Banswara is a city in Banswara District in south Rajasthan in India. The state of Banswara was founded by Bansiya bhil. It is named for the “bans” or bamboo forests in the area.
Andeshwar Parshwanathji is situated on a hillock in Kushalgarh tehsil of Banswara district. This is a Jain temple housing rare Shilalekhs of the 10th century. We could find two Digamabara Jain Parshwanatha temples at this place. The main temple was built by Digamabar Jain Panchayat of Kushalgarh.
Anekant Bahubali Temple Lohariya
Anekant Bahubali Temple is situated in Banswara-Udaipur Road in Lohariya Tehsil Ghari of Banswara District. This Jain temple is known for the 27-foot Standing Statue of Lord Bahubali which is made of White Sangmarar (marble). This Jain temple was made by the Inspiration of Digamber Acharya Shri 108 Bharat Sagarji maharaj here we can find many other temples of Jain Lords Like Panch Parmeshti Jinalay (tample), Manvadi Sapt charan Rishi’s Tample, Adinatha Jinalaya etc. Has situated in The Campus of temple.
Abdullah Pir is a Dargah of Sayedi Abdul Rasul Saheed, a Muslim saint and mostly visited by the Bohra Muslim. It’s an important holy place for the Bohras. Abdullah Pir is located in the southern part of the city. On 10th Rabi’ al-awwal, every year “Urs” is held at the Dargah. The people of the Bohara community take part in it in large numbers. This is a Muslim shrine of Dawoodi Bohras saint and is mostly visited by Dawoodi Bohra Muslims who visit this place during URS.
Anand Sagar Lake
This artificial lake has been constructed by Lanchi Bai, the Rani of Maharval Jagami. It is also known as Bai Talab. Anand Sagar Lake is located on the eastern part of Banswara. It is enclosed by the holy trees named ‘Kalpa Vriksha’. Nearby lies the chattris or cenotaphs of the rulers of the state.
Arthuna, as well as its surrounding areas, have clusters of ruined Hindu and Jain temples belonging to the 11th, 12th and the 15th centuries. Among the dilapidated ruins is a carved conjugated statue of Shiva, Parvati and Ganesh. Lankiya village around Arthuna has Shaivite temples called Nilkanth Mahadev Temples. The temple is an old stone temple having intricate carvings and sculpted figures of women embedded in the outer walls. The bull Nandi (Lord Shiva’s faithful vehicle) stands guard at the entrance in the temple porch.
This place is situated on Pratapgarh Road, civil lines. A ‘Harihar Maruti Dham’ temple is situated near this lake. A popular place for devotees of Lord Hanuman during the day of Hanuman Jayanti.
In recent years water hyacinth has invaded whole lake which disappoints its visitors. Many steps haven been taken to remove this weed but all resulted failures.
Banswara has a number of ancient Hindu and Jain temples, and in the past was known as Lodi Kashi or the city of temples. This temple of Lord Shiva is situated inside the natural cave of a high hill on the eastern part of the city. The cave temple provides an Amarnath Yatra like feeling to the pilgrims, due to its typical location.
Mahi Dam is one of the major attractions of Banswara. It is situated 16 kilometres from Banswara town in Banswara district Rajasthan, India. The dam was constructed between 1972 and 1983 under the Mahi Bajaj Sagar Project, for the purposes of hydroelectric power generation and water supply.various dams and canals have been constructed here. It is the second largest dam in Rajasthan.
This is an important fair of the tribals and is held on Margshirsha Purnima. At this fair the tribals of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh & Gujarat participate and they pay tribute to Guru Govindgiri, founder of the Samp sabha.
Paraheada is located in the Garhi Tehsil. It is a temple of Lord Shiva. It was constructed by the Mandlik. Paraheada is 22 km from Banswara. Shri Raj Mandir or more popularly known as the City Palace was built in the 16th century and situated on a hillock overlooking the town. Covering a huge area it follows typical style of old Rajput architecture. Though lack of funds has made many royal palaces of Rajasthan exchange hands with the government after Independence, this palace is still owned by the Royal family.
It is a place surrounded by hills. People call it “Phati Khan” because it is a deep cave under a hill. There is a pool of very cold water which is found throughout the year. It is said that Lord Ram, during his exile came and stayed here for some time.
Talwara is another place to visit near Banswara. Its historical significance due to its primeval temples and the devastated of some old monuments. Talwara is the temples of Sun, Lord Amaliya Ganesh, Laxmi Narayan Temple, and Jain Temple of Sambhavnath make Talwara a religiously important site. The idols in these temples are carved in local black stone.
Kupda is another place to visit near Banswara. It is a temple of Vejva Mata. Temple is situated in Banswara-Dungarpur Road near Mayur Mill.
Tripura Sundari is the temple, devoted to Goddess Tripura Sundari or Turita Mata. This temple has a gorgeous idol of black stone having 18 hands and more important each hand carrying a different emblem. The Goddess is seen riding a tiger. It is believed that its one of the Shakti Peeths of Hindus having divine powers. It is believed that this temple was built before Samrat Kanishka, who rule here. The exact date of its construction is not yet known. It is said to be one of the “Shakti Peeths” of the Hindus having charismatic divine power. But it is believed that the temple was constructed approximately before the reign of the Kushana emperor Kanishka who ruled here in the first century AD.
Sai tample is most viewed place in Banswara. This is the temple of god Sai baba. The Om Sri Shirdi Sai Baba temple established in 2004. This temple has a big size idol of white stone of Sai baba and also one god ganesh, This temple have unique rangoli of stone inside temple, and a big jhumar light on roof, there’s a big open place in front of temple.
One side of this temple one big pyramid hall, and one statue of Mahaveer swami. From this side there are Trishul, and ॐ sign which made by stones on mountains.
Other side open place which have children’s play items like Jhula, slides etc. and also view of water of Kagdi pick up weir also one statue of State Emblem of India.