Huddled in the foothills of the Aravali, Dungarpur has a fascinating landscape
of an array of wild and rugged terrain in the northeast to fertile plains
of alluvial soil in the southwest. Two rivers the River Mahi and the River
Som flow through the area. Rawal Veer Singh founded Dungarpur in 1282 A.
D., when he took over this part of the state from Bhil Chieftain Dungaria.
area is rich in teak, mahua, mango and Khajur trees. Dungarpur is also noted
for its wildlife variety - jackal, jungle cat, Indian fox, hyena, black-faced
monkey, porcupine, common mongoose are the common inhabitants. The commonly
seen bird variety includes partridges, peafowl, quails, cuckoos, eagles
Various migratory birds also visit the area during the winters. Dungarpur
is famed for its unique style of architecture as seen in its palaces and
noble residences. These royal residences are adorned by 'jharokhas' built
in stone in a unique style typical of the area developed during the reign
of Maharawal Shiv Singh (1730-1785 A. D.) The district gold and silversmiths
are renowned for lacquer painted toys and picture framing.
Places to See :
The 13th century seven-storied structure resembles a fortress with crenulated
walls, turrets, narrow entrances and corridors to slow down the enemy. The
splendid interiors embellished with beautiful frescoes, miniature paintings
and glass and mirror work, make it an impressive creation. One requires
prior permission of the resident royal family to visit the Palace.
Gaib Sagar Lake
A famous shrine of Shrinathji lies along the lake. The shrine is a conglomeration
of several exquisitely built temples with one main temple. The Vijay Raj
Rajeshwar Temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva is an architectural splendour
and a fine example of craftsmanship of the sculptors or shilpkars of Dungarpur.
Govt. Archaeological Museum
The museum houses a fine collection of ancient statues.
Excursions in Dungarpur :
Deo Somnath (24 km) A splendid 12th
century temple of Lord Shiva built in white stone, the temple has imposing
turrets. The brilliant juxtaposition of huge stone slabs to create this
impressive edifice epitomizes the craftsmanship of a magnificent era .
Galiyakot (58 km)
Once the capital of Parmars, this tiny village is renowned for its magnificent
shrine of Sayed Fakhruddin. Thousands of devotees throng here during the
Urs. The shrine is beautifully decorated and illuminated for the occasion.
The Jain temples close by are also worth a visit.
Baroda (41 km)
An erstwhile capital of Vagad, the village has some beautiful temples. Of
particular note are the old Shiva temple in white stone and an ancient Jain
temple whose black wall has exquisitely carved image of the 24 tirthankaras.
Bhuvaneshwar (9 km)
A famous temple of Lord Shiva is situated here and is the venue of a colourful
fair held on the fifth day after Holi. Gair dance by the Bhils is the major
highlight of the fair .
Poonjpur (37 km)
A beautiful temple dedicated to Mavji preserves the manuscript of a book
- 'Chopra', written by Mavji and an idol of Nishkalank riding a horse.
Fair & Festival of Dungarpur
Galiyakot is a small village of Tehsil Sagwara in Dungarpur District. It
is located on the banks of the river Mahi and holds special significance
for Dawoodi Bohras, a sect of the Ismaili Shia Muslims. They converge at
Galiyakot for ziyarat (pilgrimage) at the memorial of the revered saint,
The mausoleum is called Mazar-e-Fakhri. The followers of the saint arrive
here not only from the States of Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat and Rajasthan but
also from abroad. Urs which is celebrated on the 27th day of Moharram, the
first month of the Muslim calendar. Many devotees seek blessings of the
saint to have their wishes fulfilled.
This is called mannat and generally the devotees come to the shrine again
to express their gratitude after their wishes are fulfilled. The tomb is
decorated with flowers and lit up with lamps before the ceremonies begin.
The Urs is initiated with mass prayers and recitation of the Holy Quran.
A devotional gathering called 'majlis' is held wherein songs are sung in
praise of the saint. The ceremonies of the Urs are headed by the Dai-UI-Mutlaq,
who is the religious head of the community.
People make offerings at the shrine consisting of sweets, fruits, coconut
and jaggery. Besides Dungarpur, the nearest rail head is Dahod, on the Delhi-Mumbai
route and the 96 kms distance from here to Galiyakot can be covered by bus.
Another route is from Ratlam, 144 kms . A bus service connects the village
to Udaipur, 160 kms.
How to reach :
The nearest airport is Udaipur (120 km). Ahmedabad Airport (175 kms ) .
It is connected to Udaipur and Ahmedabad. The Railway station is 3 kms from
the city. Some important train connections are Himatnagar-Dungarpur-Udaipur
National Highway No.8 which runs between Delhi and Bombay passes through
the district for a total distance of 31 kms. The State Highway passes through
the district viz. Shirohi - Ratlam highway .