An Army battalion got back its deity after 70 long years when 17 Rajputana Rifles or the former Sawai Man Battalion conducted a “hawan” at the Shila Mata temple at the Amber Fort near here on Saturday.
Members of the erstwhile royal family of Jaipur, the Commandant and officers of the battalion, Junior Commissioned Officers, ex-Servicemen and many other distinguished guests including former Chief Secretary of Rajasthan S. Ahmad were in attendance to witness the restoration of an old tradition.
On this auspicious occasion, the colours of the former Jaipur State and of the battalion were brought in a parade by a military guard. The head priest of the historic Shila Mata temple at the fort blessed the flags carrying out the traditional rites and rituals.
The serving officers as well as veterans of the infantry battalion, which is fondly referred to as “Sawai Man Guards” after the army of the former rulers of Jaipur, felt proud to be part of an ancient legacy inherited from the erstwhile kingdom.
The atmosphere reverberated with mantras and salutation of the unit in support of the gallant past and prodigious bonding of the veterans and valiant serving soldiers.
The event was a visual treat for tourists and citizens of Jaipur alike.