Mandore was the capital of the erstwhile princely state of Marwar (Jodhpur State), before moving to Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur.
The historic town boasts several monuments. The now ruined Mandore fort, with its thick walls and substantial size, was built in several stages and was once a fine piece of architecture. A huge, now ruined temple is a highlight of the fort. The outer wall of the temple depicts finely carved botanical designs, birds, animals and planets.The ‘Mandore gardens’, with its charming collection of temples and memorials, and its high rock terraces, is another major attraction. The gardens house the Chhatris (cenotaphs) of many rulers of Jodhpur state. Prominent among them is the chhatri of Maharaja Ajit Singh, built in 1793.
Ravan temple is another attraction at Mandore. It is believed to be the native place of Ravan’s wife Mandodari. Ravan is treated as son in law among some local Brahmins.
The Mandore Gardens also house a government museum, a ‘Hall of Heroes’ and a Hindu temple to 33 crore gods.Various artefacts and statues found in the area are housed at the museum. The ‘Hall of Heroes’ commemorates popular folk heroes of the region. It contains 16 figures carved out of a single rock. Next door is a larger hall called “The temple of 33 crore gods” which houses images of various Hindu deities.