was camping near Nathdwara about 60 km away from Udaipur City
is the place of famous temple of Meera Bai
who was a devotee of Lord Krishna and a legendary
figure. She wrote many bhajans praising Lord Krishna in her
own style. Born in early 16th century, Meerabai belonged to
the royal family of Mewar. She renounced the luxuries of royal
life and became an ardent devotee of lord Krishna and started
living at this place. I visited the temple observing every
minute architecture and the idols that were kept inside the
Being a geologist,
my natural inquisitiveness had drawn me to study
the intricate mineralogical art works on the temple.
enough, I saw that some of the idols were ornamented with emerald
green coloured necklace, and further these unique emerald green
minerals were engraved on the walls of the temple. It glittered
and gave a pleasant atmosphere within the temple even surpassing
the glamour of the diamond eye in the original idol of Lord Krishna.
engaged in the geological work around this place of Nathdwara. The
area was a peneplained domain of granite gneissic rocks and more
than 3000 million years old. Interestingly, within this gneissic
rock a lot of hillocks of quartz-fuchsite bands show the effect
of fold movement synchronous to the changes in the direction of
gneissic band. They form hillocks of beautiful semicircular
bands. This quartz-fuchsite rock can be literally traced within
the gneissic rock. I used to enjoy working around this hillock of
fuchsite. It was a strange feeling of an unknown attraction of the
mineral fuchsite. I used to hammer the rock and tried to get a lump
of pure fuchsite. The mineral had an attractive emerald green colour
with flaky crystal habit. In fact, the mineral was a chrome muscovite.
Its green colour was due to chromium within its lattice structure.
One day at about 25 km south of Nathdwara, I was surveying the area
and was following a foot track to reach a small mound, marked in
the survey of India's toposheet.
could locate that small hillock over which a group of small
local children were playing and a group of people were merrily
observing them. I climbed up that small hill and was eager
to examine the rocks. I took out my hammer and was about to
hit, when the people around came running to me. They started
telling not to break the rock there. So I stopped breaking
but to my utter dismay I could see the entire slope of the
adjacent hill. Yes! the same deep emerald green colour was
glittering all around the hill slope. A nice and pleasant
feeling prevailed over there. I suddenly became aware that
the people around were observing my speechless astounding
moment with their innocent smiles.
one told in their language "Sahab this hill is a sacred one,
our ancestors came and settled here. We came to know from one generation
to another that this hill is a sacred one. Do you not see that the
surroundings are full of joy and happiness!
We are here since 500 years when our beloved mother Meera bai
built the famous Nathdwara temple!" I could really
feel the influence of emerald green coloured fuchsite a deep mantle
mineral everywhere. I handed over the hammer to my field guide and
started observing the children playing over there.
Contributing Author: The author, Mr. Asimendu
Bandopadhyay, uses his free time in writing. He has developed
a writing style revealing the bondage of nature and the life. He
wants to share & communicate those events of his own with the
readers for their valuable feelings and interactions. The author
was working as a Director in Geological Survey of India in the
last phase of his service career. In his younger days worked
in various field of geology with background of foreign training
in United Kingdom under United Nations Development Programme Scheme
in Marine Exploration. He gathered vast experience both in land
and Ocean. Active participation as Chief Scientist in as many as
15 different geological cruises in the Bay of Bengal is in his credit.
He took part in search of Fe-Mn nodules cruising 45 days at a stretch
in sea in the Indian Ocean in Skandy Surveyor, a Norwegian Research
Vessel. Published scientific papers in national and international
journals. Besides scientific milieu, came across many human-inhuman
experiences. Vast field of Rajasthan, the place of desert and his
initial placement in the job ended in the deep sea through majestic
happenings covering human feelings and scientific search.