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Rajasthan Tours » Rajasthan Tourist Places » Chittaurgarh

Chittaurgarh is India's largest fort and the symbol of heroic spirit of Rajput warriors. Thousands of soldiers laid down their lives to save this `. Mens did in the battle field and women commited Jauhar by jumping into fire to escape dishonour. Chittaurgarh also tells the stories of romance and passion.

Alauddin Khilji was the first to attack Chittaur in 1303. He had passionate desire to possess the regal beauty, queen Padmini. Legend says that he saw her face in the reflection of a mirror and was struck by her mesmerising beauty. But after winning Chittaur alauddin couldnot fulfill his wish, Padmini commited Jauhar and preferred death.

During the rule of Bikramjeet in 1533, that was the second attack from Bahadur Shah, the Sultan of Gujarat. Rani Karanavati again committed Jauhar and her infant son Udai Singh was smuggled out of Chittaur to Bundi and survived to inherit the throne again. In 1567 when the Mughal Emperor invaded Chittaur, Udai Singh fled to establish a new Capital "Udaipur" -a beautiful lake city. he left Chittaur to be defended by two 16 year old boys, Jaimal of Bednore and Patta of Kelwa. But they also performed Jauhar when Akbar captured the fort.

Places of interest
The Fort

This fort is the pride of Chittaur. It is a massive structure with many gateways built by the Maurya rulers in 7th century.The main gates are Padal Pol, Bhairon Pol Hanuman pol and Ram Pol. It has many magnificent monuments which are fine examples of the Rajput architecture.

Vijay Stambh

This tower is 37 metre high structure with nine stories covered with exquisite sculptures of Hindu deities and epics stories of Ramayana and Mahabharatha. It was built in 1440 by Maharana Kumbha on his victory over the Muslim rulers of Malwa and Gujarat.

Kirti Stambh

This is 22 metres high tower built by a jain merchant in the 12th century. The tower is dedicated to Adinathji the first of the Jain Tirthankaras and is decorated with figures of the Jain pantheon.

Rana Kumbha’s Palace

Its a ruined evidence of historical and architectural interest. It is believed that the palace have an underground cannel where Rani Padmini and the other women committed Jauhar.

Padmini’s Palace

This magnificent palace was built beside a pool, where Rana Ratan Singh showed a glimps of queen Padmini to Alauddin Khilji. Here Padmini stood in janana mahal and Alauddin saw her reflection in a mirror.

Kumbha Shyam Temple

his temple was built by Rana Kumbha in Indo-Aryan style. The temple is associated with the poetress of Meerabai who was devoted to lord Krishna.

Kalika Mata Temple

Originally it was a Sun Temple which was converted into Kalika Mata Temple in the 14th century.

Government Museum

This was previously the Fateh Prakash Mahal which is presently a Museum with sculptures from temples and buildings.

Meerabai Temple

This is the temple where Meerabai worshipped Lord Krishna. It was built in north Indian style with a decoreted roof and beautiful sanctum.

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