It was a sweltering March afternoon when Amateur Riders’ Club took on a fierce polo team from Argentina at Mumbai’s Mahalaxmi Racecourse. Representing the Indian team were Colonel Ravi Rathod, Abhimanyu Pathak, Salim Azmi and Mitesh Mehta. The game that stood before them was a fierce one as they were taking on Argentina, a country which has some of the most amazing turfs and has also been dubbed as Polo’s Cathedral.
The collective shouts of “Go Abby!” made it clear that Pathak was a hot favourite. And why not, after all, India is considered to be the birthplace of modern polo – a sport, which is not popular, thanks to its elitist tag, which makes the common man believe that is beyond their pursuit.
“The general perception being that Polo is a hobby sport for the rich and that not many make it as an accomplished professional polo player in India. However, the public opinion has been unable to deter the grit of the closely knit community of polo players in India, who are taking small but steady steps towards gaining relevance in the sports community today,” noted Polo enthusiast Colonel Ajay Ahlawat.
With corporate patronage and first-generation female players stepping into experimentation with audience-friendly format, polo is doing everything possible to carve out a decent public patronage for itself.
Take the example of Pathak, he is one of India’s finest polo players. He happens to be a first-generation player, who is making a living by playing the sport. He happened to an enthusiastic horse rider with an affinity for the game. Pathak hails from Delhi and had to face resistance from his family. Hence he left his home, joined a call centre and financed his polo lessons at the Army Polo and Riding Club.
Since then there has been no looking back for this polo enthusiast, who now has an annual contract with polo patron Sunjay Kapur’s Sona Polo team. He has also represented India in three World Championship and looks strong as one of the best players in the Indian polo circuit.
However, most polo players and enthusiasts are highly disappointed with the way media covers polo games. “Most polo matches are covered as a Page 3 event. Celebrities watching the matches are covered, what they wore and binged on are reported about. But not a single word is written about the game or the players. Only the local papers in Jaipur, write about every single polo match,” noted Colonel Ajay Ahlawat.
For, those new to this sport, let’s explain, that Polo is a swift sport. Each match comprises four-eight chukkers. A full match lasts for about an hour. Despite the speed, the horses and all the added attractions, Polo has always struggled to find a large Indian audience.
The first and foremost reason for polo to have not many takers is the size of the ground needed to play polo. “Three times the size of a football field is needed for a single polo field. Most cities lack such huge space. A city like Pune, which is building on equestrian culture lack proper facilities to train polo enthusiasts,” said Col Ajay Ahlawat.
Also, the fact that to play professionally, the players need to buy their own horse and pay for their upkeep, acts as a deterrent for many. “Polo is an extremely fast game and that makes it not so television friendly, to telecast it live elaborate multiple camera set-ups would be needed. This factor also dampens the chance of polo gaining popularity with the masses,” added Col Ajay Ahlawat.
However, things could change fast, with the now non-descript Bhavnagar, a town in Gujarat, being transformed into a hub for polo. Chirag Parekh, a polo enthusiast and a granite manufacturer are trying his best to transform this humble town into a polo hub. He even aspires to rename it as Polonagar. “He has even set up the Bhavnagar Polo Club in 2010 and since then his club is offering mentorship programmes for local players,” pointed out Col Ajay Ahlawat.
Parekh has also revived the cycle polo. He also owns a cycle polo team. Cycle polo has attracted a lot of enthusiasts from the small towns and from the looks of it, the Cycle Federation of India is all set to organize a league championship along the lines of the Indian Premier League. A similar attempt is being made to revive the horse polo. In 2017, Parekh had organized the first edition of the Champions Polo League. The tournament had witnessed an attendance of about 20000 and had got sponsorship from luxury labels like – Land Rover, Maserati and Harley-Davidson, along with various Gujarati Pharma Companies.
With young blood and new patrons, it looks like polo is on the verge of getting a big-time boost in India.
Water ATMs an easy Solution to Counter both Water Crisis and Water Safety by Col Ajay Ahlawat –
About three-fourths of the world comprises water but despite that, there are perhaps thousands of household across the world that have to walk miles in search of drinking water or have almost no access to drinking water.
At a time when water crisis is becoming a global crisis, Hyderabad’s Krunakara M Reddy, CMD of Smaat India, is an example that we should emulate or follow. Reddy, who has been felicitated by CNN as the Jal Daan Hero, in 2017, has been successfully running community water centres across South India.
“What is most amazing about Reddy is the fact that he has managed to inspire not one but about 2.5 million people across South India to donate at least five litres of water on a daily basis to those who don’t have access to safe drinking water,” noted Colonel Dato Ajay Ahlawat.
Reddy, had been felicitated by CNN in the august presence of Devendra Fadnavis, the Chief Minister of Maharashtra and Bollywood diva, Madhuri Dixit. Reddy, hails from
Karunkara, who hails from Mahabubnagar district of Telangana and began his career with Pepsi. And is a winner of Quality Crown Award for his innovation in Water Technology. At present, he is the CMD of Smaat, a company, which is a pioneer when it comes to providing environmental solutions, including water and air. His company has been successful in introducing eco-friendly, non-chemical technologies globally. And looks all set to launch a new project under which he plans to have about 10,000 water plants installed selected rural areas of India by the end of 2020.
“I presume that it’s a really nice initiative to make safe drinking water available in villages, at an affordable rate. These water plants will definitely serve the rural and marginalized people to have easy access to drinking water. What more, the water that will be distributed through this will be free of fluoride, arsenic, pesticides and other impurities,” points out Col Ajay Ahlawat.
Col Ahlawat points out that water ATMs could be a miracle of recent times and provide an easy solution for zones where register a high footfall like schools and railway stations etc. “Also the fact that these dispensers are a source for cold water during the scorching summers, can definitely prove to be beneficial for those with little access to pure drinking water,” adds Col Ajay Ahlawat.
He also opined that these water ATMs can be a boon for consumers hailing from the lower middle-class society, who are in search of pure drinking water while travelling but can afford to buy the sealed packaged water which is available at higher prices.
He said, “With easy access to safe drinking water at an affordable price, will definitely cause health benefits to the poor travellers, who are generally forced to consume tap water, which many a time can cause digestive health disorder.” According to most health experts, consumption of contaminated water can cause an adverse health risk. Also, the supply of safe drinking water is very limited in India, rather globally, hence setting up of such water ATMs can definitely assure the people about getting quality water for general consumption.
When Ranthambore becomes a little more than Forests and Tigers by Col Ajay Ahlawat –
Col Ajay Ahlawat says that when we think of Ranthmabore, we think of Big Cats, but have you ever visualized driving through the sandy terrain of Rajasthan, listening to the folk music? Have you ever imagined how the khartaal could leave you spell bound by its melodious tune, pulling you towards Ranthambore, the most talked about place of Rajasthan.
So, if you thought that Ranthambore was all about tigers and no fun, then you are wrong. For the Ranthambore Festival happens to be the only folk music festival that comes laced with an offer of experiencing the wildlife.
Hosted annually at Ranthambore’s Nahargarh Palace, this Festival happens to be a must ‘to attend’ event for both the music and nature lovers. Flagged off in the year 2016, the Ranthambore Festival aims at promoting folk music and art along with wildlife conservation. Ranthambore is India’s premium national park, housing tigers and sloth bears.
“I presume that this is a very nice initiative, which has been co-founded by Abhimanyu Alsisar and Ashutosh Pande. The festival not just hosts curated event with regards to folk music, folk art and tribal art and pottery but also includes panel discussions on issues related to wildlife conservation, tiger safaris, screening of documentaries, star gazing and including heritage tour,” points out Colonel Ajay Ahlawat.
