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Barmer


Barmer Temple, BarmerBarmer has a rich history associated with it and is a treat for the senses.


Legend has it that the name Barmer was derived from Bahada Rao or Bar Rao, believed to have founded the town in the 13th century. Originally Barmer was known as Bahadamer. The remains of Juna or Juna Barmer lie to the west of Barmer while there are three Jain temples to the south of the city. An inscription which dates back to 1295 AD can be found on one of the pillars of the hall of the largest temple at Juna mentioning a Maharajakula Sri Samanta Sinha Deva ruling Barmer during that time.


Famous for its carved wooden furniture and hand block printing industry, Barmer hosts a number of festivals, the most important of which is the cattle fair held every year at Tilwara village, lying on the banks of the Luni River. The fair is held in the months of March and April. Then there is the Barmer Thar Festival.


Despite being located in a dry and barren landscape, the people of Barmer have more than made up for it with their skills in weaving and pottery. Known for its rich crafts, dances and music, the mud-walled houses in this region are decorated with folk motifs. The Bhopas (priest singers) of Barmer, compose music in honor of local deities and war heroes. The Muslim Dholis (drummers) generally perform at festivals and other social occasions to the accompaniment of the Kamayacha (a stringed musical instrument). Another musical instrument popular in Barmer is the algoza.


While you are here, you can visit the Barmer Fort. The Balark Temple dedicated to Balark (the Sun God) is another place worth visiting in Barmer.


Nearby attractions

Kiradu, which at a distance of 35km from Barmer has a beautifully carved temple with detailed architecture. Kiradu was once the capital of Punwars and was called Kiratkoop. The ruins of five ancient temples are found here, out of which the Someshwar Temple is the biggest. Besides, you can visit Khed, a historical town with an old Vishnu Temple and temples dedicated to Brahma, Bhairav, Mahadev and a Jain temple. Every year a religious fair is held at the Ranchor Rai Mandir here.

 

 

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