Narwar Fort Shivpuri





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Narwar Fort Shivpuri: History and Structure

Narwar Fort is was built (or rebuilt) by Kachwaha Rajputs when they occupied Narwar in the 10th century. Narwar Fort is located atop of hill and east side of the Kali Sindh river at Narwar in Shivpuri district of Madhya Pradesh. The Narwar Fort situated an elevation of 500 ft above sea level. Spread over an area of 8 sq km, which stands on a steep scarp of the Vindhya Range.

This Monument is a remnant of the resplendent past of India. The town is of historical significance and was known as Nalapura till the 12th century. Raja Nala, after whom the town was named, finds mention in the Epic Mahabharata in relation to Damayanti and their love saga. the fort is expansive and speaks of an affluent past of strong Kingdom. Although time and nature have had their say over the fort, the architecture and the sheer length of the fort are astounding. The Rajput influence in the architecture of the fort is evident in the flat ceilings and the fluted columns.

It is now in a dilapidated condition, but the remains suggest that, in the flourishing days, it might have been only second to the Gwalior Fort in magnificence. The interior of the fort is divided by cross walls into four 'ahata' and 'dholaahata'. The architecture of the fort and palaces is basically Rajput in style with flat ceiling, fluted columns and multifold arches. The inner walls of the palaces have been decorated with bright paint and glass beads. Near the fort are the Jai Stambha, Sati monument, Ladu bungalow, Chhip Mahal, Makardwaj Tal, Kacheri mahal, Sikandar Lodi's Mosque, Shehenshah Anas Khan Joshi's Tomb and Jail Kambha.


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