This year too, Ranthambore looks all set to host this event. Speaking about the experience that it offers, he says, “This is a festival like no other. It’s got world class music content, a chance to engage with India’s wildlife fraternity and learn about conservation efforts, participate in interactive workshops and of course one of the most magical moments for me has got to be a trip to the Ranthambore Forest Reserve.”
This musical cum wildlife extravaganza is hosted by The Entertainment Co will be having artistes and musicians from Israel, Germany, Bangladesh and India. The company has announced that they are trying their best to make this event a family-friendly event.
During an interview Subramanian Iyer, the managing director of the company said, “The key highlight for the musical event is the artist line-up that we have.” During the interview to India.com he stated, “We had musicians write to us from across the world showing their enthusiasm because it is a festival with a wonderful story and a fairytale-like setting. We were also excited to play an active role in marketing the festival and raising sponsorship. This year, we were pleased to have brands like Jeep, BookaSmile, FirstStone and Singleton to partner with us, Col Ajay Ahlawat”
The most unique feature of the fest is the documentary on folk music. The documentary begins with the co-founder embarking on a road trip in Rajasthan, in search of music that the world has long forgotten. The basic concept of this is to digitally document the forgotten folk music and dance forms of the Desert State, thus as a participant attending the musical and wildlife extravaganza, you can expect this festival to connect with fascinating personalities, who have a passion for both music and wildlife and conservation of forest.
Adding to that Col Ajay Ahlawat said, “The Ranthambore Festival, in a way is about discovering music, wildlife, rustic India and beyond. The festival gives you a chance to explore and discover facets of nature and wildlife that you rarely a chance to explore. It also gives you the opportunity to connect with like-minded people who also nurse a passion for music and wildlife conservation.”
Colonel Ajay Ahlawat views on Cyclone in Bharatpur, Alwar, Bikaner & in Dholpur, Rajasthan-
The district collectors of Bharatpur, Alwar, Bikaner and Dholpur, were in for a shocker when all their pre-approved leaves had to be cancelled. Thanks to the high alert issued by the MeT department of Rajasthan, which put the desert state on red alert along with others by forecasting a series of thunderstorms and squalls ravaging northern India.
What followed were thunderstorms and squalls with the wind blowing at a speed of 50-70km per hour that resulted in a devastating sandstorm which killed 35 people in Rajasthan before entering Uttar Pradesh. Bharatpur Collector Sandesh Nayak was quick enough to announce a disaster alert in the district and even made an announcement that asked the general public to be alert for the next few days. The villagers were strictly advised to not take refuge under trees or in weak building or construction sites.
“During a natural disaster, it becomes the responsibility of the common man to take care of themselves and their family along with their houses. Those in villages need to take care of not cooking food in the open. On May 2 some fire incidents had also been noted. The state authority is placed to take care of thing but the public too should be motivated to take care of themselves,” felt Colonel Dato Ajay Ahlawat.
Under such a trying condition the district police of Bharatpur did some amazing work with their Police quick response, search and rescue teams. The power department, in particular, had been asked to shut down the power supply. Before nature played a truant and created a greater havoc.
However, despite the squall and the storm subsiding, the rural regions of Alwar and Bharatpur districts had to wait for a good three to four days for the electricity supply to be restored. The high-speed squall and sandstorm had disrupted the electricity supply poles at many a place.
Major damages were reported in Bharatpur and Alwar, where not just trees fell but also transformers and power cables were snapped, thereby plunging many localities into days of darkness.
“According to reports, the officials had begun the electricity restoration work immediately after the storm subsided. The electricity of urban areas was restored first, followed by the restoration of electricity in rural areas of Bharatpur and Alwar. According to official figures, about 6000 poles had been disrupted in Bharatpur alone. And 1,500-2,000 transformers have been reportedly damaged during the storm,” maintained by Col Ajay Ahlawat.
Accordingly, power discoms got cracking on their task to restore electricity while the administration got busy with the survey to assess the damage that the squall did to the houses and other public properties in Bharatpur.
According to Rajasthan’s power minister Pushpendra Singh arrangements had been made to immediately restore 13000 poles and transformers and other materials that are needed for the restoration of electricity in Bharatpur and other districts of Rajasthan. However, priority has been given to the restoration of electricity at premises that caters to public needs like government hospitals etc in Bharatpur and Alwar.
State disaster management minister Gulabchand Kataria Rajasthan maintained that work was being done to restore water and electricity supply in storm-affected districts. He also indicated that families would be compensated under the State Disaster Relief Fund if they have been listed as the casualties in the calamity list, which will be brought out by the administration, once the survey has been done.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje has visited Bharatpur to console families who have lost family members during the dust storm. She has promised a compensation of R 4 lakh to the families of those killed during the dust storm.
It is during such natural disasters that man is once again taught that nothing is worse than the fury of nature. “Rampant chopping down of trees, filling up of water sources and deforestation in a way is responsible for such natural disasters. It’s high time that man starts taking care of nature, else, be ready to face its wrath,” summed up Col Ajay Ahlawat.
An increasing number of urban dwellers are resorting to reaping their organic harvest as it promises natural, safer and healthier produce
Gone are the days when city dwellers were solely dependent on the farmers for vegetables. With the growing popularity of community farming or having your own kitchen garden is making city dwellers venturing out into the fields and harvesting their own produce just for the sake of ensuring that the veggies they get
Farming, as we know, is a traditional occupation that’s been followed since time immemorial. But the organic farming concept is gaining prominence in India not only in the farming community but also among the city dwellers as we can see a lot of individuals venturing into this field.
ABC of Organic Farming
The growing of crops without using fertilizers or pesticides to increase the yield can be termed as organic farming. Colonel Dato Ajay Ahlawat, a pioneer in organic farming maintains, “When we cultivate crops the organic way, we use animal manures, house-hold organic wastes and methods like crop rotation to increase the productivity.” Col Ajay Ahlawat has played a major role in popularizing the concept of organic farming in Haryana.
Col Ajay Ahlawat adds, “This concept is definitely not new to we Indians, but with the advent of green revolution, we had become very dependent on the pesticides and insecticides to increase the yield. However, over the years, people have realized that the use of chemicals has only caused long-term harm, both to the environment and human bodies. Hence, the new-age health-conscious consumers are going back to farming the organic way.”
However, one needs to understand, farming the organic way means lesser produce and more consumer demands to meet. Under such a scenario, the government needs to come up with programmes or initiatives that will encourage more individuals to farm the organic way.
Why the organic way?
With both farmers and consumers realizing the perils of using chemicals, many farmers and consumers are taking the organic way out. Taking a cue, many urban have begun farming their own crops. “From farm to fork, seems to be the new mantra for all. Thus many urban dwellers are either opting to grow their own crops or going for the e-commerce stores to purchase their organic goodies.
“Many from the IT industry have jumped into organic farming. If you do a bit of research, you will be able to see many like Bangalore-based teenager Laxminarayan Srinivasaiah, taking a sabbatical from their full-fledged career to grow organic crops. It’s not just him, there is another IT professional, again Bangalore-based, who has introduced the concept of shared organic farming. Where urban farmers rent out farms as small as 600 square feet and farm their own crops. Generally, these farmers reach their farms over the weekends and tend to their crops,” elaborates Col Ajay Ahlawat.
