State : Rajasthan
A tiny yet lively town in sun-drenched sands, Barmer is a miniature
Rajasthan with all its color, warmth and tradition. According to
history, the 13th century founder of the district, formed in 1949
upon the merger of Jodhpur state in the United States of Great Rajsthan,
is a cluster of
ancient paraganas-Mallani Shiv, Pachpadra, Siwana and the Chohatan
area. Although a barren lands with harsh climate and rough terrain,
Barmer is known for its rich crafts, dances and music. One on the
ancient camel trade route the town is now the center for wood carving,
pottery carpets intricate embroidery work block printed fabrics
and multi-hued traditional costumes.
Especially famous are the geometric ajrak prints in dark shades
of red and blue, ideal for protection against the sun. The most
interesting part of trips to Barmer is the journey through rural
Rajasthan. The small villages with mud-walled houses decorated with
delicate folk motifts and colorfully attired people on the way offer
a fascinating sight. Every year in March, the town is at its colorful
best during the exuberant Barmer festival. The festival is the best
time to plan a visit to Barmer.
Place to See
Perched on a rocky hill, the town has ruins of an old fort. Of interest
are a temple dedicated to Balark (the Sun) and the ancient ruins
of Juna Barmer. The three Jain temples, an incription of 1295 AD
and a maassive pillar in the hall of the largest temple of Maharaja
Kula Sri Samanta Sinha Deva, a ruler of Bahadmera (now, Barmer)
are also worth a visit..
Situated on the foot of a hill near village Hathma in Barmer tehsil
is Kiradu. The incription dating back to 1161 AD reveals that the
place was called Kiratkoop and had once been the capital of Punwars.
The ruins of five ancient temples-one dedicated to Lord Vishnu and
other four dedicated to Lord Shiva are of interest to archaeologists
and art lovers, alike. The biggest of these temples is the Someshwar
Rao Siha, the founder of the Rathore clan along with his son (Asthanji)
conquered Khed from the Guhil Rajputs and planted the standard of
Rathores. An old Vishnu temple of Ranchhriji is surrounded by a
crumbling wall and an image of Garuda (the eagle) at the gate guards
the complex. Other temples nearby include temples of Brahma, Bhairav,
Mahadev and a Jain temple.
Once a principal state of Mallani, this ancient village has got
its name from the descendants of a Rathore sub-clan. A Jain temple
and a Hindu temple are worth visiting. The Hindu temple is ornamented
with fine sculptures, which were brought from a Jain temple of Lord
Once called Viranipur, this 12trh century village lies on the slope
of a hill called Nagar - Ki - Bhakarian, 9km away from Baltra. The
village has three Jain temples. The biggest of these is the one
dedicated to Nakoda Parsvanath. A Vishnu Temple is also worth visiting.
Neemari is another picturesque garden on Chohatan route, 23 km away
from Barmer. An old swimming pool is an attraction.
(Sidheswara Mahadev Temple Complex) is a tiny yet pretty garden
near Barmer. Temporary accommodation and cooking facilities are
Fairs & Festivals
Tilwara Cattle Fair (March-April) :
A major cattle
fair lasting a fortnight, held in village Tilwara.
Nakoda Parasvanath (Dec. - Jan.) :
held in Mevanagar village commemorating the birth anniversary of
Veeratara Mela :
Held at Veeratara (12 Km from
village Chohatan) the fair venerates goddess Vakladevi and is held
thrice a year in the month of Chaitra, Bhadrapada and Magha.
Khed Fair (Aug.-Sep.) :
A big religious fair is held on
the day of full moon in village Khed
How To Reach
: The nearest airport is Jodhpur, which is
about 240 kms from Barmer.
: Barmer is well connected with the major
towns of India.
: Rajasthan State Road Transport Coorporaion
connects Barmer with all major cities in the state.