Friday, July 13, 2018

Postcards of magnificence- Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur

The towering Mehrangarh Fort

Built around 1460 by Rao Jodha, Mehrangarh fort towers at 410 feet above the city and is enclosed by imposing beautiful thick walls. Spread over a huge expanse, the fort houses large museums on different floors with artifacts from the past. From paintings and weapons to palanquins  and queen's palace, you cannot help but marvel the astonishing pieces of History. The entry to the main complex of the fort is done through seven gates, each symbolic of victory over enemies. Here are glimpses of the majestic Mehrangarh Fort in this post:

The approach road towards Mehrangarh Fort
On the left of the main entrance is the cenotaph of the brave solider Kirat Sing Soda who died on this spot defending Mehrangarh Fort, The chhatri or memorial was made in his honour.

On left of the entrance-  chhatri of Kirat Singh Soda

Royal bygone era- The walled fort

Entertaining guests near main entrance

Jai pol or gate of victory was built by Maharaja Man Singh in 1806 to celebrate his victory in a war with Jaipur and Bikaner. 
Old time charm- Jai Pol 

Traditional welcome

Symbol of sacrifice- Sati queens' handprints

These handprints are on the left of Loha Pol, which is the final gate into the main part of the fort complex. In 1843 the queens had immolated themselves on the funeral pyre of their husband, Maharaja Man Singh.

Peek a boo into the city

One of the entrance passages where several movies have been shot

Part of the fort closed for public
Jharokha for the queens

Mesmerising work of art

Horse chariot seats for king

Paalki for elephant ride

Palace for queens
The baby paalna in the palace of queens

Armours section- Spears

Yesteryear's guns

Desi Indigenous Swords

The smaller ones for close combat

Once in use, Canon on wheels 

A watchful eye on guard
The view of blue city from Mehrangarh Fort

P.S- This trip of mine to Jodhpur was in Jan 2015.

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