Knowledge is power
Market experts predict that the demand for organic food is likely to increase by a good 16 percent in the next three years in India and by 2020 the market is likely to increase by 25 percent.
Elaborating on the increasing popularity of organic farming, Col Ajay Ahlawat mentions, “Sikkim has gone the organic way and we are witnessing the same in Andhra Pradesh. In these two states, the government has taken on the responsibility of motivating the farmers to go the organic way.”
To popularize organic farming in every Indian state, workshops related to community-based organic farming, methods for cultivation and harmful effects of pesticides needs to be conducted.
“Better knowledge of crop cultivation, transparency and honest buyer-seller is needed for the business of organic food to thrive. The recently launched National Programme for Organic Production (NPOP), which helps with the accreditation of organic food produced before they are delivered to food marts, can definitely boost the organic food production,” says Col Ajay Ahlawat.
Omens for Auspicious and Inauspicious Horse | Colonel Ajay Ahlawat Polo
By Hony Captain Jai Lall Ahlawat, OBI, Skinners Horse Riyasaat- i -Gochhi.
This paper is written in response to the invitation of Pundit Jawaharlal Nehru ji, who was a great Horseman and lover of Horses. (The love for equines runs in the family and Ms Priyanka Gandhi is a lover of horses and an accomplished rider, Master Rehan her son is a upcoming rider too). On Punditji’s visit to Equitation school of Sagar he met Honorary Captain Jai Lall, S/O Ram Bux of Skinners Horse – Gochhi – Haryana. Honorary Captain Jai Lall went on to become pundit Nehru’s riding instructor; Honorary Captain Jai Lall joined the Skinners horse on 04 July 1922 at the age of eighteen years. In his total service of 24 years and 6 months he attained rank of Jemador on the 16 July 1933 and Rissaldar on 01 Sep 1937. He became Honorary Lieutenant with effect 01 Jan 1947. He went on to be the Rissaldar major of one of the finest regiments of Indian army- 1 Horse [Skinners Horse]. He was a born Horseman and Warrior who attended the following courses:-
Equitation School, Sagar where he got “distinguished” and was retained as Army Instructor and continued to be the Chief Instructor for over 10 years. He was awarded THE ORDER OF BRITISH INDIA in appreciation of his services.
Having served in Sudan, Entreat, Greece and Abyssinia as official Squadron Commander was finally transferred to the depot at Ferozepur in Sept 1941. His father Shri Ram Bux also served in the Military, his elder brother served in the last war and later was captured in Turkey and died there under their custody. His son and his grand children continue to carry on the tradition of the family by serving in the Indian cavalry.
From his vast personal experiences and knowledge collected from talking/riding and battling with Horsemen and folklore of various Countries mainly Cassava, Entrea, Sudan, Abyssinia, Suez, Greece, Afghanistan, Turkmenistan, Italy, Japan, Germany and India and Ceylon were consolidated in his dairy. The information gained, which he shared with Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru during his various visits and safaris/hack rides at the equestrian school of Sagar , and national defence academy,Pune, Punditji told him to pen it down for his personal collection and use of future generation and cavalry regiments. The information contained has been gathered and compiled by Hony Captain Jai Lall Ahlawat of Skinners Horse- Gochhi, who was the Chief Riding Instructor of the Equitation School of Sagar, Madhya Pradesh. Equitation School, Sagar has been renowned as one of the best equestrian training schools of the world, during the British Raj, top riders from all over the world came to learn the finer skills of equestrian in Sagar. Top Horsemen from Germany, United Kingdoms, Russia and India ,were trained under him who went on to become world champions and excelled in the Art of Horsemanship. His notes have been passed on to many around the world and are to this day referred to by all horse lovers. The originals were gifted by Pundit Nehru under his personal signatures to the National Defence Academy Museum.
Capt Jai Lall advises the purchaser of a horse to first look at the horse with the horse-cloth on the horse’s body. This was with a view that the beauty of the horse’s body may not distract the attention of the buyer off the more important parts, namely, the horse’s legs and feet. People are apt to ignore the essential parts, namely the legs and feet of a horse, and attach undue importance to non –essentials and the more unimportant parts, the legs and the feet of a horse, are often neglected while too much weight is attached to make of the body. But even this negligence is nothing compared to the importance some people when buying a horse, do not care so much for the purity of its breed, or soundness or right conformation of the body and limbs, as to its freedom from the so called unlucky marks.
These are known as “Balbhamria” (Whorl) “Brownies” or feather marks. They are swirls of twists in the growth of the hair sometimes in circles, at other times as elongated stripes where some hair grow unevenly or across the general direction of the hair. No matter how pure breed the horse may be, or perfectly sound limbs, eyesight and wind or good confirmation of the body the horse may possess in the animal has but one of the unlucky marks, it is at once rejected; whilst another
Animal low-bred, unsound and misshapen may be readily given preference if it is the fortunate possessor of one of the “Brownies” to which superstition attaches good luck. These marks are found on various parts of the body, and the belief whether are unlucky does not differ only in different countries but also in provinces of the same country. For instance the mark commonly known as “Gomez” found on the horse’s chest under the girth is considered as one of the most unlucky marks in India, whereas it is looked upon a very lucky mark by the Arabs. Conversely, “Debunk” is considered lucky in India to be very lucky mark by the Arabs. Conversely “Debunk” is considered in India to be very lucky and so effective that all other unlucky marks are nullified if the horse has “Debunk”. There are many such feather-marks, some lucky and others unlucky; but for the present I give below as said above, a translation of some such quaint marks as are found transcribed in the “ Duchene Dials”(Duchene Dials) Part 34, from an old book. Jai Lall Ahlawat noted a folktale about a king who had is his household a slave, Elbama, who among the sciences, also knew about good and bad feather marks of horses, and he showed his worth on an occasion when a merchant brought one hundred horses to the king for sale. The merchant had such a handsome and spirited horse that the king thought that he had never seen the like of it before and wanted to buy it. The merchant demanded fifty thousand rupees for its price. The King thought of Elbama and ordered him in his presence to look the horse over. Among the courtiers were many good judges of horse-flesh yet Elbama, having been ordered examined the horse and said “May it please your Majesty, I have examined the horse; it is good in every way, but if any one mounts this horse the rider will surely die”. “All the courtiers and horsemen/ laughed at this. The king asked Elbama if he knew about the horses and if so, ordered him to explain. Elbama said: “O Gracious King, the horses which this merchant has brought for sale are all full of defects that if any of them is purchased and kept in the Royal Stables, it will bring ruin to your Kingdom.
Capt Jai Lall Ahlawat studied and recovered the sixty defects told by Ashrupat Rishi to his son Shalotri 60(sixty) evident defects in horses. Besides these there are twelve in the make of the excrescence resembling a horn.
It is called “Ekshringi” Raja Bharthari had such a horse and it ruined the King. Therefore it will not be well to buy this horse.
This 2nd horse though one coloured has many spots of white, black, red and yellow colours. It is known as “Anjno”. Shri Ramchandraji had such an inauspicious horse, and he had to seek refuge in the desert. Therefore such an inauspicious horse should not be bought, lest it should bring trouble.
The 3rd horse has a hole in one of its ears. If one or both the ears are so marked, the horse is called “Parkarno” and ruins the owner. Since the day King Harishchandra brought such a horse in his stable, trouble overcame him, he lost his kingdom and went about begging; so if you buy this horse the course of the heavens will be on you.
The 4th horse has in the middle of the lower part of its tail, a figure like” “Gujarati (four). It is called “ Mukhapit”. Raja Kaunsh had such a horse and his kingdom was lost.
