These are two shots of Jodhpur the Blue City, in the state of the Rajasthan, India’s largest. The moniker is pretty obvious as a view of it from the Mehranghar Fort clearly shows a sort of blue patchwork.
But why Jodhpur the Blue City is azure-looking?
The explanation why Jodhpur the Blue City is actually azure-hued is pretty simple. In the past, painting a house with blue was a sign of belonging to a specific social class, and in this case the class was the Brahmin caste (priests caste).
With time this social practice has been gradually abandoned, and today not only the people belonging to the Brahmin caste paint their house with blue but also other families. This is what gives the city its blue tone even when looked at from afar.
The caste system in India is a very old system that rule the social stratification within the Indian society. Throughout history it has been adapted in the different ways by each ruling power, and also now it rules marriages, job posts, education and all types of family affairs. Even though still greatly present in the Indian society, many are the people, also prominent figures such as jurist and politician B.R. Ambedkar, who fought against the injustices of the current caste system and for the rights of the class of the “untouchables”, or “Dalits”.
Some 500 years old, Jodhpur is famous for its production of textiles and for the many tourist attractions in the shape of palaces, mausoleums and natural sites, but the peaceful vibe its blue color gives is certainly one of the reasons that has been making it so popular with tourists in the past years.
I took these pictures from the Mehrangarh Fort, one of India’s largest and definitely one of the places to visit if you are in Jodhpur the Blue City for at least two days.
The city of Jodhpur lies on the border with the Thar Desert, also called Great Indian Desert covering some 200,000 square kilometers, and its blue hues are in a pleasantly striking contrast with the barren and dusty views of the Indian landscape.