Barmer district is situated in the western part of Rajasthan and
forms part of the Thar desert. It is surrounded by Jaisalmer in
the north, Jalore in the south, Pali and Jodhpur in the east and
.A tiny yet lively town in sun - drenched sands, Barmer is a miniature
Rajasthan with all its colour, warmth and tradition.
According to history, the 13th century founder of the district,
Bahada Rao (popularly known as a Bar Rao ) gave the town its name
- Barmer i.e., the hill fort of Bar.
Once called Mallani (12th century AD) the present Barmer district,
formed in 1949 upon the merger of Jodhpur state in the United States
of Great Rajasthan, is a cluster of ancient paraganas- Mallani Shiv,
Pachpadra, Siwana and the Chohatan area.
Although a barren land with harsh climate and tough terrain, Barmer
is known for its rich crafts, dances and music. Once on the ancient
camel trade route, the town in now the centre for wood carving,
pottery, carpets, intricate emboidery work, block printed fabrics
and multi- hued traditional costumes
Especially famous are the geometric Ajrak prints in dark shades
of red and blue, ideal for protection against the sun.
The most interesting part of a trip to Barmer is the journey through
rural Rajasthan. The small villages with mud-walled houses decorated
with delicate folk motifs and colourfully attired people on the
way, offer a fascinating sight.
Every year in March, the desert town is at its colourfull best
during the exuberant Barmer festival. The festival is the best time
to plan a visit to Barmer.
Barmer : Perched on a rocky hill,
the town has ruins of an old fort. Of interest are a temple dedicated
to Balark (the Sun) and the ancient ruins of Juna Barmer. The three
Jain temples, an incription of 1295 AD and a maassive pillar in
the hall of the largest temple of Maharaja Kula Sri Samanta Sinha
Deva, a ruler of Bahadmera (now, Barmer) are also worth a visit.
Kiradu : Situated on the foot of
a hill near village Hathma in Barmer tehsil is Kiradu.
The incription dating back to 1161 AD reveals that the place was
called Kiratkoop and had once been the capital of Punwars. The ruins
of five ancient temples-one dedicated to Lord Vishnu and other four
dedicated to Lord Shiva are of interest to archaeologists and art
lovers, alike. The biggest of these temples is the Someshwar Temple.
Khed : Rao Siha, the founder of
the Rathore clan along with his son (Asthanji) conquered Khed from
the Guhil Rajputs and planted the standard of Rathores.
An old Vishnu temple of Ranchhriji is surrounded by a crumbling
wall and an image of Garuda (the eagle) at the gate guards the complex.
Other temples nearby include temples of Brahma, Bhairav, Mahadev
and a Jain temple.
Jasol : Once a principal state
of Mallani, this ancient village has got its name from the descendants
of a Rathore sub-clan. A Jain temple and a Hindu temple are worth
visiting. The Hindu temple is ornamented with fine sculptures, which
were brought from a Jain temple of Lord Mahavir.
Meva Nagar : Once called Viranipur,
this 12trh century village lies on the slope of a hill called Nagar
- Ki - Bhakarian, 9km away from Baltra. The village has three Jain
temples. The biggest of these is the one dedicated to Nakoda Parsvanath.
A Vishnu Temple is also worth visiting.
Gardens & Parks
Mahaveer Park : Mahaveer Park is
a beautifully laid out park with a tiny museum housing ancient stone
Safed Akhara : (Sidheswara Mahadev
Temple Complex) is a tiny yet pretty garden near Barmer. Temporary
accommodation and cooking facilities are available.
Neemari : Neemari is another picturesque
garden on Chohatan route, 23 km away from Barmer. An old swimming
pool is an attraction.
A veritable shopper's paradise, Barmer is treasure trove of vibrantly
coloured embroidery with excellent mirror work. Also famous are
beautifully embroidered fabrics and pouches, often patterned with
tiny mirrors. Traditional rugs, blankets, shawls, carpets,
'Pattius' Dari in typical Barmer colours and weave, are a speciality
of the region. The shopping spots include the tiny shops along the
narrow lanes of the colourful and lively Sadar Bazaar.
Nearest airport is Jodhpur
Barmer is well connected by train with Jodhpur.
Some important train connections are :
4808 Barmer Express (Barmer - Jodhpur)
4898 Barmer Express (Barmer - Jodhpur)
Rajasthan State Road Transport Corporation connects Barmer with
all major cities in the state. The Bus Stand is situated near Railway
Station and Tilak Bus Stand connects Barmer with Jodhpur, Balotara,
Jalore (Via-Siwana) Jaisalmer, Ahmedabad (Via-Sanchore), Mt. Abu,
Udaipur and other places.
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