The bravery is flowing in the aura of Rajasthan and it is the place which is compact with great stories of chivalries and courage. When talking about the courage, there is no other place then Chittorgarh which suited this word “Bravery” the most. In Rajasthan Tourism the city of Chittor or Chittorgarh plays an important role that holds many major chapters from glorious history. Be it the historical places or the forts or the Jauhars, Chittorgarh is famous is indeed a travellers delight.
- Chittorgarh Fort
- History of Chittorgarh Fort
- Architecture of Chittorgarh Fort
- The Towers in the Fort
- Meera Temple
- Hotels near Chittorgarh Fort
1. Chittorgarh Fort
Standing as the epitome of the love, bravery and pride, the fort of Chittorgarh is indeed the most amazing place to see the real grandeur of Royal Rajputi charm. Chittorgarh Fort is referred as the largest fort of India. It is located beside the Gambheri River. This huge fort is located over a hill and is standing at a height of 180 m and is spread in the area of 280 hectare. It has been a centre of power in Rajasthan from 7th century to 16th century. What is more interesting about this fort is its association with the Indian Epic Mahabharta and great Indian poetess Meera Bai.
According to the legends, once one of the Pandava brothers, Bheema been to this area and built this fort on the hill while according to the other legend the fort is associated with Meera Bai who was a huge devotee of Lord Krishna and whose life and poems (bhajans) are still a huge part of folklore and literary traditions of the country. Therefore one we can say the fort of Chittorgarh plays a huge role in cultural and heritage tours of India.
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2. History of Chittorgarh Fort
It is being said that the past is a seed which is being sowed to grow as a tree in present. What we receive in present is the fruit of what we have slowed in past, thus same goes with the history of Chittorgarh Fort. The fort is comprises with many interesting stories with it. Built in 7th century by many Mauryans rulers, the fort was the capital of Mewar of Gehlot and Sisodia kings from 8th century AD to 16th century AD. The fort has been named after brave Mauryan King, Chittrangad Maurya. As per history goes, Chittorgarh Fort was attacked thrice and each time it has been protected by the chivalry of Rajput kings. Many Rajput rulers have laid their life on stake for the protection of this fort from invaders. Among all the three attacks, the first one became an unforgettable which gave a huge example of women empowerment.
It was year 1303 when Fort of Chittorgarh was attacked by Allaudin Khilji to fulfill his desire for Rani Padmini, whose beauty was talking point in all India. The attacked led to a huge destruction of life and property. Ultimately Rani Padmini jumped in a huge pyre with her maidens and other queens instead of getting into the hands of Khilji. This was called Jauhar. Next attack was done in 1535 by Sultan Bahadur Shah and the third and last attack was done by Mughal Emperor Akbar in 1567 and both the time led to two more Jauhars which were committed by both men and women who preferred death over surrender.
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3. Architecture of Chittorgarh Fort
Christened as the largest fort of India, Chittorgarh Fort is one of the massive fort and most spectacular fort of India. In Rajasthan Tours the fort holds a massive part. This gigantic fort is merely 112 km from Udaipur so people of Udaipur tourism can also move towards Chittorgarh if time allows. So talking about the architecture of Chittorgarh Fort, it comprises with seven huge gates which are having strong iron spikes that used t served as the watch tower in the earlier times. The path of the Chittorgarh fort is having many “Pols” the gates. The major gate is the Ram Pol which has the temple in its vicinity. With that there are two other cenotaphs which are located near Padal Pol dedicated to two warriors namely Jaimal and Kala who were killed by Akbar in 1567. Padal Pol Bhairon Pol and Ganesh Pol are some of the other pols in the fort.
Apart from gates (Pols) the fort is also having many places such as Rana Kumbha Palace, Padmini’s Palace and other. Both the palaces are the beautiful and the wonder of Rajput architectural style. One can also find many temples in the fort such as Sammidheshwara Temple, Jain temple, Kalika Mata temple and many more which are compact with noteworthy carvings and intricate carvings. There is also Gaumukh reservoir (water tank) in the fort; it is the same fort in which Khilji was allowed to see the reflection of Rani Padmini and which led to a hideous battle and the jauhar.
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4. The Towers in the Fort
The fort is compact with two towers namely Vijay Stambh and Kirti Stambh, carved in the glorious Rajputi architecture. Kirti Stambh which is also known as the Tower of Fame was built in 12th century and is dedicated to first Jain thinker Adinath. While Vijay Stambh which is also known as the “The tower of victory”, is built as a tribute to Maharana Kumbha to memorialize his triumph over Mohammed Khilji in 15th century.
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5. Meera Temple
It is believed that famous poetess and saint and a great devotee of Lord Krishna is also associated with this huge fort. As evidence one can find Meera temple in the fort near the Kirti Stambh. It was built in Indo Aryan architectural style by Rana Kumbha. Meera Bai devoted her life in the name of Shri Krishna and created many bhajans and dedicated to Lord Krishna. Legend has that Meera Bai under the protection of Lord Krishna as she was survived after consuming poison given by her in-laws.
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6. Hotels near Chittorgarh Fort
Being a prominent tourist attraction in Rajasthan, Chittorgarh is indeed a marvelous place which is filled with all kinds of accommodation options from hotels to resorts to dharamshalas and motels. So if you are thinking about the staying in Chittor then do not worry, you have plenty of options of hotels near Chittorgarh Fort. All the Chittorgarh hotels are available in huge range from plush premium properties to pocket friendly budget property. RNB 1589 Chittorgarh, Hotel Shivam Fort View, Hotel Shree Ji, Hotel Pratap Palace, Hotel President are some of the most amazing properties which are considered as the best hotels in Chittorgarh.
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