Ranked 28 among Places to Visit in Jaisalmer
Time Required: 2-3 Hrs
16 km north-west of Jaisalmer is Lodhruva the ancient capital city of Bhatti dynasty of the 12th century. The old capital of Bhatti Rajput was once a flourishing city until Rawal Jaisal shifted the capital to Jaisalmer city. Although Muslim invaders ransacked the town, the prominent attraction of the city is its architectural ruins. There numerous peacocks around Lodhruva. The mesmerizing peacock dance adds beauty to the ruins. Through the ruins, its cosmopolitan splendor is visible. It is dedicated to the 23rd Jain Tirthankara, Lord Parsvanath who pictures adorn the walls. The yellow sandstone structure is a Jain temple. The edifice is a marvel with the arching balconies, jaali works and Dilwara style of architecture.
The history of Lodhruva dates back to the 9th century when Deoraj, the prince of Bhati Rajput clan captured Lodhruva and made it his capital. The city was a part of an ancient trade route, often vulnerable to attacks through the Thar desert. Another story attached to the place was the love story of Princess Mumal and Mahendra which is often recounted in local folklore. The fortress is a popular tourist destination in Jaisalmer, with Rishabhanatha Temple and Sambhavanatha Temple at close quarters. The temples were rebuilt in the late 20th century which is still a reminder of the city's former glory. Other attractions in Lodhurva are the Hinglaj Mata temple and Chamunda Mata temple.
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