Jubbulpore : City of Marble Rocks
very name of the city has been derived from Arabic word ‘Jabl’ meaning rocky
mountain, probably alluding to the impressive and awe-inspiring rocky mountain
formations on its southern periphery, originally the Gond settlement of Garha.
While another version claims that the city is named after Sage Rishi Jabali, who
meditated on the bank of the Narmada in the ancient times. But this may be
erroneous since ‘Jabalpur’ exists as a name for less that 250 years. Prior
to that the settlement was referred to as Purva (in Maratha times) or Garha (in
Gond Times) and still earlier as Tripuri, the capital of Kalchuri dynasty, from
9th to 13th century.
city, located at an elevation of 1306 feet above the sea level, has always
boasted a salubrious climate, save the few very hot days during the peak
summers. The highest temperature ever recorded is 47 deg.C on June 2, 1889 and
again on May 25, 1924, and lowest 0 deg.C on 24 December, 1878 and again on 2
The average rainfall in the last century was 58 inches which has recently
fallen by 3 inches due to extensive deforestation in the area. The maximum
rainfall ever recorded is 98 inches (in 1885) and the lowest ever, 26 inches (in
The Marble Rocks
tourist spot constitutes one of the finest sights of Madhya Pradesh. The Marble
Rocks are probably what have changed over the last hundred years, but this
timeless attraction still is drawing thousands of lovers of scenic beauty.