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Barmer A place less explored

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Barmer A place less explored
Barmer A place less explored

 DESCRIPTION 

Barmer is located at the western part of Rajasthan. It covers a larger area of 28,387 sq. km, and shares its district borders with Jaisalmer  in the north, Jalore district in south, Pali district and Jodhpur district in the east and Pakistan in the west. It is the third largest district of Rajasthan, after Jaisalmer and Bikaner.

Barmer district lies in Thar Desert and is famous for mud houses, folk music and dance. Many visitors come due to its adventure activities. Mallinath cattle fair takes place in the month of April every year.

History

During the 12th century Barmer was known as Mallani, in the name of Rawal Mallinath who was the son of Rao Salkha. Rawal Mallinath was philanthropic and religious icon and was worshiped by the locals as God. The present name was given by a Parmar Ruler, Bahada Rao, who was also known as Bar Rao. He established a small town known as 'Juna' located at 25 km form the present Barmer. Rawat Luka, who was the grand son of Rawal Mallinath, with the help of his brother Rawal Mandalak, defeted the Parmar Ruler and established their kingdom in Juna. Later, his descendant, Rawat Bhima shifted their capital from Juna to present Barmer in the year 1552 AD. He also constructed a small fort on the hills of Barmer, known as Barmergarh. 

 CLIMATE 

Barmer district is a desert and temperature can vary in wide range. Summers are very hot and temperature can go from 46 degree Celsius to 51 degree Celsius. In winters the temperature can drop to 0 degree Celsius. The annual rainfall is about 277 mm. 

October to March is the best time to visit Barmer city. During these months weather remain pleasant and the temperature hovers around 23 degree Celsius, nights can be chilly.

 PLACES TO VISIT 

  • Barmer Fort and Garh Temple
  • Kiradu Temple
  • Devka Sun Temple
  • Shri Nakoda Jain Temple
  • Vishnu Temple
  • Juna Fort
  • Rani Bhatiyani Temple
  • Mahabar Sand Dunes Barmer
  • Handicrafts of Barmer
  • Safed Akhara

Barmer Fort and Garh Temple

Barmer Fort and Garh Temple View
Barmer Fort and Garh Temple View
Barmer fort was built by Rawat Bhima in the year 1552 AD, when he shifted his capital to Barmer. The fort was built on a hill at an elevation of 676 feet and is also known as Barmer Garh. The main entrance opens in the north direction and safety burg is made on the eastern and western sides. The fort has ordinary walls because of natural protection of the hill. 
It has two important religious temples, the first is Jog Maya Devi (Garh Temple) at an elevation of 1383 feet and is situated at the top of the fort and the second is Nagnechi Mata Temple at an elevation of 500 feet. Both the temples are very popular among the locals and have fairs during the Navratra festivals. 

Entry fees
Per Adult: ₹20/-
Per Child: ₹10/-
Per Foreigner: ₹100/-

Kiradu Temple

Kiradu Temple
Kiradu Temple
Kiradu Temple is a beautiful and magnificent temple in Solanki style of architecture. It is  ruins of five temples. Out of these five temples, the Someshwar temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva is most remarkable. It is also nearest to the road and in better condition than others. Kiradu Temple is located in The Thar desert 35 km from Barmer city. The inscriptions of the temple dated to 12 century.

It is said that Kiradu was cursed by a sage and left deserted. The sage has left his disciple to take care of people of Kiradu, but except for a potter's wife no one carried sage's wish. Out of anger the sage cursed the town and told potter's wife to leave the town beforehand and never look back. But out of curiosity the lady looked back and turned to stone instantly. The outskirts of town there is a purported to be her. 

Devka Sun Temple

Devka Sun Temple
Devka Sun Temple
The Devka Sun Temple is famous for its magnificent architecture. It was built in 12th or 13th century. The temple is situated in Devka which is a small settlement located 62 km from Barmer city along Barmer- Jaisalmer road. There are two more temples in broken state, which has sculpture of Lord Ganesha on it.

Shri Nakoda Jain Temple

Shri Nakoda Jain Temple
Shri Nakoda Jain Temple
Shri Nakoda Jain Temple is also known as Parshwnath Temple. It is one of the most beautiful and important pilgrimage sites for Jains in India. The temple is devoted to Lord Parshwnath, who was the 23rd Tirthankar out of 24 Thirthankars in Jainism.  The temple is located on a beautiful hill at an elevation of 1500 ft. The temple belongs to ancient times and time to time renovations, repair and additions have been made over centuries. It is believed that every wish is fulfilled who so ever visit here. The devotees consider the temple sacred and feel blissful around.


