Why Jodhpur Is Called Blue City & Sun City?
Jodhpur, situated in the heart of Rajasthan, the land of Thar Desert, is the second largest city of Rajasthan. Studded with a host of tourist destinations such as the majestic Mehrangarh Fort, the enchanting Umaid Bhavan Palace Museum, the celebrated Kunj Bihari Temple and Masuria Hills, Jodhpur is the melting pot of Rajasthani and Mughal cultures.
This town, which is believed to date back to the 15th century, is known for its array of specialties including Pichwai paintings and traditional Jodhpuri delicacies such as Bajre ka Sogra, Chandaliya Sabzi, Gulab Jamun Curry and Makhan Vada. It is equally well known for enviable attire for your wardrobe such as bandhni saadis & vibrant leheria duppattas and juttis that are to die for. It is hardly an enigma why Jodhpur is one of the most frequented cities of the nation.
An Interesting fact about this city is that it is flooded by an ocean of blue houses. In fact, this is why the city is popularly called ‘the blue city’. But this is not the only reason why this city has earned this tag. According to a popular belief, this region was populated by a swarm of disciples of Lord Shiva, one of the main pantheons of Hinduism. The colour blue is associated with Lord Shiva as it is believed that during the time of Samudra Manthan, Shiva drank poisonous nectar that emerged out of the ocean. This transformed him, turning his body blue. This is why blue colour is regarded as a sacred colour by these followers. This is why these devotees painted their houses in hues of blue and this quaint town earned its name.
This city is also called the ‘Sun City’ as it is blessed with abundant sunshine all the year round. In fact, another reason why it has been painted blue is to reflect back the rays of the sun so as to keep the houses cool from the scorching heat of sun. This blue colour is obtained by fusing limestone with copper sulphate in water before it is applied on the walls. This is why Jodhpur has been crowned with the twin titles of being the ‘Sun City’ and ‘Blue City’ of India.