Backpacking in Arunachal Pradesh Part I

Bhavik Bamania
Bhavik Bamania
Jan 05,2020 . 8 mins read

12th May, the date which we can’t forget, the date which is the reason of existence for many of us, for all of Jodhpur. Yes, the place from which I belong, the city which is as blue as the sky and as sweet as its mithais, and a reason of pride for its citizens, came into existence on this day by the blessed hands of Rao Jodha Ji.

So, I celebrate the launch of my website today, on the day exactly after 559 years after my native place came into existence. It was just a coincidence or perhaps, my love for Jodhpur which enabled me to inaugurate my website on 12th May and that too on Saturday, the exact day of the week when Jodhpur was founded.

Jodhpur, unarguably the cultural city of India was founded by Rao Jodha Ji on 12 th May 1459, however, Jodhpur has history beyond 1459 but I will enlighten that part sometime later. Jodhpur itself folds many stories of heroics, bravery, loyalty, mystic etc. Once you been there and you will never gonna forget the sweet experience you have experienced by gesture of Jodhpurites. I will surely write on all of the aspects of Jodhpur gradually to present my native in front of you also my personal experiences of Jodhpur. But, let’s stick to the original topic and here I present you one of the famous tale related with the foundation of this magnificent city. But, before I proceed to the story I feel that I should provide brief insight of Rao Jodha Ji’s life just to make you familiar and feel more comfortable.

Who was Rao Jodha Ji?

Jodhpur, unarguably the cultural city of India was founded by Rao Jodha Ji on 12 th May 1459, however, Jodhpur has history beyond 1459 but I will enlighten that part sometime later. Jodhpur itself folds many stories of heroics, bravery, loyalty, mystic etc. Once you been there and you will never gonna forget the sweet experience you have experienced by gesture of Jodhpurites. I will surely write on all of the aspects of Jodhpur gradually to present my native in front of you also my personal experiences of Jodhpur. But, let’s stick to the original topic and here I present you one of the famous tale related with the foundation of this magnificent city. But, before I proceed to the story I feel that I should provide brief insight of Rao Jodha Ji’s life just to make you familiar and feel more comfortable.

Who was Rao Jodha Ji?

Jodhpur, unarguably the cultural city of India was founded by Rao Jodha Ji on 12th May 1459, however, Jodhpur has history beyond 1459 but I will enlighten that part sometime later. Jodhpur itself folds many stories of heroics, bravery, loyalty, mystic etc. Once you been there and you will never gonna forget the sweet experience you have experienced by gesture of Jodhpurites. I will surely write on all of the aspects of Jodhpur gradually to present my native in front of you also my personal experiences of Jodhpur. But, let’s stick to the original topic and here I present you one of the famous tale related with the foundation of this magnificent city. But, before I proceed to the story I feel that I should provide brief insight of Rao Jodha Ji’s life just to make you familiar and feel more comfortable.

Legend of Rao Jodha Ji and about the Capturing of Mandore

Once, at late night, Rao Jodha Ji who had been relentlessly fighting and attempting to capture Mandore for 15 years, stopped at a farmer's house. There, he asked for some food as he had been starving for days. The farmer’s wife served him a hot bowl of Kheech*. Hungrily, he put his fingers in the middle of the hot bowl and thus burnt his hands. Seeing this, the wife of the farmer scolded him and compared this act of his with that of King Rao Jodha Ji’s mistake of attacking Mandore rather than capturing outlying small forts. She was unaware of the fact that he is the King himself. This incident prompted him to reconsider his strategies and to stop worrying about Mandore and shift his focus to adjacent forts. He won the outlying forts with ease. Thus, by 1453, he was able to conquer the kingdom’s capital Mandore and soon after, he conquered adjacent territories like Sojat, Merta, Koshana, etc. This enabled him to establish the Jodhpur State which then came to be known as Marwar.

Rao Jodha Ji Ka Falsa, in Mehrangarh Fort

In 1459 he shifted his capital from Mandore to a more secure place at the hilltop of “Panchetia Hill”, however, he had wished to built it on “Masuria Hill” but shortage of Water forced him to shift it to “Panchetia Hill”. Like I said Jodhpur is full of stories as there is another story behind the above mentioned incident but let's leave it for another time. Till then, let’s join our hands and celebrate the 559th birthday of Jodhpur.

*“Kheech” or “Bajre ro Kheech”– a Marwari dish made from Pearl Millet flour

  • History
  • Jodhpur
  • Rajasthan