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Rajasthan Tours Travel » Architectural
Treasures » Mehrangarh Fort Jodhpur
Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur
Marvel of Architecture
The Mehrangarh Fort or the 'Citadel of the Sun' stands imposingly on a low
range of sandstone hills, 125 meters above the plains surrounding it.
Invincible and dauntless, it rises up on sheer bare rock. It is not only a
monolith but also an absolute marvel of architecture. Its expansive
ramparts stretch out for about 10 kms across the Aravalis and its 17 feet
thick and 68 feet tall stone walls ensured that it never got conquered.
Not only does this fort guarantee a gorgeous view of the blue city below
but on clear days one can even spot the Kumbalgarh Fort which lies about
120 Kms away. One of India's biggest forts it was built in 1459 by Rao
Jodha the founder of Jodhpur. As the might of these Valiant Rathore rulers
grew so did the fort and today it is a magnificient blend of different
reigns and ages, styles and influences, compulsions and dreams.
This fort also has a legacy of legends. According to folklore it was built
on the spot where an old hermit called Cheeria Nathji, the lord of the
birds lived. The hermit was forcefully displaced from his residence to
clear the sight for the fort, and in his anger Cheeria cast a terrible
curse on the kingdom. To propitiate the hermit the king is said to have
buried a man alive in the foundations. Later he also built a temple in the
fort dedicated to Cheeria Nathji.
Attractions within the Mehrangarh Fort
The Chamunda Devi Temple
The Chamunda Mataji was Rao Jodha's favourite goddess. She is also the
Maharaja's and the Royal Family's Isht Devi or adopted goddess and is
worshipped by most of Jodhpur's citizens as well.
Located to the extreme right of the fort complex., it is the family
temple of the Rathore dynasty. The Nagnechi idol is said to have been
brought from Marwar and consecrated within the temple by Rao Dhaud in the
Period Rooms and Palaces
The Moti Mahal or the Pearl Palace was where the king used to address his
subjects. A magnificent alabaster throne adorns one end of the room which
is otherwise decorated with mirrors and gilt. It has latticed screens and
delicate alcoves opening out into hidden balconies. This is the regal room
in which every Jodhpur ruler since the founder Rao Jodha has been crowned.
The red sandstone coronation seat or Sangar Choki is ornate and
spectacular. The palace also houses the royal palanquins, and silver
howdahs (special seat for riding on elephants).
Sheesh Mahal - The 'Hall of Mirrors'
This hall is exactly as its name suggets, yet beyond conjecture. It has
to be seen to be believed how the tiny pieces of mirror have been pieced
together to create a sublime ambience.
Phool Mahal - The 'Palace of Flowers'
One of the grandest rooms in the fort, the Phool Mahal was in all
likelyhood a private and exclusive chamber of pleasure. Classical ragas
(notes of rythm and melody) of Indian music are depicted on its walls and
if you close your eyes you can almost hear the tinkle of anklets of nautch
girls who must have swooned from exhaustion here under a ceiling rich in
gold and filigree.
Takhat Vilas is a landmark in the 500 year old history of this fort and
its rulers. It symbolises the advent of modernisation and with it the
change that came about in the style of decor.
The Mehrangarh Fort also houses a treasure trove of artefacts. Its
galleries include Elephant's howdahs, palanquins, a vast collection of
Mughal art and Rajasthani miniature paintings, swords, shields and other
rare armoury, turbans from every era and of every colour and some of
Rajasthan's finest folk music instruments.
Jodhpur has a typical desert type of climate, dry and hot with
temperature variation being very high. The ideal time to visit is the
period between November and March. Some light woolens for the day and
some extra woolen stuff for the winter nights is advisable, while if
you are travelling to Jodhpur during summers you would be better off
carrying loads of cool, cotton outfits.
Soak in the Surroundings
The city of Jodhpur has its own quirks and character. Everywhere you
look you will see huge splashes of colour shimmering in the desert
sun, standing out admist the background of buildings painted blue.
Jodhpur's second famous monument is the Umaid Bhawab Palace, made of
creamy pink sandstone it is magnificent in design. Another sight to
see is Mandore, the ancient capital of Marwar has impressive cenotaphs
to the Rathore kings with in the Mandore gardens. The kalyana lake, a
soothing blue oasis is alos a popular picnic spot.
Air : Jodhpur Civil Aerodrome, connected by daily
flights to Delhi, Mumbai, Jaipur and Udaipur.
Rail : Jodhpur Junction, well connected to Delhi by
the Mandore Express, to Mumbai by the ranakpur Express and to Kolkata
by the Howrah-Jodhpur Expreess.
Road : Jodhpur is a comfortable six and a half hour
drive from Jaipur on the NH8.
To shop in Jodhpur walk through the busy bazaar streets with charming
pavement stalls and hardy handloom houses.
The markets offer an ethnic land of mirrors, sequins, beads,
lehengas, turbans,mojris, lahariya bandhini's and richly carved wooden
furniture apart form an unimaginably wide variety of handicrafts that
add color to the very soul of Jodhpur.