Mehrangarh Fort Jodhpur - Tourist Attraction Rajasthan

Mehrangarh Fort: Information About Monument

Mehrangarh Fort was Built by Rao Jodha,the chief of the Rathore clan, in around 1459. He founded Jodhpur in 1459 as the capital of Marwar (Mandore was the previous capital of the Rathore clan). This Monument was located in Jodhpur, Rajasthan. It is one of the largest forts in India. The monument fort is spread over hill area of 5 km and is built on 125 m high hill in the outskirts of Jodhpur city and is enclosed by imposing thick walls.

Mehrangarh Fort holds the pride of place in Jodhpur because of its splendid architecture and the diverse history associated with it. Considered as one of the most formidable and magnificent forts of Rajasthan. One can see the panoramic view of the Jodhpur city from this fort, which seems like a blue carpet laid at the foot of a hill. Inside its boundaries there are several palaces known for their intricate carvings and expansive courtyards. Every king of Jodhpur has contributed in the making of this fort.

The main palaces located in the Mehrangarh Fort are Moti Mahal, Phool Mahal, Sheesh Mahal, Zenana Dude, Takht Vilas and Jhanki Mahal. There are also two temples located inside the fort - Chamundi Devi Mandir and Nagnechiaji Mandir, dedicated to Goddess Durga and the Kuldevi respectively.

The imprints of the impact of cannonballs fired by attacking armies of Jaipur can still be seen on the second gate. To the left of the fort is the chhatri of Kirat Singh Soda, a soldier who fell on the spot defending Mehrangarh.

There are seven gates, which include Jayapol (victory gate), built by Maharaja Man Singh to commemorate his victories over Jaipur and Bikaner armies. There is also a Fattehpol (victory gate ), which commemorates Maharaja Ajit Singhji victory over Mughals.

The museum in the Mehrangarh fort is one of the most well-stocked museums in Rajasthan. which exhibits a rich collection of palanquins, musical instruments, royal cradles, costumes, arms, furniture and paintings. In one section of the fort museum, there is a selection of old royal palanquins, including the elaborate domed gilt Mahadol palanquin which was won in a battle from the Governor of Gujarat in 1730. The museum exhibits the heritage of the Rathores in arms, costumes, paintings and decorated period.

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