Saansad Adarsh Gram Nagari



Nagri is a village in tahsil Chittorgarh and headquarters of a Gram panchayat of the same name. By road, it is 16 km. north of Chittorgarh town and there is Kutcha diversion of about 3 km from the main road. Local conveyance for kutcha diversion is seldom available. The nearest railway station is Chanderia, 6 km away from the place.Nagri is the site of one of the oldest towns of Rajasthan. Its ancient name was Madhyamika the reference of which is available in Patanjali's Mahabhashya. The place was ruled by the Mauryas. References are also available of the settlement of Sibi tribe in this area whose coins were found here in large number. These bear the the legend, Majhimakaya Sibi  janapadasa and belong to the 2nd century B.C.

Nagri has rich past. Vaishnavism,Jainsim, and Buddhism flourished here and the followers of these different faiths erected excellent shrines to their respective Divinties.But the ravages of the time have left nothing.The place has a Shiva temple which is now under the control of the Archaeological Department. Besides this other notable temples in the village are of Raghunathji and Charbhujaji. Excavations by the Archaeological Department  of the Government of India have revealed terracotta tiles of high artistic merit, heaps of stones and remains of old but huge buildings of Buddhist origin at Nagri.


                              HATHI KA BARA NAGARI

Among these a parallelogram of huge cut blocks of stones called Hath-ka-Bara is noteworthy It is so called because this was said to have been used by the Mughal Emperor Akbar for his elephants but originally it was a Buddhist  building. Besides these, remains of Buddhish Stupas, stone statues and huge lintel of stone have been discovered and now preserved by the Archaeological Department.


Saansad Adarsh Gram Nagari

Akbar's lamp post, 1567-68

Akbar's lamp post, which resembles a minaret and is built of huge cut stone pieces brought from the Hathi-ka-Bara. The height of this lamp post or the minaret is about 30 feet . It is claimed that when Akbar encamped here during his siege of Chittorgarh fort, he got it constructed for placing lamps over it thereby lighting the nearby areas.