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History and Culture of Jodhpur
The history of Jodhpur revolves around the Rathore Clan. Rao Jodha, the chief of the Rathore clan, is credited with the origin of Jodhpur in India. He founded Jodhpur in 1459. The city is named after him as it was previously known as Marwar
Mughal emperor Akbar also realized the growing importance of Jodhpur and he ensured an alliance with the Rathore clan by marrying the sister of Rao Udai Singh. During the British Raj, the state of Jodhpur was the largest in Rajputana, by land area. Its merchants, the Marwaris, came to occupy a dominant position in trade throughout India.
Jodhpur enjoys a rich cultural heritage that spans many centuries. The lifestyle in Jodhpur is unusually fascinating with folks wearing beautiful multicolored costumes which are artistically designed. The colorful turbans worn by the men folk add more color to the city. It was from here that the popularly worn horse riding trousers- ' Jodhpurs' took their name.
Countless festivities celebrate the rich past and culture of the princely state and the Marwar Festival held annually is one such spectacular event.