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Good Morning,

This is a capture of "Patwon Ki Haveli" which is located almost centrally in the City of Jaisalmer.
You can observe the craftmanship and handwork by the Rajasthani folk in order to carve the yellow limestone mined in and around Jaisalmer city that even in these days.

Yellow limestone is peculiar to this city and its frequent use in historical buildings and also for the building which are constructed in modern times make this city special. If you get a almost complete view of the Jaisalmer city from Jaisalmer Fort (~ 1000 years old), you may find many houses use the yellow limestone, thereby giving this city a golden look when sun-rays spread over the city in the forenoon time of the day. Famously, this city is also known as "Golden City of India".

Geologically, Jaisalmer's history goes behind upto Jurassic times (~ 130 million years ago). It is also learnt that later in Geological history Jaisalmer submerged into the sea and because of this geological event you can find even today many sea-shells and flora and fauna related to sea-life. Jaisalmer is indeed a very interesting place for Earth Scientists, Archaeologists, nature admirers, historians and laymen.

Best greetings from Jaisalmer,


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General Information on Jaisalmer City (Source: WiKiPedia):

Jaisalmer pronunciation (Hindi: जैसलमेर), nicknamed "The Golden City", is a town in the Indian state of Rajasthan. The town stands on a ridge of yellowish sandstone, crowned by a fort, which contains the palace and several ornate Jain temples. Many of the houses and temples are finely sculptured. It lies in the heart of the Thar Desert and has a population of about 78,000. It is the administrative headquarters of Jaisalmer District.

The majority of any inhabitants of Jaisalmer are Bhatti Rajputs, who take their name from an ancestor named Bhatti, renowned as a warrior when the tribe were located in the Punjab. Shortly after this the clan was driven southwards, and found a refuge in the Indian desert, which was henceforth its home. This area was part of Gurjara - Pratihara empire and till 11 centuary was ruled by a powerful Bargujar King.Deoraj, a famous prince of the Bhati family, is esteemed the real founder of the Jaisalmer dynasty, and with him the title of rawal commenced. In 1156 Rawal Jaisal,[1] the sixth in succession from Deoraj, founded the fort and city of Jaisalmer, and made it his capital as he moved from his former capital at Lodhruva (which is situated about 15 km to the south-east of Jaisalmer). In 1293, the Bhattis so enraged the emperor Ala-ud-din Khilji that his army captured and sacked the fort and city of Jaisalmer, so that for some time it was quite deserted. Some Bhatti's migrated to Talwandi, now Nankana Sahib in Distt. Nankana Sahib (Punjab, Pakistan) and others settled in Larkana (in Sind, Pakistan)under the name of Bhutto. In Nankana Sahib, the Bhatti Clan can be traced from the lineage of Rai Bhoe and Rai Bular Bhatti. After this there is nothing to record until the time of Rawal Sahal Singh, whose reign marks an epoch in Bhatti history in that he acknowledged the supremacy of the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan. The Jaisalmer princes had now arrived at the height of their power, but from this time till the accession of Rawal Mulraj in 1762 the fortunes of the state rapidly declined, and most of its outlying provinces were lost. In 1818 Mulraj entered into political relations with the British. Maharawal Salivahan, born in 1887, succeeded to the chiefship in 1891.

The Maharajas of Jaisalmer trace their lineage back to Jaitsimha, a ruler of the Bhatti Rajput clan. The major opponents of the Bhati Rajputs were the powerful Rathor clans of Jodhpur and Bikaner. They used to fight battles for the possession of forts, waterholes or cattle. Jaisalmer was positioned strategically and was a halting point along a traditional trade route traversed by the camel caravans of Indian and Asian merchants. The route linked India to Central Asia, Egypt, Arabia, Persia, Africa and the West.

(Source of Information: WiKiPedia)

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