Jhalrapatan is a town in Jhalawar district in the south of Rajasthan state in India. Its population is approximately 30,000. The present Chief Minister of Rajasthan, Vasundhara Raje, has been three times elected as MLA from this town. The name may be derived from "city of [temple] bells", or from the Jhala tribe of regent Jalim Singh.
The ruins of the city cover an area of more than a mile from east to west and about a mile from north to south. Several specimens of punch marked and other old coins have been discovered, confirming the antiquity of the place.
Jhalrapatan is specially famous for its large number of temples and Dargah. It has some early temples, about four or five still survive. The most famous of them is the temple of Sitalesvara Mahadeva. This temple is situated on the banks of rive Chandrabhaga. Fergusson, the noted historian considered this temple to be the oldest and most beautiful that he ever saw and rated this to be one of the most elegant specimens of architecture in India. Other important temples having beautiful architecture include Sun-Temple (Surya Mandir), Dwarikadheesh Temple, and the temple of Kalikadevi, the temple of Varaha Avatar, and Jain temple of Shantinatha.Sun Temple
The 10th century Sun Temple (Padma Nabh Temple) is famous for its marvelous architecture and sculptures. The idol of Lord Vishnu inside the temple is very famous.Shantinath Jain Temple
Shantinath Jain Temple was built in the 11th century. The temple is considered very beautiful with fine carvings and magnificent sculptures. Jain Temple is decorated with two white elephants at the entry point of the main temple.
Jhalrapatan has a well established educational structure with lots of primary and secondary schools,
Government Higher Secondary School, Government Girls Higher Secondary School, Vasudha Sr. Secondary School, Dr Radhakrishanan Sr Sec School
Jhalrapatan is located at 24.55°N 76.17°E / 24.55; 76.17. It has an average elevation of 317 metres (1040 feet).
As of the 2001 India census, Jhalrapatan had a population of 30,103. Males constitute 52% of the population and females 48%. Jhalrapatan has an average literacy rate of 69%, higher than the national average of 59.5%: male literacy is 77%, and female literacy is 60%. 16% of the population is under 6 years of age.
Jhalrapatan is religiously diverse. Major population is Hindus and Muslims followed by, Sikhism and Jainism. Festivals of all ethnic groups are enjoyed and have a peaceful co-existence. Festivals like Deepawali, EID, Milad-Un-Nabi, Holi, Muharram, Rakshabandhan, are mostly celebrated festivals of Jhalrapatan. Town fair held on every year's winter is also a tourist attraction in Jhalrapatan.