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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

What is the history and culture of Ajmer?

Vaishali Singh DEC 10 2012
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The pilgrimage town of Ajmer (it nestles the Khwāja Mu'īnuddīn Chishtī dargah) has a fascinating history, with facts that can make for folklore. Apart from exploring the popular places to visit in Ajmer, exploring its history is a top requirement. Tales of bloody battles, unmatched valour, political upheavals, religious miracles often do the rounds here. It was ruled by the Chauhans, one of the Rajput dynasties for four centuries. King Ajayraj Singh Chauhan laid its foundation in the later part of the 7th century. Prithiviraj Chauhan lost it to Muhammad of Ghor in 1193, though Rajputs were allowed to rule it. Passing through the hands of the royals of Marwar, it fell under the throne of King Hemu.

The second Battle of Panipat that was fiercer than most of the others wars had King Hemu killed by Mughal emperor Akbar, who took over the reigns of Ajmer in 1559. It was only in the 18th century that Ajmer’s control passed to the Marathas before falling in the regime of the British forces. It was included in the state of Rajasthan in 1956, nine years after India’s freedom from the British rule. Today, it’s a much visited tourist attraction, mainly owing to the dargah (tomb) of Khwāja Mu'īnuddīn Chishtī.

Ajmer is a vibrant mix of different cultures, with Rajputs, Gujjars, Jats and Ahirs making for its folks. Owing to such a diverse mix, Hindi, Urdu, Sindhi, English and Rajasthani is spoken here. And if you thought it’s cuisine is something run of the mill, think again, for the platter at Ajmer is topped with Dal Bati Churma, Bajre Ki Khichadi, Gatte Ki Sabzi, Rajasthani Pulao, Sohan Halwa, Jalebis, Ghewar, Motichoor Ladoos and more. You may find many of the travel bugs coming in to Ajmer to participate in the annual fairs of Urs and Pushkar (held at the nearby city of Puskhar). The skyline at Ajmer is lit with fireworks at the time of major Hindu as well as Muslim festivals, as the ethnic mix of people lose itself to the fervour of celebrations. If in case, you have an upcoming Ajmer vacation, also check the flight booking option on ixigo and find regular flights to the city.

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