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Lodrawa jain temple

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.[1][2][3]


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.[4][5]

The place was also the setting for the doomed-loved story of Princess Mumal and Mahendra, the prince of Amarkot, recounted in local folklore and songs.[6]

Visitor's attractions

Today, it is a popular tourist destination, known for its architectural ruins and surrounding sand dunes.[7] 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.[4] Other places are Hinglaj mata temple, Chamunda mata temple, and old temple of Shiva.



Further reading

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

See also


  1. ^ "Jawahar Niwas: Grace of Jaisalmer".  
  2. ^ "Bada Bagh". Department of Tourism, Government of Rajasthan. Retrieved 2012-12-21. 
  3. ^ "About Jaisalmer". Department of Tourism, Govt. of Rajasthan. Retrieved 2012-12-21. 
  4. ^ a b "Sonar Qila".  
  5. ^ Lindsay Brown; Amelia Thomas (2008). Rajasthan, Delhi & Agra (Lonely Planet Travel Guides). Lonely Planet. p. 335.  
  6. ^ "A story around every dune Published: Sunday,".  
  7. ^ "Camel safari in India". Sunday Observer. 15 July 2007. 

External links

  • Lodurva at wikimapia
  • Legend of Mumal and Mahender in Rajastahni folksong

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