Jhunjhunu, located in the Shekhawati region of Rajasthan, is the administrative headquarters of Jhunjhunu district. The District is famous for its Brave Soilders, illustrious sons who have established financial empires all over the country and many places of tourist interest. Rani Sati Mandir is a famous landmark of this town.
Etymology of Jhunjhunu
It is said that the town was named in the memory of a Jat leader called Jhunjha or Jujhar Singh Nehra. We do not exactly know when that happened. But mention of this name has been found in many 15th century Digambara texts.
History of Jhunjhunu
The history of Jhunjhunu goes back to the Vikram Era. It was then ruled by the kings of Chauhan dynasty. Later on it came under Muslim rule. In 1450, Mohammed Khan & his son Samas Khan defeated the Chauhans and conquered Jhunjhunu. The reign changed hands once again in 1730 when Thakur Shardul Singh usurped the throne defeating the Khans. Their reign continued until India became independent and Jhunjhunu became a part of free India.
Geography of Jhunjhunu
Jhunjhunu, located at 29°6' North and 75°25' East, has a total area of 9.64 Sq Km. Just as in rest of Shekhawati, the area around the town is semi arid and it does not have any rivers or lakes nearby. The people here have to depend totally on underground water. However, of late, people have started rainwater harvesting. The harvested rainwater is stored in tanks to be used as drinking water throughout the year.