The History
The village "Subhadrajun" (now Bhadrajun) was inhabited about more than 5,000 years ago. According to Hindu mythology that Era was called "Treta Yug" which consider with the Maha-Bharat times, this was one of the greatest battle fought in India. It is believed that the greatest warrior of that age "Arjun" an archer fell in love with "Subhadra" the sister of Lord Krishna and his elder brother "Balaram". Arjun was one of the five brothers of Pandavas. They were under going a sentence where they had to stay in the Jungles for 11 years and stay hidden for the last one year. This love affair started when the last year of the Sentence was going on; hence Arjun and Subhadra had to marry without being identified by any body. Lord Krishna knew that the Saint (Arjun was disguised as a Saint) is non else but Arjun. He had no objection to this marriage; hence asked both of them to quickly move away from Dwarika, the pilgrim of Hindus in western India, so that they will have no problem getting married. Both the lovers moved as fast as they could in a twin-horse driven chariot for three nights and two days non stop to reach this valley where the village Bhadrajun is situated to-day. Those days this valley had no inhabitants hence it was safe to stay and take some rest. The eloped coupled got married here in this valley with the help of a priest (purohit). Since Subhadra and Arjun got married in the valley, after some time, people started settling in this valley and then this village was named as "Subhadrajun" and later abbreviated to "Bhadrajun". The priest performed the ceremony and hence Arjun gave him a 'Conch Shell' (Shankh) and Subhjadra gave him her 'Nose Ring' (bali) and there by the priest's village was named as 'Shankhwali' which exists even today. We have a very old temple of Subhadra Goddess (Devi) in a valley behind the hill in the same range of mountains.
The present Raja of Bhadrajun is the 17th generation occupying the Bhadrajun Fort. His forefather who came in first to this fort was Thakur Ratan Singh the 4th son of Maharaja of Jodhpur Rao Maldeo in the year 1549. Finally the estate Bhadrajun was recognized by the Maharaja of Jodhpur in the year 1652 (two generations after Thakur Ratan Singh). There were 84 villages under the Bhadrajun feudility. Bhadrajun remained in the league of ten major Thikanas (Estates) of Jodhpur state The following are the Thikanas (Estates):-
The ten major Land Lords of  These Estates (Thikanas) were known as "Sirayats" in the State of "Jodhpur Marwar".    
  1. Pokaran (Champawat Rathores)
  2. Aauva (Champawat Rathores)
  3. Asop (Kumpawat Rathores)
  4. Nimaj (Udawat Rathores)
  5. Raipur (Udawat Rathores)
  6. Kherwa (Jodha Rathores)
  7. Bhadrajun (Jodha Rathores)
  8. Rian (Mertia Rathores)
  9. Alniawas (Mertia Rathores)
  10. Raas (Udawat Rathores)
Quila or Fort of Bhadrajun    

The above Sirayats (Lords) were given full respect & regard by the Maharaja & the people of Jodhpur Marwar. the Maharaja would rise from the Throne when they visited him to meet and would again rise from the throne when they would take the leave from him. This formality is not done by Maharaja for any other person of his state. The same respect & regard would be enjoyed by the honorable Ladies of these Sirayats (Lords). These Lords (Sirayats) had Judicial powers and they could sentence a culprit to a jail for a maximum period of 6 months. Proper trail proceedings would take place in the judicial courts of their Thikanas (Estates). The proceedings were heard & decided by a proper magistrate or by the Lord who was legally capable of doing so. They used to have their own police and Jails (custody rooms).
This village is situated very strategically from the point of view of safety. The village is enclosed in a horse shoe shape valley and bearing only one opening in the east from where one can enter the village. Its strategic location was even admired by the Generals of Emperor Akbar, whose army was passing through this area during Rao Chandra Sen's time (Maharaja of Jodhpur 1541-1583). The wall constructed at the vulnerable points is 20' to 30' high depending on the strategic position and they are 10' wide all over. This wall has Bastions (Buri) for keeping cannons & to facilitate the firing of arrows, guns etc. from the top. The hill around the village is about 2000 ft. (M.S.L.) high. There are very old remnants of an old fort right on the top of the hill & a pacca (concrete) Tank 300'x70'xl3' was been made by Thakur Bakhtawar Singh (fore father of the present Raja) and was named as Bakhat Sagar (Vikram Samwat 1863).