The 5th has a feather mark in one of his armpits. It is termed “ Kukhapit”. Raja Mahipal had such a horse, and all king’s relatives died before him.
The 6th has 7 incisors instead of 6 it is called “Adhikdanto”. Wherever such a horse goes, constant troubles and quarrels arise.
The 7th horse has five incisors. It is termed “ Hindanto”. Such a horse, if bred and brought up in the owners stud, is harmless to the owner, but if purchased its arrival would be attended by quarrels and family trouble.
The 8th horse has a “Parrot mouth”. It is termed “Karali” and sends the owner prematurely to his grave.
The 9th horse is “Undershot” i.e., its lower jaw projects beyond the upper. It is termed “Vikrali” and brings ruin to the owner. Bali Raja owned such an animal so his kingdom was lost therefore it is an undesirable purpose.
The 10th horse has a black spot on his pallet it is termed as “kadamtal” and brings a complete monetary loss to the owner.
The 11th horse has a feather mark on his ear it is termed “kukhapatiyo” king Judheshwar owned such a horse which caused the ruin of his whole family and country.
The 12th horse has five lines across his pallet it is “Punch Mukho” since Nalla Raja bought such a horse he lost his kingdom and had to take shelter in the forests.
The 13th horse had a black spot in an otherwise whole colour it is termed “Shamalmukho” .King Dagawa had such a horse and the king was dethroned.
The 14th horse’s head is like a serpants head it is termed as “Haiyamukho”. King Parikshit owned such a horse and misery overcame him and his kingdom.
The 15th horse has a additional small hoof besides the four natural hoof’s. It seemed five hoofed and it is termed “Panchcharno”. It is the worst of all the bad marks and one who owns such a horse may not have anything left to eat or shelter for rest so such a horse should not be bought.
O King such defects are not confined to horses but they are also found in cattle, elephants and camels, but they defer with different species of animals and therefore one should turn from these undesirable animals. The king said clever man, I have in my stud horses with all these 15 kind of defects enumerated by the way, and I have not suffered in any way. What thou hast has described is mere superstition entertained by men of weak mind. It is ridiculous to hold innocent animals responsible for unhappiness and misery befalling human beings. However there is something to know in such things as thou didst relate so go on with the character of the other horses.
Elbama said: may it please the King, it is a fact that superstitions do not affect them at all who do not entertain them, but once a superstitions belief takes hold of men’s mind it will surely affect him; so if it pleases the king let this matter be dropped “the king said”, no let me know more about the defects to which horses are liable to go on. “Elamba continuing said;
The 16th horse is whole coloured but has a black spot on his chest it is termed “ Kalojani”. It would cause the owners death
The 17th horse is whole coloured but has a black spot on his left arm it is called “ Kandmjani”. It is undesirable as it would bring destruction to the owner and his family
The 18th horse is also whole coloured but has a yellow spot on his right arm it is termed “Pilojani”. Such a horse lessens the span of the owner’s life.
The 19th horse has a white spot on his chin. It is called “sufedjani”. It would cause death of the bride.
The 20th horse has the skin around his throat very loose and wrinkled. It is called “ Kushanki” . Such a horse causes death of the mistress of the house.
The 21st horse has one “wall-eye”. It is called “Anglo”, and cause death of its owner.
The 22nd“Goarjani” it causes ruin of wealth.
The 23rd horse has no feather marks placed horizontally which if not a grave defect, lessen the life of the mistress of the house.
The 24th horse has its balls hung up the Groins it is destructive to owners life.
The 25th horse has a long feather mark on the abdomen it is termed as “Shripalo” it brings owner to trouble
The 26th horse has radiating lines and marks on it forehead. It is termed vanio it brings on untold misery and hardships to its owner.
The 27th horse has a mark on its back where the saddle rests it is termed “Shashana”. It is no defect and such a horse can be safely bought.
The 28th horse has a feather mark under the girth- it is termed ( Bandhakatu) “Bandhakatu”. The man who rides such a horse has always to remain on the battle- field. In fact it may be true to say “The saddle is my residence and my throne”.
The 29th horse has stripes on its body like a tiger, and in the sun it resembles a tiger from a distance. It is called (Vagangi) “Vagangi”. It marks its owners ramble about the desert like a tiger.
The 30th horse’s back is like a tigers back. It is inauspicious and brings great misery, and causes a stain to the owner’s reputation, which nothing can remove.
The 31st horse mane of this horse falls equally divided on both the sides of the neck. It is called “ Behaya Lochno”. It is inauspicious to the owner.
The 32nd has a white stripe on the face with a black spot in the centre. It is called “Bandit” and is considered of evil omen.
The 33rd horse has two marks between the ears and is called “Shum Mastaki”. Such a horse will not live longer than four or five years; and if it lives longer then the time it will be the death of the owner.
The 34th horse has feathers marks behind the ears and one outside each ear. It is known as “Paththo”. This also is bad for the master’s life.
The 35th horse has a mark on his chin. It is called (Dundashkalo) “Dundashkalo”. It causes destruction of domestic happiness.
The 36th horse has a whole-colour, but its back in white in colour, and is called “harinag”. This horse may produce the death of its master in battle.
The 37th horse has a mark on the abdomen. It is called “talapat”, and causes pecuniary loss to the owner. Raja Juddheshwar and such a horse. He lost his kingdom and passed his remaining days in the jungle.
The 38th horse has a mark across the stomach. It is called “Prabash”, and is inauspicious for the owner.
The 39th horse has a mark on the abdomen and is called “Patapat”, and is bad for the owner. The 40th horse has a feather mark on one side of the root of the tail. It is called “Jagapat”. It is ordinary a bad mark.
The 41st horse has a mark on the hock. It is known as “Gataupad”. It ruins the owner, and no quadruped would survive the introduction of such a horse in the stable.
The 42nd horse has a mark on the coronet of the foot. It is called “Nashapat” and no one should buy such a horse.
The 43rd horse has white spots on both sides of the nose. It is called “Shhurmukhno”,and is bad and should not be purchased.
The 44th horse has white stripe on the face with a red spot in it. It is called “Dilbhanjan’. It causes mental anxiety fear and despondency to the owner.
The 45th horse has marks on both sides of the “Naipat”. It is bad.
The 46th horse has a mark one ear. It is called “Karanpath”. It causes the death of the owners children.
The 47th horse has on its forehead two long marks like horns. It is called “Bashingo”. It causes loss of reputation of the owner.
The 48th horse has a mark below the eye. It is called “Asupat”. It brings ruin to the owner. The 49th horse puts out his tongue sideways, on the bridle being put on. It is called “Serpanyo”. It is bad, causing death of the owner.
The 50th horse has a long feather mark on the side on the abdomen. It’s called “Nashantni”. It is bad, for it always survives the owners.
The 51st horse has a mark on the lower part of the tail and another at setting of the tail. It is called “Lidau” and will not let another horse stay in the stable, so unlucky is it.
The 52nd horse has only one ball. It is called “Ekadio”. It is unlucky, as it brings an illness on the owner and mental trouble.
The 53rd horse face is like a frog’s head. It is called “Medakmukho”. It is also unlucky.
The 54th horse’s mouth is like a parrot’s head. It is called “shava- mukho”, and is equally unlucky.
The 55th horses face resembles a donkey’s face. It is called “Kharmukho”. It causes family disturbance.
