Villages in Bali tahsil
Amliya, Aradwan, Bali (M), Bamniya, Barawal, Barwa, Beejapur, Beeroliya, Beesalpur Pali, Bera, Beral, Berdi, Bhagli, Bhandar, Bhatoond, Bheemana, Bheetwara, Biliya, Boya, Chamunderi Mertiyan, Chamunderi Rana Watan, Chimanpura, Dantiwara, Danverli, Dhanda, Dhani, Doodni, Doongli, Falna (M), Fattapura, Goriya, Gura Devisingh, Gura Gumansingh, Guralas, Gurhakalyansingh, Heerola, Jadri, Jeewda, Kagdara, Kagri, Kakradi, Karanwa, Karlai, Kerapura, Kheemel, Khetarli, Khindawa, Kolwara, Kooran, Korwa, Kotbaliyan, Kothar, Kotra, Koyalvao, Kumtiya, Kundal, Lalpura, Lalrai, Latara, Lunawa, Lundara, Malari, Malnoo, Mataji Ka Bara, Mirgesar, Mokhampura, Mori, Mundara, Nana Pali, Padarla, Panchalwara, Patawa, Peepla, Perwa, Phalna (Rural), Punariya, Ramaniya, Rughnathpura, Sadalwa, Sadra, Sambharwara, Sarkhejra, Sela, Sena, Sendla, Sesli, Sewari, Shivtalao, Sokra, Teepri, Thandi Beri, Velar, Virampura,
It is an ancient city. A Jain scroll which Colonel James Tod obtained from a Jain guru in Sanderao gives the earliest description of founding of the town. The scroll mentions that on the sack of Valabhi city in Gujarat, thirty thousand Jain families abandoned Valabhi and led by their priests found a retreat for themselves in Marwar, where they erected the towns of Sanderao, Bali and Nadol in 524 AD.
It was the heart of the Godwar area in 11th century. King Sarubali Baldev won the land of Bali in a battle in 1240 AD and he crowned the area his royal capital, naming it Bali after himself. Legends say that the Pandava children used to play childhood games in this area and a water well still exists which was formed by Bhima, one of the Pandavas. In 1608 AD King Balasingh constructed the Fort of Bali to protect the city and a wall was built around the city edges to protect it from attack. The town planning is based on ancient geometrical, astrological and architectural laws. The marriage of Rana Udai Singh, father of legendary hero Maharana Pratap, was solemnized with the daughter of the Rao of Jalor at Bali.
V Bali Stone Inscription of Ashvaka S.V. 1200 (1143 AD)
|V Bali Stone Inscription of Ashvaka S.V. 1200 (1143 AD)|
This inscription was found at Bali. It is engraved on one of the lintels resting on the pillars of the sabhamandapa of the temple of Bola alias Bahuguṇa-mata. It contains 6 lines of writing. Excepting the greater portion of line 1 and a few letters in line 5, it is well preserved. The characters are Nagari. The language is Sanskrit, and the whole of the record is in prose, excepting one verse in ll.4-5, In respect of orthography, the only point that deserves to be noted is the doubling of a consonant in conjunction with a preceding r. As regards lexicography, attention may be drawn to the word grata in L.2, which corresponds to the modern giras, signifying the landed possesses of a member of one of the ruling tribes. In line 3 and 4 occur some abbreviations such as bho, pu, vaand so forth. I do not know what their full forms are.
The inscription opens with the date, of which all the details are lost except the vikrama year 1200. It refer, itself to the victorious and blessed reigns of Maharajadhiraja-Jayasimhadeva of Chalukya dynasty and speaks of Maharaja Shri-Ashvaka as his feudatory. At that time the village of Varahi was enjoyed as giras by the queen Shri-Tihunaka. It then records a grant of four drammas by Bopanava-sthabhana, son of Palha, in connection with festival of goddess Bahugughrina. It records one dramma given to goddess, two drammas to the Samgha-pati Galapalyadiya, son of Chohadi and resident at the village of Thambhila, one dramma to Valhana and Garavata, sons of Mohana, one dramma each to the machine wells, such as those named Sitka, Bhariya, Bohada, Mahiya, and so forth, one dramma to the Bhumidari Buta, and so on. The record was written by one Kulachandra. The feudatory chieftain Asvaka referred to herein is doubtless identical with the Asvaraja of the two previous inscriptions. Valahi must be the modern Bali, and the goddess Bahughrina the same as Bahnguna or Bola-mata, in whose temple the inscription is engraved.
Notes by Wiki editor -
- Balahi (बालही) = Bali Pali. There is also one village named Balahi in Thanesar , Haryana.
- Thambhila (थांभिल) = ?
- Bhariya (भरिया) = A Jat clan
- Bohda (बोहङा) = A Jat clan
- Mahiya (महिया) = A Jat clan
- Bola = A Jat clan. Name of goddess also Bahuguṇa-mata.
- Maharaja Shri-Ashvaka (अश्वक) - Ashvaka is Asiagh Gotra Jat
- Sitak (सीतक) = Khattak is a Jat clan.
- James Tod: Annals and Antiquities of Rajasthan, Volume I, Publisher: Humphrey Milford Oxford University Press 1920, Annals of Mewar,p.254
- James Tod, Annals and Antiquities of Rajasthan, Vol. I
- Epigraphia Indica Vol. XI (1911-12): A S I, Edited by E. Hultzsoh, Ph.D.,pp.32-33
Back to Rajasthan