Chittaurgarh has a great historical significance. This was the capital of rulers of Mewar. The fort was attacked several times by the other rulers
like Alauddin Khilji and Akbar . Chittaur basically asserts the heroic spirit of Rajput warriors.
THE CHITTAURGARH FORT
The Citadel of Rajput Chivalry. The Fort located on a high plateau, sprawls supremely over the country side. The fort area is the largest amongst the forts in Rajasthan. It is all in ruins as it witnessed many battles notably against Allaudin Khilji and Akbar.
The meaning of Vijay Stambh is 'Victory Tower'. This tower is a 9 storied tower which was erected during 1458 to 1468. It is 37 meters high. 157 steps leads us to the top of tower.
This 12th century tower was built by a jain merchant and was dedicated to Adinath, the first Jain Tirthkar(one of the 24 great jain teachers). This tower is 22meters high. There are 7 storeys of the tower.
RANA KUMBHA PALACE
Within the fort premises, on one side is the massive 15th century Rana Khumbha's Palace. It has both elephant and horse stables.
MEERA BAI TEMPLE
Built during the reign of Maharana Kumbha and later given to Mira Bai as a place for worship Lord Krishna. It depicts impressive Rajput architecture with the dome depicting carved human bodies each having their own symbolic significance. There are also paintings of Lord Krishna and Mira Bai depicting Bhakti.
Padmini's Palace, built by the side of the lotus pool with its pavilion. Padmini was the wife of Rawal Ratan Singhji and considered as a most beautiful woman of Rajputana. The battles of Allaudin Khilji and Rawal Ratan Singhji are well known.
( It was after the death of Rawal Rathan VS 1360 who didnot have any issue thet Rana branch from Sisode became the ruler of Chitaur-Mewar with the title of Rana )
KUMBHA SHYAM TEMPLE
On the eastern side of Chittaurgarh is the 15th century Kumbha Shyam Temple, dedicated to Sarah, the Boar incarnation of Vishnu, built by Maharana Kumbha. The mythical bird Garuda is in front of the temple, under a canopy supported by pillars. Fine carvings of Lord Vishnu depicting different moods.
KALIKA MATA TEMPLE
The 8th century temple originally dedicated to the Sun God(Surya) was later converted to a Kalika temple. This temple is near the Padmini place. It features amazing carvings and sculptures. This temple was destroyed to some extent in several attacks by the mughal rulers.
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