The 56th horse’s upper lip is so short, that the front teeth are visible. It is called “Ujalit”. It is so unlucky that whosoever sees such a horse, suffers from mental anxiety the whole day, and relief can only be obtained by repeated obeisance to the sun.
The 57th horse has 6 teeth and they all point inward. It is called “Apvano” and is productive for the owner’s death.
The 58th horse has a mark for each of the ten orifices of the body. It is most lucky. It should be purchased for the King’s stable. The ten marks are two on the ears, two above the eyes, one on forehead two on upper lip, two on sides of the abdomen, one at the navel. If any of these is absent, the horse becomes very unlucky
The 59th horse has a mark above the knee. It is called “Agpat”. It is unlucky.
The 60th carries its head on one side. It is called (karshanyo) “Karshanyo”, or (Marjanyo) “Marjanyo”. It is unlucky and causes the utter ruin of the master.
The 61st horse, Capt Jai Lall says is whole coloured but its abdomen is white. It’s called “Charanavbhago”. It is also unlucky thus, may it please, Maharaja, these are 60 defects, and unmerited unhappiness may be avoided by observing them during purchases. Besides these, there are other bodily defects and vies.
The 62nd horse eats earth and is called “Kirkhaoo”.
The 63rd is pot-bellied.
The 64th horse is a rearer.
The 65th is colour-blind and cannot see after sun-set.
The 66th horse has Megrims.
The 67th horse is “Ragat-mutra”, that is always passes bloody urine.
The 68th horse is “Thansyo”, that is, it has a chronic persistent cough.
The 69th horse is a biter.
The 70th horse is a kicker.
The 71st horse is a shyer.
The 72nd horse is a crib-biter.
The 73rd horse is a “Panipeshu” i.e.; sit down when led into a stream of water.
Capt Jai Lall Ahlawat also writes about good horses with good marks.
The 1st has a mark on the right side of its chest. It is called “Balion”, and will bring immense prosperity to the owner.
The 2nd horse has long fine hair on the coronet covering the hoof. It is called “Chintamani” and brings happiness to the owner.
The 3rd horse has a mark below the throat. It is “Devmany”, and is very auspicious.
The 4th has five marks- one on the forehead, two on the throat and two on the head. It is called “Mangalo”. Such a horse spreads happiness and prosperity wherever it goes.
The 5th horse has marks on the face, sides left leg and tail called “ AKhand- Mangalo”. It is an excellent and a very auspicious animal, and brings prosperity and success. Raja Janak and Dhilakarna had such horses, and so obtained the world- renowned Ramchandraji, as son – in – law. Such a horse must be purchased at any price. No price is too much for such a horse. The 6th horse has a feather mark on each flank, like a lotus flower. It is called “Shoobh- Mangalo”. By its blessings one obtains good and lucky wife.
“Again horses possess qualifications which determine castes as in a man and too determine these distinguishing attributes; a horse should be seen when drinking water.
At Rissala we use the word “Balanced” before “Successful”. Balanced means ensuring your Health, Relationships, Mental peace are all in good order, Said Colonel Ajay Ahlawat Polo Champion.
(There is no point of getting a promotion on the day of your break-up. There is no fun in driving a car if your back hurts. Shopping is not enjoyable if your mind is full of tensions) , Said Colonel Ajay Ahlawat Polo Champion. “Life is one of those races in nursery school where you have to run with a marble in a spoon kept in your mouth. If the marble falls, there is no point coming first. Same is with life where Health and Relationships are the marble. Your striving is only worth it if there is harmony in your life. Else, you may achieve the success, but this spark, this feeling of being excited and alive, will start to die.
So what goes into the making of a dedicated and sincere soldier, especially in the face of the pomp & glitter of civil life all around him; a civilian’s life that has lesser working hours and better money, and yet seems riddled with scams and corruption? It is primarily the training he receives and the pride he takes in his uniform – which he imbibes during his training. This is what makes him stand out – makes him different. Life doesn’t come to you. You have to go out and get it.
Colonel Ajay Ahlawat Polo Champion said that, To become an Army Officer, you have a number of options, which can be exercised as soon as you complete your Higher Secondary – but are open even for Post Graduates. You can join the National Defence Academy (NDA) at Khadakvasla, the Officers Training Academy (OTA) at Chennai (and now also at Gaya) or the Indian Military Academy (IMA) at Dehra Dun. The duration and specialization of training varies at each of these locations, but the ultimate aim is to mould a civilian student into a Gentleman Cadet (GC) and eventually into an Officer of one of the finest Armies of the world. The Entrance to any of the above Institutions is through a Written Test, conducted by UPSC, and this is followed by an elaborate selection process conducted by the Service Selection Board (SSB). The aim of SSB is to select candidates who have the abilities and qualities to be good leaders, irrespective of their backgrounds. ‘Officer-like’ qualities are given preference. Some of the options available to a person wishing to join the Army as an Officer are: (see table)
Colonel Ajay Ahlawat Polo Champion said that, Once you have cleared the Selection process and the Medical Examination, all you have to wait for is the Merit List and your Call Letter. Hereafter starts the process of making you an Officer. If you have been selected to join the NDA, after doing your Higher Secondary, you are one of those lucky ones who will be undergoing a three-year Training cum Degree course at one of the finest Academies of the world. Be it the accommodation, the training area, the Peacock Lake, the Sudan Block or the Cadets Mess – which can serve a sit-down meal to over 2,000 cadets – the NDA has it all. This is also the only Academy that trains cadets for all three Services (Air Force, Navy & Army). After their three years’ basic training, the Cadets move to their respective Academies for specialized training, for their Passing Out as Officers. The Naval cadets go to the Naval Academy Ezhimala in Kerala, the Air Force cadets to the Air Force Academy at Hyderabad and the Army cadets to the Indian Military Academy (IMA) at Dehra Dun.
The IMA was established in 1932, on a sprawling 200 acres’ Campus and trains Cadets for Permanent Commission into various branches of the Army. It imparts specialized and practical training in different types of Warfare. For this, it has a specially selected staff, state-of-the-art equipment and a modern infrastructure. The Gentlemen Cadets (GCs) learn the art of Warfare, Tactics, Sports and Tactical Exercises, to enhance their endurance levels – so that they are ready to face all types of challenges and opportunities. The Chetwode Hall is the main Headquarters of the Academy and houses the Administration. The Academy’s infrastructure includes: the Khertrapal Auditorium, a Central Library, Drill Square (Parade Ground), a Golf Course, Somnath Stadium, the Salaria Aquatic Centre, Stables, Rissala Polo Grounds, a Stud Farm and a Small-Arms Shooting Range. The trainees at the Academy are called Gentleman Cadets as they are expected to uphold the highest ethical and moral values. The words of Field Marshal Chetwode , as inscribed on the walls of the Chetwode Hall, are the credo for every GC passing out of the Academy:
Colonel Ajay Ahlawat Polo Champion said that, ‘The safety, honour and welfare of your country come first,
always and every time. The honour, welfare and comfort of the men you command come next. Your own ease, comfort and safety come last, always and every time’
(I wish this could be the oath for every Minister/Leader).
