CHITTORGARH - THE EPITOME OF ROMANCE AND VELOUR
pride and glory of Rajasthan, Chittor echoes with the tales of romance and
valour unique to the Rajput tradition. Arunied citadel where the royal past
lives in its imposing forts. graceful Palaces and spectacular chhattris. The
forfied settlement has been ravaged thrice and each time outcome was 'Jauhar'
- when women and children immolated themselves on huge funeral pyre while
men donned in saffron robes of martyradom rode out of the fort towards a certain
The historic hilltop fortress of Chittaurgarh, replete with heroic tales of
the Sisodia rulers. Capital of Mewar for 800 years, repeatedly ravaged by
Muslim invaders, it epitomises Rajput values and valour. The exploits of Rani
Padmini, Rana Kumbha, Rana Sanga, Maharana Pratap, the poet-saint Princess
Meerabai and others who lived here before them, are still recounted with pride
Place to Visit
The Indomitable pride of Chittor, the fort is massive structure with many
gateways built by the later Maurya rulers in 7 century. Perched on height
of 180 Metres high hill, it sprawls over 700 acres. The tablets and chhattris
within are impressive reminders of Rajput heroism. The main gate are padal
pol, Bharion Pol, Hanuman pol, Ram Pol. The fort has many magnificent monuments.
Vijay Stambh (Victory Tower)
The imposing 37 metre high structure with nine storeys, covered with exquisite
sculptures of Hindu deties and depicting episodes from the two great epics
Ramayana and Mahabharata. it was bulit in 1440 A.D. by Maharana Kumbha, powerful
ruler of Mewar to commemorate his victory over Muslim rulers of Malwa and
Kirti Stambh (Tower of Fame)
The 22 metre high tower built by wealthy Jain Merchant in 12 th century. The
tower is dedicated to Adinathji the first of the Jain tirthankaras and is
decoreted with figures of the Jain Pantheon.
Rana Kumbha's Palace
The ruined edifice of great historical and architectural interest, being the
most massive monument in the fort of Chittor. The Palace is believed to have
underground cellars where Rani Padmini and other women committed Jauhar.
Built beside a pool, the Palace is magnificent one. It was here that Rana
Ratan Singh Showed a glimpse of queen of Padmini to Alauddin Khilji. Rani
Padmini stood in a Zanana Mahal- a pavilion in the centre and her reflection
was visible to Alauddin Khilji in a mirror placed in the main hall. after
having a gilmpse of the legendary beauty, Alauddin went to the extent of ravgaong
Chittor in order to posses her.
Kumbha Syham Temple
Built during the reign of Rana Kumbha in the Indo-Aryan style, the temple
is associated with the mystic poetess Meeerabai. - an ardent Krishna devotee.
She was the wife of the prince Bhojraj.
Kalika Mata Temple
Originally built as a Sun temple in the 8 th century, the temple was later
converted into Kalika Mata temple in the 14th century dedicated to the Mother
Goddess Kali the symbol of Power and velour.
The Magnificent Fateh Prakash Mahal, presently a fine museum with an exquisite
example of sculptures from temples and buildings in the fort.
Jaimal and Patta Palaces
The ruines of Palaces of Rathore Jaimal and Sisodia Patta are witness to the
gallantry of these great warriors.
The temple where Meerabai worshiped Lord Krishna is built in north Indian
style on raised plinth with conical roof and beautiful inner sanctum. An open
colonnade around the sanctum has four small pavilions in each corner.
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