Jodhpur is celebrating its 560th Establishment day i.e Sthapana Diwas today on the May 12, 2018, and this will commemorate the journey of this city and its people throughout the 560 years of its existence. The Jodhpuries is all set to celebrate the 560th Jodhpur Sthapana Diwas with lots of functions and special events. The entire city is bedecked with colours and events at every nook and corner, especially the heritage and tourist sites.
Jodhpur Sthapana Diwas celebration offers instrumental and folk dance presentation by traditional artists at all major city circles, ‘Nopat’ (a musical instrument) played on the five main gates of Jodhpur, organizing the special medical camp, giving Marwar Ratna and other awards, and many other social functions.
Jodhpur is the second largest city of Rajasthan and has a rich history and strong culture in its roots to make it stand as proud as it does today. It was founded in 1459 by Rao Jodha, a Rajput ruler of Rathore clan, the-then ruler of Mandore, who conquered his surrounding territories and thus founded the state of Marwar with Jodhpur as its capital.
Jodhpur is known as the “SunCity” for the bright and sunny weather it enjoys throughout the year. It is also known as the “Blue City” because of the blue coloured decorated houses in old city area which provide a breathtaking view when seen from the top of the Mehrangarh Fort.
Jodhpur has gone through immense development in the last 70 years of its history which is basically the post-independence period of the country. It is the second largest official metropolis of Rajasthan with a population of around 1,400,000 as of Jan. 01, 2018, which is spread across 78.6 sq km of metropolis area.
Economical and Infrastructure Development
Jodhpur is economically backed with its handicrafts industry, contributing to major part of its economy, followed by the tourism industry which attracts a large number of national and international tourists every year. The future of Jodhpur economy looks good and aspiring with the upcoming 9 MMTPA Refinery and Petrochemical complex to be set up by Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (HPCL) in Pachpadra, Barmer will transform the industrial scene of the city drastically.
Pachpadra lies just 60 kilometres from the industrial area of Boranada in Jodhpur. This will provide new industrial opportunities for industries to be set up in and around Jodhpur as the refinery will produce around 120 by-products which will require industrial attention.
In addition to that, India’s most ambitious industrial development project, which is the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC) Project, which goes over USD 100 billion dollars in investment, is also going to impact industries in Jodhpur. Jodhpur district falls under the region that is going to be developed as a manufacturing hub for the DMIC. In addition to this, a never expiring tourism industry is something that has and will always prove to be the backbone of the city development as it has contributed to its economy consistently throughout its modern history.
Jodhpur boasts a variety of tourist attractions and hot-spots, most notably the Mehrangarh Fort, the Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jaswant Thada, Clock Tower (Ghanta Ghar) and many more. The people of Jodhpur are known for their hospitality and welcoming nature towards the tourists which provide a boost to the tourism industry.
Recently, Umaid Bhawan Palace was titled as the world’s best hotel by tripadvisor.com. The Mehrangarh Fort and the Umaid Bhawan Palace have also developed a reputation by hosting some really high profile weddings and events making Jodhpur a big name in the destination- wedding and event management industry.
The motion picture industry has also acknowledged Jodhpur’s existence, with the shooting of many high profile national and international motion pictures in the city. It has developed to be a hot location for the film industry providing many exciting locations for the filmmakers.
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Jodhpur as Education and Research Hub
The most notable development in the recent history of Jodhpur has come from the education and research field as Jodhpur has developed to be one of the best cities in the country in terms of educational opportunities. It has become a major education hub for higher studies in India.
It is the largest hub for preparation of the Chartered Accountant (CA) entrance examination, with its position almost synonymous to Kota which is popular for engineering and medical entrance examination preparation.
More importantly, the establishment of new reputed institutes and educational and research organisations in the city has contributed to its immense growth and reputation in the field. Major institutions include Indian Institute of Technology (IIT Jodhpur), All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS Jodhpur), National Law University (NLU Jodhpur), National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT Jodhpur), Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan Rajasthan Ayurved University (DSRRAU Jodhpur) and many more.
The diversified availability of reputed institutions has made Jodhpur stand proud amongst the very few cities of the country which provide the same. The major research organisations include Arid Forest Research Institute (AFRI), Central Arid Zone Research Institute (CAZRI) which is a premier Organisation of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), Desert Medicine Research Centre (DMRC) which is one of the 33 permanent institutes of Indian Council of Medical Research, Desert Regional Centre, Zoological Survey of India (DRC-ZSI) which is the regional branch of the only taxonomic organization in the country involved in the study of all kinds of animals, Botanical Survey of India (BSI) which is the nodal research organization under Ministry of Environment and Forests for research, exploration, and survey of the flora of India and Defence Research, Development Organisation (DRDO) which is an organization for design and development leading to the production of world-class weapon systems and equipment and Regional Remote Sensing Centre (RRSC, ISRO) which is one of the five centers established under National Natural Resources Management System (NNRMS) by Department of Space for remote sensing tasks at regional and national levels.
Jodhpur also known as Law Capital of Rajasthan, hosts the High Court of Rajasthan, which also has a brand new building which itself is a marvellous architectural feat for the city.
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The city and its people have very well kept up with the pace of modernization, keeping their history, culture, and values close to their heart and intact at the same time. All in all, the city of Jodhpur and its people have a lot to celebrate for 560th Jodhpur Sthapana Diwas as the city has not disappointed anybody in terms of development and certainly is destined to live many more years, to develop exponentially and to become one of the best cities of the country.
Aapno Jodhpur welcome all “पधारो म्हारे देश “ with feelings of “अतिथि देवो भवः” |