Jain Temple Bakra Road
Fort of Bhadrajun
Jalore Wildlife Sanctuary
Lohangarh of Jaswantpura
Saint Jalindernath Maharaj Shrine
The Main Poles or Fort Gateway
Welcome to Jalore,
Jalore was known as Jabalipura, the name of a saint. It was also popularly known as Suvarnnagri or Golden Mount due to the prosperity within the kingdom. Jalore has been part of the pilgrimage sector in Rajasthan but lately, it has become a popular tourist destination for those seeking the arid beauty of real rustic Rajasthan. Jalore is an upcoming town with a rich past, interesting cultural heritage and numerous attractive sightseeing destinations. Ancient temples, mosques and a multitude of historical. Jalore fort is perched atop a steep and perpendicular hill. It commands the town from rocky outcrop 336m high fortified with a wall and bastions with cannon mounted upon them.
Places to visit in the city are Jalore Fort, Kirti Stambh and Nadishwar Deep Tirth, Jalore Wildlife Sanctuary, The Main Poles or Fort Gateway etc.
Just 20 km from city, 52 Jinalay temple of Godi Parshavnath constructed in white marble was build by Shrimad Rajendra Surishwar Ji in 1936 Vikram Samvat's Magh Shukla Dashmi. This jain temple is beautified by 52 lords. It is big and heart catching. There are five more temples worth visiting and two rest houses where Jain Saints and Saintess visits frequently. Dinning facility is commendable but lodging is only of middle class available. In Ahore old Jain literature pandulipis(manuscripts) are being kept in good shape.
54 Km. away from district headquarter Bhadrajun is settled on Jalore-Jodhpur road. It gets it name from Subhadra and his husband Mahabhart brave hero Arjun. Subhadra-Arjun in time lag disrupted to Bhadrajun. It is said that where on the permission of Lord Shri Krishna Arjun lifted Subhadra from Dwarika stayed here on the way. There marriage had also taken place here only.
65 Km. away from headquater Jalore and 20 Km from Sub Division Bhinmal this place kot kasta was once two villages named Kot and Kastha now known as unified Kot Kasta. In building this wall mountain was also used as wall. Outside this fort's boundary wall one big wall was also made, to enter those two big and two small gates were made.
Nearly 200 years old this Naths fort consists of there storeyed palace rampart, tower and huge entry gate and many other construction could be found. From the twilight of sum fort could be seen from quiet a distance. Though small in size it is though beautiful and strong. At the main gate of fort a huge wood gate in half broken condition is present that is closed from inside now.
Jagnath Mahadev is one of the two temples built by Rudal Devi, situated 20 Km away. It was found underneath a mound some years before when one new temple was already built some distance away. This temple is called Juna Mandir(Old Temple). The ancient temple is the one possibly constructed by Rudal Devi. During Khilji's and Pathan's rulers this temple probably went uncared about and got buried under sand. New Shiva temple was established nearby.
Here there is huge Jaina temple 600 years old. The statue of Lord Mahavir Swami is 1200 years old here in this temple.
There were hundred of house of very prosperous Savetambar Bisa Oswal. In Besala now there are thousands of house of other community also. At that time in 813 Vikram Samvat Migsar on the day of Shukla Saptemi grand temple was laid foundation of with idol of Lord Mahavir220 rooms rest house and a huge dinning hall is run by the trust here.
This temple was established in 6 Magh Sudhi 2054 Vikram Samvat(Dated 2 Feb.,1998). Every year on Posh Magh Shukla saptami big fair is held here on the birth and nirvana date of Gurudev Rajendra Surishwar Ji.
Main temple is built 7 feet up from earth crest where it is the seat of Shri Parshavnath Bhagwan one the top and roof of temple there are big turrets where rounded wheels are engraved everywhere adding to the beauty of the building.
Jalore Fort is the main attraction of Jalore, a town in the Indian state of Rajasthan, one of the nine castles of the Maru', under the Paramaras in the 10th century. It is one of the most famous and impressive forts in the state and has been known through history as the Sonagir or the 'golden mount'. Jalore Fort is regarded as one of the most impregnable forts of the country. There is a saying: Let the sky be torn, the earth turned upside down, let the iron armour be cut to pieces, body fighting alone, but Jalore would not surrender.
The Attractions inside the Fort :
1. The Fort Mosques : Topekhana Masjid (Arsenal Mosque) and the Kila Masjid (Fort Mosque) within the fort are also noteworthy as they demonstrates the widespread influence of the architectural decorations associated with the Gujarati styles of the period (i.e. late 16th century).
2. The Jain Temples : Jalore is also a place of pilgrimage for Jains and the famous Jain temples of Adinath, Mahavira, Parsvanath and Santinath are located here.
