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Samrat Hem Chandra Vikramaditya, last Hindu Emperor of North India

Main article: History of Rajasthan

The Indus Valley Civilization, one of the world’s first and oldest, was in parts of what is now Rajasthan. Kalibangan, in Hanumangarh district, was a major provincial capital of the Indus Valley Civilization.[6] It is believed that Western Kshatrapas (405–35 BC) were Saka rulers of the western part of India (Saurashtra and Malwa: modern Gujarat, Southern Sindh, Maharashtra, Rajasthan). They were successors to the Indo-Scythians and were contemporaneous with the Kushans who ruled the northern part of the Indian subcontinent. The Indo-Scythians invaded the area ofUjjain and established the Saka era (with their calendar), marking the beginning of the long-lived Saka Western Satraps state.[7]Matsya, a state of the Vedic civilization of India, is said to roughly corresponded to former state of Jaipur in Rajasthan and included the whole of Alwar with portions of Bharatpur.[8][9][10][11][12] The capital of Matsya was at Viratanagar (modern Bairat) which is said to have been named after its founder king Virata.[13] Traditionally the RajputsRajpurohitsCharansJatsMeenasBhilsGurjarsBishnois and other tribes made a great contribution in building the state of Rajasthan. All these tribes suffered great difficulties in protecting their culture and the land. Millions[14] of them were killed trying to protect their land. A number of Gurjars had been exterminated in Bhinmal and Ajmer areas fighting with the invaders. Bhils once ruled Kota.[14] Meenas were rulers of Bundi and Dhundhar region.[15] Gurjars ruled many dynasties in this part of the country. In fact this region was long known asGurjaratra.[4] Up to the tenth century almost the whole of North India, excepting Bengal, acknowledged the supremacy of Gurjars with their seat of power at Kannauj.[16]

Chittorgarh Fort is one of the largest forts in Asia.

The Gurjar Pratihar Empire acted as a barrier for Arabinvaders from the 6th to the 11th century. The chief accomplishment of the Gurjara Pratihara empire lies in its successfully resistance to the foreign invasions from the west, starting in the days of Junaid. Historian R. C. Majumdar says that this was openly acknowledged by the Arab writers themselves. He further notes that historians of India have wondered at the slow progress of Muslim invaders in India, as compared with their rapid advance in other parts of the world. Now there seems little doubt that it was the power of the Gurjara Pratihara army that effectively barred the progress of the Muslims beyond the confines ofSindh, their first conquest for nearly 300 years.[17]

Mehrangarh Fort at Jodhpur was built byRao Jodha in 1459.

The earlier contributions of warriors and protectors of the land MeenasGurjarsAhirs, Jats, Bhils were ignored and lost in history due to the stories of great valour shown by certain specific clans in later years, which gained more prominence than older acts of bravery.[18] Modern Rajasthan includes most of Rajputana, which comprises the erstwhile 18 princely states, two chiefships and the British district of Ajmer-Merwara.[19] Marwar(Jodhpur), BikanerMewar (Udaipur), Alwar and Dhundhar(Jaipur) were some of the main Rajput princely states.Bharatpur and Dholpur were Jat princely states whereasTonk was princely state under a Muslim Nawab. Rajput families rose to prominence in the 6th century CE.[citation needed] The Rajputs put up a valiant resistance to the Islamic invasions and protected this land with their warfare and chivalry for more than 500 years. They also resisted Mughal incursions into India and thus contributed to their slower-than-anticipated access to the Indian Subcontinent.[citation needed] Later the Mughals, through a combination of treachery and skilled warfare, were able to get a firm grip on northern India, including Rajasthan. The fighter spirit and valour of Rajputs impressed the Mughals to such an extent that even after defeating the Rajputs, the Mughals held their valour and value in the highest esteem.[citation needed] Mewar led other kingdoms in its resistance to outside rule. Most notably Rana Sanga fought the Battle of Khanua against Babur, the founder of the Mughal empire.[citation needed]

Hawa Mahal or “Palace of Winds” inJaipur.

