The fabled town of Jhumri Telaiya

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Originally Posted by metalmann View Post Another claim-to-fame that Jhumritalaiya has is that at one time it was the leading producer of mica, a substance that used to be used in electronics in the 60s and the 70s. It had made the town one of the richest places in India. The mica mine owners, hailing from Jhumritalaiya, were one of the richest people in India with lavish homes in Mumbai.

This bout of prosperity lasted till the world moved on to mica-substitutes and Jhumritalaiya regained its anonymous notoriety.

I had read a very kind article about this place in Illustrated Weekly (I think) that had characterized it as a happy place, with its denizens having an easy acceptance of their rollercoaster fate and their 'Timbuktu' status.
Morichica seems to have beat me to it and with better detail
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@Morichika- Not from Ranchi, though have a close friend staying there and have visited Ranchi once. Jhumri Talaiya ( telaiya would be wrong spelling of the pronunciation!) should be not too far from Asansol(which i hace visited many times)?.
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Originally Posted by metalmann View Post Another claim-to-fame that Jhumritalaiya has is that at one time it was the leading producer of mica, a substance that used to be used in electronics in the 60s and the 70s. It had made the town one of the richest places in India. The mica mine owners, hailing from Jhumritalaiya, were one of the richest people in India with lavish homes in Mumbai.

This bout of prosperity lasted till the world moved on to mica-substitutes and Jhumritalaiya regained its anonymous notoriety.

I had read a very kind article about this place in Illustrated Weekly (I think) that had characterized it as a happy place, with its denizens having an easy acceptance of their rollercoaster fate and their 'Timbuktu' status.
I won't call it a sad place either, the citizens are happy and the place developing again but that prosperity is obviously missing
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Originally Posted by metalmann View Post Morichica seems to have beat me to it and with better detail
ah......... that is whi i was wondering why you are repeating my words
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Originally Posted by Gametotravel View Post @Morichika- Not from Ranchi, though have a close friend staying there and have visited Ranchi once. Jhumri Talaiya ( telaiya would be wrong spelling of the pronunciation!) should be not too far from Asansol(which i hace visited many times)?.
Okay I saw your location now if you are from chennai then the best way to come will be by changing train from bhubaneshwar, shortest route, I used to live in chennai so know every way to come
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Originally Posted by Morichika View Post Okay I saw your location now if you are from chennai then the best way to come will be by changing train from bhubaneshwar, shortest route, I used to live in chennai so know every way to come
Thanks for the travel tip! Is the log over or something left?
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Nah its not over
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Okay waiting for the rest, also would like to know how the place came to be called Jhumri(anklet with bells worn by women) talaiya ( under or below) ?
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The etymology

Since you asked, there is some speculation to how this place was named. There are two theories one being, two villages namely jhumri and telaiya were there and the settlement between these two villages simply came to be called Jhumri Telaiya. The other theory is that the bush used as fuel was called Jhuri in native language and Telaiya meaning a small lake (tal) thus with time it became jhumri telaiya
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This is good learning for me; not much point in deciphering the names of places! Thanks for the clarifications!
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The other places and a little tidbit....

Ramnavami
Since its today and I'm far away from home I was a bit nostalgic, Ramnavami is celebrated with flair in Jhumri telaiya, with a 6-7 hrs power cut courtesy the procession (jhaki) its a day when doesn't matter how hard you try your inverter "baith jata hai" But its also a day when you get time to talk play old games like antrakshari because obviously you can't sleep in that hot weather... The power cut starts from 3 in the after noon and continues up to 1 in the night. I remember a time when my cousin came to visit us from kolkata during ramnavami and by the end of that night we had invented every game possible in the dark. And really its a night to talk, to open up and relax.......


kids dressed up as ram and sita etc

Now on to the surrounding places
Itkhori:
Legend has it that Lord Buddha meditated in the quaint surrounding of this place and his aunt tried to distract him but he didn't budge so after some time she gave up saying "iti khoyi" literally lost here with time the name was corrupted to itkhori. This place is a fine example of religious tolerance because you can find hindu, jain and buddhist religiuos temple and relics here, excavation are still under process or so they say I never see anything happening, many relics are still buried here. The 9th century maa Bhadrakali temple is also in this complex, whose idol was stolen to kolkata barabazar and almost exported back in 1960s but thankfully they caught the culprit and the idol was given back. When people buy new cars they go there to puja. And there is this interesting practice of spraying the goddess with new deodorant and then giving it back to the devotee who brought it. We have been there many times. On some occasions my mother picked up wild neem there which were so bitter that our eyes rolled back to our head. There is a eatery which sells hing ki kachauri, aloo ki sabzi and jalebi which is a must eat, devotees generally break their fast here after offering puja in the temple. There is a Shiva linga with 1008 lingams carved onto its surface, the beautiful images of 104 bodhisattvas sculpted on a stupa and the foot impressions of the 10th Jain tirthankara Sheetalnath in the temple complex. This beautiful place is situated on the banks of mohana river. Be sure to visit this place if you are in Jhumri telaiya or Hazaribag

How to reach:
From Jhumri Telaiya take the nh 31 towards hazaribagh, after reaching barhi chowk keep going straight (nh 33 ranchi jamshedpur road), after crossing the chowk keep driving 15.9 km on the nh then take a right, you'll get a itkhori signboard. keep going straight and you'll cross several villages and forest area. Then you'll find itkhori. There is another route through chouparan but never ever go through that road even if your driver insists its shorter. The road is so bad there that you'll have pain in your waist and your teeth for four days. the route is about 70 kms. Photos taken in june 2012




on the way


army people probably doing a morning drill




itkhori entrance


shiv linga


relics found of the mauryan period




back gate


bodhisattavas on a stupa which is filled with water perennially




the place of meditation




On the way back a stop at jawahar ghat bridge.



the new koderma to ranchi railway track under construction which is supposed to go through the famous jharkhand forest.


the monsoon clouds brewing on the hill


panorama

until next time
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That train journey would be wonderous!
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Isn't Padma where The Raja of Ramgarh had his palace?
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I too am waiting for its completion
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