Pali is named after the Paliwal Brahmins who once inhabited the area. Ancient Pali housed a highly evolved civilization. The land, leased by the then chief of Mandore (the former capital of Jodhpur district), was cultivated diligently by the Paliwals who abandoned their former priestly profession. The temples of Somnath and Naulakha are very old. Naulakha Jain Temple has elaborate carvings while Somnath Shiv temple is known for its exquisite sculptures.
This temple of Lord Shiva is famous for its historical background and sculptures. It is situated in the middle of the Pali City. It was constructed by the King of Gujarat, Kumarpal Solanki, in the Vikram Samvat 1209. In the premises, there are many small temples of other gods and goddesses.
Mahamandir, meaning a great temple, is a sanctified spot where tranquility reigns supreme. Situated on Mandore road, the temple is an architectural wonder, supported by 84 pillars and ornamented with detailed designs and figures depicting various postures of Yoga. The entire structure is marked by a unique style.
Nimaj has a temple, dedicated to goddess Durga, built in 9th century AD. It also covers a unique art gallery showcasing some masterpieces of sculptural art, adorned within natural surroundings.