Balotra is a city in Barmer District of Rajasthan state in India. It is about 105 kilometres (65 mi) from Jodhpur. The town is known for hand block printing and textile industry and for an annual desert and tribal fair at Tilwara. The town is well connected with Jodhpur by rail and buses at frequent intervals. From Balotra towards Jalore (14 kilometres (8.7 mi)) there is India's Third Brahma Temple in the village of Asotra. From Balotra towards Barmer (11 kilometres (6.8 mi)) there is an ancient Temple of Lord Shri Vishnu named as Shri Ranchore Ray (first ranchore ray mandir of world), Khed Mandir in the village of Khed The name Balotra derived from valaji or balaji SIHA Rajpurohit. A few hundred years ago Khed was the capital of the Rathores of western Rajasthan, whose influence extended over the entire region. It was at the beginning of the 13th century that the Rathore king Rao Sihaji the founder of the Rathore clan along with his son (Asthanji) conquered Khed from the Guhil Rajputs and planted the standard of the Rathores. The Rani Bhatiyaniji temple is also here in village named Jasol 4 km from Balotra. Kheteshwar Palna Dham temple is located in village Sarana, 12 km from Balotra. Sarana village is the birthplace of Shri Khetaram Ji Maharaj. About 13 km away from Balotra is located the Jain Temple Nakoda. The place receives religious devotees from across India. The town is home to more than 5,000 textile units and is located on the coast of the river Luni.

Balotra
City
Balotra is located in Rajasthan
Balotra
Balotra
Location in Rajasthan, India
Coordinates: 25°50′N 72°14′E / 25.83°N 72.23°E / 25.83; 72.23Coordinates: 25°50′N 72°14′E / 25.83°N 72.23°E / 25.83; 72.23
Country India
StateRajasthan
DistrictBarmer
Government
 • TypeMayor (Chairman)
 • BodyMunicipal Corporations
Elevation
106 m (348 ft)
Population
 (2011)
 • Total74,496
Languages
 • OfficialHindi, marwadi
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (IST)
PIN
344022
Telephone code02988
ISO 3166 codeRJ-IN
Vehicle registrationRJ-39
Balotra City View from Railway Over bridge at Bypass

The town of Balotra is mainly popular for housing the ancient temples of Lord Shri Vishnu named as Shri Ranchore Ray (first ranchore ray mandir of world) and Nakoda Jain temple.[citation needed] It is one of the most revered pilgrimage destinations for the Hindu community.[citation needed] Apart from this temple, a number of other temples are located in the town which include the Rani Bhatiyaniji temple, Chonch mandir, Mohanraj ji Mandir, Jaanraaj Ji Mandir, Narsingh Ji Mandir, Hanuman Mandir and Khed Mandir.

The town of Balotra is connected with all the major cities of India through air (via Jodhpur), rail and road transportation. The nearest airport is located in Jodhpur which is 100 km from here. The town has a railway station which has direct trains from many major cities of the country.[citation needed]

Income Tax Office (Panorama), Balotra

GeographyEdit

Balotra is located at 25°50′N 72°14′E / 25.83°N 72.23°E / 25.83; 72.23.[1] It has an average elevation of 106 metres (347 feet).

 
बालोतरा आद्योगिक क्षैत्र की दिशा में शहर की तस्वीर

DemographicsEdit

As of 2001 India census,[2] Balotra had a population of 61,724. Males constitute 54% of the population and females 46%. Balotra has an average literacy rate of 68%, higher than the national average of 59.5%; with 63% of the males and 37% of females literate. 17% of the population is under 6 years of age.

EducationEdit

There are a number of government colleges such as MBR College of Commerce and Arts, Govt. I.T.I and Private Polytechnic college are also situated in the outskirts of the city. DRJ Govt. Girls PG College of Science, Arts, Commerce is also situated at Railway Station Road for Girls Higher Education and Navkar Vidhya Mandir.

