Bhilwara District is a district of the state of Rajasthan in western India. The town of Bhilwara is the district headquarters.
Geography and demographics of Bhilwara District, Rajasthan
The Bhilwara District, Rajasthan has an area of 10,455 km², and a population of 2,009,516 (2001 census), which increased 26.14% from 1991 to 2001. Famous for its textile & minerals Industries. It is bounded on the north by Ajmer District, on the east by Bundi District, on the south by Chittorgarh District, and on the west by Rajsamand District. State Highway (Jaipur-Udaipur) passes through the district, as does a broad gauge railway line measuring 84 km and connecting Ajmer with Khandwa in Madhya Pradesh. The nearest airport is at Udaipur (171 km).
It most pioner city of Rajasthan. Tradition has it that it came to be known as Bhilwara because it was mostly inhabited by Bhils in old days. These Bhils were eventually driven away towards the hilly tracts and interior places of less importance by the ancestors of the peasant settlers. Ironically enough ,now very few Bhils live in this area.
Another version recounts that the present Bhilwara city had a mint where coins known as ‘BHILADI’ were minted and from this denomination was derived the name of the district. Over the years it has emerged out as the small CITY of Rajasthan. Now a days ,Bhilwara is better known as the textile city in the country.
Education & Culture
1. Bhilwara has an autonomous engineering college of Government of Rajasthan. Along with offering engineering course in multiple disciplines of engineering, it is the only institute in Rajasthan which offers engineering course in textile and its allied fields. Institute of Technology and Management is another engineering college in Bhilwara.
2.Bhilwara is famous for its ‘Fad Paintings’ ( made in Shahpura, near Bhilwara ) which are depictions of traditional stories on cloth using naturally available colours
Medical Bhilwara has large number of hospitals and is gradually becoming a medical hub in Rajasthan. Mahatma Gandhi Government Hospital is one of the biggest in the Mewar region. Ram Snehi Hospital is among major medical service providers
Bhilwara has emerged as an attraction for orthopedic surgeries as well.
Social and cultural significance· Art:
Great Indian miniature artist Badri Lal Chitrakar highlights the city on international maps for Indian miniature art. He was given several prestigious awards including theShilp Guru/Master Craftsperson award by the vice-president of India on 9 September 2006. Badri Lal Chitrakar’s grandson, Manish Soni is also a very well known and sought after artist not just in India but around the world.
· Shri Yogendra Sharma is an international poet and one of the best poets of India. · · Bhilwara is famous for KAVI Sammelans (Poet Conference) since 1965 when Dr. Yugal Kishore Surolia held continuously assembly of renowned poets from all over India.
Rivers In Bhilwara
There is no natural lake in the district but there are number of ponds and dams. Many rivers meander their way through the Bhilwara district, Rajasthan . The Bhilwara Rivers consist of the following Rajasthan Rivers:
Kothari Banas Menali Bedach Khari Mansi
Tourist Places · Harni Mahadev: Founded by the ancestors of the Darak family, a Shivling lies under the mountain, built into a Shiva temple is 8 km from the city. It got the name Harni on the name of village near it, a nice place for people from the city for outing as it has hills around. On the occasion of Shiv Ratri a three-day fair is held here. At place the Chamunda mata Mandir is also situated on the hill from where one can have a view of whole city. Near this place a very nice garden “Samriti Van” is situated. Dadi dham temple is also there on the way.
· Badnore Fort This fort is situated at asind road and distance is 70 km from Bhilwara.
· Pur Udan Chatri it is very famous place near by bhilwara about 10 km from Bhilwara city. The “Adhar Sheela Mahadev” where a huge rock is resting on a small one.
The “Adhar Sheela Mahadev” where a huge rock is resting on a small one. This visiting place is situated at Pur, Bhilwara.
The Chamunda mata Mandir is also situated on the hill of Harni Mahadev from where one can have a view of whole city. This nice place is far 5 km from Bhilwara.
“Samriti Van” is very nice natural visiting place far 5 KM from Bhilwara
Ramniwas Dham The city has famous Ramdwara of Ramsnehi Sampraday. The founder Guru of the sampraday was Swami Ramcharanji Maharaj, who preached his followers here later, he moved to Shahpura, 50 km from Bhilwara, where the present headquarters of Ram Snehi Sampraday known as Ram Niwas Dham is located.
