It was Saturday evening, my friend Shashank called and said he has a friend visiting and we will have to make some last minute plan changes for our photowalk on Sunday. We decided that we will first drop his friend and then decide on a place for our photo walk. We were to drop his friend at an institute that was 35km away from Lucknow on Raibareli road.
Next morning, geared up we left for Raibareli road. On our way back as planned we were looking for places and we came across a sign board of Hulas Khera. We had never heard that name before. It was an archaeological site. Hulas Khera is a small village, 25 km away from Lucknow on Raibareli road. The turn is on the right side, when we will travel from Raibareli to Lucknow.
We took that turn on a narrow road that penetrates through thatched roof village and lush green farms. Finally driving for 5km on that road, we reached the archaeological site.
This was an isolated place away from the fast life of Lucknow. While exploring the place, we came across Kaleshwari Devi Temple. This temple is very famous in Hulas Khera. Near this temple there are Banyan trees and an old ruined cottage.
We met a man, who told us about Baba Maniram who use to be the priest of the temple, he was the one who discovered this small place. It was he who first discovered the artefacts which later archaeological department of India followed up. He told us that the place before was infested with snakes and the villagers use to think that treasure is buried under the land. After digging the land, archaeologist found utensils, coins and brick structures. They came to a conclusion after analysing that the place is witness to a 3000yrs old Civilization.
While clicking photos, I kept wondering how might have people lived there all these years ago, Somebody might have stood at the very place I was standing. This small village has experienced so many generations. It has witnessed so many celebrations and funerals. The place which was once bustle with life for years and then turned into a boneyard.
The site is surrounded by a U-shaped lake called Karela Jheel. The karela Jheel which was once the life line of that civilization has almost dried now. I was imaging that how beautiful this place would be with blue fresh water Karela Jheel surrounding it. I was trying to look beyond the ruins in front of my eyes and imagine the beauty of the flourishing village that might have thrived thousands of years ago. If we want to revive that beauty of Hulas Khera. Then we have to revive the Karela Jheel.
Not many people live there now, the place was isolated despite of such rich history. Places like Hulas Khera, despite of thousands of years old heritage fails to attract any tourists in India. There is a need that tourism department of India and people should understand the importance of such places. These places gives us a picture of how we use to be and also help us to compare our development as a nation. These places define the diversity of our beautiful nation India! They show us our past culture and remind us where we come from.