Samrat Hem Chandra Vikramaditya, the Hindu Emperor, also known as Hemu in the history of India was born in the village of Machheri in Alwar District in 1501. He won 22 battles against Afghans, from Punjab to Bengal and defeated Akbar’s forces twice at Agra and Delhi in 1556,[20]before acceeding to the throne of Delhi and establishing ‘Hindu Raj’ in North India, albeit for a short duration, fromPurana Quila in Delhi. He was killed in the Second Battle of Panipat. Maharana Pratap of Mewar resisted Akbar in the famousBattle of Haldighati (1576) and later operated from hilly areas of his kingdom. Bhils were Maharana’s main allies during these wars. Most of these attacks were repulsed even though the Mughal forces outnumbered Mewar Rajputs in all the wars fought between them. The Haldighati war was fought between 10,000 Mewaris and a 100,000-strong Mughal force (including many Rajputs like Kachwahas from Dhundhar).[citation needed]

Maharana Pratap Singh, legendary sixteenth centuryRajput ruler of Mewar.

Over the years the Mughals began to have internal disputes which greatly distracted them at times. The Mughal Empire continued to weaken and several groups across their kingdom found opportunities to establish their power whilst the army was fighting somewhere else. The Rajputs saw this as an opportunity to reassert their independence. With the decline of the Mughal Empire in the 18th century, Rajputana came under attack by the Marathas until the Maratha general Scindia captured Ajmer.[citation needed] Following their rapid defeat, the Rajput kings concluded treaties with the British in the early 19th century, accepting British sovereignty in return for local autonomy. Following the Mughal tradition as well as its strategic location, Ajmer became a province of British India, while the autonomous Rajput states, the Muslim state Tonk, and the Jat states (Bharatpur and Dholpur) were organized into theRajputana Agency. Rajasthan’s formerly independent kingdom created a rich architectural and cultural heritage, seen even today in their numerous forts and palaces (Mahals and Havelis) which are enriched by features of Muslim and Jain architecture.[citation needed] The development of the frescos in Rajasthan is linked with the history of the Marwaris who played a crucial role in the economic development of the region.[citation needed] Many wealthy families throughout Indian history have links to Marwar. These include the legendary BirlaBhandari, Bajaj, Mittal and Mirza families.[citation needed]


The main geographic features of Rajasthan are the Thar Desert and the Aravalli Range, which runs through the state from southwest to northeast, almost from one end to the other, for more than 850 kilometres (530 mi). Mount Abulies at the southwestern end of the range, separated from the main ranges by the West Banas River, although a series of broken ridges continues into Haryana in the direction of Delhi where it can be seen as outcrops in the form of the Raisina Hill and the ridges farther north. About three-fifths of Rajasthan lies northwest of the Aravallis, leaving two-fifths on the east and south direction.

Camel ride in the Thar Desert nearJaisalmer.

The northwestern portion of Rajasthan is generally sandy and dry. Most of this region is covered by the Thar Desertwhich extends into adjoining portions of Pakistan. The Aravalli Range does not intercept the moisture-giving southwest monsoon winds off the Arabian Sea, as it lies in a direction parallel to that of the coming monsoon winds, leaving the northwestern region in a rain shadow. The Thar Desert is thinly populated; the town of Bikaner is the largest city in the desert. The Northwestern thorn scrub forests lie in a band around the Thar Desert, between the desert and the Aravallis. This region receives less than 400 mm of rain in an average year. Temperatures can exceed 45 °C in the summer months and drop below freezing in the winter. The GodwarMarwar, andShekhawati regions lie in the thorn scrub forest zone, along with the city of Jodhpur. The Luni Riverand its tributaries are the major river system of Godwar and Marwar regions, draining the western slopes of the Aravallis and emptying southwest into the great Rann of Kutch wetland in neighboringGujarat. This river is saline in the lower reaches and remains potable only up to Balotara in Barmer district. The Ghaggar River, which originates in Haryana, is an intermittent stream that disappears into the sands of the Thar Desert in the northern corner of the state and is seen as a remnant of the primitive Saraswati river.

