When Arjuna was going to Dwarika with all Gopis during Mahabharata period he was passing through the present Bhilwara region. There was a war between Arjuna & Bhils. Local tradition reveals that it came to be known as Bhilwara because it was mostly inhabited by Bhil tribes in old days. These Bhils were eventually driven away towards the hilly tracts and interior places of less importance by the ancestors of the peasant settlers. It is said to have come up in the middle of the 11th century when a Bhil tribal, supposedly one of the first settlers, built a shiva temple on the site of the existing “Bada Mandir” or “Jataun ka Mandir”. This is in the area called Purana Bhilwara or Bhilwara Gaon, the oldest part of the town.
Another version recounts that the present Bhilwara city had a mint where coins known as ‘BHILADI’ were minted and from this denomination was derived the name of the district. A town nearby the city named “Mandal” is assumed to be the base of the Mughals when they attacked Chittor Garh, the moughal forces camped near the “talab” of the town of Mandal, ruins of the camp can still be seen there. A tower served as light house was also built on a small hill in Mandal, know known as “Mandara (minar)” this small hill also houses a devi temple.
Bhilwara City is located in the southern part of the state of Rajasthan, in the northwestern part of India. Bhilwara shares boundaries with Udaipur, Rajasmand, Chittorgarh, Bundi and Tonk.