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Lodrawa (Lodurva or Lodarva) is a village in Jaisalmer district, Rajasthan, India. It was situated 15 km to the north-west of Jaisalmer, and it was ancient capital of the Bhatti dynasty till 1156 AD, when Rawal Jaisal shifted it to present Jaisalmer, when he founded the of Jaisalmer state.
In the 9th century, Deoraj, a famous prince of the Bhati Rajput clan, captured Lodrawa from another Rajput clan and made it his capital. The city stood on an ancient trade route through the Thar Desert, which also vulnerable to frequent attacks. Mahmud of Ghazni laid siege on the city in 1025 AD, in the coming decades the city, now more vulnerable was repeatedly attacked by foreign invaders. Later it was again attack and sacked by Muhammad Ghori in 1152 AD, which eventually led to its abandonment and established in new capital Jaisalmer by subsequent ruler, Rawal Jaisal, 16-km away on a more secure Trikuta Hill in 1156 AD, where the present fortress stand today.
Today, it is a popular tourist destination, known for its architectural ruins and surrounding sand dunes. Apart from that Ludrawa is also famous for the Jain temple dedicated to 23rd Tirthankara, Parshvnath destroyed in 1152 AD when Muhammad Ghori sacked the city. The temples were rebuilt in the late 1970s, are reminders of the city's former glory. Other places are Hinglaj mata temple, Chamunda mata temple, and old temple of Shiva.
Idol of Shantinath at Lodrawa.
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