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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.

Famous Fort Siwana or Gadh Siwana is situated on a hilltop. The fort was built by a famous Parmar Rajput ruler Raja Bhoj’s son Veernarayan, who at one stage controlled much of Barmer and had close ties with the Solanki dynasty of Gujarat.

The fort is not in the best of condition now however it still houses a beautiful pond. The fort fell to forces of Alauddin Khilji in 1308. When Alauddin Khilji, the Sultan of Delhi, besieged the fort the people led by Sutal Deo mounted a heroic defence. To commemorate this ancient event an annual fair called the Kalyan Singh Ka Mela is still held within the precincts of the fort in the month of Shravan (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 all four sides.The beauty of the area in Monsoons is worth watching.

The only Dam of Barmer district Meli bandh is at 7 km from Siwana.

The main occupation is farming. Bajra,Moong,Til & jowar 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 rain water the area in under serious water problem.

Siwana is also famous for mines producing fine quality of granite. Baba Ramdev Temple is a beautiful temple made of white marble.

Here also an old samadhi temple lies which has live samadhis of Four great saints who lived there. Bheem Goda,Ashapurna temple,Hinglaj Mata Temple and Haldeshwar temples are other attractions in this area.

Balotra

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 ofAsotra. 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.

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 Nagoda 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 witch make it very 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.

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.

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