The Aravalli Range adds diversity to the landscape of Rajasthan.

The Aravalli Range and the lands to the east and southeast of the range are generally more fertile and better watered. This region is home to the Kathiarbar-Gir dry deciduous forests ecoregion, with tropical dry broadleaf forests that include teakAcacia, and other trees. The hilly Vagadregion lies in southernmost Rajasthan, on the border withGujarat. With the exception of Mount Abu, Vagad is the wettest region in Rajasthan, and the most heavily forested. North of Vagad lies the Mewar region, home to the cities ofUdaipur and Chittaurgarh. The Hadoti region lies to the southeast, on the border with Madhya Pradesh. North of Hadoti and Mewar lies the Dhundhar region, home to the state capital of JaipurMewat, the easternmost region of Rajasthan, borders Haryana and Uttar Pradesh. Eastern and southeastern Rajasthan is drained by the Banas and Chambal rivers, tributaries of the Ganges.

The hills around Jaipur.

The Aravali Range runs across the state from the southwest peak Guru Shikhar (Mount Abu), which is 1,722 m in height, to Khetri in the northeast. This range divides the state into 60% in the northwest of the range and 40% in the southeast. The northwest tract is sandy and unproductive with little water but improves gradually from desert land in the far west and northwest to comparatively fertile and habitable land towards the east. The area includes the Thar Desert. The south-eastern area, higher in elevation (100 to 350 m above sea level) and more fertile, has a very diversified topography. in the south lies the hilly tract of Mewar. In the southeast, a large area within the districts of Kota and Bundi forms a tableland. To the northeast of these districts is a rugged region (badlands) following the line of the Chambal River. Farther north the country levels out; the flat plains of the northeastern Bharatpur district are part of an alluvial basin. Merta City lies in the geographical center of Rajasthan.


Main article: Rajasthani language

Rajasthani (constitutional status is pending) is the main spoken language of the state, although Hindi and English are used for official purposes.[21] It is spoken by 13 million people in Rajasthan and otherstates of India.[22] A number of “tribal” languages are also spoken in Rajasthan.[23]


Religion in Rajasthan State
Religion     Percent  
Hinduism   87%
Islam   9%
Sikhism   1.4%
Jainism   1.2%
other religions   0.53%

Rajasthan’s population is made up mainly ofHindus, who account for 88.8% of the population.[24] Muslims make up 8.5%, Sikhs1.4% and Jains 1.2% of the population.[24]


An industrial plant near Jodhpur.

Main article: Economy of Rajasthan

Rajasthan’s economy is primarily agricultural andpastoral. Wheat and barley are cultivated over large areas, as are pulsessugarcane, and oilseedsCotton and tobacco are the state’s cash crops. Rajasthan is among the largest producers of edible oils in India and the second largest producer of oilseeds. Rajasthan is also the biggestwool-producing state in India and the main opium producer and consumer. There are mainly two crop seasons. The water for irrigation comes from wells and tanks. The Indira Gandhi Canal irrigates northwestern Rajasthan.

A marble quarry in Kishangarh Ajmer.

The main industries are mineral based, agriculture based, and textiles. Rajasthan is the second largest producer of polyester fibre in India. The Pali andBhilwara District produces more cloth than Bhiwandi,Maharashtra and the bhilwara is the largest city in suitings production and export and Pali is largest city in cotton and polyster in blouse pes and rubia production and export. Several prominent chemical and engineering companies are located in the city of Kota, in southern Rajasthan. Rajasthan is pre-eminent in quarrying and mining in India. The Taj Mahal was built from the white marble which was mined from a town called Makrana. The state is the second largest source of cement in India. It has rich salt deposits at Sambharcopper mines at Khetri,Jhunjhunu and zinc mines at Dariba, Zawar mines at Zawarmala for zinc, Rampura Aghucha (opencast) near Bhilwara. Dimensional stone mining is also undertaken in Rajasthan. Jodhpursandstone is mostly used in monuments, important buildings and residential buildings. This stone is termed as “chittar patthar”.

