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Lodrawa Jain Temple

Lodrawa (Also Lodurva, Lodarva or Laudrava) is a village in Jaisalmer district, Rajasthan, India. It is 15 km to the north-west of Jaisalmer. Lodrawa was the ancient capital of the Bhatti dynasty until Rawal Jaisal founded the Jaisalmer state and shifted the capital to Jaisalmer in 1156 AD.[1][2][3]

History[edit]

In the 9th century, Deoraj, a famous prince of the Bhati clan, captured Lodrawa from the Lodhrawi Rajputs and made it his capital. The city stood on an ancient trade route through the Thar Desert, which also made it vulnerable to frequent attacks. Mahmud of Ghazni laid siege on the city in 1025 AD. It was again sacked by Muhammad Ghori in 1178 AD, leading to its abandonment and the establishment of the new fortified capital of Jaisalmer by Rawal Jaisal in 1156 AD. Jaisalmer was situated 16 km away on the Trikuta Hill, where the present fortress stands today.[4][5]

Lodrawa was also the setting for the doomed love story of Princess Mumal and Mahendra, a prince of Amarkot, recounted in local folklore and songs.[6]

Visitor's attractions[edit]

It is a popular tourist destination, known for its architectural ruins and surrounding sand dunes.[7] Ludrawa is also famous for the Jain temple dedicated to the 23rd Tirthankara, Parshvanatha. The original temple was destroyed in 1178 AD when Muhammad Ghori sacked the city, but it was reconstructed by Seth Tharu Shah in 1615, with further additions in 1675 and 1687.[8] Rebuilt again in the late 1970s, the temples are reminders of the city's former glory.[9] Other temples in the area are Rishabhanatha Temple, Sambhavanatha Temple, Hinglaj mata temple, Chamunda mata temple, and the old temple of Shiva.

Further reading[edit]

  • Beyond The Dunes: Journeys In Rajasthan, by Juhi Sinha. Penguin Global. ISBN 978-0-14-306306-3.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Singh, Ranjeni A (31 May 2002). "Jawahar Niwas: Grace of Jaisalmer". The Economic Times. Archived from the original on 3 November 2013. Retrieved 14 June 2019.
  2. ^ "Bada Bagh". Department of Tourism, Government of Rajasthan. Archived from the original on 15 December 2012. Retrieved 21 December 2012.
  3. ^ "About Jaisalmer". Department of Tourism, Govt. of Rajasthan. Archived from the original on 28 December 2012. Retrieved 21 December 2012.
  4. ^ "Sonar Qila". Financial Express. 9 January 2004.
  5. ^ Lindsay Brown; Amelia Thomas (2008). Rajasthan, Delhi & Agra (Lonely Planet Travel Guides). Lonely Planet. p. 335. ISBN 1-74104-690-4.
  6. ^ "A story around every dune Published: Sunday,". DNA. 24 February 2008.
  7. ^ "Camel safari in India". Sunday Observer. 15 July 2007. Archived from the original on 29 April 2014. Retrieved 14 June 2019.
  8. ^ "Jain Temples Jaisalmer". Jaindharm online. Archived from the original on 18 August 2007. Retrieved 14 June 2019.
  9. ^ Lindsay Brown; Amelia Thomas (2008). Rajasthan, Delhi & Agra (Lonely Planet Travel Guides). Lonely Planet. p. 335. ISBN 1-74104-690-4.

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