Bhilwara District at a Glance
· District: Bhilwara
· Headquarters: Bhilwara
· State: Rajasthan
Area in Sq Km (Census 2011)
· Total: 10455
· Rural: 10144
· Urban: 311
Population (Census 2011)
· Population: 2408523
· Rural: 1895869
· Urban: 512654
· Male: 1220736
· Female: 1187787
· Sex Ratio (Females per 1000 males): 973
· Density (Total, Persons per sq km): 230
· Assembly: 7
· Lok Sabha: 1
The town of Bhilwara is the district headquarters. Bhilwara is famous for its textile & minerals industries.
It is bounded on the north by Ajmer District, on the east by Bundi District, on the south by Chittorgarh District, and on the west by Rajsamand District. State Highway (Jaipur-Udaipur) passes through the district, as does a broad gauge railway line measuring 84 km and connecting Ajmer with Khandwa in Madhya Pradesh. The nearest airport is at Udaipur (171 km). This district also called Textile City or Manchester of India.
Some people say that Bhilwara got its name from the Bhils (tribal people) who lived there during the days of yore. As per a story, the city of Bhilwara had a mint that minted coins known as ‘bhiladi’. This is supposedly the origin of the district’s name. Bhilwara's cultural history can also be traced back to the Nagar Brahmins mentioned in the Skanda Purana.
PLACES OF INTEREST
|Temple of Harni Mahadev|
The famous ‘Harni Mahadev’ temple is a famous tourist place of the region. The temple was constructed by the Darak family. It is a Lord Shiva temple and is located at a distance of 8 km from the main city. There is a village nearby the temple which is known as Harni. The temple got its name from this village. The village is surrounded by hills and gives a picturesque view to the visitors. A three-day fair is organized here every year on the occasion of Shiv Ratri.
Towering over a small hill, this seven-storied fort in Bhilwara is an excellent example of medieval Indian architecture. Located 70 kilometres from Bhilwara on the Bhilwara Asind Road, it offers breath-taking views. One can also visit the many small monuments and temples within the walls of Badnore Fort.
PUR UDAN CHATRI
Pur Udan Chatri is about 10 kilometres from Bhilwara city. It is renowned for Udan Chatri and Adhar Sheela Mahadev, where the geographical wonder of a huge rock resting on a small one attracts tourists.
KYARA KE BALAJI
The Kyara ke Balaji has an image of Lord Hanuman which the locals believe appeared naturally on the rock. When visiting Kyara ke Balaji, you can also visit other locations such as Patola Mahadev Temple, Ghata Rani Temple, Beeda ke Mataji Temple and Neelkanth Mahadev Temple.
GAYATRI SHAKTI PEETH
The Shakti Peeth is a place of worship consecrated to the goddess Shakti or Sati, the female principal of Hinduism and the main deity of the Shakta sect. In Bhilwara, the Gayatri Shakti Peeth is located near the main city bus stand.
SHRI BEED KE BALAJI
Across India, Balaji is a name fondly bestowed upon the monkey god, Hanuman. The Shri Beed ke Balaji is temple is situated 3 kilometres away from Kanechhan village in Shahpura tehsil. Isolated and surrounded by nature, it is a wonderful spot to visit if you wish to experience tranquillity and peace
SHRI CHARBHUJA NATH TEMPLE
Many visitors in Bhilwara head to Rajsamand, where the revered Charbhuja Mandir is located. The temple, located at a convenient distance from Bhilwara, is consecrated to Lord Vishnu. It is situated in the Kotri tehsil.
Bagore Sahib is a historical gurudwara where Shri Guru Govind Singh Ji stayed on his journey to Punjab. This gurudwara is situated about 20 kilometres from the town of Mandal in the village Bagore of Tehsil Mandal. It has been blessed by the visit of the Tenth Sikh Guru, Shri Guru Gobind Singh Ji.
CHAMUNDA MATA MANDIR
The Chamunda Mata Mandir is situated on the hills of Harni Mahadev. Once on top, one can get a spectacular view of the whole city. The location, just 5 kilometres from Bhilwara, is a place to visit if you seek the peace.
Bijolia is a census town in Bhilwara, and is famous for the Shree Digambar Jain Parshwanath Atishaya Teerthkhshetra, the Bijolia Fort and the Mandakini Temple. Located on the Bundi – Chittorgarh road, the Fort also houses a Shiva temple known as the Hajaresvara Mahadeva Temple. Renowned for its art and architecture, it is a popular tourist attraction. Dedicated to Teerthankar Parshvanath, the Shree Digambar Jain Parshwanath Atishaya Teerthkhshetra is supposed to be over 2700 years
Located 15 km from Bijolia, are four temples, the principal of which is dedicated to Sarweshwar (Shiva), which reportedly belongs to 10th or 11th century. The temple complex also houses a monastery, a kund or reservoir and a toran or triumphal arch.
55 km from Bhilwara is the town of Shahpura. Surrounded by a wall with four gates, it’s a place of pilgrimage for the followers of Ram Sanehi sect founded amongst the Hindu in 1804. The sect has a holy shrine known as Ram Dwara, The chief priest of Rama Dwara is the head of the sect. Pilgrims from all over the country visit this shrine throughout the year. An annual fair known as Phool Dol ka Mela is held here in Phalgun Shukla (March-April) for five days. There is a large palace complex in the northern part of Shahpura, which is surmounted by balconies, towers and cupolas. It offers beautiful views of the lake and the town from its upper terraces. Kesari Singh, Jorawar Singh and Pratap Singh Barahat were famous freedom fighters who belonged to Shahpura. Trimurti Smarak, Barahat Ji Ki Haveli and Pivaniya Talab are other important attractions here. Shahpura is also famous for the traditional art form of Phad painting.
90 km from Bhilwara lies Jahazpur. Travel to the south of this town and perched atop a hill, you will find a large fort consisting of two ramparts, one within the other, each having a deep ditch and numerous bastion. It is alleged that this is one of the many forts erected by Rana Kumbha to protect the frontiers of Mewar. The village has a group of temples dedicated to Shiva called the Barah Deora. The fort also houses a few temples among which the one dedicated to Sarweshwar Nathji is said to be quite old. Jahazpur is well-known for an important Jain temple that is dedicated to Munisvuratnath. It also houses a a mosque, situated between the village and the fort, known as the Gaibi Pir, named after a Muhammadan Saint Gaibi who is said to have resided here during the reign of Emperor Akbar.
The town, known for its temples, is situated on the left bank of the river Khari, built by Sawai Bhoj, the eldest son of Bagh Rao. During the princely rule, the town was an estate comprising seventy two villages, held by one of the first class nobles of the Mewar state, who held the title of Rawat and belonged to the Chundawat sect of the Sisodia Rajput.