Rajasthan Travel Guide

Ajmer History

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Ajmer is an ancient and a small city established on the sand dunes of the Thar Desert of the Rajasthan state. The city is known for being one of the most famous pilgrimage centers for the Muslims and it also lands few forts. This holy city of Rajasthan is not only a celebrated pilgrimage destination for the Muslims but for the people of all over India.

As per the story of Ajmer History the city was called Ajaymeru, as it was named after its founder Ajayraja II in the 7th century and he was famous among the Chauhan Rulers. Ajmer was at its best fame during the reign of Prithviraj Chauhan. Ajmer is also known for the majestic Taragarh Fort which is the First Hill Fort of Asia; and the Taragarh Fort was the main place of the Chauhan Rulers.

History of Ajmer City

The Ajmer City is settled with the scenic view of the Aravalli Hills and the flowing Ana Sagar Lake. One can have a panoramic view of the entire city from the Taragarh Fort and enjoy the other tourist places of the Ajmer city.

The Founders of Ajmer

Ajayraja II – Ajayraja II was the king belonged to the Shakambhari Chahamana dynasty and was son of Prithviraj I. He reined the Sapadalaksha nation that was included some parts of Rajasthan. He was also called as Salhana and married Somalladevi. The king founded the Ajmer city which was named as Ajaymeru according to the various tales of history of Ajmer and the king founded it sometime before 1113 CE near the place of Adahi Din Ka Jhopra which used to be a Sanskrit College but later it was converted in to a mosque by Qutub-Ud-din-Aibak.

There is a Bijolia rock engraving that describes that Ajayaraja killed three heroes named Chachchiga, Simdhala and Yashoraja, who were from Shrimarga-durdda which was the two different neighborhoods. The recognition of these rulers and localities were not known, but these people were called as local chiefs who had unsettled fidelity to a neighboring king and that are why they fought. Ajayaraja appointed his son Arnoraja as his successor and then followed to the forest which is near Pushkar Lake.

Chahamanas of Shakambhari -The Chahamanas of Shakambhari who were also called as the Chauhans of Sambhar were the Rajput Kings and rules many parts of Rajasthan and was also known as the founder of the city of Ajmer.The Chahamanas originally had their capital at Shakambhari which is called as Sambhar in modern days. In the beginning of the 12th century, Ajayaraja II named and founded his kingdom’s to Ajayameru which is called Ajmer and according to the history of Ajmer the Chahamana rulers are also known as the Chauhans of Ajmer. The most popular king of the Chahamanas is PrithvirajaIII who was the most famous warrior of this dynasty and ruled Rajasthan, Haryana, and Delhi; and some parts of Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh too and he was stated as a symbolic face of the pre-Islamic Indian power.

Ajmer Fort

Ajmer Fort

Ajmer Fort by Manoj Vasanth

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