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The town of Surajgarh in the Shekhawati region of Rajasthan derives its name from the 18th century fortified Palace. The name literally means "The Castle of The Sun".

Established in 1780 by Shekhawat Suraj Mal, ruler of the Jhunjhunu thikana, the township of Surajgarh came up with the construction of the fort, which not only offered employment to the people from the neighbouring villages, but after its completion also offered a safe sanctuary from marauding bandits and invading armies.

The frescoes for which Surajgarh & the Shekhawati region are famous owe their existence to the plenty of travellers who came through this region, bringing along with them tales of the lands far away. The local people began to decorate their homes with frescoes of the tales told by the travellers & from scenes from the Bhagvad Gita, Ramayana & Mahabharata. The materials used for painting the frescoes were crushed cowrie shells, lime & vegetable dyes which were produced locally.

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