The city of Banswara is located in the District of Banswara in the southern part of Rajasthan. Founded by the Maharawal Jagmal Singh, the city is famous for its bamboo (bans) forest area, from where it got its name. Moreover, the Mahi River, which flows through the city is famous for its various islands, called Chachakota and is thus known as the 'City of Hundred Islands'. Bordered by the state of Gujarat, the city shares its boundaries with the nearby cities of Dungarpur and Udaipur (north),.
The word Banswara means the bamboo country. The city of Banswara was a feudatory Rajputana state in British India. The district of Banswara forms the eastern part of the Vagad or Vagwar region. It is believed that the city was initially ruled by a Bhil, named Bansia or Wasna, after whom it was named. The Bhil was defeated and then killed by Jagmal Singh who then became the first ruling Maharaval of the princely state.
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The Andseshwar Parshwanathji is a famous Jain temple in the city of Banswara situated atop a hillock. The temple houses Shilalekhs from the 10th century. The temple complex comprises two Digamabara Jain Parshwanatha temples. The main temple, built by Digamabar Jain Panchayat worships the idol of Bhagawan Parshwanatha protected by seven hoods.
The Abdullah Pir is a religious attraction and revered site for the Bohras Muslim community. Located on the southern side of Banswara, Abdullah Pir is a Dargah of the Muslim saint Abdul Rasul. Annually an “Urs” is held at the dargah and people in large numbers from the Bohra community, and other communities visit the Dargah to seek blessings from the saint.
The Anand Sagar Lake is an artificial lake constructed by the Rani of Mahal Jagami- Lanchi Bai. Also known as Bai Talab, the Lake is situated to the eastern side of the city. The lake is enclosed by the 'Kalpa Vriksha', which is famed for fulfilling the desires of its visitors. Moreover, the cenotaphs of the state’s rulers are also situated nearby.
The town of Arthuna is known for the ruins of the Hindu and Jain temples, which were built during the 11th, 12th and the 15th centuries. The ced conjugated statue of Shiva, Pati and Ganesh among the ruins is a highlight here. The village of Lankiya village is home to the Nilkanth Mahadev Temples- an old stone Shaivite with beautiful and intricate figures of women ced in the outer walls. The entrance of the temple is adorned by Nandi-the bull (Lord Shiva's faithful vehicle).
The Madareshwar Temple is one of the famous temples of the state. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, the temple is situated inside a natural cave of a hill. The Maha Shivratri is an important festival celebrated here annually. Often compared to the Amarnath cave, the Madareshwar Temple is a noteworthy attraction in Banswara.
Situated at a distance of 16 kms from the capital city, the Mahi Dam is a famous attraction of the city of Banswara. Completed in the year 1983, the construction of the dam took place under the Mahi Bajaj Sagar Project aimed at hydroelectric power generation and water supply. The perennial gardens and fountain located near the dam is a great sight.
The Bhim Kund, also known as "Phati Khan" is a deep cave surrounded by a hill. The cave houses a pristine lake, whose water stays cold throughout the year. As per tales, it is believed that Lord Ram stayed here for some time during his exile.
The village of Talwara is famous for its primeval temples and old monuments. The village is home to an array of religious attractions including the temple of Sun God, Lord Amaliya Ganesh, Laxmi Narayan Temple, and Sambharnath Jain Temple. Most of the temples here enshrine godly figures made from local black stone.
The Tripura Sundari temple worships Goddess Tripura Sundari or Turita Mata as the prime deity. This temple enshrines a black stone idol of the deity on a tiger with 18 hands with each one carrying an emblem. The temple is believed to be one of the Shakti Peeths and constitutes divine powers.