The training at IMA is grueling, tough and fast-paced. The GCs have to be transformed into mentally and physically robust soldiers. They are expected to earn the respect and unflinching loyalty of the men they command and develop the capability of leading them proudly into war with utter disregard for their own life. Human Resource theories would be hard-pressed to develop a template for such a task and response. The first change that you feel is your haircut – you may even fail to recognize yourself in the mirror. You are issued a bike, as you need to be mobile at all times. And yes, you are mobile many a times while running with your bike on your head! Each Cadet is allotted a cabin and a set of uniforms, clothing and an equipment kit. The daily routine starts with PT and Drill classes, with a break for change and Breakfast. This one-hour break feels like 3 hours, for you are expected to accomplish so much within it. You rush from Drill Square to the Kote to deposit your rifle, go to the Mess for Breakfast, bathe and change into the Dress for the next class – always rushing to be on time. That Class could be at one of the outdoor Stands, which are 2 to 3 kms away and your bike may be off the road – or maybe you cannot ride it if you are not part of a squad. After lunch is either Siesta or punishment time (for the defaulters). Games are well-organised. All games in which soldiers participate (Troop Games) – like Boxing, Cross Country Run, Basketball, Football, Hockey and Aquatics – are compulsory. Company-level competitions are held at 4 to 5 levels, so that every GC gets a chance to participate and represent his Company. Evening Fall-In, for the passing of Orders, is followed by Dinner. A lot more goes on in between to keep everyone busy.
The PT ‘Ustaads’ – a Naik/Havaldar/Rissaldar is addressed as ‘Ustaad’ and a JCO as ‘Sahab’, as a mark of respect to the instructors, even though they rank below Officer levels – with their red stockings are the most dreaded sight on the PT Field. They task is to ensure that your body becomes well-groomed for maximum endurance. PT Tests consist of a One-mile Run, Push-ups, Sit-ups, Rope Climbing, Horse Work and Dive Roll. The levels of achievement are laid down and marked accordingly. For example, to attain a ‘Satisfactory’ level in Rope Climbing, you may use your legs; but for being marked ‘Good’, you can only use your hands; and for ‘Excellent’, the legs need to be in an L- shaped position. Such standards are set for all outdoor Tests. A GC has to pass his PT Tests in every term (6 months). The Russian Obstacle Training Course is a special treat, and in the Inter-Company competitions held for this Course every GC has to participate for his Team – so even the ‘weakest’ has to be capable of crossing each obstacle.Colonel Ajay Ahlawat Polo Champion said that, The PT ‘Ustaad’ firmly believes that at no time should both your feet be touching the ground! If he feels that the Cadets need some ‘easy time’, he makes them play games like ‘four touch’ – where you have to run and touch the four different corners of the PT Field. It gets better. The fastest 2 or 3 are allowed to ‘sit out’, and the rest are asked to continue the ‘running game’. Another popular game is a team game whereby each member of the team, by turn, has to climb up and down a vertical rope. It is important to win, and therefore you don’t mind the blisters on your hands. The ropes are never knotted; it’s taboo – unlike those that you see in the TV Reality Shows. Every GC has to take part in a Boxing bout in his first term – its called Novices Boxing. Another important part of the training is the Battle Proficiency Endurance Training (BPET) Tests. These have to be passed in each term and require lots of practice. The dress for these Tests is the Battle Dress (dangree with all packs), consisting of a back-pack & a side-pack (with about 30 kgs weight inside), a water bottle, ammunition pouches, boots, anklets – and of course the Rifle. The other Tests are the 9 feet Ditch, Horizontal Rope, Vertical Rope, Fireman’s Lift (lifting another Cadet on your back and running). In our time we had a 10-miles (16kms) Run; it was like a full-length film – never-ending and without an interval. Fortunately it is has been stopped now. However, there is still a 5km Run – and this has to completed within a certain time. You keep appearing for these Tests till you pass. I remember a foreign cadet of my Company who undertook the 16 kms Run 10 times in his final term, in order to pass – else he would have been ‘relegated’ for another 6 months.
The Drill ‘Ustaads’ literally drill a sense of discipline into the GCs, both on the Drill Square and off it, because they monitor your every move and have the authority to recommend punishments. They exercise this authority quite liberally! Colonel Ajay Ahlawat Polo Champion said that, To them the Drill Square (Parade Ground) is a ‘temple’, and you cannot step on it if you are not properly dressed – and if your behavior is not impeccable. Here you learn various forms of Drill (Cane, Rifle and Sword Drills, Drill without arms, Ceremonial Drills). The Drills instil in you a sense of teamwork & team spirit, co-ordination, discipline, regimentation and, above all, a pride in the Uniform. The Rifle you carry is like your wife – always well-maintained, cared for and protected! The correct use of various accoutrements is a basic tenet of wearing a Uniform. Every Ribbon worn on the chest signifies a seniority and must be worn right. If it has the Tricolour, the saffron band has to be on the right side. The seniority is as per the order of precedence of the medals and must be shown accordingly. Similarly, the fifth point of the brass star, on the rank badges, has to always be pointing upwards; the badge on the beret has to be aligned to the left eye; the buckle on the belt has to align with the shirt buttons; and the (shoe) laces have to be without any ‘twists’. Such rules are applicable to each type of Uniform.
A Cadet also learns the traditions of the Military. While it is a matter of pride to pass the Drill Test the soonest, the duties of the Drill ‘Ustaads’ do not end at the Drill Square – for they have to ensure that the Cadets are equally disciplined off the Drill Square. Cycling/marching in squads to classes or the Mess, proper conduct and dress when visiting the town on ‘liberties’, a proper haircut each week, and a high standard of uniforms and boots, is expected – and ensured by the ‘Ustaads’. They also examine the works of the civilian orderlies. ‘Ustaads’ are omnipresent and will quietly approach you to note down your details, if anything is found amiss. You may find them walking next to you in the town and whispering that your tie is not properly knotted, or telling you that you are in an ‘out-of-bounds’ area. Their zest for discipline is so great that at times it may sound ludicrous.Colonel Ajay Ahlawat Polo Champion said that, A GC was charge sheeted for being ‘naked’ on Parade, because he had a small hole in his trousers; another was charged as ‘unshaven’ on Parade merely because his side locks were below the upper ear lobe! Well, that may sound like ‘humour in uniform’, but it is not very humorous when it turns into a ‘Restriction’ (a punishment whereby you have to: do strenuous exercises in the afternoon, are not allowed any outings, and have to attend a ‘roll call’ before ‘lights out’ – in proper uniform – at the Drill Square). Horse Riding has always been considered very important, for it was said in the good old days that those who can control a horse can control the world. The moment you get on a horse, he knows if you can control him. Horses are never kind to GCs – especially on Mondays, after a day’s rest. It is not uncommon to see a horse taking a cadet ‘for a ride’, in every class. Bribing the horse with ‘gur’ rarely helps. Riding and Bn Polo was made compulsory under Colonel Ajay Ahlawat famously known as ‘Ally’ from the cavalry.
Swimming is another must at the Academy. Learning to swim is a simple exercise. You are just pushed into the pool, along with an ‘Ustaad’, and have no option but to cross over – or drown. All obviously opt for the first option. A jump from the 10-meter high board is a great test of your confidence – in self -drowning. The difficult part is in coming down – not coming up. Tactical Exercises, Camps, Route Marches, Map-Reading Exercises, Field Craft and normal theory subjects like Military Etiquettes, Military History, English and Foreign Languages are some of the important learning areas. Training is a continuous process and never seems to end. Every meal in the Cadets’ Mess is also a part of it. Breakfast has to completed in 10 minutes and Lunch eats into your afternoon Siesta. ‘Dinner Nights’ in the Army are not meals, but Parades. Every activity is measured by the clock. The first call of the Bugle signals you to get ready, the second calls you to enter the Mess for Drinks, and the third calls you to enter the Dining Hall. Every course of the meal is served with a Military Band playing – and again, to the minute. Eating has to be synchronized with the ‘President’, and a ‘toast’ is always ‘raised’ with water. In 15 minutes or so the ritual is over and the tummy is supposed to be full. For the juniors these 15 minutes are torturous, with the seniors sitting nearby ensuring that you know which side to keep the bread, how to use the fork & knife, do not converse across the table, talk in low tones, ‘close’ the plate (even if still full) once the senior has done so – and always remember the Drill associated with ‘raising a toast’.
