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Chittorgarh City

Chittorgarh epitomises the valour tales of the Rajputs. It is Chittorgarh that had its womenfolk commit mass suicide by jumping into fire and thereafter, their menfolk rushed into the battle against the Muslims to die gloriously.

Ruins at Chittorgarh

These tales have been woven into songs that are still sung by bards today.

The fort of Chittorgarh, though in ruins now, is a strong symbol of all that was brave, true and noble in the glorious Rajput tradition.


The fort was laid to siege thrice but the fiercely independent Chittor faught bravely and thrice was Jauhar (women jumping in a big fire to die rather than get captaured by the Mughals) was committed by the ladies and children, first led by Rani Padmini (Alauddin Khilji wanted her), and later by Rani Karnavati. 

Chittorgarh temple

Built by the Maurya dynasty in the 7th century AD, it was named Chitrakut after Chitrangada Mori, as ancient Mewari coins  reveal. Chittor was always coveted and many famous battles have been fought to win it over. 

A rare thing - Ganesha with His trunk to the right


Alauddin Khilji in 1303 AD won Chittorgarh but after Rani Padmini did Jauhar other ladies of the fort. The fort men, attired in saffron robes, emerged from the fort to fight the enemy unto death. It was later re-conquered by the Rajputs.
 

Padmini Nivas in Chittorgarh fort

This history was again repeated when Bahadur Shah, the Sultan of Gujarat besieged the fort and did huge carnage. Jauhar was again done this time led by Rani Karnawati with men choosing death while fighting.
 
Again 3rd time, Jauhar was done when the Mughal Emperor Akbar captured Chittorgarh in 1568. This time Chittorgarh was not rewon hence gradually lost its importance. 

Chittorgarh Fort

 

Chittorgarh is very famous for its two widely known historical figures - First is Meera Bai, devotee of Krishna, spiritual poetess whose Bhakti tradition songs are still in vogue. Legend is that she dissapeared in the temple of Krishna.

Chittorgargh temple complex

 
The second person is Maharana Pratap, widely regarded as a personification of the values Rajputs cherish and die for. He stood firmly for his honour and dignity, never relenting on them. 
 
Must see
 
Chittorgarh Fort

Situated on a hill, the Chittorgarh Fort has a circular warll around it with 8 gates. 
 
Kalika Mata Temple
8th century temple
 
Vijay Stambh (Victory tower)
A huge nine (37m, 157 steps) storey tower built by Maharana Kumbha to celeberate his victory over the Muslim rulers of Malwa and Gujarat in 1440. Visible from all over the town, it is decorated with sculptures and carvings on its exterior. The tower is visible from any where in the town. 
 
Kirti Stambh
Built by Jain merchants in memory of Adinatha, the first Jain Tirthankar.
 
Rana Kumbha's Palace
Marks the birthplace of Maharana Udai Singh the founder of Udaipur. His life was saved by his maid Panna Dhay, who replaced her son in place of the prince & consequently her son was killed by Banbir. Here is where Jauhar was done by Rani Padmini.
 
Rani Padmini's Palace
Here is where Alauddin Khalji was permitted to see Rani Padmini in a mirror reflection. 
 

Entrance fee: 5 INR (Indian), 100 INR (Foreigner), 25 INR (Photography & Videography)

             Light and Sound show at Kumbha palace (7:00 PM-8:30 PM)

 

Monday-Friday

Saturday & Sunday

Indian (Adult)

75 INR

100 INR

Indian(Child)

40 INR

50 INR

Foreigner

200 INR

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