3. Hindu Temples : There is an old Shiva temple, a temple devoted to Lord Shiva. It was built by Kanhaddev Ruler of Jalore.
The first and only privately owned wildlife sanctuary in India with rare and endangered wildlife such as the Asian Steppe Wildcat, Jungle Cat, Leopard, Desert Fox, Tawny and Imperial Eagle. Jalore has rich cultural and folk history.
In main temple there are 52 houses of Lord and each god having four faces. In the Brahma region in the few corners are few faced Jain houses. It was established on Vikram Samvat dated 10 Sudh of 2038. Every year on 10th of Sudh month's big fair is held here.
70 Km. away from Jalore, Situated in the valley of mountain its natural beauty is tremendous Temperature during summers remains comparatively Low. Formerly there was a big village named Lohiyana in this area where Lohiyana dynasty's king lived. Once Maharana Pratap also took shelter in Lohiyana. That's why Lohiyana's king was called Rana as it was under mewar's suzerainty. Afterwards due to economic disruptions king Rana salji Dewal became a dacoit his army kept dacoiting in Marwar province.
In the centre of the spacious enclosure of the fort is the mosque of saint Malik Shah, which is said to be built by Allauddin Khilji.
In Bhadrajun Tehsil of Jalore district on the verges of Jalore, Pali and Barmer Neelkanth village is famous for Neelkanth Mahadev Temple. While entering the village one can see Shiva temple. It is situated on a high mound. Southern faced this Shiv temple attracts visitors of its minarets like pillars. It is said that here one widow lady saw a Shivlinga and she regularly started praying it. Envied by the strong faith of the lady here family members tried hard to bury it but it appeared again but again out of earth with the influx sand.
In this way huge mound of sand emerged there. Taking it to be a Charismatic, Shivlinga temple was established there It is said to be a very old temple. rainy season and Shivratri devotees sets here in great numbers.
West of the fort is the shrine of Saint Jalindernath Maharaj. The name Jalore has been derived from his. The origin of this divinity of Jalindernath is unpredictable, it might have been imported from the Ganges or left behind by the Chauhanas. Some others believe that it is a "remnant of the foes of Alexander, driven by him from Multan" and use the caves of Jalinder in the vicinity as a proof of this. What ever the origin it is now been incorporated into the ally of indigenous deities.
On the way to Raniwara and Sanchore approximately 125 Km away from district headquarter one big temple of 8th Century A.D. of lord Shiva is situated. It minute stone craft is competent enough not only in Rajasthan but also any of good middle ages temple of India.
It is said that approximately 1200 to 1300 years before there was grazing ground outside village for cattle.
This temple not only attracts Jains but also other community people. Hundreds of pilgrims from all over the state and country comes here for drowning themselves into divinity. There is also established idol of Shantinath Bhagwan in ship temple. There is facility of beautiful dinning hall and huge rest house.
This ship temple is of its own kind in whole India there is Jain temple,Dadabari and not also temple of Guru but also training centre for Saint and Saintesses.
Sire Mandir is a temple situated in Jalore town in Rajasthan state in India. This shrine of Saint Jalindernath Maharaj is in west of the Jalore fort.
Being the sacred groove of sage Jabali many saints came and meditated here. Pandavas spent some of their time here and king Bhruthhari's path leader Suanath and his disciples made it their home. There are many temples for Shiva and Shakti present here, out of which Sire Mandir Temple is famous for its natural beauty belief and austerity.
At 1220 M height in the Aravli ranges there on Sundha mountain is temple of goddesses Chamunda Devi a very sacred place for devotees. This place lies in Raniwara Teshil in the midest of Malwara to Jaswantpura Road near Dantlawas village. Lacs of tourists from Gujarat and Rajasthan visits here. A very beautiful idol of goddesses Chamunda is present under the huge stone. Here Chamunda's head is worshipped. It is said that the trunk of mother Chamunda are established in Korta and legs in Sundarla Pal(Jalore).
Built into the fort wall are pols or gateways. TheSuraj Po, Dhruv Pol, Bal Pol and the Siroh Pol are the mighty gateways that lead into this fortress. The Suraj pol or the sun gate from the town is so built that the first rays of the morning sun enter through this gateway. It is an impressive gate with a small watch tower built over it. The Dhruv pol is rather simple looking compared to Suraj pol.
The mahal or the residential palace inside the fort is now desolated, and what is left of it are the ruined symmetrical walls with huge rock formations around it. Two considerable bauris including Jalar Bauri (step well), chatris (cenotaph), Charan Paluka and the Bhairon Dev Ki Chowki within the fort are the other structures that have survived the brunt of time.
One of the most important structures within the fort is the Topekhana or the cannon foundry. The building is not in the best of conditions now, but the telling architecture indicates that this structure must have been awesome in the old days. The colonnade and the ceiling are tastefully carved.
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