminated water and it is still there in 2 countries in the world. Since we were part of Rotary it is our duty to create as much awareness as possible to get vaccination done for all the children below 5 years or else even a single relapse will be a threat to the whole nation. Hence we are visiting school across the country and spreading awareness about cleanliness and hygiene.

We opted for cycling because children get inspired very soon when they hear about our expedition and see us on cycle.Cyclists Touring India To Support Polio Eradication are in Udaipur, Know Why!

  1. Any experience during the course of this tour which is worth mentioning?

We had a lot of experience during the course of this journey. One such astounding fact that we came across was in Basti, a place in Bihar. We met a doctor who is a rotary member, he was around 75+ years old and serving patients free of cost since the time he became a doctor. India was declared as polio-free in 2015 but in Basti, it was polio-free in 2013 itself. This was something we weren’t aware of and was a new addition to our overall experience.

  1. How does it feel to travel through the country for a cause?

It feels great to be a part of a noble cause and travel for the same. It gives a lot of experience as we do not know the road conditions or climate. We build confidence, management skills and learn other necessary things which are required for life.

  1. Where are you planning to go next, after Udaipur?

We are going towards Ahmedabad from Udaipur.

  1. How are you coping up with the weather in Udaipur and in other parts of India?

Weather is challenging. But we are prepared for everything; we have clothing essentials for all weather condition.

Cyclists Touring India To Support Polio Eradication are in Udaipur, Know Why!

  1. How many kilometers will you cover and in what time at the end of this tour?

We are planning to cover 20000km across India and we are planning to finish in the first week of March.

In the end, we would like to express our gratitude towards our following supporters:

  • Jeep
  • Garmin
  • Surana College, Bangalore
  • Rotary Bangalore Orchards
  • Rotary District 3190
  • Rotaract Bangalore Orchards.

We would like to extend our special thanks to Rotary Club of Udaipur for the royal hospitality and giving us an opportunity to meet the prince of Udaipur LakshayRaj Singh Mewar.

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[Pictures] Udaipur celebrated birth anniversary of Maharana Pratap

Yesterday was the day of immense pride and honor for the people of Mewar as we all celebrated 472nd birth anniversary of its greatest ruler, Maharana Pratap. Though respect for him never diminishes in any heart, it seems like the birth anniversary gave an occasion to show their respect for this son of Maharana Udai Singh.

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Udaipur was no behind in showing their pride and gratitude towards Pratap and his beloved horse, Chetak. City Council and Kshatriya Mewar Mahasabha organized a rally that started from Moti Magri and ended at Town Hall passing through Chetak Circle, Hathipole, Moti Chohatta, Clock tower, Sindhi Bazar, Soorajpole, Bapu Bazar and Delhi Gate; the bands playing regional Mewari songs of Maharana Pratap and bravery giving Goosebumps to everyone the way.

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The Guest of Honor was Mr. Narendra Modi, CM of Gujrat, who along with the royal prince, Lakshyaraj Singh Mewar started the rally by offering flowers in the feet of Maharana Pratap’s statue at Moti Magri. This was followed by the worship of Chetak at Chetak Circle. The shine of rally was increased by the esteemed presence of Mrs. Rajni Dangi, Mr. Mahendra Singh Shaktawat, Prem Singh Shaktawat and many others.

School kids on their skates were moving first followed in sequence by horse and camel riders holding Saffron flags, members of Mahadev Sena, Mewar Kshatriya Mahasabha and Shooldharini Sena. Jawans of Mewar Sindhu Brigade gracefully played the role of soldiers as they walked holding guns. In the last was the statue of Maharana Pratap and Eklingnath Ji placed in an open jeep. Even the statue of Pratap shined so brightly with bravery and self-esteem that every head bowed out of reflex in front of it.

The rally ended with a programme at Town Hall where Narendra Modi addressed the gathering, expressing his respect for Maharana Pratap and his values and commenting on the state of political parties and the corrupt leaders. He also expressed his pride on Rajasthan – Gujarat relationships and on the progress of Gujarat.

The detailed glimpse of the event can be seen here in the pictures, shot by Mujtaba RG

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