Khetri Shekhawati Rajasthan


Khetri is the second largest thikana of Shekhawat Rajputs. The town is known for copper rich mines these days. There is a big plant of Hindustan Copper Ltd. in Khetri.

Bhopal Singh, the founder of Khetri is believed to have built it in 1770 AD. Located behind a series of lanes Khetri Mahal is one of the finest examples of Shekhawati art and architecture. Though now desolate the beauty and symmetry of its elegant arches can still be appreciated.

The Uncle of Pt Jawahar Lal Nehru, Nandlal Nehru was a emplyee as Diwan in Khetri Royal Court, Moti Lall Nehru Also spend early year of his life in Khetri.

Khetri Mahal is a main attraction of Khetri and Temple of Gopinath Ji, Temple of Bihari Ji, Ganga Mata, Siddhi Vinayak and Bhatiyani Ji Ka Mandir are old and famos building also the attraction of Khetri.

The fort at Khetri was built in 1754 by the then Shekhawat Rajput raja, Bhopal Singh (Raja Shri Bhopal Singh Shekhawat Ji Saheb Bahadur). It was named “Bhopalgarh” in his honour. It is an easy trek of 4 km from the base of the hill. The splendid view from the fort is a breathtaking experience and also includes a marvellous but small marble temple. The spiral shaped open-cast copper mine called Chandmari is a treat to eyes, when viewed from the hilltop along the boundaries of the fort. This mine has been shut down and is abandoned. There is one temple on the top which is locked for visitors. It is a magnificent fort which would challenge any fort in world, but is in need of maintenance. It is a good and largest place in the Jhunjhunu, Rajasthan.

In 1958, Ramakrishna Mission was started at the Palace of Khetri, which was donated by Raja Ajit Singh’s grandson, Raja Bahadur Sardar Singh. The palatial building has been named as “Vivekananda Smriti Mandir”, which houses marble statues of Raja Ajit Singh and Swami Vivekananda. The room at the topmost storey where Swamiji used to stay and had spiritual discourses with Raja Ajit Singhji, has been converted into a prayer room.