Lodurva is located approximately 15 kilometers north-west of Jaisalmer which is often chosen as an excursion from Jaisalmer – the Golden City of Rajasthan. The village is mostly visited by travelers in same day tours from Jaisalmer during their holidays in the city. Lodurva is always being a part of Jaisalmer sightseeing tour along with enjoying various desert activities like camel safari, jeep safari, dune bashing, and most importantly camping in Jaisalmer that must be in a travelers bucket-list while vacationing in Jaisalmer. Lodurva is a small village near Jaisalmer which is prominently famous for its iconic Jain Temples, historical monuments that makes it one of the best places to visit in Jaisalmer.
History of Lodurva:
Lodurva or Luderwa was once the capital of Bhatti empire until the Rawal Jaisal founded Jaisalmer city and shifted his capital to the city. The town of Lodurva is much older than Jaisalmer and was sacked several times, most notably by Mahmud Ghazni in the 11th century and later by Mohammad Ghori in next century. Previously Lodurva stood on an ancient trade route through the Thar Desert which also made itself vulnerable to some frequent attacks in 1025 AD. Lodurva was also the setting for the ill-fated love story of Princess Mumal and Mahendra – a Prince of Amarkot, retained in local folklore and songs.
Rajasthan folklore of beautiful princess Mumal:
Medhi is a small palace on a hillock that belongs to a girl named Mumal Rano or Princess Moomal who was from Lodurva, Jaisalmer. This palace is completely destroyed and now there’s just a broken wall, small platform and a single window which was earlier named as Kak Mahal. Previously Medhi had beautifully carved windows, a serene garden, many mazes, fake ponds and other illusions. The palace has witnessed the love story of Mumal and Rana Mahendra.
Mumal was an extremely beautiful Rajput queen whose beauty and charms were famous not only in Jaisalmer but also the nearby areas. Most of Rajasthani Paintings are inspired by the beauty of Mumal.
Major attractions of Lodurva
Lodurva is one of the most notable tourist destinations famous for its brilliant architectural ruins and surroundings of sand dunes. Here are enlisted some of the most popular attractions of Lodurva.
Lodurva Jain Temple – the Jain Temples of Lodurva are important attractions of this village which are counted as the tourist attractions in Rajasthan. It is dedicated to the 23rd Tirthankar Parsvnath. The architecture of Lodurva Jain Temple is absolute splendor of bright yellow sandstones. In the ruins, one can find the pictures of Lord Parsvnath carved all along the walls of the temple. It is typically an example of Dilwara style of temple architecture that recalls the city’s former glory.
Rishabhanatha Temple – the very first Jain temple at Lodurva was Rishabhnath Temple located near the ruins of Moomal palace. Previously, the River Kak was used to flow from here. The temple was constructed in 1479 by Seth Sachcha.
Sambhavanatha Temple – the temple was dedicated to Jain Tirthankara Shambhavnath, Sambhavanatha Temple is counted as the second important Jain Temple at Lodurva after Rishabhanatha Temple. A fortified wall and an octagon-like pyramidal roof covering the temple complex.
Other temples in Lodurva are – the other temples of Lodurva are Hinglaj Mata Temple, Chamunda Mata Temple, and Shiva Temple that can be visited near Jain temples of Lodurva.
Lodurva is a great place to visit in Jaisalmer where you can witness the mesmerizing beauty of Jain temples or reveal the interesting tales associated with this village. So, if you are planning your Jaisalmer Tour Package, then you must visit include Lodurva in your Jaisalmer sightseeing tour and explore the magnificent attractions of this village.
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