Tilesva Mahadev MandirThis famous shiv temple is situated in Bijauliya tehsil. At this place a huge tank of water is exist infront of temple. The people assume that a lots of skin deases cured after taking bath in this “Kund”. The Ganga mata statue is also situated in the center of this “Kund”.
Mandakini Mandir Bijauliya: This famous temple is situated in Bijauliya tehsil far 90 KM from district HQ. There are three temples and one pond. The “Lkulish” statue at the entrance of main gate of this temple. On the main gate there are two statue of Parvati and Ganesh are situated. The temples are “Hajareshwar Mahadev” and “Undeshwar” also situated here.
Swaibhoj Temple: This temple is situated in Asind tehsil far 55 KM from Bhilwara. It most famous religious place of “Gurjar” society. The place where this place is situated is called “Gosth Dadawat”. A small pond is exist with the name of “Rathora Talab” or “Prem Sagar”. The fair is held on “Bhadrapad Chhath” in a year.
Other Tourist Places in Bhilwara District:-
· Dhanop Mataji: This famous temple of “Maa Durga” is Approximately 85 km far away from Bhilwara in shahpura tehsil.
· Shri Beed ke Balaji: This place is completely around by the nature. It is situated kanechhan village in shahpura tehsil.
· Shri Charbhujanath temple: This temple is situated at kotri tehsil 30 km far from Bhilwara city.
· Bagore Sahib is Sh. Guru Govind Singh Ji stayed here when he was on journey to Punjab. This historical Gurdwara is situated at a distance of 20 km from town Mandal in Village Bagore of Tehsil Mandal, District Bhilwara, Rajasthan. This holy place has been blessed by the visit of the Tenth Sikh Guru, Shri Guru Gobind Singh Ji.
· Battis Khambon ki Chhatri. This place is situated in Mandal far 16 km from Bhilwara city. It has chhatri made of sandstone with 32 pillars.
· Hameergarh Eco-Park: This Eco-park is situated at Hills of Hameergarh far 18 km from Bhilwara. The park is famous for “Chinkara”. You can see Blue Bulls, Jackles, Foxes, Vultures and many other wild animals. The “Mansha Mahadev” famous Shiv Temple is situated here. · Meja Dam: The Meja dam is one of the biggest dam of Bhilwara and famous for green mount park. It is far 20 KM from Bhilwara.
· Kyara ke Balaji has a natural image of Lord Hanuman. It is said that the image spontaneously appeared on the rock. Patola Mahadev Temple,Ghata Rani Temple, Beeda ke Mataji Temple and Neelkanth Mahadev Temple are nearby attractions situated on the beautiful hills of the Aravali mountain range.
· The Bhilwara Municipal corporation is developing a tourist place at Gata Rani Mandir.
· The Madhav Gou Vigyan Anusandhan Kendra (Madhav Cow Science Research Centre), Village Gaadarmala(Pur) is a very popular Gousala.
· Mandal is around 16 km from Bhilwara city; it has the Battis Khambon ki Chhatri. As the name implies, this is a handsome chhatri made of sandstone with 32 pillars. Some of them have beautiful carving at the base and the upper portion. Within this chatri a huge Shivling is situated.
· Gayatri shakti peeth near roadways bus stand.
· Dhanop Mataji: 3 km away from sangariya village in shahpura tehsil.
· Shri Beed ke Balaji: 3 km away from kanechhan village in shahpura tehsil.
· Shri Charbhujanath temple: situated at kotri tehsil.
· Pt. Deendayal Upadhyay Smriti Van : Built in about 465 bighas. It is situated near Harni Mahadev Panchavati.
· Shivaji Garden : Situated at R.C. Vyas Colony
According to the folk mythology, when Arjuna was going to Dwarika with all Gopis during Mahabharata period, he passed through Bhilwara region. There was a war with the Arjunai temple.
Bhilwara’s cultural history can be traced back to the Nagar Brahmins mentioned in the Skanda Purana. The city has famous Ramdwara of Ramsnehi Sampraday. The sampraday runs Ram Snehi Multispeciality hospital. The founder Guru of the sampraday was Swami Ramcharanji Maharaj, who preached his followers here later, he moved to Shahpura, 50 km from Bhilwara, where the present headquarters of Ram Snehi Sampraday known as Ram Niwas Dham is located.
Bhilwara District, Rajasthan is famous as “the city of textiles & looms”