The Indira Gandhi Canal passes through the Thar Desert near Chhatargarh.

Crude Oil Rajasthan is presently earning rupees 15 crore per day as revenue from crude oil sector. This earning is expected to reach Rupees 25 Crore per day in 2013 ( increase of 10 Crore or more than 66 percent). Government of India has given permission to extract 3 lakh barrel of crude per day from Barmer region which is presently 1.75 lakh barrel per day. Once this limit is achieved Rajasthan will become leader in Crude extraction in Country. Presently Bombay High is leading with 2.5 lakh barrel crude per day. Once the limit if 3 lakh barrel per day is reached, the overall production of country will increase by 15 percent. Cairn India is doing the work of exploration and extraction of Crude in Rajasthan.


The Umaid Bhawan Palace at Jodhpur is one of the largest royal palaces in the world.

Main article: Tourism in Rajasthan

Rajasthan attracted 14 percent of total foreign visitors during 2009–2010 which is the fourth highest among Indian states. It is fourth also in Domestic tourist visitors.[25]Endowed with natural beauty and a great history, tourism is a flourishing industry in Rajasthan. The palaces of Jaipur and Ajmer-Pushkar, the lakes of Udaipur, the desert forts of Jodhpur, Taragarh Fort (Star Fort) in Bundi, and Bikaner and Jaisalmer rank among the most preferred destinations in India for many tourists both Indian and foreign. Tourism accounts for eight percent of the state’s domestic product. Many old and neglected palaces and forts have been converted into heritage hotels. Tourism has increased employment in the hospitality sector.

Pushkar Lake is a sacred lake ofHinduism, and is surrounded by 52 bathingghats.

Rajasthan is famous for its forts, intricately carved temples, and decorated havelis, which were built by Rajput kings in pre-Muslim era Rajasthan.[citation needed] Rajasthan’s JaipurJantar MantarDilwara TemplesChittorgarh FortLake Palace, miniature paintings in Bundi, and numerous city palaces and havelis are an important part of the architectural heritage of India. Jaipur, the Pink City, is noted for the ancient houses made of a type of sand stone dominated by a pink hue. In Bundi, maximum houses are painted blue. At Ajmer, the white marble Bara-dari on theAnasagar lake is exquisite. Jain Temples dot Rajasthan from north to south and east to west. Dilwara Temples ofMount AbuRanakpur Temple dedicated to Lord Adinath in Pali District, Jain temples in the fort complexes of Chittor,Jaisalmer and KumbhalgarhLodurva Jain temples,Sarun Mata Temple kotputli, Bhandasar and Karni Mata Temple of Bikaner are some of the best examples.


Rajasthan is culturally rich and has artistic and cultural traditions which reflect the ancient Indian way of life. There is rich and varied folk culture from villages which is often depicted and is symbolic of the state. Highly cultivated classical music and dance with its own distinct style is part of the cultural tradition of Rajasthan. The music is uncomplicated and songs depict day-to-day relationships and chores, more often focused around fetching water from wells or ponds.

Rajasthani Thali.

Rajasthani cooking was influenced by both the war-like lifestyles of its inhabitants and the availability of ingredients in this arid region. Food that could last for several days and could be eaten without heating was preferred. Scarcity of water and fresh green vegetables have all had their effect on the cooking. It is known for its snacks like Bikaneri Bhujia,Mirchi Bada and Pyaaj Kachori. Other famous dishes include bajre ki roti (millet bread) and lashun ki chutney(hot garlic paste), mawa kachori from Jodhpur, alwar ka mawa, malpauas from Pushkar and rassgollas from Bikaner. Originating for the Marwar region of the state is the concept Marwari Bhojnalaya, or vegetarian restaurants, today found in many part of India, which offer vegetarian food of the Marwari people.

Up-down dolls are found in the road-side shops of Jaisalmer.

