IPL Jaipur 2019: Schedule, Date, Timings, and Upcoming Matches

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The Pink City is down with IPL fever once again and the enthusiasm can equally be seen flowing all over the country. The Indian Premier League kicked off its 12th edition on March 23 and is going to be different from the previous editions as fresh-look teams and new players lock horns for the coveted title.

SMS stadium is known for hosting Rajasthan Royals matches with other Indian Premier League. This time total of seven matches will be played at Sawai Man Singh Stadium in the 12th edition of T20’s league.

The schedule for this year has been delayed because the IPL and Lok Sabha elections will be held around at the same time. So, the first two-week schedule has been released for the first round.

Here are all the details for matches going to be held in Jaipur:

Date: 25 March 2019

Day: Monday
Match Details: Rajasthan Royals vs Kings XI Punjab
Venue: SMS Stadium
Time: 20:00 IST

Date: 2 April 2019

Day: Tuesday
Match Details: Rajasthan Royals vs Royal Challengers Bangalore
Venue: SMS Stadium
Time: 20:00 IST

Date: 7 April 2019

Day: Sunday
Match Details: Rajasthan Royals vs Kolkata Knight Riders
Venue: SMS Stadium
Time: 20:00 IST

Date: 11 April 2019

Day: Thursday
Match Details: Rajasthan Royals vs Chennai Super Kings
Venue: SMS Stadium
Time: 20:00 IST

Date: 20 April 2019

Day: Saturday
Match Details: Rajasthan Royals vs Mumbai Indians
Venue: SMS Stadium
Time: 16:00 IST

Date: 22 April 2019

Day: Monday
Match Details: Rajasthan Royals vs Delhi Capitals
Venue: SMS Stadium
Time: 20:00 IST

Date: 27 April 2019

Day: Saturday
Match Details: Rajasthan Royals vs Sunrisers Hyderabad
Venue: SMS Stadium
Time: 20:00 IST

Save the dates in your calendar to not miss on a single match!

If you are not a local and particularly visiting Pink City to watch IPL matches then, you can book your stay in advance at hotels with restaurant in Jaipur covering all the necessary facilities and services including free Wi-Fi and parking, luxury spa, complimentary breakfast, etc.

Holi Celebration in Jaipur

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Pink City is one of the best-planned cities of India. Jaipur was coloured in terracotta pink in 1876 to welcome Prince Albert and thus got the name 'Pink city'. Apart from the astonishing architectural structures, the city is also famous for its rituals, traditions, and festivals.

A number of festivals are celebrated here with gusto at different times of the year, which include JLF, Jaipur Elephant Festival, Teej, Gangaur, Diwali, Holi, etc. Of all the fairs and festivals, the festival of colours is the most loved and celebrated in an effervescent manner.

The Holika bonfire and Holi symbolize the celebration of the victory of good over evil. On the auspicious day of Holi, people colour each other with Gulal. Holi is a day to forget the past grievances and celebrate the warmth and new beginning.

Why is Holi Celebrated?

Legends believe that there was a demon named Hirnayakashyap who was disappointed with his son Prahlad for worshipping Lord Vishnu so, he tried every way to kill his own son but each time he was saved by the God himself. Lastly, Holika tricked him into sitting on a pyre with her as she had a boon whereas Prahlad did not. As the fire increased, the cover flew from Holika and covered Prahlad and Holika burnt. Then, the Lord Vishnu appeared in the form of Narasimha - half human and half lion, at dusk, took Hiranyakashyap at a doorstep, placed him on his lap and then exenterated and killed the king.

How Jaipur celebrates Holi?

Jaipur Elephant Festival 

It is a festival celebrated every year at Jaipur Chogan Stadium at the time of Holi festival where people swarm to celebrate with verve and fervour. This festival commences with a fabulous procession of decorated elephants, camels, and folk dancers. The striking feature of this fair is that female elephant take part in this festival. The elephant keepers decorate their elephants from head to toe with vivacious colours, Bejewelled Jhools, and heavy jewellery. The one that is most attractive to the audience wins the 'Best Decorated Elephant' title.

Govind Devji Temple 

Flower Holi is followed by Gulal during the Phagotsav at Govind Dev Ji Temple and offers a marvellous performance of dance and music. Artists dance and portray the bliss of Holi with flower petals at various cultural performances disguised as Lord Krishna, Radha, and Gopis. The festival ends with the Kalash Yatra.

Pushkar

Yes, Pushkar is one of those places in India where people are drenched in the colours and dance in the flow. It is just a two-hour drive from Jaipur to Pushkar. Hence, it is best if you plan your stay at the 4-star hotels in Jaipur city and have a relaxed evening in your room after a hectic day in store.

