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Introduction of Bijolia

Bijolia is a town that is located in the Bhilwara district of the state of Rajasthan. The town is located in the southern region of the state and it is known for its various forms of art and architecture. Bijolia is an ancient town and inscriptions from around 1170 AD have thrown light onto the situation in the town at that period.

The main attractions in the town are its fort and its temples. An old Shiva temple is located in the vicinity of the fort and this is an interesting place to visit. The temple has a finely carved arch that leads to the inner sanctum where the main idol of Lord Ganesh is kept. There are hundreds of small sculptures or lingas that can be seen in the place and this is the reason the temple is called the Hajaresvara. The fort also has a water tank that is considered to be holy.

There are a few monuments that are located nearby that are protected


Mandkinni Kund Bijolia

by the archeological survey of India and one of them is the Mahakalsaz and there are a few other temples located here as well. Inscriptions on rocks that date back to the 12th century can be found in the place.

Beejoliya Kalan is located at 25.17°N 75.32°E.[1] It has an average elevation of 512 m (1,680 ft). The town situated in the South East of Bhilwara. It is close to the borders of the District Bundi. It is walled with two gates (North and South) and picturesquely situated on a plateau called the UPARMAL.

 
 

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History of Bijolia

The ancient name of Bijoliya was 'Vindhyavali'. During the Chauhan period, it became a famous centre for art and architecture.

Bijolia was also a part of the Mewar kingdom. Bijolia was ruled by Parmara Rajput clan. Bijolia has a wealthy history and was a significant divine center during 11th to13th century. Although many of the Bijolia temples have been damaged with time, yet there are three temples left and provide adequate attraction for tourists. These temples are rich in their chronological value. In the 12th century, the Bijolia was gone into the hands of Chauhan dynasty. Chauhan dynasty was not only inclined towards religion but also had a great history of architecture and art. The temples of Bijolia were not only built for religious purpose but also stand for perfect skills of architecture of Chauhan dynasty. Bijolia prospered during Chauhan dynasty in its history.

Till 12th century, Bijolia was ruled by Parmara Rajput clan which belongs to Mewar kingdom. After 12th century Bijolia was under the control of Chauhan dynasty.

The Bijolia is famous for Rock inscriptions, Fort and large temples. Bijolia is the main evidence for the great architecture of the Chauhan dynasty.

 
Tourist Attraction in Bijolia

The Fort, Shiva temple & Shree Digambar Jain Parshwanath Atishaya Teerthkhshetra are main attractions. The fort is located on Bundi Chttaurgarh road. A high paved courtyard on the side of the fort has a large temple of Lord Shiva. A caved archway leads to the temple that has a fine image of Lord Ganesh. The Shiva temple is called Hajaresvara Mahadeva temple. It has a high linga surrounded by hundreds of small lingas and hence called Hajaresvara or Sahastralinga. Near by Mandakani Kund is a holy water tank.Other attractions are five Jain temples dedicated to Paraswnath and the remains of a palace and two rock inscriptions.

List Of Protected Monuments By Archaeological Survey Of India In Rajasthan contains three sites from Bijolia village:

Mahakalsaz and two other temples

Rock Inscription (12th century) in Bijolian Parshwanath Jain Temple
Rock Inscription within the Jain temple

The Jain temples, situated about 1.5 km of the south east were built by Mahajan Lala in the time of the Chauhan Raja Someshwar of Ajmer in 1170 AD. One of them is considered scared containing a complete small model of a temple inside. The rock inscriptions are both dated 1170 AD. This is a Jain temple of Teerthankar Parshvanath of Jain religion. Bijoliya Teerth Kshetra is supposed to be the place of penance (Tapa Bhumi)of Lord Parsvanath, place of revolt (Upsarg Bhumi) by Kamattha (Enemy of Lord Parsvanath since previous lives) and place of achieving Kevalgyan (Super natural knowledge) and first place of Samavsharan of Lord Parsvanath. Some of the world’s great petrographs are available here. This place is supposed to be old more than 2750 years, as is clear by petrographs. The Kshetra is about 2 km ahead in south – east of Bijoliya Town. In V.S. 1226 a famous businessman of Ujjain City Shri Lolark came here during his pilgrimage, saw a dream in night and came to know about the ancient idol of Lord Parsvanath. According to dream in the next morning he dug the place near a pond and thus a magnificent ancient idol of Lord Parsvanath appeared, some other idols of goddess Ambika, Padmawati, Shri Dharnendra & Kshetrapal were also found. This temple was completed in V.S. 1226 and these idols were installed in this temple on the day Falgun Krishna 3, Thursday of V.S. 1226. This is Panchayatan Mandir (Temple) surrounded by a rampart Atishaya – (i) In year 1858 some Englishmen come here and saw the rampart surrounding the temple and vast petrographs, they thought about the hidden treasure here. So they applied mines of explosives around the petrographs. Before they fire the explosive, suddenly dense flocks of honey bees attacked on them and they were compelled to run away, at the same time milk flooded out of mines. (ii) In V.S. 1958 a wonder happened. Seeing the temple without principal deity, devotees thought that a basement may be there with idol of principal deity Lord Parsvanath. This probability was told to king, he ordered to dig there, devotees and other persons went to the temple, they saw a stone there written ‘Sopan’ on it (Sopan means stairs), it was removed and digging started but in vain, suddenly a terrible white King Cobra came there by southern gate and stayed there. In result all the persons returned from there.

Undeshwar Mahadev Temple

Bijolia Temple

How to get here

By Air
Nearest Airport is Udaipur which is about 214 km away from bijoliya. Other nearest Airport is Jaipur which is about 240 km away from bijoliya.

By Road
Bijoliya is situated on National Highway No. 76. Direct buses are available from Udaipur, Chittorgarh, Kota, Indore,Neemuch etc.

By Train
Nearest Railway station is "UPERMAL RAILWAY STATION " 8 km from city but there is no transport facility so it is batter to deboard at Kota Jn. or Mandalgarh Jn.

 
 

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