Rawal Jaisal

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Rawal Jaisal was a Bhati rajput who lived during the 12th century and founded the city of Jaisalmer. Sixth in descent from Rawal Deoraj Bhati, he was the eldest son of Rawal Dusaj of Deoraj (Deorawul), which had its capital at Laudrava. When his father appointed Jaisal's younger half-brother Vijayraj Lanjha as his successor, Vijayraj, upon ascending the throne, drove Jaisal out of the kingdom. Its ruins can be seen near the village of , about 15 km to the south-east of . Following the capture of the capital the other Bhati rajputs accepted Jaisal as their new ruler.

While checking out Trikuta a massive triangular rock rising more than 75 metres out of the surrounding sands as a more secure location for a new capital, Rawal Jaisal met a sage called Eesul, who was staying on the rock. Upon learning that Jaisal was of Yaduvanshi descent, Eesul told him that according to ancient mythology Krishna and Bhima had come to this location for a ceremony, where Krishna had prophesied that a descendent of his Yadav clan would one day establish a kingdom here. Eesul showed...
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