Menal Shiv Temple and Water Fall
Welcome to Bhilwara,
Bhilwara, also known as 'Textile City of India', is a famous industrial town in Rajasthan. Located in the western part of Rajasthan, Bhilwara is well connected with all major cities in India. Bhilwara emerged as India's largest manufacturer of suitings, fabrics and yarn. Its share in the polyester/viscose fabrics (suiting) sector is around 50 per cent in India.
Bhilwara city had the birth of the textile industry way back in 1961 when LN Jhunjhunwala set up his first unit to manufacture synthetic yarn. The unit is known as Bhilwara Spinners Ltd. Today Bhilwara is a prominent and leading manufacturer, exporter and supplier of world-class Suitings, Flock Fabrics and Yarn.
The city has a quaint story of origin, carefully preserved by the locals. It is said to have come up in the middle of the 11th century when a Bhil tribal, supposedly one of the first settlers, built a Shiva temple on the site of the existing Jataun ka Mandir. This is in the area called Junawas, the oldest part of the town.
This is tehsil and Panchayat samiti. The town is also known for temples situated on the left bank of the Khari, built by Sawai Bhoj. During the princely rule , it was an estate comprising seventy two villages , held by one of the first class nobles of the Mewar State, who had the title of Rawat.
It is a seven storied fort that lies 70 km from Bhilwara, on the Bhilwara-Asind Road. One of the prime attractions of Bhilwara, Badnore Fort is one of the most beautiful Forts and Palaces in Rajasthan. Badnore, earlier known as Vardhanpur, is a quaint little village located in the Bhilwara District of Rajasthan.
Badnore Fort is an excellent example of medieval Indian military style of architecture. This seven storied fort stands atop a hill and presents breathtaking views all around. There are many small monuments and temples within the precincts of Badnore Fort and around it. The buildings within Badnore Fort Bhilwara are all built in traditional Rajputana style of architecture, which is a local variation of the extensive Hindu style of architecture.
Bijolia away from city 50 kms on the Bundi-Chittorgarh road, in Bhilwara district, is the old fort and city of Bijolia. In ancient times it was known as Vindhyavali. During Chauhan period, it became a famous centre for art and architecture. Several beautiful Shaiva temples were constructed by the Chauhan rulers on this place.
On the eastern side of the town near the city wall, there are three beautiful temples. Prominent amongst them is Hajaresvara Mahadeva temple. It has a high linga surrounded by hundreds of small lingas and hence called Hajaresvara or Sahastralinga. The temples of Mahakala and Baijanath are also well known. The temple of Undeshwar Mahadeva is also well known. Near by Mandakini Kund is a holy water tank. Bijolia inscription dating back V.E. 1226 is very important because it throws a new light on the early history of the Chauhan dynasty.
The Bhilwara Charbhuja Mandir was established in the year 1444 AD. It is on the name of this temple that the village Gadbor, which translates into meaning garh or fort of the Bor Rajputs, derived its name Charbhuja.
The Charbhuja Mandir in Bhilwara is counted among the most venerated religious places in Rajasthan. It is exactly located in the Gadbor village which was denominated as Charbhuja on the name of this temple. Charbhuja is another name of the Hindu deity Vishnu to whom this temple is dedicated. It is reckoned among the four most visited temples of Mewar. Along with this temple, tourists go to ekling ji, dwarikadhish ji and shrinathji temples.
The major pull of the Charbhuja Mandir in Bhilwara is the celebration of annual fair called Bhadrapad Ekadashi jal jhoolani Gyaras. To take part in the festivities of this fair pilgrims in whopping number hoard in this temple to offer prayers to lord Charbhuja and receive blessings from all over India. It is seen that majority of pilgrims come from Maharashtra and Gujarat to join the fair.
Gangapur away from city 45 km it's like the other typical Rajasthani village that one is likely to encounter while travelling in the countryside. An otherwise quiet village, it comes alive every now and then when a local cattle fair is organized here, in which a large number of cattle and other domestic animals exchange hands. These cattle fairs are a regular feature in almost all districts of Rajasthan.
This is not surprising because the Rajasthani rural economy, to a large extent, revolves around cattle even though the majority of Hindus are vegetarians. These fairs are primarily meant for the trade in domestic animals but that does not stop anybody from adding a littlecolor to the occasion. The fairs often take on a carnival nature with stalls of items of daily use, toys and a lot more.
Harni Mahadev is the nearest pilgrim site for the Bhilwara Residents which is at a distance of 6 kms. Beneath the green mountains, near the water fall under a large stone there is a 'Shivling'. On the occasion of Shivratri 3 day fair is held here. There are large no. of people assemble to view this site.
In the month of Shravan devotees accumulate and perform various Religious rites. Municipal Corporation of Bhilwara with the help of local people is developing new facilities. At the top of a hill there is situated a temple of 'Chamunda Mata' from where a complete view of the city as available. This temple is connected with the road.
Joganiya Mata is a famous temple which is at a distance of 80 km from the Bhilwara City. It was built in the 8th century. The temple is situated at the midst of the dense forest therefore people scare to visit this place. It has become a shelter place for Dacoits and Drunkards who started offering animal sacrifices; this pratha became so popular that offering animal sacrifices became a regular feature after the fulfillment of asked desire.
