History & Culture in Jodhpur


The vivid history of Jodhpur in itself defines the vibrant culture and heritage of the place. Jodhpur is a place filled with history, mysteries, culture and tradition. All this is represented in the magical and wonderful historical and exquisite sites.  Being the second largest city in the Indian state of Rajasthan it is historically referred to as the kingdom of Marwar. Jodhpur was princely ruled under the British colonialism from the year 1818 to the year 1949. The city was founded by a Rajput chief known as Rao Jodha was from the clan of Rathore. He conquered the territory of Meherangarh and even built a temple which stands still even now. The temple was named after the goddess Rao revered called Chamunda Devi. The temple was intended to shield them from a revile rendered by the holy person who lived in the slope before Rao vanquished them.

Rao Jodha had made Mandore which was his old neighborhood to fill in as the capital, however later he moved the cash-flow to Jodhpur. Afterward, under the Mughal Empire, the state owed fealty to the Mughal lords consequently presenting Jodhpur to new design styles. The Mughals Lords were intense thus Jodhpur had no other choice yet to submit. Veer Durgadas Rathore reestablished the seat to its legitimate proprietor Maharaja, Ajit Singh after Aurangzeb managed for a brief period.

Ajit Bhawan is as yet the home to Royal Family and has affectionately kept up the inheritance of Marwar. Ajit in the Hindi language implies – The powerful and Bhawan is the equivalent to home. Consistent with its name stands tall and compelling red sandstone building magnificence worked in 1927 for Major General Maharaj Dhiraj Sir Ajit Singh Ji, the more youthful sibling of Maharaja Shri Umaid Singh of past Jodhpur State. The royal residence is as yet home to the regal family and is available to all also. A long time later, the Mughal Empire declined and subsequently, Marwar realm encountered a few clashes. The State was aided by the Marathas who helped it to sabotage and overthrow state Mughal lords from power.

After autonomy, Jodhpur stayed as a royal state under the British and joined the Union of India in the wake of being persuaded by Sardar Patel. In the year 1956, Jodhpur was made part of Rajasthan. Now, Jodhpur is known to host many functions including royal weddings in their prestigious heritage hotels. Beginning from the chronicled celebrations held in the spot to resuscitate history, the enchanted and exceptional site, Jodhpur has consistently won the votes to be the best spot to go during holidays or retreats.

The culture of Jodhpur is blessed with a vibrant and colorful cuisine. The city is well-known for its handicraft works, done by local people. One can find beautiful antiques, carpets, puppets, jewelery etc in the markets of Jodhpur. Food in the city tastes out of this world. Delectable ‘Pyazz ki Kachori’ and ‘mirchi vada’ are relished by tourists and residents alike.

The festivals of Jodhpur are celebrated with pomp and fervor. Apart from the usual festivals like Holi and Diwali there are many other unique festivals such as kite festival, Marwar festival and many more. Each of these festivals reflects the vivid culture of Rajasthan. Music and move additionally structure a significant piece of the way of life, performed during bubbly and strict events. Whereas, Chari dance and Ghoomar dance are popular dance forms of Jodhpur. Be a part of Rajasthani culture with on your trip to Jodhpur.

Language and Religion
Hindi, Marwari and Rajasthani are the main languages spoken by the local people of Jodhpur. Language is the main mode of conversation between the two people and the tone of language spoken by the people of Jodhpur is very impressive. Hinduism is the main religion followed in Jodhpur. But the people of different religions are also found here and this shows that Jodhpur is great city with all the religions like Jainism, Islam and also Sikhism.

If you want to experience the typical food culture of Jodhpur, roam in and around Sojati Gate, which is one of the few places still untained by outside world. You have to taste the ‘Pyaz ki Kachori’ and ‘Chaudri ke Mirchi Vade’ not to make your visit a waste. While everybody put a full stop to food with a sweet item, Jodhpuri people starts their food by eating anything sweet. Sounds interesting? Sometimes, this may be the secret of the sugary tone of the citizen of the city. You can’t escape from the sweet hospitality of Jodhpur. Jodhpur is famous for many special types of sweets like ‘Mave Ki Kachori’, Besan Ki Chaaki’, ‘ Maakhan Vade’ etc.

In order to survive in water scarcity of the desert, Jodhpur people had to be innovative in the fine art of food preservation. Radis pods, cluster beans, large red peppers, mathi seeds, tamarind, raw mangoes for amchur, moony dal papads and Vadis are some of the preserved stuff included in the food here. They also use number of berries and roots found in the desert, which are healthy and herbal.

Dance and music culture of Jodhpur

Men and women of Jodhpur love dance and music. Jodhpur people sing devotional as well as festive songs like the songs of saint poets such as Meera, Kabir and Maloodas. The simple instruments like the Baara and Algoza accompany these songs to give beat or a drone to offset the poems. Music and dances which are accompanied by the beats of the chang, mandal and various other musical instruments are an unavoidable part of tribal people of Jodhpur. Most of the festivals in Jodhpur are colorful and musical with vibrant music and dance of the folks there.

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