About the Shekhawati
Shekhawati is a semi-arid historical region located in the northeast part of Rajasthan, India got its name from Shekhawat rajputs.It encompasses the administrative districts of Jhunjhunu and Sikar. From the administrative and geographical point of view Shekhawati is limited to Jhunjhunu and Sikar districts only. Shekhawati derives its name from the Rajput kachhawa chief Rao Shekha Ji .The descendants of Rao Shekha Ji and the ruling clan are called Shekhawat. Shekhawati means Garden of Shekha or Land of Shekhawat Rulers. Its area is 13784 square kilometers. The inhabitants of Shekhawati are considered brave, sacrificing and hard working people. The region provides the highest number of people to the Indian Army. The region of Shekhawati is also known as "Scotland of India" because of its brave, sacrificing and painstaking Rajput people who are ancient rulers and military men. Imagine a place so steeped in art and culture that it’s known as the world’s largest open air art gallery! That’s Shekhawati, a province tucked away in the vast semi-desert countryside of Rajasthan, about 125 kms from Jaipur.

The Aravallis run through this region and the presence of this rocky barrier comes as a surprise in this flat and arid landscape, dotted here and there with picturesque dunes and colourful havelis.

A peep into the culture of Shekhawati gives us insight into the life of everyday India, seen through the lens of art and architecture. It helps us understand the vivid tapestry of Rajasthani and Indian life as it was lived in the glorious days of yore and continues to date!

The fine art that is displayed on the havelis or mansions, cenotaph and temple of Rajasthan leaves every visitor dumbfounded. Here you can savour art that is a part of everyday Indian life through the comparatively recent paintings of these. This art form now briskly going into extinction was patronized by families, some of whom still continue to be India’s leading merchants and bankers. This region has been the home to the Marwari community, which for more than a century, has been the backbone of commercial entrepreneurship in India.

At the turn of the 19th century new motifs began appearing, characteristic of the Raj’s influence upon Indian culture. Cars, planes, portraits of the Haveli owners primly dressed, gramophones and English ‘sahebs’ in hunting attire - all pose brilliantly in their massive wall canvases. The region thus came to have a veritable wealth of wall paintings in town after town, village after village, which in its abundance is unmatched in the world.

A walk through the towns and villages of Shekhawati is no less an experience than a walk through the famed portals of any great museums anywhere in the world! The genealogies of the trading and industrial houses of the country indicate that most of them have their roots in some town or village of Shekhawati. The area being totally arid and local opportunities extremely limited, the enterprising men folk moved out of their homeland to try out their luck, and the rest is history recorded on the picturesque walls of Shekhawati - a history of wealth and a lively ostentatious life style.
 
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