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About Balotra

Balotra is a city in Barmer District of Rajasthan state in India. It is about 100 km from Jodhpur. The town is well-known for hand block printing and textile industry and for an annual desert and tribal fair at Tilwara. The town is well connected with Jodhpur by rail and buses at regular intervals. From Balotra towards Jalore (14 km) there is India's Third Brahma Temple in the village of Asotra. Famous Rani Bhatiyaniji temple is also here in village named Jasol which is about 4 kms from Balotra. About 13 km away from Balotra the famous Jain Temple Nakoda is located. The place receives religious devotees from across India. The town is home to more than 5,000 textile units and is located on the coast of the river Luni. Balotra is located at 25.83°N 72.23°E. It has an average elevation of 106 metres (347 feet). As of 2001 India census Balotra had a population of 61,724. Males constitute 54% of the population and females 46%.

History of Balotra

The town was brought into existence by Vala Ji or Bala Ji Rajpurohit from whom the city derives its name. Initially, it was a small settlement which later changed into a village and later into a town.

The town of Balotra is mostly popular for housing the well-known Nagoda Jain temple. It is one of the most revered pilgrimage destinations for the Jain community. The temple is a brilliant example of fine architecture and many sculptures are carved inside the temple which make it very beautiful. Apart from this temple, a number of other temples are located in the town such as Mohanraj ji Mandir, Narsingh Ji Mandir, the Rani Bhatiyaniji temple, Chonch mandir, Khed Mandir, Hanuman Mandir and Jaanraaj Ji Mandir.

The historical town of Balotra has emerged as a leading and developing town in western Rajasthan with gradually changing time. Many colleges, modern factories, high standard of living, excellent transportation system, global connectivity and sky-kissing buildings give it a view of some metropolitan feel.

The town of Balotra is well connected with all the major cities of India through air, rail and road transportation. The nearest airport is located in Jodhpur which is about 100 kms from here. The town has a railway station which hosts direct trains from many major cities of the country.

Textile industries

Balotra City is also famous for the textile industry.For 60 years, Balotra has been known as a leading centre in India for processing and trading of various types of fabrics. It is the leading textiles center of India and was popular for producing and trading of many kinds of fabrics. Balotra is also famous for dyeing and printing of cotton and polyester fabrics.More than 5000 textiles units are located here. It provides employment to more than 70,000 people.

Tourist Attractions in Balotra

Mata Rani Bhatiyani Temple at Jasol
Mata Rani Bhatiyani temple is located at Jasol village in Pachpadra Tehsil near Balotra town in Barmer district Rajasthan. It is well-known for the miracles that the goddess Mata Rani Bhatiyani showers upon her followers.

Bithuja Temple
Bithuja Temple place near Balotra is situated on the banks of River Luni. Bithuja Temple belong’s to Baba Ramdev who is folk–deity of Rajasthan in India.

Khed Temple
Khed Temple is the world famous temple of Lord Ranchhod Ray Bhagwan [Shri Vishnu JI] placed near big textile industry city Balotra. The temple is a historical monument.

Tilwara is a village in Pachpadra tehsil of Barmer district of Rajasthan state in India. Tilwara is situated on the Luni River and is a railway station on Jodhpur-Balotra route. The village is famous for Mallinath Fair held in March/April every year.

Other prominent tourist attractions in Balotra are Dargah-Bhola-Peer, Malinath Temple, Siwana Temple, Akdeshwer Mahadev Temple, Madina Masjid, Nakoda Temple, Santoshi Maa Temple and Ranuja tirth



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