Jodhpur

The history of this city revolves around the Rathore Clan. Rao Jodha, the chief of the Rathore Clan is credit with the origin of Jodhpur in India. He founded the city of Jodhpur in 1459. The city is duly names after him only Before getting the name Jodhpur it was known as Marwar. The following paragraphs will tell you more about the past of Jodhpur, Rajasthan.

The Rathore were driven out of their original homeland, Kannauj by Afghans. They were forced to fled to pali, near to the present day Jodhpur. Rathore Siahaji then married the sister of a local price of that place. This helped the Rathores to establish & strengthen themselves in this region. After some time they defeated and ousted the Pratiharas of Mandore, just 9 km of today's Jodhpur. Initially, Mandore was used to serve as their capital, but by 1459, Rathores felt a need for a secure capital. This lead to the formation of Jodhpur, The Sun City, by Rai Jodha.

The Rathores had an extremely cordial relations with all the Mughals, expect Aurangzeb. Maharaja Jaswant Singh even supported Shahjahan in his struggle for succession. After Aurangzeb's death, Maharaja Ajit Singh drove out Mughals from Ajmer and added it to Marwar (now Jodhpur). Under the reign of Maharaja Umed Singh, Jodhpur grew into a fine modern city.

During the British rule, this state was the largest in Rajputana, by land area. Jodhpur prospered under the British Raj. Its merchants, the Marwaris, flourished endlessly. They came to occupy a dominant position in trade throughout India. In 1947 when India became independent and the state merged into the union of India. Jodhpur became the second city of Rajasthan.

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