Prior to falling under the suzerainty of the present Raja's fore fathers (Jodha Rathores), this feudility has remained under the Parihar Rajputs, Bhati Rajputs, Sonigara Rajputs, Sindhal Rathore Rajputs, Mandalawat Rathore Rajputs and then finally was taken over by the Jodha Rathore Rajputs & established the present dynasty. Present Raja Karanveer Singh is the 17th generation from Thakur Ratan Singhji who came in for the first time and 37th generation from Rao Sihoji who came from the North (kannauj) to establish the marwar empire in this part of western Rajasthan. The sixteen generations are as follows:-

  1. Th. Ratan Singh
  2. Th. Sardul Singh
  3. Th. Mukan Das
  4. Th. Udai Bhan
  5. Th. Bihari Das
  6. Th. Bagh Singh
  7. Th. Udairaj
  8. Th. Umaid Singh
  9. Th. Jalim Singh
  10. Th. Bakhtawar Singh
  11. Th. Inder Bhan
  12. Th. Sangram Singh
  13. Th. Pratap Singh
  14. Th. Shivdan Singh
  15. Raja Devi Singh
  16. Raja Gopal Singh
  17. Raja Karan Veer Singh
  18. R.K..Tapasvi Raj
Below is the description of the battles fought by the fore fathers of the present Raja Karanveer Singh.
Th. Ratan Singh was born on 6th Oct. 1532, his maternal Grand father was Rana Sanga, The Maharana of Mewar (Udaipur), A great warrior. Th. Ratan Singh fought his (i) first battle at the age of 11 years. He was wounded but recovered soon. This war was fought against Sher Shah Suri the then Emperor of India in the year 1543 at Girari (Sumel). (ii) Second battle was fought at Merata (Jodhpur, Marwar) where he was again wounded but recovered after some time. Ratan fought against Viram Deo and Ratan Singh was defeated, (iii) Third battle was fought against Pathan Malik Khan in 1563 Th. Mukan Dasji- fought in Mandavgarh under the leadership of Raja Sawai Sur Singhji- of Jodhpur. He was asked to fight in the front line where he showed great bravery in 1651. Raja Sur Singh was pleased and he was recognized as the Th. of Bhadrajun and was given a patta (Document) of that Jagir (Estate).
Th. Udai Bhanji (i) Fought under the leadership of Maharaja Jaswant Singhji- of Jodhpur against Emperor Aurangzeb's army, (ii) Saved the Maharana of Udaipur when he was attacked by a Muslim EKKA sent by the Muslim Emperor. Maharana was pleased to get him married to his niece, (iii) Went to Peshawar with Maharaja Jaswant Singh and fought against the Pathans with great valour & bravery, (iv) Fought small fights along side the legend of Marwar Durga Dasji & was wounded many times, (v) 1785 (Samwat) he fought his last war against the Emperor of India & was killed while leading the battle. His wife Jas Kanwar of Dodiali committed SATI with his body. A cenotop is present to-day at DESURI village in Pali District.
Th. Bihari Dasji Mohkam Singh Indra Singot came to attack the Maharaja of Jodhpur. They were intercepted at village Dhundara by Th. Bihari Dasji, his brothers and his army. Th. Sahib was leading the army. He & his cousins fought very well. Th. Bihari Dasji got two sword wounds. This battle took place in Samwat 1762 in the month of June.
Th. Bagh Singhji fought the battle under the Leadership of Maharaja Abhey Singhji of Jodhpur against Sher Buland Khan at Ahmedabad where he was badly wounded in the year 1730 on the 10th of October.
Th. Udai Rajji fought in the army of Maharaja Abhay Singhji of Jodhpur at a place called "Sojat" against the Maharaja's own brother Shri Bakhat Singhji where his 15 Soldiers were killed & He (Udai Rajji) was also wounded in Samwat 1808.
Th. Umaid Singhji of Bhadrajun fought twice against Sindhias under the leadership of Maharaja Jodhpur Shri Vijay Singhji at the village Tunge in Samwat 1842. Th. Umed Singhji was wounded badly and he had 84 sword wounds in that battle. Th. Umaid Singh's sons Shri Jalam Singh & Jagat Singh also fought that battle very bravely.
