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J O D H P U R (Rajasthani: जोधाणा; Hindi: जोधपुर), is the second largest city of Rajasthan. It was formerly the seat of a princely state of the same name, the capital of the kingdom known as Marwar.
The city is known as the Sun City for the bright, sunny weather it enjoys all year. It is also referred to as the Blue City due to the blue-painted houses around the Mehrangarh Fort.
Jodhpur was founded in 1459 by Rao Jodha, a Rajput chief of the Rathore clan. Jodha succeeded in conquering the surrounding territory and thus founded a state which came to be known as Marwar. As Jodha hailed from the nearby town of Mandore, that town initially served as the capital of this state; however, Jodhpur soon took over that role, even during the lifetime of Jodha. The city was located on the strategic road linking Delhi to Gujarat. This enabled it to profit from a flourishing trade in opium, copper, silk, sandals, date palms and coffee.
Early in its history, the state became a fief under the Mughal Empitre, owing fealty to them while enjoying some internal autonomy. During this period, the state furnished the Mughals with several notable generals such as Maharaja Jaswant Singh. Jodhpur and its people benefited from this exposure to the wider world: new styles of art and architecture made their appearance and opportunities opened up for local tradesmen to make their mark across northern India.

Jaswant Thada:
The Jaswant Thada is a white marble memorial built in 1899 in memory of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II. The monument, in its entirety, is built out of intricately carved sheets of marble. These stones are extremely thin and polished so that they emit a warm glow when the sun's rays dance across their surface. Within this cenotaph, there are also two more tombs.

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  • Copyright: Vishal Chauhan (vishaal) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 177 W: 11 N: 209] (1042)
  • Genre: Lieux
  • Medium: Couleur
  • Date Taken: 2010-12-23
  • Categories: Architecture
  • Exposition: f/4.8
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  • Date Submitted: 2010-12-29 20:35
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