Bamnera (बामणेरा) is an ancient village situated in Sumerpur tehsil of Pali District in Rajasthan on the Beawar- Radhanpur National Highway No. 14 and the nearest railway station is Jawai Bandh. Template:Infobox Indian Jurisdiction
Bamnera is located on the bank of the Sukri River (Brahmi River), near to Dhavalgiri hill, locally known as 'Bhakri'. Bamnera is 23 km away from the Western Railway station Jawai Bandh, which was earlier known as Erinpura Road. Before entering into the Bamnera village from Sheoganj route, one has to cross a river called Fufaat. In monsoon season, this river is full of water and because of its high overflow of water, it is called Fufaat (Forcefully). Presently, there is a small bridge, called Pakki Rapat on this river.
Climate & Rainfall
Climate is some what different from that of other villages in western Rajasthan. Although, basically the summer season raise the temperature up to 46-47 degree Celsius at peak Time in May-June , a large variation in temperature is found due to adjoining green and hilly areas. Winters are moderately cool during December-January lowering the mercury to 4-5 degree Celsius occasionally. Average rainfall during the months of July-October is 300 mm.
Coming to the History of Bamnera, it is actually an ancient ' Bramhanera' or Kollapur Paatan, where there was an ancient civilization developed. It is one of the important spot for the Archaeological Department of India, to study the ancient civilization in Rajasthan.
Population of Bamnera is 680 according to census 2001. where male population is 328 while female population is 352.<ref>Bamnera Population</ref>
In Bamnera, there are total 339 family of Gorwal Audichya Brahman and almost 40 family of suthars of chouhan goutra with total population of around 1500.
In eastern side of Bamnera, there is a small hill, known as 'Tarwadio Ki Magri', but popularly known as 'Khimel Bhakri'. There are few auspicious temples in Bamnera are as mentioned below:
1) Khimel Mata Mandir.
2) Bhevmata Mandir.
3) Pimpleshwar Mandir.
4) Umiya Mata Mandir
5) Ramdev pir Mandir
6) Suryadev Mandir
7) Mahavir Jain Mandir
Monuments, Temples and Public Places in Bamnera and their Functions: Shamalaji / Charbhuja Mandir (Dehra) : It is situated in the middle of Bamnera village and in the heart of every Bamneraites. Everyday, pooja and Aarati is held in this temple. it is an unofficial meeting place of any meeting in the Bamnera.
Shri kedareshwar Mahadev Mandir: This is a huge Holy temple, though, not under the territory of Bamnera, but still, it is one of the important holy place for any local functions. One should always take a 'Darshan', before entering and leaving the village. The mahant of this temple is Shri Khetaramji Maharaj.
Pimpleshwar Temple: It is situated on the bank of 'Brahmi" ('Sukadi' river) originated from Gautameshwar. It is recently undergone a renovation.
Vagheshwar: It is located on the bank of 'Jawai' river.
Shri Aapeshwar and Koteshwar temple: These temples are buried in the ground. They are under the restricted area of archeological Survey of India.
Pechka (Peska) : This is one of the Oldest resource for drinking water for many years. It is situated in the middle of 'Brahmi' river ('Sukadi'). Now, we have water supply facilities provided by Rajasthan Water Supply Department. Presently, its water is used for cattle and other purpose.
Mithibai Rupalal Navalramji Charitable Trust: This trust had built a hospital cum Primary Health/Medical center, which was inaugurated by Ex- Chief Minister, Shri Haridev Joshi.
Bhuralal Dungaji Secondary School: This school by Durgashanker Daulatramji Kevalramji along with other people .the school has pre-primary std 1 to std 10 class and have a huge ground for sports.
Nohra (Nuru): Nohra is a place within any village, equipped with all the facilities required for catering, cooking and eating arrangements. Bamnera has a huge 'Nohra' but still require a renovation and better seating arrangement. We have one more 'Nohra'. Even though comparatively small in size, but still useful in small ceremony like Yagnopavit and marriages.
Gaushala: Gaushala is managed by shri. Bamnera Gaurakshak Charitable Trust. Normally, this Trust is headed by active Sarpanch.
