Aadharkaanch village in Alirajpur district is a remote tribal hamlet inhabited by Bhils and Bhilalas.
The tribes in this village come together to engage in the art work which highlights their intricate skills, imagination and the entrepreneurial abilities involved in each piece of jewelry they design.
Silver works, pottery, bead jewelry and pithora paintings are some of the art works these tribes in the village have expertise in each piece they prepare.
The tribes hold immense importance in culture and heritage and they have been keeping their historical importance alive via art and craft.
Art and Craft of Alirajpur
Pithora Art Paintings famous in Alirajpur
Be it the depiction of any festival or celebrations, Pithora art form made by the tribals of Aadharkaanch village of Alirajpur district is highly ritualistic. Pithora has an influence of neighboring states, the styles and patterns used may however vary according to the expertise.
Daily activities of rural life such as farming, hunting, ploughing, and exuberance in festivities like dancing and singing in revelry, depicting social cohesion are exhibited through colors and imagination with highest reverence to Pithora Dev and local gods. These all components of the locale make it a decent vacationer goal.
Noorjahan- This mango is not so ‘Aam’
Rare Variety of Mango
Pulpy or raw, Juiced or diced, we all love mango in all its forms. It is mango season after all and summers for fruit lovers is synonymous to king of fruits. No doubt its lip-smacking delicious and one would not want to miss out on this season’s fruit. While Madhya Pradesh boasts of some amazing varieties of Mangoes, there is one Mango variety you will not wish to miss out on your trip to Madhya Pradesh.
Ever heard about ‘Noorjahan’ which is 11 inches huge and weighs upto 5 Kg? Amazed? Well, that’s a rare mango variety grown only in the Katthiwara area of Alirajpur district (Madhya Pradesh). Unlike the dainty image, Noor Jahan variety is all about size. One mango weighs between two-and-a-half and five kg.
Shivraj Singh Yadav who owes a farm in Katthiwara shared, “other than its sweet taste, the extra ordinary size of this rare mango variety is definitely it’s USP. One mango weighs between a whopping two and a half Kgs to five kgs making it one of the largest among mango varieties produced in MP.”
Every piece of this giant variety is booked much before it becomes ripe. “as the mangoes ripe, the trees must be propped up because they can't sustain the weight. Getting a Noorjahan is not an easy task as the variety needs to be booked three months ago. The entire cultivation process takes at least three months to grow this mango breed.”
It was Shivraj’s late father Thakur Pavnendra Singh’s interest and initiative that the cultivation of ‘noorjahan’ came to life. “My father had a lot of fascination towards trying out different variety of mangoes. Hence, he had initiated this cultivation of Noorjahan by preparing a graft and now after him we are carrying forward the legacy.” Added Shivraj.
This mango remains an object of amusement among people because of its larger than life size. “Ever since we commenced Noorjahan’s cultivation, people have been fascinated towards the size. However, cultivation of this mango variety is not easy as the graft requires enough care and attention until the mango grows.”
The order for Noorjahan is being placed from cities like Bhopal, Indore, Vadodara, Bombay and Surat and each mango fetches around Rupees 500- Rupees 1000.
“There are only three trees of this breed at our orchard. We are producing this mango since last 40 years and wherever we have presented this breed, it has won an award in the biggest size category.“ said fruit cultivator Shivraj Singh Yadav.
The farm however includes 35 other varieties of mangoes but the star attraction no doubt remains ‘Noorjahan’.
In the magical land of Madhya Pradesh, Alirajpur lies in the Malwa district (western part of MP). With many tourist places, Alirajpur turns out to be a significant vacation destination for an art travel buff. Firstly, the district is famous for wood carvings which displays exquisite and beautiful craftsmanship. Since there is a significant population of the Bhils tribe in the region, it has also become the hub for Bhils for diverse kinds of trading and businesses.
The other appeal to visit the town is the well-known mango yard. Additionally, the “Noor Jahan” an exceptionally uncommon assortment of mango of which few trees are surviving, are found in the region, specially Katthiwara village located approximately at a distance of one hour from Alirajpur.
Alirajpur’s topography is predominantly hilly and depends primarily on agricultural endeavors, especially mangoes. The agricultural trading yard in Alirajpur is the biggest when it comes to mango trading.
Another attraction is Aadharkaanch village known for the traditional ‘Galsan Maala’ of beads. The intricate designs are made today in a way to suit the urban tastes. Neatly woven into multi colored necklaces, bangles and earrings, the bead works find their commercial and aesthetic recognition in the local melas and fairs. The traditional Hansli (necklace) made of silver or white metal passed from one generation to another, is popular with trendy urban women.
There are also Jain temples in the district that are worth seeing. Laxmani Teerth temple, for example houses the idol of Padma Prabhu swami as its deity.
Points of interest
Making of Bead Neclace
Tribal Bead work
Tribal Bead work
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Plan your Travel
Reaching by Air
While Alirajpur has a good connectivity via railways the nearest railway station to reach the town is Indore railway station at a distance of 205.5 km.
Reaching by Rail
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Reaching by Road
Nearest airport is Devi Ahilya Bai Holkar airport. If traveling by road is tiresome for you then book a flight from nearest airport which is Indore and experience a happy journey.