Th. Jalim Singhji of Bhadrajun fought two battles under the Leadership of Maharaja Vijay Singhji and Maharaja Man Singhji of Jodhpur in Vikram Samwat 1849 and V. Samwat 1859 where he was badly wounded. He fought the third battle against the armies of Jaipur, Udaipur & Kishangarh states where Th. Sawai Singh of Pokaran had instigated the above armies to fight against the Jodhpur army. This battle was fought under leadership of Th. Jalim Singhji of Bhadrajun and Th. Shivnathji of estate Kuchaman where they defeated the joint armies in Samwat 1863.
Th. Sangram Singhji of Bhadrajun fought a battle supporting Maharaja Takhat Singhji's army near village Bithura where the commander of the Jodhpur fort (Kiledar) Shri Anar Singh was killed in that battle. He fought against Th. Kushal Singhji of the Estate Aauva. The Maharaja's army had won the battle fought in the year 1914. After this period the battles nearly stopped in India. The British came in and took over the Indian sub continent.
Raja Devi Singh- Th. Shivdan Singhji's only son Devi Singhji was later given a title, by Maharaja Umed Singhji of Jodhpur, as 'Raja Devi Singh', earlier he was called as 'Thakur Devi Singh' of Bhadrajun. This title was awarded to him around the year 1942. In & around his area he promoted education. He opened a school in his own village in the year 1931 and used to call boys from villages to study in his school free of all costs including boarding + Lodging. He went to the extent that he also used to take classes to teach English subject to the students. He was a social reformer & was a very honest politician after the independence of India. Punctuality was the greatest quality in him. He was a great social reformer and stopped many social evils like after death feasts etc. He was a poet, mechanic, architect (untrained), good cook and a good administrator. He used to read books to produce better crops in his farm when he started cultivation just after his Estate was abolished by the elected Govt. of Independent India.
His son Raja Gopal Singhji (Birth 27th Sept. 1937) passed his master's degree in Science & Agriculture in the year 1960 from Agra University. His early education was from Mayo College, Ajmer. He represented his area in politics as a legislator twice and held the post of Speaker in the Rajasthan Assembly and held many other political posts later from time to time. He also is a social reformer & calls leaders of 40 to 50 villages around his village to sit & decide and abolish many evil practices prevalent in the communities. They meet twice a year in different places around his village. He is a protector of flora & fauna and believes in conservation & harvesting of rain water. The ground water level is going deeper & deeper hence it is the need of the day.
Raja Gopal Singh's son Raja Karan Veer Singh is also a very Sober and intelligent young man. Schooling done from Mayo college, Ajmer, and has passed his B.Com. LL.B. Degree. Politically he was an elected (unopposed) Chairman (Sarpanch) of Bhadrajun. Takes keen interest in the development of his panchayat (the area under his jurisdiction). He too is a social reformer & a protector of flora & fauna. He is very particular that no body should cut a tree in his jurisdiction (Panchayat). A cash fine is charged if any body is found cutting a tree. His way of living is very simple. He nicely looks after his tourist guests who ever visit our heritage property, the Bhadrjun Fort. He has a son R.K. Tapasvi Raj Singh who is studying at Nirma University for a Law Degree. He also helps us when ever he is at home on vacations.
This beautiful & small fort of Bhadrajun, which is surrounded by rugged hills having zerophitic trees, cactuses, bushes and pink rocks. 15 nicely done rooms & bath rooms (Hot & Cold Water) along with balconies in most of the rooms to be able to see the sun rising from your bed only. We arrange village walks, hiking in the hills, Jeep Safaris to Shepherd, farmers, Bishnoi and tribal villages, Lunches are also arranged by order in these villages. The sun set can be watched sipping a cup of coffee sitting on a sand dune. The complete worshiping can be seen by visiting the Subhadra Goddess Temple. You can beat big drumsin the Temple along with ringing the bells & the fire worshipping (Aarti) can be seen which is being done by the chief Saint (Pujari) of that Temple. After a cup of tea you can take a night drive with the light where you, if lucky, may spot Jackals, wild cats, blue bulls, hedge hogs, foxes and seldomly hyena. In the fort on the terrace in the evening after the Safari a cultural program can be arranged where folk songs & dance can be seen sitting on the terrace under the starry night.
This Fort is 98 K.M.s from Jodhpur which has an Airport, Railway Station & a Bus Station. This village is well connected by a good road, hence a taxi service can be availed. We are 200 KMs. from Udaipur, 356 KMs from Jaipur and 618 KMs from Delhi.
With above history & heritage the family's humble hospitality awaits you to visit this scenic Bhadrajun Fort where the personal attention of the family will make your stay homely & memorable which will be difficult for you to forget.
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