So, let your heart drool and jump away to the streets for a memorable experience of Holi!!

 

All The Details About Phalgun Khatu Shyam Ji Fair

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The famous temple of Khatu Shyam Ji is located in the Khatu village of Sikar, Rajasthan. An immense faith in Khatu Shyam Ji attracts devotees from across the country to visit this holy place to offer prayers and seek blessings of Khatu. This temple is also popular for one of the biggest fairs of India, held on the occasion of Holi every year.

History of the Khatushyam Temple

It was built in 1027 AD by Roop Singh Chauhan, the then King of Khatu. The place where the idol was dug out from is known as Shyam Kund. Around 1720 AD, a nobleman named Abhai Singh refurbished the old temple, at the request of the then ruler of Marwar. The idol is made with the aid of rare stone.

The story of Khatu Shyam Ji Temple

Khatu Shyam Ji Temple is named after a warrior, Veer Barbarik whose last wish was to see the Mahabharata battle so Lord Krishna placed his own head on the mountain top for Baba to view the war. When the Kalyug era started, the head was found buried in Khatu – a village situated in Rajasthan. Then surprisingly, one day milk started flowing out of a cow's udder when she was near the spot. Post this incident, the villagers dug the place up and only the head was found.

Later on, the head was handed over to a Brahmin. King of Khatu – Roop Singh Chauhan has a dream where he was urged to build a temple and place the head therein. Upon King’s order, a Khatu Shyam Ji temple was built and the idol was installed on the 11th day of the Shukla Paksha of Phalgun month.

About the Phalgun Khatu Shyam Fair

Amongst the biggest fairs of the Hindu temples of India, Khatu Shyam Ji Fair is one. Lakki Mela takes place every year and is a centre of attraction amongst people. The fair usually lasts for five days but keeping a large number of devotees in mind, this year’s fair has been increased to ten to twelve days.

This time, the religious fair will take place from 10 March 2019 and continue till 19 March 2019. The main fest will be held on 17th March on the day of Ekadashi in Phalgun month. In place of Shyam Baba's Kirtan, Shyam devotees make a tremendous effort to feed the devotee, Baba.

Visitors from all over India have immense faith in God and which is why the temple witnesses devotees in large numbers every year. Millions of devotees make marks by travelling from the rings to the Khatu Dham, with the marks of Kesariya colour.

Due to the popularity of the fair, there is a heavy crowd seen and people have to stand in the long queues of worshippers. After a tiring day, you would surely require a comfortable place to stay and during the peak season, it would be difficult to find good accommodation in the good hotels. Hence, book the best hotel in Jaipur to stay as Jaipur is hardly 79 Kilometers away from the shrine temple.

 

Famous Shiva Temples in Jaipur to Visit on Maha Shivaratri

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Maha Shivratri is one of the biggest festivals in India and is observed in the honour of Lord Shiva. One of the reasons to celebrate this day is that the formless God, Sadashiv appeared in the form of "LingodbhavMoorti" during midnight on MahaShivratri. Hence, all Mahadeva devotees keep vigil at night of this festival and perform "Shivlingamabhishekham" at midnight.

It is also regarded as a new day for Sadhak for spiritual growth and material accomplishment. The holy festival starts by Rudrabhishek (including ghee, dhoop, milk, water, BeelPatra, Agarbatti, flowers)in temples and almost everyone offers prayers in the morning and evening and some even observe fast throughout the day.

Jaipur is one of the most beautiful and cultural cities of India because of the rich legacy and traditions, and famous religious temples. Here festivals are celebrated with a lot of enthusiasm and most of them have religious significance like MahaShivratri, and attracts a large number of tourists on this auspicious day.

Feel the essence of spiritualism with the holy visit to various Shiva temples of Pink City:

1. Eklingeshwar Temple

This temple is located on the JLN route behind the Moti Dungari and Birla Mandir. Mahadeva disciples wait for the complete year to worship in this temple. Sources reveal that the statue of Lord Parvati and God Ganesha with Lord Shiva was established, but the icons disappeared, after that, once again the idols were placed but became extinct automatically. Henceforth, nobody dared to set up any statue beside Bhagwan Shankar in the temple.

2. Tarkeshwar Temple

This is a temple particularly dedicated to Lord Shiva, located in Chaura Rasta of Jaipur and is said to be built around 1784. Being the old and famous one, it has a hundred thousands of followers and visitors per day. The statue of Shivling is made in a 9” diameter bearing typical black colour.

