Dungarpur District at a Glance
· District: Dungarpur
· Headquarters: Dungarpur
· State: Rajasthan
Area in Sq Km (Census 2011)
· Total: 3770
· Rural: 3743
· Urban: 27
Population (Census 2011)
· Population: 1388552
· Rural: 1299809
· Urban: 88743
· Male: 696532
· Female: 692020
· Sex Ratio (Females per 1000 males): 994
· Density (Total, Persons per sq km): 368
· Assembly: 3
· Lok Sabha: 0
The town of Dungarpur is the district headquarters. It is one of the fastest developing cities in India.
The area of Dungarpur district was occupied by the Bhil people perhaps as early as 4000 BCE. But now it is developed enough like any other smart city. The second largest community is that of Patidar. It was invaded by Rajputs in the 12th century.
Dungarpur State was founded in 1197 by Samant Singh, a Rajput prince from Mewar, but Rajput control over the area took centuries. Bagar or Vargar was the name the Rajputs gave to the area of Dungarpur and Banswara districts. The Bhil people remained the major ethnic group in the district during Rajput rule, and under the British Raj formed the core of the military and police. There are 300 villages and people of these villages have best nature ever seen and they are quite supportive.
PLACES OF INTEREST
Baroda village, once the capital of Vagad, is situated at a distance of 41km by road from Dungarpur and lies in Aspur tehsil. In Aspur proper also, there are a number of beautiful temples. Baroda village is famous for the ruins of temples of old Rajput architecture. Saivism and Jainism were the main religions of this place in the early times. Near the tank in Baroda village, there is a beautiful, old Shiva's temple made of white stones. Near the temple is a 'kundli' bearing an inscription of Samwat 1349 of the times of Maharaj Shri Veer Singh Dev. In the heart of this village lies an old Jain temple. The principal idol in the temple is that of Parshvanath which was identified in Samwat 1904 by Bhattarak Devendra Suri.
BENESHWAR TEMPLE AND FAIR
The Beneshwar temple containing the most reverend Shiva Linga of the area is situated on a delta formed at the confluence of Som and Mahi rivers, about one and a half km from Nawa Tapra village. Sabla is the nearest bus stand located at a distance of about 7 km from the temple on Udaipur-Banswara-Dungarpur bus route. Sabla is at a distance of 123 km from Udaipur, 53 km from Banswara, 45 km from Dungarpur and 22 km from Aspur.
A tribal fair at the temple is held during Magh Shukla Ekadashi to Magh Shukla Purnima. Just near the Beneshwar temple is the Vishnu temple which was reportedly constructed in Samwat 1850 (1793 AD)
BORESHWAR MAHADEV TEMPLE
|Boreshwar Mahadev Temple|
The temple of Boreshwar Mahadeo is situated at a distance of 83 km from Dungarpur near village Solaj in Aspur tehsil and belongs to 1179 A.D.
It is situated on the banks of the Som river.
Located barely 9 kilometres from Dungarpur is Bhuvaneshwar, famous for a Shiva temple which is perched on a mountain top. The temple is built around a naturally formed Shivling. Tourists can also visit an ancient monastery located atop the mountain.
This temple is situated on the road-side near Kanba village in Dungarpur tehsil.
|Deo Somnath Temple|
Deo Gaon is situated at a distance of 24 km from Dungarpur in the north-east. On the banks of Som river, there is an old and beautiful Shiva temple, Deo Somnath. The temple is believed to have been built sometime in the 12th century of Vikram Samwat. Built in white stone, the temple has imposing currants. This temple is built with stone only - there is no material like sand, lime, etc. so in that sense it is a unique temple. It gives an impression of antiquity. There are several inscriptions in the temple.
|Panoramic view of Dungarpur Town|
The town of Dungarpur was founded in 1335 A.D. There are temples erected by Rawal Veer Singh, in the memory of Dungaria's widows. On the hill, there is also a small fortress where Maharawal Bijai Singh built a place called Bijaigarh, which overlooks a lake. In the east of the town, there is Udai Bilas Place, named after Udai Singh II, surrounded by hills and enclosed by a small lake. Dungarpur town presents a picturesque appearance.
Situated on the bank of Mahi river Galiakot village is located 58 km towards the south-east of Dungarpur. The nearest town of Sagwara lies at a distance of 19 km. According to the tradition Galiyakot derives its name from a Bhil Chieftain, who ruled the area. It was once the capital of the Parmars and also of the erstwhile Dungarpur State. The relics of an old fort can still be seen. The village owes its fame to the shrine of Syed Fakhruddin, which is visited by thousands of Dawoodi Bohra devotees who gather here from all over the country at the time of annual 'Urs' which is held from the 27th day of Muhharram, the first month of Mohammedan year. Syed Fakhruddin was a highly religious man. He was widely known for his learning and saintliness. In the course of his wandering, he died at Galiyakot village and was buried there.
The inner portion of the dome is decorated by beautiful foliage while teachings of the Holy Quran are engraved in golden letters on the tomb.
A lake, known as Gaibsagar, constructed during the rule of Maharaj Gopinath, is another favorite picnic spot for voyagers. The lake was constructed in 1428 AD and its construction proofs are available closer to Hanuman Temple.
The lake is famous for the shrine of Shrinathji that rests on its banks. The shrine complex contains numerous exquisitely carved temples and one core temple, the Vijay Rajrajeshwar Temple. This temple of Lord Shiva displays the skilled craftsmanship of the famed sculptors or ‘shilpkars’ of Dungarpur.
GOVERNMENT ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM
This museum was established with the objective of displaying sculptures collected by the Department of Archaeology and Museums, Government of Rajasthan, mainly from the Vagad region.
The Dungarpur Royal family helped set up the museum by gifting land and its own personal collection of charming sculptures and historically important inscriptions. The collection housed here includes statutes of various deities, stone inscriptions, coins and paintings dating back to the 6th century.
UDAI VILAS PALACE
The Udai Bilas Palace has been named after Maharawal Udai Singh II. Its striking design follows classic Rajput architectural style and boasts of detailed designs in its balconies, arches and windows. A beautiful wing built of the local bluish grey stone called Pareva overlooks the lake.
|Udai Vilas Palace|
The palace is segregated into Raniwas, Udai Bilas and Krishna Prakash, also known as Ek Thambiya Mahal. The Ek Thambiya Mahal is a veritable marvel of Rajput architecture featuring intricate sculptured pillars and panels, ornate balconies, balustrades, bracketed windows, arches and frieze of marble carvings. Today, Udai Bilas Palace functions as a heritage hotel.
VIJAY RAJ RAJESHWER TEMPLE
|Vijayraj Rajeshwar Temple|
The Vijay Raj Rajeshwar Temple is located along the banks of the GaibSagar Lake. The temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva and his consort, Goddess Parvati, displays the fine architecture of its times. The construction of the temple was ordered by Maharawal Vijay Singh and was completed in 1923, during the reign of Maharawal Lakshman Singh.
LAKES OF DUNGARPUR DISTRICT
Gaib Sagar Lake, Sabela Lake, Somriver Devpur Lake, Pagara Pond, Nagera Pond, Lake in Padawa Gamiru are some famous lakes of Dungarpur.