(Last Updated on : 22/04/2013)
Bharatpur is known popularly as `The Eastern Gateway to Rajasthan`.The place was named `Bharatpur` after the name of Bharat, the brother of Lord Rama. His other brother Laxman is worshipped as the family deity of Bharatpur.
Maharaja Suraj Mal founded Bharatpur in 1733 AD. It was an impregnable well fortified city that was carved out of the region known as Mewat. The trio of Bharatpur, Deeg and Dholpur has played an important part in the history of Rajasthan.
It is believed that the place got its name after the name of Bharat, who is brother of Lord Rama. Legends say that Laxman`s name is engraved on the state arms and the seals of Bharatpur.
The city with the fort has been founded Rustam, a Jat of Sogariya clan. It is said that Maharaja Suraj Mal took over the empire from Khemkaran, the son of Rustam and established his empire. He build a massive fort around the city to prevent the city from the attack of enemies.
Since 17th Century the region was dominated by Jats. Eminent leaders of the time like Churaman and Badan Singh brought the Jats together to mould them into a unifying force.
Places of interest in Bharatpur
The places of interest in Bharatpur are:
Keoladeo National Park
Lohagarh Fort Or The `Iron Fort`
The palace of Bharatpur