Bhilwara is the city in Mewar region of Rajasthan, India. It falls between the districts of Ajmer (in north) and Chittorgarh and Udaipur (in south). Major rivers flowing through the district are Banas, Bedach, Kothari, Khari, Mansi, Menali, Chandrabhaga and Nagdi. There is not any natural lake in the district but there are number of ponds and dams so the district is the most irrigated in the state of Rajasthan.
The major industry is textiles, with more than 400 manufacturing units in the town. The main textile product is synthetic fabric used in trousers. It began with a spinning and knitting company named mewar textile mills, owned by Industrialist Shri Sampatmal Lodha, started in year 1938. There after Shri Laxmi niwas Jhunjhunwala started his first unit for synthetic textile in the year 1961 at Bhilwara. Then many other units came up. Now the city boasts of having production of around a billion meters p.a. of trouser fabric making Bhilwara as one of the major textile centres in India. The turnover of the textile industry is more than Rs. 10,000 crore p.a.
The city has 9 major spinning mills and 5 small spinning mills. The total spindlage installed at Bhilwara are approx. 4.50 lacs about 40% of the State capacity. It has 18 modern process houses to process polyester/viscose suiting with the capacity of a billion meters of fabric p.a. In the weaving sector it has approx. 13,500 looms out of which about 9000 are modern shuttleless looms. Exports of textiles from the district is of more than Rs. 2750 crore p.a. Bhilwara is also the only center in the country producing insulation bricks. There are about 33 units in city. In the mining sector there is large scale mining of sandstone and soap stone mining and other minerals like Feldspar, Quartz, China Clay etc.
Social And Cultural Significance:
- Art: Great Indian Miniature artist Badri Lal Chitrakar highlights the city on international maps for Indian Miniature Art. He has been given Shilp Guru award by Vice-President of India in 9 September 2006. Bhilwara is also famous for its Fad Paintings' which are actually depiction of traditional stories on cloth using naturally available colours.
- Sports: Bhilwara is the source of National Basketball team players. Coach Mohit Bhandari is the present National coach for Basketball. Famous chess player Abhijeet Gupta belongs to this city. Bhilwara is The city has many other state and national level players, some of them being Shanker Lal Gattani, Mahipal Solanki (BasketBall), saksham jhawar (tennis), shailendra solanki (tennis), Akshat Sirohiya(Cricket), Harish Suwalka (athletics) and many others.
- Shitala Devi Saptami: People from Bhilwara indulge themselves more on this festival as compared to Holi (a week after). People eat cold food on the day, as a dedication to celebrate last winter festival. Bhilwara peoples play with colour on this day and this a declared holiday in Bhilwara.
Manikya Lal Verma Textile & Engineering College, Bhilwara is the only textile College of Rajasthan. Institute of Technology and Management is the another engineering college in Bhilwara
- Badnore Fort: Badnore Fort is 70 km from Bhilwara on the Bhilwara Asind road.
- Bijoliyan Mandakini Temple: The town situated in the South East of Bhilwara. It is close to the borders of the District Bundi. The ancient name of Bijoliya was Vindhyavali. It is walled with two gates (North and South) and situated on a plateau called the UPARMAL. Objects of historical interests are three Saivite temples, probably of the tenth century. A reservoir called the Mandakini Baori with steps, five Jain temples dedicated to Parswnath. The remains of a palace and two rock inscriptions deserve mention. The Jain temples, situated about 1.5 km of the south east were built by Mahajan Lala in the time of the Chauhan Raja Someshwar of Ajmer in 1170 AD. One of them is considered scared containing a complete small model of a temple inside. The rock inscriptions are both dated 1170 AD.
- Shahpura Ramdwara: Capital of the erstwhile state of Shahpura, the town houses the headquarters of the sub division, tehsil, panchayat samiti of the same name. It is about 58 km from district headquarters. The rulers of the erstwhile chiefship of Shahpura belonged to the Sisodia clan of Rajputs. Shahpura is a place of pilgrimage for the followers of the Ram Snehi's sect. Founded by the Hindus in 1804. They have a shrine in the town known as Ram Dwara. The chief priest of Ram Dwara is the head of the sect. Pilgrims from all over the World visit the shrine throughout the year. Ram Snehi is an Internation Hindu sect. An annual fair Phool Dol Ka Mela is held here on Phagun Sukla 15 (March-April) for five days. About one lakh people attend the fair. It is also famous for PHAD painitings.
- Mandalgarh Menal Water Fall: The place is of historical importance because it was the scene of many a fierce battle during the mediaeval times, according to the Muslim historians. To the North-West is a fort about half a mile in length with a low rampart wall and bastions encircling the crest of the hill on which it stands. The fort is said to have been constructed by a chief of the Balnote Clan of Rajputs (a branch of Solankis). There is an old temple Jaleshwar by name (1619 v.s.) The fort also houses a temple dedicated to Shiva.
- Pur Udan Chatri: It is situated at about 10 km from bhilwara city. It is famouls for it Udan Chatri, Adhar Shila mahadev where a Big Rock is Balanced on a small one, Kyara ke Balaji: have natural Image of lord Hanuman it is said that its automatically appeared on a rock, along with these it have Patola mahadev and Ghata Rani Temple all these places are situated between beautiful hills of Aravali. The Bhilwara Municipal corporation is developing a tourist place at Gata Rani Mandir.
- Mandal: Mandal is around 16 KM from Bhilwara city have the Battis Khambon ki Chhatri. As the name implies this is a handsome chhatri madeup of sandstone have 32 pillars. Some of them have beautiful carving at the base and the upper portion. Within this chatri a huge Shivlingh is Situated.
- Harni Mahadev: On the distance of 8 KM from City temple of Lord Shiva under the large Rock is Situated. it have the name Harni on the name of village near it a Nice place for people from the city for outing as it have hills around. on the occasion of Shiv Ratri 3 days fair is held here. near to this Chamunda mata Mandir is there on Hill from where one can have a view of whole city. Dadi dham temple is also there on the way
- Ganesh Mela, Ganesh Temple, Gandi Nagar Bhilwara
- Tejaji Mela, Tejaji chowk Bhilwara
- Harni Mahadev Mela, Harni Bhilwara
- Gangapur Pashu Mela, Gangapur
- Sawai Bhoj Ka Mela, Asind
- Phool Dol Mela, Shahpura
- Jal Jhoolani Ekadasha, Kotdi Charbhuja
- Dhanop Mataji Mela, Dhanop Shahpura
- Jogania mata mela, Joganiya
- Dev Narayan Mela, Malaseri ki Oongra
- Ramdev ji Ka Mela, Bagore Mandal
- Tilaswa Mahadev Mela, tilswatirth
- Badnore Pash Mela, Badnore Asind
- Chouth Mata Ji ka Mela, Raila, Bhilwara
- Dashara Mela, Mandalgarh