Chittorgarh Fort, Rajasthan

No other fort in India can match Chittorgarh Fort for its legends of chivalry and glorious deaths, the Rajput’s obsession with honor and its tales of valor. The Rajput men died fighting war after war and the women and children preferred death to defeat and flames to dishonor!

Chittorgarh Fort was built in the eighth century by King Bappa Rawal. After his rule the fort passed many hands, many dynasties for many generations. Many wars have been fought here, but three major sieges by Muslim invaders brought this mighty fort down.

Chittorgarh Fort

Fateh Prakash Palace, Chittorgarh FortRuins of Fateh Prakash palace (top), Rana Kumbha Palace (below).

Al-ud-din Khilji

The first disaster was in AD1303 by Al-ud-din Khilji. He had heard so much of the beauty of Rani Padmini Queen of Rana Ratan Singh the then King of Chittorgarh that he wanted to possess her. He failed to capture the fort and sent a message to the king that he would return to Delhi after he gets a glimpse of Rani Padmini’s beautiful face. Khilji wasn’t allowed to directly gaze at Rani Padmini’s face; instead he was shown her reflection in a mirror. Khilji was so mesmerized by the hazy reflection of the Queen that he cunningly captured the King Ratan Singh who had come to see him off at the gate. He then demanded the Queen submit herself to him in return for the King’s life.

Rani Padmini's Palace, Chittorgarh FortRani Padmini’s Palace.

The intelligent Queen then chalked out a plan and demanded for 700 palanquins for her 700 maids who would accompany her. Khilji immediately provided the palanquins. 700 brave soldiers in the guise women then set out to Khilji’s camp and rescued their King. Khilji attacked the fort again 13 years later. This time, Ratan Singh’s men could not withstand the attack and when defeat seemed certain 30,000 women and children led by Rani Padmini threw themselves in the liberating flames of Jauhar. When Khilji entered the fort all that was left was ashes and stench of burning dead bodies. He was so angry that he razed down the various structures inside the fort except Ratan Singh’s and Rani Padmini’s palace.

The Muslim invaders had built dome like structures on top of all the razed down buildings.

the place where Meerabai sang bhajans for Lord Krishna (below).

Adbhutnath Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva.

This is not the end! More on Chittorgarh Fort here.

More from Chittaurgarh Fort
Souvenir - Kavad, from Rajasthan

62 Responses to “Chittorgarh Fort, Rajasthan

  • I’d love to come and roam in these fantastic places.
    What a story!

  • It really looks beautiful!! I really wanted to visit this fort when we visited Kumbhalarh, but time didn;t permit, and since then, we havent visited Rajasthan at all. However, Udaipur and Chittorgarh are on the top of my list of places to visit…. thanks for the visual treat…

  • wow!! some gr8 captures of lovely place….

  • Strange, beautiful. To build structures with no particular use on top of what you ruined…

  • This reads better than any fiction could..WOW..again blowing the pictures up shows such detail and helps with the history lesson!

  • Haha, what a clever woman!

    You know, that temple for Shiva reminds me of temples from latin America, funny… cultures may have been more alke far, far in the past but it is very unlike what exists in the cold north, although slightly similar images have been preserved here but made of wood, not stone.

  • That is glorious indeed! If the walls could talk!

  • I agree with one of your other commenters, this reads better than fiction! And your photos are magnificent! I would truly love to come and roam them all! Thank you so much for the beauty and the history!

  • What an epic story. Amazing.

  • What a wonderful epic story. Thanks for this. You have caused me to think again about my sense of time and what I think is important.

  • Fascinating, both the history of the place, and its architecture. I love older places like this, with a sense of place and history that are still strong.

  • some great architectural shots here…beautiful..

  • Very beautiful and interesting architectural buildings. Simply love the palace in the lake. Very interesting culture you have. Have a nice day.

  • What an interesting post! The pictures are wonderful and do a great job of conveying the beauty of the fort, but what I especially like is the history you’ve given. Thank you!

  • That was recently in the news, right? the Chittorgarh fort?
    Seeing my son’s Socoal Studies Book, I always wonder why they don’t learn local history as well as they are taught world history…

  • What a great post. These buildings are as amazing as their story. I am enchanted by your country.

  • wow! you have narrated the tale so well…
    twas like watching a movie. thank you so much.

