6. Harda : If you have traveled in India you must have experienced this. Late into the night, the train halts at a quiet station and you wonder ‘who is going to get down here?’ ‘who will board from here!?’. Entire station looks deserted with not even a tea-vendor in sight !
Harda is one such station. Little do you know that the same station has a bustling life during the day time. Its just that the people of Harda like to sleep well in time. 🙂
Home to several freedom fighters of India, one of the reasons Harda is famous for is Narmada River Ghat in Handia. At the opposite bank of Narmada is Nemawar. Nemawar is in another district of Madhya Pradesh – Dewas – which we will reach later.
Every week on a particular day, devotees of Lord Shiva gather at the Handia-Nemawar bank temple and worship the great lord. Be there for a day and you will get to know how devout people of Madhya Pradesh are to Narmada(Ma Reva).
Another interesting place in Harda is the village Makrai. It was a princely state during the British Raj in India. Among the Numismatics, this village is famous for its coins that were circulated by its king earlier.
Another interesting place in Harda is ‘Teli ki Sarai’. It used to be a resting place for travelers in the earlier times. Later it was also used as a military cantonment.
Handia in Harda is also the resting place for Mulla Do-Piyaza – an adviser of mughal emperor Akbar and a rival of another witty courtesan ‘Birbal’. Many historians consider Mulla Do-Piyaza to be a fictional character in the historical manuscripts. However, he is mentioned in several accounts of those times contradicting what historians believe in. There is a common non – vegetarian dish – Do Piyaza. Literally, Do Piaza roughly translates to two/excess onion. Legend has it that actual name of Mulla Do-Piyaza was Hasan. Before joining Akbar’s court he was a priest(mullah) at a mosque. Due to his excessive liking for the dish Do-Piyaza, people started calling him Mulla Do-Piyaza.
A few also believe that he wore an onion shaped turban.
And before we leave Harda for our next destination, below is a newspaper from Harda district. The headline mentions a recent fair that Harda hosted where a movie actor Preeti Jhangiyani performed on stage.