The Ghoomar dance from Udaipur and Kalbeliya dance ofJaisalmer have gained international recognition. Folk music is a vital part of Rajasthani culture. KathputliBhopa, Chang, Teratali, Ghindr, Kachchhighori, Tejaji, etc. are the examples of the traditional Rajasthani culture. Folk songs are commonly ballads which relate heroic deeds and love stories; and religious or devotional songs known as bhajans and banis (often accompanied by musical instruments likedholaksitarsarangi etc.) are also sung. Rajasthan is known for its traditional, colorful art. The block prints, tie and dye prints, Bagaru prints, Sanganer prints, and Zari embroidery are major export products from Rajasthan. Handicraft items like wooden furniture and crafts, carpets, and blue pottery are commonly found here. Rajasthan is a shoppers’ paradise, with beautiful goods at low prices. Reflecting the colorfulculture, Rajasthani clothes have a lot of mirror-work and embroidery. A Rajasthani traditional dress for females comprises an ankle-length skirt and a short top, also known as a lehenga or achaniya choli. A piece of cloth is used to cover the head, both for protection from heat and maintenance of modesty. Rajasthani dresses are usually designed in bright colours like blue, yellow and orange.

A decorated Indian elephant during a fair in Jaipur.

The main religious festivals are DeepawaliHoliGangaur,TeejGogajiShri Devnarayan JayantiMakar Sankrantiand Janmashtami, as the main religion is Hinduism. Rajasthan’s desert festival is held once a year during winter. Dressed in brilliantly hued costumes, the people of the desert dance and sing ballads. There are fairs with snake charmers, puppeteers, acrobats and folk performers. Camels play a role in this festival. Spirit possession has been documented in modern Rajasthan. Some of the spirits possessing Rajasthanis are seen as good and beneficial, while others are seen as malevolent. The good spirits include murdered royalty, the underworld god Bhaironji, and Muslim saints. Bad spirits include perpetual debtors who die in debt, stillborn infants, deceased widows, and foreign tourists. The possessed individual is referred to as aghorala (“mount”). Possession, even if it is by a benign spirit, is regarded as undesirable, as it entails loss of self-control and violent emotional outbursts.[26]



The current government in Rajasthan is that of Indian National Congress. The current Chief Minister isAshok Gehlot.


Main article: Politics of Rajasthan

The political life of Rajasthan is dominated by two major parties: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) andIndian National Congress.


The Jain temple at Ranakpur is in Pali district.

Main article: Districts of Rajasthan

Rajasthan is divided into 33 districts and seven divisions:


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Rajasthan has a mainly Rajasthani population of approximately 68,621,012. Hindus account for 88.8% of the population.[24]Muslims make up 8.5%, Sikhs 1.4% and Jains 1.2% of the population.[24] The state of Rajasthan is also populated by Sindhis, who came to Rajasthan from Sindh province (now in Pakistan) during the India-Pakistan separation in 1947. The mother tongue of the majority of people in Rajasthan isRajasthani. Rajasthani and Hindi are the most widely used languages in Rajasthan. Rajasthani is used as a medium of instruction, along with Hindi and English, in some schools. Some other languages used in Rajasthan are GujaratiSindhi andPunjabi.


During recent years, Rajasthan has made significant progress in the area of education. The state government has been making sustained efforts to improve the education standard. In recent decades, the literacy rate of Rajasthan has increased significantly. In 1991, the state’s literacy rate was only 38.55% (54.99% male and 20.44% female). In 2001, the literacy rate increased to 60.41% (75.70% male and 43.85% female). This was the highest leap in the percentage of literacy recorded in India (the rise in female literacy being 23%).[27] At the Census 2011, Rajasthan had a literacy rate of 67.06% (80.51% male and 52.66% female). Although Rajasthan’s literacy rate is below the national average of 74.04% and although its female literacy rate is the lowest in the country (closely followed by Bihar at 53.33%), the state has been praised for its efforts and achievements in raising male and female literacy rates.[28][29] Rajasthan has nine universities and more than 250 colleges, 55,000 primary and 7,400 secondary schools. There are 41 engineering colleges with an annual enrollment of about 11,500 students. The state has 23 polytechnics and one-hundred and 52 Industrial Training Institute (ITIs) that impart vocational training.[30]

[edit]Flora and fauna

The Great Indian Bustard has been classed as critically endangered since 2011.

