Balotra

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Balotra
बालोतरा
वस्‍त्र नगरी
City
Balotra is located in Rajasthan
Balotra
Balotra
Location in Rajasthan, India
Coordinates: 25°50′N 72°14′E / 25.83°N 72.23°E / 25.83; 72.23Coordinates: 25°50′N 72°14′E / 25.83°N 72.23°E / 25.83; 72.23
Country  India
State Rajasthan
District Barmer
Government
 • Chairman(Municipal Council) Mr.RATAN KHATRI
Area
 • Total 43.05 km2 (16.62 sq mi)
Elevation 106 m (348 ft)
Population (2011)
 • Total 145,349
 • Density 3,400/km2 (8,700/sq mi)
Languages
 • Official Hindi
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 344022
Telephone code 02988
Vehicle registration RJ 39
Website http://balotracity.com/

Balotra is a city in Barmer District of Rajasthan state in India. It is about 100 km from Jodhpur. The town is famous for hand block printing and textile industry and for an annual desert and tribal fair at Tilwara. The town is well connected with Jodhpur by rail and buses at frequent intervals. From Balotra towards Jalore (14 km) there is India's Third Brahma Temple in the village of Asotra. From Balotra towards Barmer (11 km) there is Ancient Temple of Lord Shri Vishnu named as Shri Ranchore Ray, Khed Mandir in the village of Khed. A few hundred years ago Khed was the capital of the Rathores of western Rajasthan, whose influence extended over the entire region. It was at the beginning of the 13th century that the Rathore king Rao Sihaji the founder of the Rathore clan along with his son (Asthanji) conquered Khed from the Guhil Rajputs and planted the standard of the Rathores. Famous Rani Bhatiyaniji temple is also here in village named Jasol 4 km from Balotra. About 13 km away from Balotra is located the famous Jain Temple Nakoda. The place receives religious devotees from across India. The town is home to more than 5,000 textile units and is located on the coast of the river Luni.

रेल्‍वे ओवरब्रिज रे बालोतरा शहर का नजारा

History[edit]

The town was brought into existence by Vala Ji or Bala Ji Rajpurohit from whom the city derives its name. Initially, it was a small settlement which later changed into a village and later into a town.
The town of Balotra is mainly popular for housing the famous Nakoda Jain temple. It is one of the most revered pilgrimage destinations for the Jain community. The temple is an excellent example of fine architecture and many sculptures are carved inside the temple which makes it beautiful. Apart from this temple, a number of other temples are located in the town which include the Rani Bhatiyaniji temple, Chonch mandir, Mohanraj ji Mandir, Jaanraaj Ji Mandir, Narsingh Ji Mandir, Hanuman Mandir and Khed Mandir.
With gradually changing time, the historical town of Balotra has emerged as a leading and developing town in western Rajasthan. Many colleges, modern factories, high standard of living, excellent transportation system, global connectivity and sky-kissing buildings give it a view of some metropolitan feel.
The town of Balotra is well connected with all the major cities of India through air, rail and road transportation. The nearest airport is located in Jodhpur which is just 100 km from here. The town has a railway station which hosts direct trains from many major cities of the country.

आयकर कार्यालय पूर्ण चित्र
आयकर कार्यालय, बालोतरा

Geography[edit]

Balotra is located at 25°50′N 72°14′E / 25.83°N 72.23°E / 25.83; 72.23.[1] It has an average elevation of 106 metres (347 feet).

बालोतरा आद्योगिक क्षैत्र की दिशा में शहर की तस्‍वीर

Textile industries[edit]

Balotra City is also famous for the textile industry.
For 60 years, Balotra has been known as a leading centre in India for processing and trading of various types of fabrics. More than 5000 textiles units are located here. It provides employment to more than 70,000 people.It is the leading textiles hub of India and was popular for producing and trading of many kinds of fabrics. Balotra is also famous for dyeing and printing of cotton and polyester fabrics

Demographics[edit]

As of 2001 India census,[2] Balotra had a population of 61,724. Males constitute 54% of the population and females 46%. Balotra has an average literacy rate of 68%, higher than the national average of 59.5%; with 63% of the males and 37% of females literate. 17% of the population is under 6 years of age.

Education[edit]

There are a number of government colleges such as MBR College of Commerce and Arts, Govt. I.T.I and Private Polytechnic college are also situated in the outskirts of the city. DRJ Govt. Girls PG College of Science, Arts, Commerce is also situated at Railway Station Road for Girls Higher Education.

Balotra also leads in Secondary and Higher Secondary Examination of Rajasthan Boards[citation needed]

Means of Transport[edit]

♣ Railway Balotra Junction
Code - BLT
Train name (no.) passing via Balotra Junction

बालोतरा रेल्‍वे स्‍टेशन
रात्रि में बालोतरा रेल्‍वे स्‍टेशन का बाहरी चित्र
# Train No. Name Type Arr. Dep. Halt Class Run Days
01 15631 BME GHY Express Mail & Express 00.01 00.05 4 2A 3A SL GN M W
02 54818 BME JU PASS Passenger 01.08 01.10 2 GN Daily
03 54817 JU BME PASS Passenger 01.54 01.56 2 GN Daily
04 14806 BME YPR AC EXP. Mail & Express 02.31 02.35 4 1A 2A 3A F
05 15632 GHY BME BKN EXP Mail & Express 06.28 06.30 2 2A 3A SL GN M Sa
06 54814 BME JU PASS Passenger 06.41 06.43 2 GN Daily
07 14661(14659) JU BME Express(DLI JSM Exp.) Exp. (Slip) 07.25 07.27 2 2A 3A SL GN Daily
08 14888 BME KLK Express Mail & Express 08.01 08.03 2 3A SL GN Daily
09 24888 BME HW Link Express Link 08.01 08.03 2 3A SL GN Daily
10 54813 JU BME PASS Passenger 10.57 10.59 2 GN Daily
11 54816 BME JU PASS Passenger 15.42 15.44 2 GN Daily
12 54815 JU BME PASS Passenger 17.42 17.44 2 GN Daily
13 14887 KLK BME Express Mail & Express 18.04 18.06 2 3A SL GN Daily
14 24887 HW BME Link Express Link 18.04 18.06 2 3A SL GN Daily
15 14662 Malani Express Mail & Express 19.22 19.24 2 2A 3A SL GN Daily
16 14805 YPR BME AC EXP Mail & Express 05.55 05.57 2 1A 2A 3A W

♣ Bus Service To - Jodhpur = in every 40 min. Private and RSRTC Buses are available for transport
To - Barmer = in every 30 min. Private and RSRTC Buses are available for transport
To - Jalore = in every 60 min. Private and RSRTC Buses are available for transport
To - Pali = form 6.30 AM to 3.30PM in every 60 min. Buses are available.

Tourism[edit]

Amongst the many tourist sights in the area are:

  1. Dargah-Bhola-Peer
  2. Nakoda Temple
  3. MADINA MASJID
  4. Khed Temple
  5. Mata Rani Bhatiyani Temple at Jasol
  6. Brahma Ji temple at Asotra
  7. the Bithuja Temple
  8. the Khed Temple
  9. Tilwara
  10. Malinath Temple,
  11. Temple Siwana
  12. Akdeshwer Mahadev Temple
  13. Ranuja tirth
  14. Santoshi Maa Temple
  15. Chonch Mandir
  16. Luni River
  17. hinglaj mandir

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