Sirohi District at a Glance
· District: Sirohi
· Headquarters: Sirohi
· State: Rajasthan
Area in Sq Km (Census 2011)
· Total: 5136
· Rural: 5013
· Urban: 123
Population (Census 2011)
· Population: 1,036,346
· Rural: 827,692
· Urban: 208,654
· Male: 534,231
· Female: 502,115
· Sex Ratio (Females per 1000 males): 940
· Density (Total, Persons per sq km): 202
· Assembly: 3
· Lok Sabha: 0
Sirohi District is a district of Rajasthan state in western India. The City of Sirohi is the district headquarters and the largest city of the district. Abu Road is the industrial town of Sirohi District. As of 2011 it is the third least populous district of Rajasthan (out of 33), after Jaisalmer and Pratapgarh.
In 1948, Sirohi was taken over by Bombay State from 5 January 1949 to 25 January 1950. In 1950, Sirohi was given to Rajasthan. At that time an area of 787 km2. consisting of Abu Road tehsil and a part of Delwara tehsil was merged with the then Bombay state, but it was returned to Sirohi district of Rajasthan State on 1 November 1956.
PLACES OF INTEREST
AMBESHWAR JI (KOLARGARH) TEMPLE
A place about six miles north of Sirohi on a side track of the National Highway No. 14 from Sirohi to Sheoganj is famous for Goddess Amba Ji temple. The kolargarh is situated towards eastern side at a distance of 2 Km. the relics of old fort on Ganesh pole can be seen here. There is a Dharamshala, a Jain temple, Laxmi Narayan temple, Shiv temple and Gorakhmath situated. On the hill after climbing 400 steps an ancient temple of Lord Shiv with its natural beauty and marvelous surroundings with waterfalls can be seen. The whole area is part of Siranwa hills and beautiful dense forest with admirable fauna and flora can be enjoyed. It is said that the relics of the old city and Fort of Kolar is of Parmar reign.
In the series of the main traditional Jain Pilgrimages, the Jiraval has its own importance. This important temple is situated in the middle of the Jairaj Hill on the Aravali Ranges. The Jiraval temple is very primitive and ancient. The temple is surrounded by the Dharmshalas and beautiful buildings. The importance of this temple is unique because all over world installation of Jain temples are made with the name of this temple OM HRIM SHRI JIRAVALA PARSHAVNATHAY NAMAH. The main temple and its kala-mandap are surrounded 72 Dev kulikas, its structure and architect is of nagar style of temple architecture. Here all facilities exist for religious tourists.
Mirpur temple is considered to be the oldest marble monument of Rajasthan. It served as a model for Delwara and Ranakpur temples. It is depicted in world encyclopaedia art.
This temple is mentioned as being built by Raja Samprati in a composition entitled “Virvanshavali”.
The temple is of Rajput age of 9th century. Its platform is like that of Ranakpur. Its carving can be matched with the pillars and parikrama of Delwara and Ranakpur temples. The temple is dedicated to Lord Parshavnath, the 23rd Tirthankar of Jains. The temple was destroyed by Mahmood Begda of Gujarat in 13th century and was rebuilt and renovated in 15th century.
Sarvadharm Temple is dedicated to all religions of the world. It is located at Sirohi and is one km far from the circuit house of Sirohi. The site, temple architecture and layout of the landscape is phenomenal. Trees of religious importance like Rudraksh, Kalpvriksh, Kunj, Harsingar, Belpatra (tree and scraper) are planted here. Saffron plantation is also seen here. The main attraction of this temple is the idols of various gods placed around, inside and top of the temple. This temple can be considered as a monument of the modern century which provides the feeling of National Integration and Harmony.
Eighteen Jain temples are situated in one single row form the temple street. Some temples are magnificent, huge and important from the architect view point. The highest temple is Chaumukha is dedicated to ADINATH, the first Tirthankar of Jain. The Structure of this temple is similar to Ranakpur standing on pillars. It is situated on western slope of the Siranwa hills and represented by 78 feet high shikhar (pinnacle).
The temple can be seen from very far distance from Sirohi. Sitting on the highest top of the temple, the scene of sun-set, the natural beauty of the fields and landscape of the Sirohi city and nearby locations can be enjoyed.
The Dilwara Temples are world famous Jain pilgrimage place known for the amazing use of marble. They are located about 2.5 kilometers away from Mount Abu, the only hill station in Rajasthan. The temples were built between 11th and 13th Century when Mount Abu was just a remote mountain area. These are considered to be among the most beautiful Jain pilgrimage sites in the world. The architecture of the temples reflects frugality and honesty, the famous Jain values.
These temples are considered to be close to perfection in terms of architecture. The attractively carved minute details on doorways, pillars, ceilings and panels are simply amazing.
There are total five temples, each having its own uniqueness. These five temples are named after the villages they are located in.
Situated at a distance of 11 km from Mount Abu, Achalagarh Fort was built under the reign of the Paramara dynasty. Later it was renovated by Maharana Kumbha in 1452 CE. The fort was made with the purpose of keeping an eye on enemy movements.
There is a famous Shiv temple, Achaleshwar Mahadev Temple and Mandakini Lake within the complex of fort. In the center of Achaleshwar Mahadev there is a sculptured image of Nandi (the white bull on which Lord Shiva rides) which is made of 5 metals: bronze, gold, zinc, copper & brass.
Amidst the green Aravali hills lies the beautiful and shimmering Naki Lake. This picture perfect lake is surrounded by mountains, gardens and rock formations. The monsoon season is the best time to enjoy the enchanting views of this pool with your loved ones. It is the only Indian artificial lake which is situated at a height of 1200 km above sea level.
As per legend, this lake was made by deities by using nakhs or nails. That is why it is famous by the name of Nakki Lake. Go for boating on this lake, and come back with memories which you will cherish throughout your life.