HISTORY OF JODHPUR ----------------------------------
Jodhpur, the Suncity, the land of graceful history of the Rathores, surrounded by the series of small mountains, called Bhogishail, the resort of numerous religious places where it is said that once Lord Shiva also had to stay for some time. The enriched cultural heritage of the city, mutual courtesy and simplicity of the common people can be called the important features of the society. The land, in which these people have spent their lives through centuries, is called MARUKANTAR or MARUSTHALI with vast deserts in all the directions, which is now known as Marwar. She shah, the Emperor of India in the campaign on Marwar expressed that he would be deprived of the Empire just for the sake of handful millet. The occupants of this city, from the deep feelings within heart offer you warm welcome which in a copulate in Rajasthani is expressed thus –
Sajan Aya Hai Sakhi, Kani Manvaar Karran,
Thaal Bhara Gaj Motiyaan, Upar Nain Dharran.
Oh, My Dear Friend, My Lover Has Come, How We Welcome Him And Offer Best Of The Things, Let Us Present a Tray, Full of Pearls With Eyes Placed on Them.
The land of Marwar that respects the guest as God himself visiting them, is famous for the sacrifice of the brave warriors of different Rajput clans and their wives in the unmemorable moments of history. Every part of the land and every spot on the forts has witnessed the sacrifice of the warriors and on their deaths, their wives immolating themselves in the pious fire in Johars observed in the by- gone period. Facing the foreign attacks furiously, the Rajputs offered their lives as oblation in the battlefield. See again, these lines praising these warriors whose blood on the field is compared with the river Ganga, the river of blood –
Na Nipaje Kesar Athei, Na Hira Nipjant,
Sir Katya Junzhai Jike, In Dhara Upjant.