A village named Bhadrajun is located in the Jalore district of western Rajasthan. It is said that the existence of this village is since the Mahabharata era and it is named after combining the names of Subhadra (Lord Krishna's sister) and her husband Arjun (the Third among the Pandava brothers). Initially, the village was called Subhadrarjun but later it got changed to a more familiar usage of the single word "Bhadrajun".
The legend said that Arjun and his brothers spend the last year of their 13 year exile in Dwarka where Arjuna fell in love with Subhadra. During the last year, Arjuna disguised himself as a saint. Lord Krishna advised Arjun to marry her during the same period in order to protect his identity as the revelation of his true identity could lead to further 13 years in exile. However, the elder brother of Krishna, Balarama was not in favor of this marriage as he wanted Kaurava king Duryodhana to marry Subhadra. Hence, Arjuna eloped with Subhadra in a chariot driven by her in front of Krishna, Balarama, and the family members.
After a tiring journey, they reached to a nearby village of current Bhadrajun where they decided to get married. The marriage was conducted by a local Brahmin priest. As fees for performing the marriage, the priest was given an earring by Subhadra and a conch-shell by Arjuna. That's why the village of the Brahmin was named as Sankhavali in which "sankh" means conch-shell and "vali" means earring. A small temple, popularly known as Dhumda Mata was built in the village to worship Subhadra.
Historically, the place is known since 16th Century where several wars were fought by the Marwar rulers including the wars against the Suri and Mughal dynasty rulers. A fort named Bhadrajun Fort was strategically constructed on top of the hill at Bhadrajun as the place is highly protected by the enclosed horseshoe shaped valley with only one entry. The 10 feet wide walls of the fort are approx 20-30 feet high. The fort is surrounded by a forest which houses jackals, wild cats, blue bulls, hedgehogs and foxes. The forest is also rich in vegetation consisting trees, cacti, bushes, and rocks.
The fort has now been converted into a luxurious heritage hotel named Royal Rajwada with 12 huge double rooms providing all the world-class facilities and amenities.
Bhadrajun, Dist. Jalore,