During Navratra, number of goats and buffaloes are cut to offer as sacrifice; hence the environment here was not conducive. In this situation, Jain Sadhvi Mewar Sihni Yaskanwarji took the responsibility of banishing violence from this are and due to her great efforts, sacrificing and drinking stopped in the year 1974. Then after, due to her inspiration only, religiously bent people made an effort for the planned development of this area, as a result of which Dharamshalas, Shops were built and water, electricity reached this place. During Navratra Festival a 9 day fair is regularly organized here which is visited by number of people here.
Mandal away from city 13 km is One of the best things to see in Mandal is the Battis Khambon ki Chhatri. As the name suggests, this sandstone monument is a handsome chhatri (domed pavilion) of 32 pillars. Some of the pillars show good carving at the base and the upper portion. Within the sheltered space is a huge shivalinga, the phallic symbol of Shiva (the Destroyer of the Hindu Trinity of Creator-Preserver-Destroyer).
A detour between Menal and Bijolia takes you to Mandalgarh, which is the third fort of Mewar built by Rana Kumbha. Located at a distance of 52 km in Mandalgarh, from Bhilwara, this is a fort which is 1 km long and at a height of 1850 feet above sea level. Naturally this fort was much secured. At this place there are number of temple of God and Goddesses to visit.
To the North-West is a fort about half a mile in length with a low rampart wall and bastions encircling the crest of the hill on which it stands .The fort is said to have been constructed by a chief of the Balnote Clan of Rajputs ( a branch of Solankis). There is an old temple Jaleshwar by name (1619 v.s.) The fort also houses a temple dedicated to Shiva
Situated at distance of 17 kms from Bhilwara it is the main Tourist Spot and water reservoir for the Bhilwara Residents. Its capacity is 30 feet. During the rainy season, the surrounding is a site to behold here.
A rest house of Irrigation Deptt., swimming pool, swings for the children and toy train are there. Complete facilities for picnic and party are present here.
Menal is away from bhilwara 90 km. Amidst the natural beauty lies Menal, the coldest town famous for its ancient Shiva temples, picturesque waterfalls and dense forests on the Bundi-Chittaur road. It is also known as the "Mini Khajuraho" blessed with natures bounty. You can also have a look at the picturesque waterfall where water fall to a depth of 150 feet in a v-shaped valley with great force. During the rainy season, sound of the waterfall can be heard from a long distance. The best time to visit this place is July to October, when Menali River flows and meets at Triveni with Banas and Badech.
Is situated at about 10 Km. from bhilwara city. It is famouls for it Udan Chatri, Adhar Shila , and Patola mahadev. The Bhilwara Municpal corporation is developing a tourist place at Gata Rani Mandir.
It is revealed in the historical records that Bhilwara Sawai Bhoj Temple was erected to commemorate the sacrifice of the Gurjar youth namely Sawai Bhoj. He fell in love with the wife of the Raja of Bhenai called Jaimati. As a repercussion to this, he along with his 4 brothers and mother was killed in a brutal war with Rajput ruler.
he Sawai Bhoj Temple in Bhilwara is said to have harmonized communal differences. Besides, this temple enjoys a very special feature. It has an adjacent mosque called the Badia Dargah. However in this mosque prayers are not offered and it has a symbolic significance only.
his apart, in the complex of the Bhilwara Sawai Bhoj Temple numerous other tiny temples and shrines are also located. Of all the temples however the one that enjoys the limelight is temple for Deo Narain where prayers were offered in majority by Gurjars only.
Shahpura is situated at a distance of 55 km on Jahajpur Devli Road. Shahpura is famous for the contribution made by the Barhat family the freedom struggle of India and as the prime center of International Ramsnehi Sampraday. Shahpura is also famous for its 700 year old Far Painting. The painters of this region have won several national prizes.
Shahpura is a place of pilgrimage for the followers of the ' RAM SANEHIS' Sect .Founded by the hindus in 1804 .They have a shrine in the town as 'RAM DWARA' .The chief priest of RAM DWARA is the head of the sect. Pilgrims from all over the world visit the shrine through out the year . Ram Snehi is an Internation hindu sect. An annual fair ,which is called 'PHOOL DOL KA MELA' is held here on PHALGUN SHUKLA '15( march-april) for five days. About one lac people attend the fair. It is also famous for PHAD painitings
Sheetala Mata Temple away from city 85 km . Dhanop is a little village near Bhilwara with only the Sheetla Mata Temple to boast of. But it makes for an interesting visit as it is the most colourful temple around. The walls and pillars are bright red while the roof is sparkling white. The floor is of marble, and a checkered one at that.
In the complex is a neem (Azadirachta indica) tree which looks more like a Christmas tree. This is because of the hundreds of colourful pieces of cloth which devotees have tied around its branches in the belief that it will fulfill their wishes.
Anyway, the main idol of the goddess Sheetla (a form of Durga) is of black stone with patches of sindoor (vermilion) on it. Same is the case with the stone walls in the inner sanctum. The ceiling, too, has some bright floral paintings.
40 kms away from the Bhilwara city on Kota Road, Bards, Menali's and Badachh river meets, it's popularly known at Triveni Chauraha. On its coast line there is an ancient temple of Lord Shiva which remains submerged in water during rainy season.
On the occasion of Poornima, Amawas, Kartik and Magh month people from distant places come to take a dip in this holy water. During Shivratri, a huge Mela is organized here. People also come to flow the after remains of their dear ones in this holy water.
- Adinath Digamber Jain Mandir, Neelkanth Mahadev, Charbhuja at Kotri, Kalp Vraksh, Adhar Shila Mahadev, Patula Mahadev, Ghata Rani etc.