From the past few days Sanjay Leela Bhansali's flick 'Padmavati' has been buzzing on the social media. Even a few forts in Rajasthan like 'Chittorgarh' and Kumbalgarh fort closed their gates for the visitors. Today, we EeYuva are going to explore a spectacular destination 'Chittorgarh' where the legendary queen Padmini is believed to have resided. Here are a few details of what makes Chittorgarh a must visit destination.
Rajasthan, the land of Rajas is popular among the tourists with its magnificent forts and vast royal history. Chittorgarh is one of the largest forts of the nation which is surrounded by a bunch of tales and legends. If we keep the tales of legends aside there is much more to know about the architecture of the fort.
1. Settled atop 180-metre hillock and sprawled in 280 hectares area on the banks of the river Berach, the tributary of the river Banas. The walls of the mighty fortress resonate and sing praises about the greatness of Rajput kings and sacrifices of the royal ladies. Built by Mauray rulers in the 7th century it later homed different dynasty rulers.
2. The beautiful miniature carvings and amazing architectures at every corner of the citadel has something to intrigue the tourists. The mammoth ramparts around the fort and lavish nature takes everyone into the trance and make you wonder at the regal life of the past. This UNESCO heritage listed fort is under the group of 'Hill Forts of Rajasthan'.
3. According to some legends, this place was visited by Bheem, a mythological character of 'Mahabharat' to know about the secrets of immortality. Once upon a time, he kicked the ground and water sprung from the earth, later it became popular as Bheemlat Kund.
4. The fort was attacked thrice by the Muslim invaders during different reigns but, the beauty of the architecture was not lost. In 1303 AD, Alauddin Khalji, the Delhi Sultanate conquered the Chittor Fort and handed over the fort to his son Khizr Khan. Later, due to immense pressure from Rajputs, Khan left the fort to Rajputs. In 1567 AD, Akbar attacked Chittorgarh with his troop and captured the fort.
Vijaya And Kirti Stambh
5. Vijaya Stambh and Kirti Stambh are the major attractions of the fort which grab the eyeballs of tourists with its majestic architecture and finest carvings. According to the historians, Vijaya Stambh was built by Maharana Kumbha to commemorate the victory of Rajputs over Muslim Rulers. This nine-storey pillar renders picturesque vistas to the visitors from its top.
6. Kirti Stambh was built in the 12th century and is older than the Vijaya Stambh. The seven-storey tower with a height of 22 metres has rich carvings and sculptures of Adinath.
7. It is the place where gorgeous Rani Padmini once resided. Nestled in the mid of the Lotus pond, the unique architecture and ambience of the palace awestruck the visitors. According to some legends, it is the palace where the Delhi Sultan Alauddin Khilji saw Rani Padmini's shadow in the pond.
One can also see the palace where Rani Padmini and other royal ladies had performed Johar(Self-mortification) during the Muslim invades. Rana Kumbha Palace and other Hindu temples on the premises of the fort are worth a visit.
How To Reach
By Air: The nearest airport is Dabok Airport in Udaipur and it is 105 kms away from Chittor.
By Bus: One can avail numerous bus facilities to Chittorgarh from all the parts of Rajasthan.
By Train: Train facility is available from Udaipur, Ajmer, Delhi and Jaipur to Chittorgarh.