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Jodhpur History, India

The cornerstone for the city of Jodhpur was laid down somewhere in the year of 1959 and today the city is part of Rajasthan (a state in western India). The ruler from the Rathore Dynasty, Rao Jodha, was the one responsible for giving birth to this beautiful city. He took control of the neighboring regions and this named the complete region as the state of Marwar. Although the hometown of Rao Jodha, the city of Mandore, was the capital of Marwar, soon Jodhpur was given this status and it remained the capital of Marwar till Rao Jodha continued as a ruler.

Jodhpur was located in the proximity of Delhi and was linked to the capital of India via a highway thus making it easy for the ruler of Marwar to convert Jodhpur into the trading capital which excelled into the trade of copper, opium, sandals, silk, coffee, and date palms.

The state of Marwar was under the influence of feudalism during the ruler of Mughals. Rulers from Mughal Empire like Maharaja Jaswant Singh worked hard to give recognition to the city of Jodhpur on the national front. His efforts counted a lot and soon the people of Jodhpur had the chance to excel nationally as the city had the required exposure.

Aurangzeb did take control of Jodhpur for some small time period and soon after his death in 1707 the deserving ruler was given the control of Jodhpur. The Mughal Empire started to fade away and hence the Marathas entered the state of Marwar. Jodhpur experienced turmoil for the next 50 years with regular wars being fought and treaties being signed between various powers. This way Jodhpur almost went down to its knees and soon it was given into the hands of the British Army somewhere in the year 1818.

During the British rule, once again the city of Jodhpur started to grow as peace had returned during the rule of the British army. The economy of Jodhpur grew exponentially and the Marwaris (those businessmen who were living in the state of Marwar) enjoy heavy profits in business during this period. After Indian Independence the state of Marwar was merged into the Union of India and soon Jodhpur became part of Rajasthan.

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