Ratlam

Ratlam - Embrace royal past and pure faith

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Ratlam was one of the princely states back in the day. And it has still preserved its charm. The city has many facets. Different people are attracted to it for different reasons, and each one is as amazing as the other.

Shah Jahans’s Royal

Ratan Singh learnt that his father was preferring his younger son Kalyan das for the throne. To claim his case to the Mughal emperor, Shah Jahan, he went to Delhi. He impressed the Emperor by subduing an angry elephant charging through the streets. On hearing that a young Rajput has killed an elephant with just a dagger, the Emperor summoned him. The Emperor was so pleased that he bestowed a Jagir worth Rupees 53 lakhs on Ratan Singh. Other accounts however argue that the reason for the grant may have been Shah Jahan’s desire to have a loyal feudatory state in western Malwa to fend off attacks by the ruler of Gujarat.

The city of surprises

Bibrod Tirth

It has earned the status of being one of the most important centres of Jain religion. The temple houses a 2.49 ft high statue of Adinath Bhagwan. It is believed that this temple has been in existence even before the 13th century.

Shwetambar Temple

Dedicated to Lord Parshvanatha, the23rd tirthankar of Jainism, this temple is believed to miraculous. The 13 and a half feet idol was carved out of a single emerald stone as long back as 2850 years. The temple houses a cobra, for which there’s a niche behind the idol. Legends say that only the faithful can see it.

Ratlami Sev

Ratlami sev, one of India’s most popular savoury snack, is a popular fried and crisp snack made with gram flour, clove, pepper and other spices. The addition of the special spice blend, makes it spicy and gives a unique taste.

The once princely state of Ratlam has amazing history, mouth-watering delights and architectural marvels at every nook and corner. Visit anytime between October and May, and you will be astonished on seeing how much this small city can offer.

Sailana

This quiet town near Ratlam is a treasure of uniqueness. At the Jaswant Niwas Palace, you can see cacti twice the height of a man in the Cactus Garden, which has around 1200 different varieties of cacti. Another place is the Kharmor Sanctuary where the rare 'Kharmor' (Little Florican) bird can be spotted along with foxes, monitor lizards, black cobras and a lot more

The once princely state of Ratlam has amazing history, mouth-watering delights and architectural marvels at every nook and corner. Visit anytime between October and May, and you will be astonished on seeing how much this small city can offer.

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