RAJASTHAN TOURISM Tour
A standing sentinel to the courage and valor of Chittaurgarh, it stands
tall over a 180 meter high hillock covering a massive area of 700 acres.
The fort is belileved to have been built by the Maurya rulers in 7th century
The fort is a treasure house of history and historical monuments the approach
to the fort is very difficult, the one mile steep serpentine thoroughfare
is exhaustive and the fort is reached through huge seven pols of gates,
which are in fact the strong points having a watch tower and massive iron
It was ravaged thrice, and each time phoenix-like it rose again Allaudin
Khilji was the first to sack Chittaur in 1303, legend and history corroborate
that this was because of his passionate desire to abduct Rani Padmini.
Yet she preferred death to dishonor, and committed Jauhar (self immolation)
along with the other ladies of the court. Chitturgarh was plundered again
in 1535 by Sultan Bahadur Shah of Gujarat and finally by the Moghul Emperor
Akbar, in 1567, in an attempt to subdue Maharana Udai Singh.
The fort is approached through massive pols of gates. Near Bhairon Pol,
is a cenotaph or 'chhatra' in honor of the chivalrous Jaimal and his cousin
Kala, who laid down their lives whilst defending Chittaur against the
Jaimal who was seriously wounded, but was not ready to die in his bed
, thus he was carried into battle on the shoulders of his cousin Kala
, both of them died while showing exemplary courage.
At Ram Pol is a memorial to Phatta, who was only 16 years old and had
just been married, his father had already died defending Chittaurgarh,
and was sent into the battle by his mother, to free her son from any affection
towards home she herself pickled up sword along with his bride and jumped
into the battle field both of them died in front of Phatta.
Next day the women folk of the palace ended their lives by committing
Johar. Phatta leading the saffron robed men from the front thundered down
like lightening from the mighty fortress to die fighting.
The other major gates are Padal pola and Hanuman Pol, with a distinct
Rajput style of architecture.
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