Forts in Chittorgarh

In the history of the state of Rajasthan, Chittorgarh has an important place and the rulers here have fought a number of battles against various invaders to keep their land free and maintain its sovereignty. The Chittorgarh Fort is considered to be the largest fort in India. It has seen several battles in Mewar, and was built by many Maurya rulers in the seventh century AD. During the 13th century, Chittaur faced ravages of war, where Allaudin Khilji invaded the city. The women of the court along with Queen Padmini, jumped in to a pyre of Fire, and this sacrifice was known as Jauhar. The fort has witnessed such events of bloodshed and heroism. There are a number of incidents that display the bravery of the Rajput warriors have been witnessed by the fort and still it is standing still to display the ancient history of the past to the new generations. There are a lot of travellers who visit this fort every year.

 

The Fort is an epitome of Romance and Rajput Pride. It is also known as the Water Fort since the fort had several water bodies, out of which it is left with only 22 at present. These water bodies include ponds, wells, and step wells. 40 percent of the fort is given to the water bodies only. The tower of victory or the Vijay Stambh is also a part of the Chittorgarh Fort. It has 157 narrow steps that lead to a balcony where you can adore the beautiful view of the town. It was built in 1440 AD by Maharana Kumbha who was one of the brave and powerful ruler of the area.

 

The Tower of Fame or the Kirti Stambh is carved with naked figures of the Digambars. The Digambars were sects that did not believe in covering their naked body. This was built by a Jain Merchant in the 12th century AD and stands 22 metres high.

 

Chittorgarh stands high with pride boasting its victory and beautiful culture. It consists of several Forts and has witnessed the bloodshed of the ancient rulers.

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