Shri Bamnera Jankalyan Mandal: Shri Bamnera Vidhtya Prakashan Mandal and Shri Bamnera Jankalyan Mandal is effectively and efficiently working in the village as well as in Mumbai.
Cuisine is predominantly vegetarian and dazzling in its variety. Food is cooked with minimum use of water and people prefer to use more milk, buttermilk and clarified butter. Dried lentils, beans from indigenous plants like sangri, ker etc. are used liberally. Gram flour is major ingredient here and is used to make some of the delicacies like Kachori, bhajiya, gatte ki sabji, pakodi, powdered lentils are used for papad. Bajra and corn is used majorly for preparations of traditional mouthwatering(drooling) dishes. People are also fond of Raabdi, khichdi,dal-dhokdi and rotis like makki ri ghat & bajra ra hogra. Various chutneys are made from locally available spices like turmeric, coriander, mint and garlic. The spice content is on the higher side, even by Indian standards. The most famous dish would probably be dal-bati, which are spicy lentils with baked balls of wheat with lots of ghee. The variety of sweet dishes is also immense and sweets are relished as much as the spicy curries. Some of the popular sweet dishes are Daadi ru Hiru, vasaniyu, mootichur, boondi & Kharmoo ra Ladoo, Sutarfini. "Athithi Devo Bhava",Inhabitants believe in that & as the old Sanskrit saying goes, guests are fed with lot of affection, also termed manuhar or manvar. It is considered extremely rude to just lay the food on the table and expect guests to serve themselves.
Sweet dishes are never referred to as 'dessert', because unlike desserts which are had after the meal, over here sweets are had before the meal, with the meal, and after the meal! And typically there is no rationing. Dal Batti - Churma is the most popular delicacy usually served with baatis and dal. It is coarsely ground wheat crushed and cooked with ghee and sugar. Traditionally it is made by mashing up wheat flour baatis or left over rotis in ghee and jaggery.
Here is a partial list of dishes inhabitant & others from this village cherish: • Daal-Baati • Malpua • Sutarfini • Raabdi • Gatte • Laapsi • Chhaachh • Kicha ki sabji • Guwar flower ki saag • Beans ki sabji • Karela ki sabji • Raabori • Ghevar • Vadi • Raab • Aloo matar ki sabji • Mango Juice ( popularly called as kairee ro russ : Russ - bati in summer season is equally Cherished.)
Music and Entertainment
Folk songs are sung by women during marriages and other social occasions. Many villagers own TVs and Radios. One can hear sounds of popular native songs( in form of bhajans) & Hindi music emanating from stereos and other devices during evenings and afternoons from different houses.
Games and sports
Most of the children play cricket /Gulli Danda / Marbles. Some villagers also play volleyball and football. Villagers can be seen playing cards at school ground (village common area).
Villagers celebrate all major Hindu festivals. Some of the major festivals are Holi, Deepawali, Makar Shakranti, Raksha Bandhan, Teez, etc. Villagers celebrate holi/Dhuleti for 15 days.Its quite a carnival for them. Most of the people perform GHER dance at SOTARA. Usually people spend the day throwing coloured powder and water at each other. Also a special drink called "thandai" is prepared, sometimes containing bhang (Cannabis sativa). People invite each other to their houses for feasts and celebrations later in the evening. Unlike others who use more long-lasting and strong colors (which are chemically enhanced and artificial colors)Villagers prefer to use coloured powders which has a medicinal significance & are traditionally made like out of Neem, Kumkum, Haldi, Bilva, and other medicinal herbs.
The main occupations of the people in the Bamnera are agriculture, pashupalan and yajamaanvrutti. Like other village, many local people had migrated from Bamnera to different regions of Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat in search of better opportunity. Still, local people are engaged in Agriculture, Teaching and Yajamaanvrutti. Some people have also excelled in the field of Engineering,Medical, Banking, Computers and IT Technologies. There are several people located in foreign countries as well.
How to reach Bamnera
By Train: The nearest railway station is Jawai Bandh which is approximately 25 km. away from Bamnera.
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