Gadh Siwana (Gadh = Fort)
|• Body||Tehsil and Sub Division|
|Elevation||184 m (604 ft)|
|• Official||Hindi& Marwari [Siwanchi]|
|Time zone||UTC+5:30 (IST)|
|Lok Sabha constituency||Barmer (Lok Sabha constituency)|
|Vidhan Sabha constituency||Siwana|
Siwana is a Tehsil in Barmer district in Indian state of Rajasthan, located 151 km from Barmer. The place is known for its fort which is locally known as Gadh Siwana, Gadh means Fort. Siwana have 130 villages. total Population as per 2001 census is 213,648, 111,155 male and 102,493 female. Siwana is nearest city Balotara 35 km from siwan.
The ruined Siwana fort (Gadh Siwana) is situated on a hilltop.Siwana fort was originally built by Virnarayan Panwar who was son of Raja bhoj Panwar of Dhara-nagar of 10th Century . In 1308, Alauddin Khalji of Delhi Sultanate defeated Sitala Deva, the local ruler. To commemorate Sitala Deva's heroic defence of the fort, an annual fair called the Kalyan Singh Ka Mela is still held within the precincts of the fort in the month of Shraavana (July-Aug). Later, in the period 1318-20, Luntiga Chauhan stormed the fort of Siwana and slaughtered its Muslim garrison. No Sultan of Delhi tried to recover this fort.
The city lies in between mountains of Aravali Ranges on around.The beauty of the area in Monsoons is worth watching. The only one of biggest Dam of Barmer district Meli bandh is at 7 km from Siwana. The main occupation is farming. Bajra (pearl millet), Moong (greengram), Til (seasamum) & jowar(sorghum) are main Productions in Rainy season. Jeera(Cumin), Erendi(Castor), Mustard & veggies in winter are mainly the yields .
Recently due to exploitation of water and unorganised measures to harvest rainwater the area has a serious water problem. Siwana is also famous for mines producing fine quality of granite.
Ashapurna temple, It is a large and beautiful temple made of white marble.
Baba Ramdev Temple, It is a beautiful temple made of white marble.
Manch Guru Temple, It is an old samadhi temple lies which has live samadhis of Four great saints who lived there.
Bheem Goda, Hinglaj Mata Temple, Ushtradevi and Haldeshwar temples are other attractions near Siwana.
Ramdev ji ki beri, kuship, is a Holy place situated between the aravali parvatamala. Such a nice place for tourist.
Hinglaj Mata temple situated in Than village, 10 km from Siwana city centre of Gandhi Chowk. This is one of the most revered Hinglaj Mata temple in India after Pakistan.
The present MLA of Siwana is Hameer Singh Bhayal from BJP who defeated Nirmal Daas from Congress.