Colonel Ajay Ahlawat Polo Champion said that, All the tough training comes handy while in Service. As the saying goes, ‘The more you sweat in Peace, the less you bleed in War’. Every moment spent at the Academy is memorable, every advice of the ‘Ustaads’ is a blessing and every part of the training ‘a brick in the wall’ in the making of a Soldier. The aim of this article is not to scare away young aspirants who want to join the Armed Forces, but to tell them that while six packs and muscles can be built in a gym, the building of mental and physical toughness and endurance comes through sincere and dedicated hard work – there are no short cuts. This separates the ‘Soldiers’ from the ‘Boys’. It is only after you join your Force that you realize that there is no Service like the Armed Forces – and why you always stand apart.
“The human factor will decide the fate of war, of all wars. Not the Mirage, nor any other plane, and not the screwdriver, or the wrench or radar or missiles or all the newest technology and electronic innovations. Men—and not just men of action, but men of thought. Men for whom the expression ‘By ruses shall ye make war’ is a philosophy of life, not just the object of lip service.”
Colonel Ajay Ahlawat; The 16th & 61st Cavalry; The Rissala Estate; Bijwasan, New Delhi.
“The thundering of hooves, the fluttering of pennants, the snorting of Horses, the jingling of chains, glittering drawn swords , the erect posture of the Cavaliers, their magnificent attire. A sight which will remain imprinted in our minds for years to come. This is what the Rissala was and is all about”. Rissala today strives to keep the ancient traditions alive being a link between the past and the present.
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Place-Rissala Polo – SARISKA – Alwar district, Rajasthan Best Season-September to March Significance-The fort is considered India’s ‘most haunted’ place. Timing– 6 am-6pm Entry Fees– For Foreigner- Rs. 200/-, For Indian- Rs.25/- Video Camera fees Rs.200/-. Most haunted Place of India : In our childhood we have heard several kinds of blood-curdling ghost stories and these haunted stories still scare us as nightmares. If this is not enough to believe then let us brief you about few best haunted places like Delhi Cantt, Dumas Beach in Gujarat and many more in India butBhangarh is the most HAUNTED placethat would definitely give you a real jolt.
Rissala Polo of Colonel Ajay Ahlawat polo- About BHANGARH FORT Bhangarh Fort is situated 10 Km from Rissala Polo Camp on the border of Sariska Tiger reserve in the Oldest Hill range of the world – Aravalli range in the deserted town ofBhangarh, Rajasthan. Bhangarh is a ruined town in Sariska. Bhangarh fort is a major tourist attraction and is said to be one of the most haunted historical places in the world. Many myths are related with this haunted fort.
Colonel Ajay Ahlawat polo Bhangarh town wasestablished in 1573 by King Bhagwant Daswho had two sons. His elder son was Man Singh, the famous General of Mughal Emperor Akbar and the younger one was Madho Singh. Bhagwant Das developed Bhangarh as the residence of his younger son Madho Singh who lived and ruled Bhangarh his whole life. Madho Singh named the city after his grandfather Man Singh who was also known as Bhan Singh and now the city is recognised as ” Bhangarh”.
Bhangarh Kila was established in 1613 and built by King Madho Singhand the town of Bhangarh was established by Bhagwant Das. Bhangarh Fort might be famed for its haunted and mysterious presence but it can be visited as a place that is beautiful and pleasant. People say, Bhangarh fort is not for the easily frightened (faint-hearted) people. It is rated as the most haunted place in the whole of India. India also has some other world’s most haunted places. In fact, if have you ever thought that India was a country of several Gods and Goddess then you can be in for a surprise that India has a dark and spooky side as well. Those people who like to visit haunted places should definitely visit Bhangarh Fort that has its own status of being one of the most haunted places in India, Said Colonel Ajay Ahlawat.
Why Bhangarh Fort/Kila is rumored to be haunted and what are the folklores behind this “HAUNTED FORT” – Ajay Ahlawat?
There is a belief about Bhangarh that the place is haunted andno one can dare to go there after sunset. Several ghost stories are behind the mysteries of the Bhangarh Fort, Rajasthan. Out of the numerous stories about Bhangarh fort one that is most prevalent is that the Bhangarh city was build by King Madho Singh. For this city, the Emperor got approval by asceticGuru Balu Nathwho meditated at this place. The approval was given on the condition that theshadow of emperor’s palacewouldnever touch himat his prohibited retreat. If shadow touched over his place, the city would turn into ruins. The emperor started his fort construction with his money and strength. The Bhangarh fort was constructed with several stories and finallyshadowed the prohibited retreat of Guru Balu Nath. As perpsychic power of Saint, the entire town wasdestroyedand ever since any construction around the crushed location orpalace faces collapse. The samadhi of Guru Balu Nath is still there where he was buried, Said Ajay Ahlawat polo. One other myth as verified by Colonel Ajay Ahlawat from Rissala Polo is as follows:
Ratnavatiwas the princess of Bhangarh and was famed for her statelybeautyall over her own kingdom and the neighboring states. By the time the princess turned 18 years old, she started getting matrimonial offers from diffrent states. There was a tantrik calledSinghia, who was completely smitten by her but knew that his match was impossible with the princess. But Singhia(a tantrik) under the spell of glorious beauty of The Princess decided todecoy the princesswith hismagical powers(jadu). One day Singhia saw the princess’s maid in the market. So he thought, he’ll marry the princess by usingblack magic on the oilthat the maid was purchasing so that upon touching it, the princess would surrender herself to magician. However, the princess saw the Sanghia Tantrik trick that he was enchanting the oil. So the princess poured the oil on to the ground. The oil on groundturned into a rockand rolled towards the magician andcrushed him ( Singhia ). Before dying, the magiciancursed the Bhangarh city to death and said there will be no more rebirths. After this incident, the curse showed its results in a the battle between Bhangarh and Ajabgarh, where Ratnavati was assassinated. However, some local folk stories tell that the princess has taken a rebirth somewhere else and the bhangarh fortis waiting for her return and end the sadistic curse. According to the folk tales, Bhangarh fort is the dwelling of ghosts and that is why entry isprohibited for touristsor visitors in the fort before sunrise and after sunset, Said Retd. Colonel Ajay Ahlawat Polo. Rissala Polo – What happens in Bhangarh at night :
According to different local tales,no one is allowed to hangoutin the scary Bhangarh fort premises once the sun sets. Therefore, tight restrictions have been imposed at bhangarh fort…. you have to leave the fort at the given time (in the evening 6 pm) before dusk. The fort’s main entrance is locked and Government has placed a notice board at the main gate which reads that ” visiting the fort before sunrise and after sunset is strictly prohibited and if rules areviolated legal action would be taken“. There is a rumor thatspirits roamin Bhangarh Fort at night. People often hearstrange noises( screaming, crying voice of women, bangles sound in the rooms) and they reported many weird and scarcely credible incidents like some one’s talking and aspecial smellis felt. Such kind of weird incidents are reported in the fort after dusk. People have seenghostly shadow, strange lights, unusual sound of music and dancecoming from the bhangarh fort. It is said that whoever entered in the fort after sunset and stayed there for a night, will not return from the fort next morning.