3. Jharkhand Mahadev Temple

This famous Shiva building started constructing in 1916 in South – Indian style, which is why the temple is very old. Earlier, it was located between the farms but is now situated in one of the posh localities of Jaipur. Nandi’s statue was constructed around 2006.

4. Ambikeshwar Mahadev Temple

This temple is located in Amber Fort of Jaipur. The floor area of the temple is at least 6 feet below the level of road and was constructed by Ambika King. It is decorated with a prominent Shikhar. Other than this, this holy place is constructed in Nagara style of temple architecture. This temple is believed to be 5000 years old or more than that.

After standing in the long queues of devotees, you will surely need the best hotel in Jaipur to stay, with all the good facilities near above - mentioned temples. So, it is best to book the hotel in advance to avoid last minute rush.

Interesting Stories About The Haunted Bhangarh Fort

India is a mystical country with various haunted forts and monuments. One such ghastly castle of India is Bhangarh fort, located on the border of the Sariska Reserve in the Aravalli range of hills in Alwar district and was built in the 17th century by Man Singh for his younger son Madho Singh.

Its premises are surrounded by a partly ruined wall, gardens, banyan trees, haveli and temples of Lord Gopinath, Someshwar, Mangla Devi, and Keshava Rai. But the mysterious attraction is an isolated chhatri on the hilltop which attracts the attention of travellers. Even the Archaeological Survey of India(ASI)has requested the locals and tourists to not enter the fort during evening or night time. There is no one particular story behind why the fort is haunted.

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Here are two interesting stories about this place:

1. The Story of Princess Ratnavati and Singhia Tale

The wicked sorcerer Singhia was attracted by Ratnavati’s beauty and tried to trap her in his magical ploy, but failed every time as the princess too was a master in tantric art. One day he saw the beauty buying oil for the palace and spelt black words that anyone who touched the oil would turn into a stone. Queen came to know his intentions, thus dropped the oil on the magician and soon after that he turned into a stone, but before the death, the magician cursed the whole city saying that no soul would ever live in peace and no house would ever stand erect.

2. The Prophecy of the Ascetic

It is believed that Madho Singh took permission from an ascetic Guru Balu Nath who lived near the neighbourhood to construct the fort. He gave the permission on a clause that the shadow of the fort should never fall ahead his home and the king accepted his condition. Thereafter, the king started raising the structures vertically, but could not stop the shadow to fall and the result of it was that the fort doomed in no time.

Apart from this, there are two interesting beliefs related to the castle:

Doors Close After Dusk

Yes, the doors of the fort are closed after sunset. A major incident was reported where two boys spent a night in the fortress but never returned. Thus, strict rules have been made to leave the area before dusk. Even the entrance gate is closed till late morning for security reasons.

Roofless Top

It might be shocking to hear but people living nearby claim that whenever they try building a roof, it immediately collapses. Thus, people here do not have a rooftop in their homes.

So, if you are planning to visit this place anytime soon, then you can book your stay in hotels near Jhotwara road Jaipur and plan a road trip to Bhangarh Fort, located about 85 kms from Jaipur, easily coverable within a day!

Here’s How Couples Can Celebrate The Day of Love in Jaipur?

Steeped in architecture, history and folklore, the city of pink hues and love- Jaipur has been marked as one of the most visited cities across the globe. Its exotic landscape, vibrant aura and beauty inspire love, which has even made it a favourite destination for couples. From the old world charm to new world vibrancy, the city has a lot of places that help you to spend quality time with your loved ones in a number of exciting ways.

As the month of February has already commenced and soon the day dedicated to love will approach, people will confess their feelings to their partners, exchange gifts and promises to stay together forever.

To add fun to the beauty of new beginnings, here’s what couples can do to in Jaipur to spend this love week in their own unique way:

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• To start with, couples can kick off the day with experiencing a serene sunrise at Jal Mahal followed by having delicious breakfast at Padao, Nahargarh Fort, which is known for offering a panoramic view of the city.

• For the next half of the day, couples could spend time together exploring the world-famous monuments in Jaipur, such as Albert Hall, Amer Fort or even Hawa Mahal. In fact, right in front of the Palace of Wind is a cosy eating joint called “The Wind View Cafe” that offers an aesthetic background for your photos here along with satiating your good food desires.

• When tired with the events of the day, spend a cosy evening at Hotel Park Ocean which is one of the best Hotels near Jhotwara Road Jaipur. After relaxing for a while in the well-equipped rooms, head on to try some finger licking good cuisines at the rooftop pan-Asian restaurant – Republic of Noodles or slurp in some cocktails/mocktails at the hip recreation bar – Slounge.

With this, mark an end to your flavorful day by staying the night with our 4-star rating hotel and making the most of your lavish and comfortable experience here.

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