Narnaul is a place of utmost significance. It is a renowned town, which is present in Mahendragarh. As per the stories, the existence of this town can be traced back to the time of Mahabharata. The name, Narmaul, has been given for which there is a myth. As per the myth, the jungles were traversed by a ferocious lion and thus the town was given the name, Narnaul, which stands for ‘fear of lion’.
Narnaul’s history is quite intriguing. This is the birth place of Sher Shah, the renowned Suri king. Here, the post of a jagirdar was held by Sheh Khan’s father, who also served his duty for Jahangir. A minting factory was constructed at this location by Akbar. The Rajputs gained command of this place, when the power of the Mughal Empire started declining. The British Government took over the administration of the place, after the 1857 revolution.
TOURIST PLACES IN NAENAUL
Jal Mahal: The groundwork for the Jal Mahal was done by Quli Khan, who was the commander of Akbar. The name of the palace has been given so, because of the presence of water, which encircles the palace. The Jal Mahal is also known as the Pleasure Palace. An eclectic mixture of Persian and Indian style of architecture can be seen on the Jal Mahal. The Khan Sarovar, which is a tank, is located right in the heart of the structure. A beautiful cupola having eight sides encircles the dome, which has been built in hemispherical shape. The Jal Mahal’s lower chambers are in bad shape at present.
Bamanwas Temple: The Bamanwas Temple is located in a tiny village, which is particularly famous by the presence of the temple. The distance between the destination and village is a mere 25 Kms. The border of another village named Tibba Basai, is formed by the outer wall of the temple. Rameshwar Dass created the temple.
Chamunda Devi Mandir: The temple of Chamunda Devi is another main attraction for the tourists in Narnaul. Naun Khan constructed this temple. It is situated on the foothills.
Chor Gumbad: It is a renowned location which marks Narnaul. It is considered to be the sign board of Narnaul. On a rock, the foundation of the gumbad has been done. The base of the structure is square in shape. The individual corners of the base have four minarets, one at each corner. This renowned structure has been built by Jamal Khan, who hailed from the Tughlaq dynasty. It is so believed, that this place served as a hiding place for the numerous thieves and dacoits.
Mahasar: In the months of either March or April, a fair is hosted in the palace ground, named Jwala Devi. Here, the followers offer prayers to the goddess named Jwala. One unique feature of this temple is the fact that, wine is offered to the goddess.
Palace of Mukund Das: This palace has five floors in total. One can clearly see numerous halls, pavilions and decorated rooms, when one enters the compound. The floors have been constructed with marble. Numerous pillars are present in Diwan-e-Khas. The area encircling this place has numerous fountains, springs etc. for making the atmosphere cool.
Ibrahim Khan's Tomb: Sher Shah built the tomb of Ibrahim Khan in order to respect the memory of his grandfather, Ibrahim. The Pathan architectural design can be observed on this construction. There are numerous other tombs existing in the indoors, beside the Ibrahim’s tomb.
Tripoli Darwaza: Another good place for the tourists to visit is Tripoli Darwaza. The Darwaza has three facets, which acts as entry points for the garden. The tomb of Quli Khan, which has eight sides, is present here. The tomb has been built with stone.
Dhosi Hills: Reaching the point, where the Dhosi Hills are just 8 Kms away, one can get a glance of the beautiful hills. Chawan Rishi did his repentance here, which makes this place quite a significant one. An ancient fort is present on the summit of the hills. A temple, which had been dedicated to the memory of Chawan Rishi, can be found here.
Nasibpur: The distance between Narnaul and Nasibpur is a mere 3 Kms. The death of many a number of freedom fighters had been witnessed by this place during the struggle for Indian independence.
Mirza Ali Baoli: In the direction of northwest, from Narnaul, the water well is situated. Under the reign of Akbar, Mirza held the position of a Nawab. The adjacent area of the well has a tiny pond. Works of takhat and chattri decorates the arch shaped gateway.
Shah Wilayat Tomb: In the shape of a complex, this tomb has been constructed. It is situated close to the mausoleum of Ibrahim Khan. The architectural design existing between the time phase of Tughlaq and British reign, is displayed on the tomb, which is quite an unusual feature of this memorial. At various points of time, the different portions of the tomb had been built.
HOW TO REACH NARNAUL
By road: One of the major bus stations of Haryana state is the Narnaul Bus Station. Superfast, express and deluxe coaches are available here. All the major cities are connected to this place via the bus station.
By rail: On the Rewari-Bikaner railway line, the Narnaul Railway Station is situated.