Real Haunted stories -Tourist Experiences by Rissala Polo Of Colonel Ajay Ahlawat –
Story told by Masoom Bhargav:I am from Alwar and Bhangarh is in the municipality of Alwar district. Since childhood I have heard various stories about Bhangarh but I would like to quote one. This story was told by my father. We went there when I was 9 years old so I don’t remember much but according to my father when our family was walking near the fort of Bhangarh we saw a man who was talking to himself. Being a child I wanted to ask him who he was talking to but my father resisted. While coming back we saw that man again. He was walking by my side. He was telling us the real story behind Bhangarh. My father tried to get rid of him but he was desperate to tell us the story. He was old therefore he was walking slowly. My father carried me and tried to walk fast to get rid of him. (You must be thinking how cruel we were because we didn’t try to help that old person but I would like to mention that we gave him food on the first meeting but later on some local people warned us.) My father’s plan worked and we were far ahead of him but the strangest thing that happened was when we looked back to see whether he was following us or not he disappeared… You must be thinking I am joking but the people behind us told us there was nobody following us. NO OLD MAN BEHIND US!!MY FATHER WAS CONFUSED.There are so much horrifying incidents related to this haunted fort…. SOME SAID HE WAS A GHOST BUT I DON’T THINK SO. Neither I, nor my father know where he went. We went back to the place where we first met him. He was not there…Strange but true… Colonel Ajay Ahlawat (Colonel Ally)
It really happened with me and my frnds in bhangarh at night. After 12 my friends and I decided to go Bhangarh and stay inside the fort in night. Anyway I am from Jaipur and doing 2nd year. So around 7pm we reached there (little before sunset) and around 8.30pm we were in the fort and seriously the location, atmosphere, air everything was very scary, around 12.30am we all decided to leave fort. That time we all were around 20-21 people (friends and some other villagers) so just after main gate all my friends and those people heard female shouting voice from fort, but me and my two friends didn’t hear that sound. So we all start running after some distance we stopped and discussing it then suddenly a wall like thing fell in front of us so we again started running then finally we crossed final gate. So guys there is something wrong in this fort…… (story was taken from a blog)
Guests from Switzerland and Germany staying at Rissala Polo Camp visited the fort and while taking pictures have photographic proof of a lady standing behind them in over six pictures whereas there was no-one there. this was experienced by the group and covered in pictures taken there. They had spent over 6 hrs there but never saw that lady in the pictures.
It’s been noticed by many guests of Rissala polo that the drinking water carried by them there always turn cold and tastes sweet. this has been noticed by many other visitors across the board.
Lesson to Learn from Men who Gossip about Friends, Colleagues, Relatives, Son’s Friends and the list goes on…. Blog by Colonel Ajay Ahlawat Polo Champion from Rissala Polo.
Colonel Ally Said that you do one thing. First you grow up. Because, if you grow up means, automatically your son will grow up. And when your son is growing up, give him an advice. Now don’t give that confused look and all. Seriously, give him an advice. Along with that, give him a lot of free advice. Don’t think that he won’t take it. Give it anyway, he will eventually take it.
Col Ally Said that tell your son to go out with the girls. Tell him to give them hugs and high-fives and ask them to go out on day trips and have fun. Tell him to make as many friends as possible and not necessary that they HAVE to be on facebook and tell him that to retain any relation, never GOSSIP.
Colonel Ajay Ahlawat Said that tell him that he can talk about what he likes or dislikes about someone in front of them, and if he finds him or her stupid, then mention that also. Tell your son that it is ok to feel bad about something someone did to him but tell him never to discuss this with someone else except the concerned person. Tell him that everybody needs money to survive but never sit and discuss how he earned money in a wrong way, instead tell him that the person slogged his ass out day and night saving and sacrificing everything to get that one flat in South Delhi because he wanted to see his mom smile always.
Colonel Ajay Ahlawat Polo Said that tell your son to read have some fun. In fact, if possible, you only give a copy of “How I Braved Anu Aunty and Co-founded a Million Dollar Company” to him. He won’t understand any of it anyway, but still give it to him.
Retd. Colonel Ajay Ahlawat Polo Champion Said that ask him to log on to Facebook and have a chat with a random person on the other end. A small hello or a hi would make a difference to the other person who may be just as lonely as he is. And if he doesn’t reply it doesn’t mean he tells his friends that he is a bad guy or got some wrong attitude. Even if he is ignoring tell him that its Human Nature to ignore. BUT NEVER GOSSIP.
Ajay Ahlawat Said that tell him to fall in love with a woman (or a man). Tell him to go head-over-heels (or something like that) about her. Tell him to admire her beauty. Actually, tell him to admire the beauty of all women. Tell him that they are single most source of joy on the planet and that without them the world is nothing. Tell him that the girl may not feel the same for him, may have aspirations, ambitions and that does not MAKE HER A BITCH, infact by him saying that he may become one himself.
Ajay Ahlawat Said that tell him that when his friends start to discuss people, walk away or leave such friends, usually the quiet one gets the blame for saying nothing. Tell him to avoid people who start conversations with “I HEARD….” Tell him not to encourage people to tell things about someone else to him. A man may have cheated 5 people at the same time, tell him God is watching and will take care of everything, by him saying that, the lost amount can never be recovered.
Ajay Ahlawat Said that tell him not to watch those television channels where 8 people are sitting on different parts of the screen and discussing Poonam Pandey, tell him they are fuck all jobless people who masturbate at photo shopped images of Poonam Pandey. Tell him that if needs to enquire about someone, its better to spend three days or months or years, but never conclude because she cries at the drop of a hat or smiles without a reason, she is that way and will be that way…
Ajay Ahlawat Said that tell him to go for morning walks and not morning gossips, it ruins your health, time and energy because those gossips would later demand explanations and also if found to be untrue, there is a law for character assassination and he can go behind bars.
Ajay Ahlawat Said that tell him that people who sit and gossip also land up on hospital beds for months, years and sometimes die because nobody likes them after a while. Remember the tree in King Solomon’s Mines???
Ajay Ahlawat Said that tell him that even broken hearts can be mended but he cannot mend the lost morality of any man at any cost.
Ajay Ahlawat Said that tell him that gossiping is a Sin for which Man will have to pay a heavy price. A very heavy price.
Ajay Ahlawat Said that tell him that gossiping will land him to be all alone, may be not initially but eventually.
Retd. colonel Ajay Ahlawat says while a man was polishing his new car, his 6 yr old son picked up a stone and scratched lines on the side of the car. In anger, the man took the child’s hand and hit it many times; not realizing he was using a wrench. At the hospital, the child lost all his fingers due to multiple fractures. When the child saw his father…..with painful eyes he asked, ‘Dad when will my fingers grow back?’ The man was so hurt and speechless; he went back to his car and kicked it a lot of times. Devastated by his own actions…….sitting in front of that car he looked at the scratches; the child had written ‘LOVE YOU DAD’.
Anger and Love have no limits; choose the latter to have a beautiful, lovely life….. Things are to be used and people are to be loved. But the problem in today’s world is that, People are used and things are loved…. In this year, let’s be careful to keep this thought in mind: Things are to be used, but People are to be loved.
Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become habits. Watch your habits they become character; Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.
Do u know the relationship between your two eyes? They blink together, move together, cry together, see things together & sleep together. Even though they never see each other.