    Re your question about eclipse, am not sure, though even i had read there was to be a minor eclipse around then. and i think in my picture the right top corner of the moon seems to be eclipsed. to be honest had not taken the picture with the intention of capturing the eclipse.

  • I enjoyed that tour! You’re such a good representative of your country!
    Warm greetings from West Africa,

  • The Rani Padmini’s palace was really unique. Reminds me of a lotus rising from the water!

  • Good story, wonderful old forts, very unique, specially the small one built in the lake.
    Interesting post.

  • these are some really beautiful beautiful pictures….

    Loved them, hey i linked you in a post, heres the link :

  • That was a wonderful history lesson. That small palace in the middle of the lake was so cute and enchanting.

  • those pics are great…BTW i accidentally rejected your comment which you had posted on ‘TRICK QUESTION’-sorry 🙁

  • I always love to come to your blog.It’s so interesting and your photos are always so beautiful. I like the history of these old buildings, even if it’s a sad one. Thanks for sharing.

  • Your posts and photographs are always so interesting. That looks like an amazing fort.

  • It’s a never known and sad history said! Very nice description, this is one unique and largest fort ever seen.

  • Very interesting and so beautiful buildings and architecture !!
    We have an Indian friend his name is Ratankumar, but everybody calls him Ratan.

  • How beautifully interesting! That was a great read,

  • Wonderful pictures and commentary! Indian history intrigues me. This was great!

  • This was a very fascinating post. I am happy that there is more to come and glad I got to see what your world looks like.

  • Interesting article…Thanks for sharing.

  • Nostalgic memories..Indrani..i went there when life was analog..I grew up reading these stories and was transformed to a different world

  • Wow! how long were u in Rajasthan?

  • hey you are tagged again !! check my last post !

  • You always show us such wonderful remnants of past grandeur. Great post.

  • Though I’ve heard this story many times growing up in India (as we all have), it was especially poignant reading about it with the pictures. I imagined the events unfolding … it’s so fascinating. Thanks!

  • As usual another vivid history lesson…with illustration…wonderful!

  • Nice one – I hope the series never ends! It is a real lesson in our history, and the pictures make it come alive.

  • ‘blug’… ‘blug’… ‘blug’… that’s the sound of my blood boiling..!!!! Lucky Al-ud-din Khilji is not around. Felt like punching him in his nose..!!!!

  • Thanks for the pics AND the history lesson!

  • Everything looks so dramatic, so atmospheric and beautiful..

  • am trying to imagine these forts in all its former glory….wish it never had such a sad history…..

  • Roaming around in Rajasthan in 45 C temp needs real courage 🙂

  • Have never been to Rajasthan … Forts , palaces, and their fascinating tales have been so inviting.. Let see when I head that way …

    Beautiful pictures and write up 🙂

  • yogi Saraswat
    2 years ago

    Have visited it several times and it always attracts me . It was wonderful to visit it again through your lenses . Beautiful pictures Indrani ji

  • Awesome pictures of time honored structures

  • The mighty one. Many history stories drafted, written here!!

  • amazing photos
    thanks for history snippets

  • Good pictures and well written Indrani.

  • Very detailed pictures presented that tell many tales.

  • Rajasthan is a lovely place either it be Chittaurgarh or Jaipur.

  • Hope to visit this area soon, have been planning for a while now. And this post will certainly help me plan better 🙂

  • This was the one fort that I really wanted to see but could not in the last trip. I can see what I missed and I so am not liking that 😀 Beautiful pictures.

  • Interesting stories from our rich history.
    The fort and the pictures really do take us back to those times.

    Awesome post and pictures, Indrani. 🙂

  • Such an interesting place with great history. Beautiful pictures 🙂

  • Amit Prakash
    2 years ago

    Beautiful place:-)

  • really intrigued to see that small little place where Meerabai sang Krishna Bhajans. Such abounding is our history and culture. Also was reminded that they shot Prem Ratan Dhan Payo here in this fort. though not much relevant..bas yaad aa gaya..hehhe! Great post as always 🙂

  • Thanks for the informative post.

  • one place i must visit

  • Jyothi D'mello
    2 years ago

    What great history behind the fort. Thanks for the info. Pics are super. Loved Rani Padmini’s Palace.

  • Wonder full post with amazing pics 🙂

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