Though a large percentage of the total area is desert, and even though there is little forest cover, Rajasthan has a rich and varied flora and fauna. The natural vegetation is classed as Northern Desert Thorn Forest (Champion 1936). These occur in small clumps scattered in a more or less open forms. Density and size of patches increase from west to east following the increase in rainfall. The Desert National ParkJaisalmer, spread over an area of 3162 km², is an excellent example of the ecosystem of the Thar Desert, and its diverse fauna. Seashells and massive fossilized tree trunks in this park record the geological history of the desert. The region is a haven for migratory and resident birds of the desert. One can see many eaglesharriersfalconsbuzzardskestrel andvulturesShort-toed Eagles (Circaetus gallicus)Tawny Eagles(Aquila rapax)Spotted Eagles (Aquila clanga)Laggar Falcons(Falco jugger) and kestrels are the commonest of these. The Ranthambore National Park located in Sawai Madhopur, is one of the finest Tiger Reserves in the Country which became a part of Project Tiger in 1973.

The Dhosi Hill located in district Jhunjunu, known as “Chayvan Rishi’s Ashram’ where ‘Chayawanprash’ was formulated for the first time has unique and rare herbs growing The Sariska Tiger Reserve located in Alwar district, 200 km from Delhi and 107 km from Jaipur covers an area of approximately 800 km2.The area was declared a National Park in 1979. Tal Chhapar Sanctuary is a very small sanctuary inSujangarhChuru District, 210 km from Jaipur, in theShekhawati region. This sanctuary is home to a large population of blackbuckDesert foxes and the caracal, an apex predator also known as the desert lynx, can also be spotted, along with birds such as the partridge and sand grouse.[31] The Great Indian Bustard, known locally as the godavan, and which is a state bird, has been classed as critically endangered since 2011.[32]

[edit]Wildlife protection

Rajasthan is also noted for National Parks and Wildlife Sanctuaries. There are four national park and wildlife sanctuaries named the Keoladeo National Park of BharatpurSariska Tiger Reserve of Alwar,Ranthambore National Park of Sawai Madhopur, and Desert National Park of Jaisalmer. Ranthambore National Park and Sariska Wildlife Sanctuary are both known worldwide for their tiger population and considered by both wilderness lovers and photographers as the best places in India to spot tigers. At one point, due to poaching and negligence, tigers became extinct here, but recently 5 tigers have been shifted here[citation needed] . Prominent among the wildlife sanctuaries are Mount Abu Sanctuary, Bhensrod Garh Sanctuary, Darrah Sanctuary, Jaisamand Sanctuary, Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary, Jawahar Sagar sanctuary and Sita Mata Wildlife Sanctuary.


Rajasthan is connected by many national highways. Most renowned being NH 8, which is India’s first 4–8 lane highway. Rajasthan also has an inter-city surface transport system both in terms of railways and bus network. All chief cities are connected by air, rail and road.

The Rajasthan State Road Transport Corporation, formed in 1964, operates a fleet of 5,000 buses from 54 depots across the state.

By Air: There are three main airports at Rajasthan- Jaipur International AirportUdaipur Airport, and Jodhpur Airport. These airports connect Rajasthan with the major cities of India such as Delhi and Mumbai. There are two other airports in Kota and Jaisalmer, but are not open for commercial/civilian flights yet. By Rail: Rajasthan is connected with the main cities of India by rail. Jaipur, Kota, Bikaner, Ajmer, Udaipur and Jodhpur are the principal railway stations in Rajasthan. Kota City is the only Electrified Section served by three Rajdhani Expresses and trains to all major cities of India. There is also an international railway, the Thar Expressfrom Jodhpur to Karachi. However, this is not open to foreign nationals currently. By Road: Rajasthan is well connected to the main cities of the country including DelhiAhmedabadand Indore by State and National Highways and served by Rajasthan State Road Transport Corporation (RSRTC)[33] and Private operators.

[edit]See also


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