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Excursion to Mandav

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On 16 September, 2017 the college planned an excursion trip to Mandav. This wonderful trip was organized by the mentors of various streams along with student coordinators.  The trip was accompanied by 4 faculty members namely Dr. Shweta Mogre, Mr. Sumit Zokarkar, Ms. Kumkum Sinha and Mr. Radheshyam Acoliya and 50 students. These students belonged to various streams such as MBA, BBA, BCA, B.Sc and B.Com. 

The bus started from Pioneer Institute of Professional Studies campus and headed towards Mandav at sharp 8:00 A.M. Finally we reached Mandav at 11 A.M. , the first destination that was covered was Palaces of Roopmati and Bazbahadur. The students along with fun also were eager to know about the landscape. The students came to know that the palace of Sultan Bazbahadur and Roopmati are exquisite examples of the Islamic style of architecture. They have large courtyards. The palace of Roopmati was used as a check post in the times of an invasion. The tale of these two still resonates in the monuments of Mandu. Sultan Bazbahadur had gone to the dense woods near the Narmada River. Here he heard a sweet voice singing a divine song. When he reached the spot, he saw a beautiful maiden singing to the woods, the deer and the birds. He was mesmerized by her beauty and enchanted by her voice. When he asked her to become his wife she told him that until and unless the River Narmada starts flowing at Mandu she will not be able to marry him. This was because she used to pay homage to the river before having her food. The Sultan then went to the river and asked it to climb over the mountain and start flowing at Mandu. The river god granted his wish and told him to search for a sacred tamarisk and dig wherever it is found. There he found a spring of pure Narmada water which was a tributary. The king dug a reservoir at the place which was called the Rewa Kund. Rewa is another name of the river Narmada. He built a palace at this place and the waters of the fountain were provided to the baths of the palace. The river can be seen at a distance, as a silvery shimmering line in the Nimar plains, from the palace. Bazbahadur was later defeated in a battle and fled from the battle field. Roopmati committed suicide after consuming poison. The balladeers of Malwa still tell us their story.

The next destination was the Jahaz Mahal and Hindola Mahal- When the students reached this spot they saw the beauty of the sculpture. With slight drizzle the greenery around stole everyone’s heart.  Here they came to know that the Jahaz Mahal, or the ship palace, resembles a ship sailing in water. There are two lakes, Kapur Talao and the Munja Talao, at the front of and behind the monument. The beautiful reflection of the palace can be seen in the tank waters. This was built in the period of Sultan Ghias-ud-din Khilji as a pleasure resort for his large harem.

The Hindola Mahal or the Swing Palace has been built with sloping walls, which make it look like a swing. This was used as an audience hall. There is a step well called Champa Baoli near it, which was connected to underground rooms with arrangements for cold and hot water for bathing.

Finally it was time to depart from Mandav. The trip was more of educational along with plenty of  fun for students and faculty members . All the youngsters came to know about the rich heritage. They also made a promise to protect such monuments by not exploiting them, they spread the message all around the place and requested all people around not to use plastic. This was a contribution made by the students of Pioneer Institute towards the mission “Say NO to PLASTIC”- Plastic free India.

Further on , the students moved to bus so that we could reach to the destination where we had booked for lunch. All the students happily enjoyed the delicacies of Malwa by eating Dal – Batti Churma. We finally left for Indore with happy faces and loads of memories. This was one of the most memorable trip for all who witnessed it.

 

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