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A visit to Raisar village of Jaipur district famous for Banki Mata temple
I was on a visit to Raisar village in Jamwa Ramgarh block of Jaipur district in connection with a project campaign. The village is famous for the temples of Banki Mata and Musyana Bhairv. Around a million devotees and tourists visit the temple of Banki Mata every year.

Raisar is sleepy village with laid back life, but it comes alive when several lakh people from Rajasthan and neighbouring states visit a fair that starts eight days before the festival of Holi and visit to the temple. This year the fair will start from February 25 and culminate on March 4.

Kishore Singh Chauhan, 70, who took me around told that the village has grown and several private schools have come up in the area, but children here play traditional street games around the temple.

Local Nathawat Rajput chieftains have left the village and stay in Jaipur now. Many houses have been deserted and people have shifted to nearby towns for better prospects.

Another remarkable feature of the village is the abundance of monkeys which create a lot of nuisance at times. He showed me the school he studied in that has turned into ruins now. Another problem was the irregular and short supply of electricity.

The main attraction of the village has now improved facilities in the form of inns for the pilgrims and formation of a 'Temple Trust' through which the development of the premises is taking place, told Chauhan.

The temple has 650 steps to reach its premises on the top of the hill called Devitalla. Though the pilgrims and devotees keep on coming to the temple daily, but more crowds are seen during Navaratris. However, the mammoth gathering of the pilgrims and devotees is seen around Holi festival, I was told.

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