|Lok Sabha Constituencies in Churu district, Rajasthan (MP Constituencies)||Churu|
|MLA Assembly Constituencies in Churu district, Rajasthan||Churu
Geographical & Physical Features :
|No. of sub-Districts||7|
|No. of Towns||10|
|No. of Statutory Towns||8|
|No. of Census Towns||6|
|No. of Villages||909|
|Demographic & Health indicators (Census of India & annual health survey 2010-11)||2011-12|
|Crude Birth Rate (No. of live births Per thousand mid year population)||23.1|
|Crude Death Rate (No. of deaths Per thousand mid year population)||6.2|
|Infant Mortality rate (No. of infant deaths per thousand live births)||51|
|Under Five Mortality Rate (No. of under five deaths per thousand live births)||65|
|Population Served Per Medical Institution (Annual Progress Report- DMHS)||3750|
|Population Served Per Bed (Annual Progress Report- DMHS)||1456|
|Women and Child||2001|
|Total Fertility Rate||4.4|
|Overall Sex ratio (Females per 1000 males) among SC Population||921|
|OVERALL Sex ratio (Females per 1000 males) among ST Population||905|
Festivals & Fairs :
Being a highly spiritual country, festivals are at the heart of people’s lives in India. The numerous and varied festivals that are held throughout the year offer a unique way of seeing Indian culture at its best. The following popular festivals in India will provide you with a truly memorable experience.
Salasar Balaji Fair
Salasar Balaji Fair is held at Salasar Balaji temple every year on Chaitra Poornima and Ashwin Poornima. The fair is dedicated to Lord Hanuman.
Salasar Balaji temple is located in Salasar town in Sujangarh Tehsil of Churu. In 1754 AD, Maharaj Mohandas built this temple after getting inspired by a dream. It is believed that Mohandas had dreamt of Lord Hanuman and initiated the temple’s construction. His descendants, Ishwardas and Kaniram, later developed and renovated the temple and gave it a shape of the present day temple. The place is also known by the name of Salasar Dham.
Gogaji Maharaj Fair
Worshipped as the Snake God, Gogaji was a warrior hero of Churu. He is worshipped by both Hindu and Muslim communities.
According to mythological stories, Guru Gorakhnath gave a special Gugal fruit to Bachhal, mother of Gogaji. With the blessings of the Guru and the fruit, Bachhal gave birth to Gogaji and the name Gogaji was derived from the fruit’s name.
It is believed that Gogaji rescues his worshippers from snakes and hence, a large number of devotees worship Gogaji and pray for their safety and prosperity.
In Bhadra month every year, according to the Hindu calendar, Gogaji’s fair is organised in Churu. Devotees visit Gogaji’s temple to worship and pay homage to the idols of Gogaji. The fair lasts three days starting from the ninth day of Bhadrapad to the eleventh day of Bhadrapad
Tourist Places :
Tal Chhappar Sanctuary – The Tal Chhappar sanctuary is located in the Shekhawati region of the state of Rajasthan. The sanctuary is known for its rare blackbuck.
The Tal Chhappar sanctuary is at a distance of around 210 km at the edge of the Thar desert on the Ratangarh-Sujangarh highway.
Geographically, the sanctuary falls in Sujangarh Tehsil of Churu and is an amusement place for the visitors. The sanctuary is at a distance of 85 km from Churu city and at 132 km from Bikaner.
Salasar Balaji Temple – Located in the town of Salasar near Sujangarh, Salasar Balaji is the temple of Lord Hanuman. Fairs are organised every year on Chaitra Poornima and Ashwin Poornima at Salasar Balaji temple. The place also houses Rani Sati temple and Khatu Shyamji temple as well.
Salasar Balaji is also known by the name of Salasar Dham.
Kothari and Surana Havelis – Another spot for the tourists to visit in Churu district is the series of havelis which were built by the Kothari and Surana merchants during the rule of their clans in this region. The most famous haveli is the ‘Malji ka Kamra’ which was built by Malji Kothari in 1925 AD when Churu was a part of Bikaner state. It was initially built as a guest house but soon it became an entertainment spot for the artists. The Haveli is built on the famous Italian and Shekhawati architectural designs.
There is a famous Surana brothers’ Double Haveli located in this region as well which was built in 1870 AD. The Double Haveli includes Hawa Mahal which has 1,111 doors and windows and the Bagla Haveli.
Sethani Ka Johara – Sethani ka Johra (The Reservoir of the Wealthy Lady) was built by the wife of Bhagwandas Bagla. Bhagwandas Bagla was the first Marwari Shekhawati Crorepati. He was a very wealthy timber merchant and owned several Saw Mills. Bhagwandasji was originally from Churu, Rajasthan. Sethani Ka Johara is some 3 km west by the Ratangarh road, as a relief project during the terrible ‘Chhappania Akal’, Indian famine of 1899–1900 (vikram samvat 1956) The water attracts birds and mammals such as ‘Nilgai’ (blue bull – a large antelope). The village elders in Churu say that the water in the Johra has never dried up till date.
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