Pali - INTRODUCTIONThe place gets its name from the Paliwal Brahmins who once inhabited a highly evolved civilization in Pali. According to geologists, Pali has emerged from the vast western sea spread over a large part of present day Rajasthan. Maharshi Javali stayed here for meditation and interpretation of the Vedas during the Vedic Age. The Pandavas in the Mahabharata are believed to have made this area their resting place during their exile.
According to memoirs of legendary Chinese traveler Huan-te-Sang, in 667 AD, Pali was a part of Gujar Desh and was administered by local bodies.
King Kanishka has conquered Rohat and Jaitaran areas of Pali in 120 AD. Pali is believed to have existed during this age - the Kushana Age. Chalukya king Harshavardhana reigned this area till the end of the seventh century AD.
A number of battles took place in Pali during the 16th and 17th century. Sher Shah Suri was defeated by Rajput rulers. Mughal emperor Akbar had constant battles with Maharana Pratap. There was a series of wars between the Mughal kings and the Rathore clan of Marwar. Finally, Pali was rehabilitated by Maharaja Vijay Singh.
The city of Pali is known to have played a very significant role in India's freedom struggle against the British.
Pali - IMPORTANT INFORMATION
|Area||12,387 sq. km.|
|Languages||Hindi, English, Rajasthani|
|Best Time to Visit ||August to March |
Summer: 47.0 degrees Celsius 24.0 degrees Celsius
Winter: 22.0 degrees Celsius 4.5 degrees Celsius
Rainfall: 30 cm
Pali district shares a common border with six other districts of Rajasthan - Nagaur, Jodhpur, Udaipur, Ajmer, Sirohi and Jalore. National Highway No. 14 links Pali from Delhi in North to Ahmedabad in South.
Hatundi Rata Mahabir Swami Temple
Known to be the most magnificent temple in Rajasthan, this exquisite pink and white temple is dedicated to Jain saint Mahavira. Built in the shape of the Pyramids of Egypt, this multi-coloured marvel of construction is an unusual sight for many travelers. An imposing statue of Lord Mahavira is housed inside the inner sanctum of the temple.
Nimbo Ka Nath
According to mythology, the Pandavas stayed here during their exile. Their mother Kunti worshipped Lord Shiva here. They even established the Navdurga here.
This museum hosts many historical and artistic items like traditional costumes, coins, arms, etc. An interesting insight into the glorious history of Pali can be had here.
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