Nakoda Jain Temple is located at 1 km from Mewad city and 13 km from Balotra, which is the nearest railway station. At different times in history the village has different names, NagaraViramapura and Maheva. 

Vishnu Temple
Vishnu Temple Barmer
Vishnu Temple Barmer

Vishnu Temple is one of the most famous temples of Barmer and has a different charisma. It is located in Khed, which is 90 km from Barmer. Over the period of time the temple is disintegrating, still it remains a popular tourist point because of its magnificent architecture. The temple is surrounded by a market like Palika and RCM, and known for shopping, this is another reason why the Vishnu Temple is a major attraction of Khed.

  Juna Fort

Juna Fort
Juna Fort
The Juna Fort is also known as Old fort. It is situated at 25 km form Barmer city. Bar Rao established Juna city. Juna fort was an old fort where rulers live. Later during Rawat Bhima rule he shifted his capital to Barmer where the present city reside. This ruined the Juna city's past glory and heritage. Juna is surrounded by hills and lake.

Rani Bhatiyani Temple


Rani Bhatiyani Temple
Rani Bhatiyani Temple
Rani Bhatiyani Temple is dedicated to Goddess Rani Bhatiyani Sa who is also known as Majisa which means 'mother'. Rani Bhatiyani is the princesses of Jaisalmer. The Dholi community of brads worship her and the women of this community praise their princess by sing the Ghoomar song. 






Rani Bhatiyani Mata
Rani Bhatiyani Mata
She was the daughter of Jograj Singh ji, who belong to Bhati Rajput clan and so she was known as Bhatiyani. She was married to Kalyan singh who was the prince of Jasol. There are different legendary stories about her death. In first story, Kalyan Sing's first wife Devri, was jealous and she poisoned Bhatiyani's son Lal Singh. The second story says, a news was spread that her husband died in battle. But in real Sawai Singh who was her brother-in-law was dead. Kalyan Singh spread this rumour to get rid of her second wife. Although she knew that her husband was alive she decided to commit sati and jumped in the funeral pyre of her brother-in-law and gave up her life. Thereafter, Kalyan Singh and his family faced too much of trouble due to Bhatiyani's death and a shrine was devoted to her in Jasol to placate her spirit. It is said the then she has transformed into benevolent spirit.
The temple is located in Jasol which is 100 km from Barmer city in the east direction.


Mahabar Sand Dunes Barmer

Mahabar Sand Dunes
Mahabar Sand Dunes
Mahabar Sand Dunes is main tourist destination and its beauty is admirable. It is famous for camel rides and desert safari. In the month of March every year a fair is organized which is well known for camel races and camel rides. These camels are decorated. One must visit Burmer in the month of March to enjoy this fair. The sand looks golden in day time, at night the color changes to gray and in moon light it gives romantic feelings. 
Mahabar Sand Dunes is located at a distance of 5 km from Barmer city. One must visit here if coming to Barmer. Mahabar Sand Dunes is less popular compared to Sam Sand Dunes but is equally beautiful.

Handicraft in Barmer

Barmer is also famous for its traditional and cultural fabric items. You can buy traditional and ethnic products, such as embroidered items, hand knitted woolen carpets, wood cravings, traditionally dyed fabrics, paintings and tie from renowned shops. Barmer is also known for its wide verity of quality traditional items. Vijay Laxmi Handicraft is a popular shop for traditional and cultural fabric items. 



Safed Akhara

Peacock at Safed Akhara
Peacock at Safed Akhara
Safed Akhara is also known as ideshwara Mahadev Temple. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva, Radha and Krishna and Lord Hanuman, among others. The temple has large gardens and you can find peacock roaming around. You and also find temporary accommodation in the temple. It is a beautiful tourist spot which is overlooked by tourists. Safed Akhara is located on the way to Mahabar Sand Dunes.








 BUDGET 


Barmer is not too costly city. You can get a comfortable hotel in affordable price. There is a theme based hotel that beautifully showcases the ancient village of Rajasthan. Food items are also at nominal prices. If you stay at Barmer an average price considering an average hotel and food would be around ₹ 5000 for two people. 

Places you might visit while in Rajasthan

Ajmer
Jaipur
Pushkar
Jaisalmer 

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