Means of transportEdit

Balotra railways stations

The station code is BLT.
Time Table as per 01/01/2022
Plz Verify with Indian Railways Official Train Enquiry Site [3]
Earlier a metre gauge line was passed through Balotra that was converted to broad gauge. Balotra is well connected to other cities like Jodhpur, Jaipur and Chandigarh.[4]

 
बालोतरा रेल्वे स्टेशन
 
रात्रि में बालोतरा रेल्वे स्टेशन का बाहरी चित्र
# Train No. Name Type Arr. Dep. Halt Class Run Days
01 15631 BME GHY Express Mail & Express 00.45 00.50 5 2A 3A PC SL 2S M
02 14895 JU BME EXP Mail & Express 01.14 01.19 5 GN Daily
03 14661 BME JAT Express Mail & Express 01.18 01.23 5 1A+2A 2A 3A SL 2S M W Sa
04 14662 JAT BME Express Mail & Express 01.45 01.50 5 1A+2A 2A 3A SL 2S Su Tu F
05 04840 BME JU PASS SPL Passenger Special 02.05 02.10 5 GN Daily
06 14805 YPR BME AC EXP Mail & Express 02.32 02.37 5 1A 2A PC 3A W
07 12323 HWH BME EXP Superfast 04.52 04.57 5 1A+2A 2A 3A SL 2S Su
08 15632 GHY BME EXP Mail & Express 06.25 06.30 5 2A 3A PC SL 2S Sa
09 14896 BME JU EXP Mail & Express 06.31 06.36 5 GN Daily
10 14888 BME Rishikesh Express Mail & Express 08.38 08.43 5 2A 3A SL 2S Daily
11 04843 JU BME PASS SPL Passenger Special 11.30 11.35 5 GN Daily
12 04844 BME JU PASS SPL Passenger Special 14.44 14.49 5 GN Daily
13 04839 JU BME PASS SPL Passenger Special 16.05 16.10 5 GN Daily
13 12324 BME HWH Express Superfast 17.00 17.05 5 1A+2A 2A 3A SL 2S W
14 14887 Rishikesh BME Express Mail & Express 18.14 18.19 5 2A 3A SL 2S Daily
15 14806 BME YPR AC EXP Mail & Express 23.13 23.18 5 1A 2A PC 3A Th

Bus service

Balotra has both private and RSTRC Bus services for various cities of India like Jodhpur, Pali, Barmar, Jalore, Kota, Bikaner, Jaipur, Udaipur, Ahmadabad, Pune, Mumbai, Surat, Vadodara etc. The bus for Jodhpur and Barmar is in every 30 minutes.[5] The bus for Jalore is in every 30 minutes .[6] The bus for Pali is in every 60 minutes. The bus for cities Jaipur, Ahmedabad,[6] Pune, Surat, etc. is in both morning and nights.

The nearest airport from Balotra is Jodhpur airport that is 100 km far away from Balotra.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Falling Rain Genomics, Inc - Balotra
  2. ^ "Census of India 2001: Data from the 2001 Census, including cities, villages and towns (Provisional)". Census Commission of India. Archived from the original on 16 June 2004. Retrieved 1 November 2008.
  3. ^ https://enquiry.indianrail.gov.in/mntes
  4. ^ "बाड़मेर से हरिद्वार जा रही कालका एक्सप्रेस ट्रेन का बालोतरा में इंजन फेल, दो घंटे देरी से पहुंची जोधपुर". Dainik Bhaskar (in Hindi). 3 December 2018. Retrieved 21 August 2020.
  5. ^ "सोमवार से बाड़मेर-जोधपुर रूट पर 2 रोडवेज बसें और चलेंगी, अब तीन बस सेवा प्रतिदिन". Dainik Bhaskar (in Hindi). 6 June 2020. Retrieved 21 August 2020.
  6. ^ a b "बालोतरा-जालोर रूट रोडवेज की 4 बसें शुरू". Dainik Bhaskar (in Hindi). 12 June 2020. Retrieved 21 August 2020.