Mehrangarh Fort – 2

The Mehrangah Fort at Jodhpur is one of the most impressive, colossal forts of Rajasthan. Rudyard Kipling called it “the work of giants”. Rao Jodha, the fifteenth ruler of Rathore, laid the foundation of the fort on 12th May 1459, amidst all drama of a curse from a disturbed hermit, Cheeriya Nathji and four (?) human sacrifices. Jodha later tried to appease them by building a temple near the cave where the hermit once lived and promising the family of the sacrificed people that they would be looked after well by the Rathores. Till date the temple of the hermit is being maintained well and the descendants of the sacrificed people are looked after well.

Jodhpur, the blue city of India. Brahmans, the upper caste of Hindus paint their house blue in Rajasthan.

One hundred and twenty feet high, with six meters thick walls, the fort is located on a hilltop 400ft above the city. The already impressive height is further exaggerated by intricately carved windows and jharokhas.

And just as any historical monument has hidden secrets within their walls; the Mehrangarh Fort too has its quota of dark secrets-wicked and scandalous. “Did not the prince Jaswant Singh (1873-1895) throw his mistress out of this very window because she was really his father’s and the latter had just entered the room? Was it not from these ramparts that Maharaja Maan Singh (1803-1843) had his Prime Minister dashed to the ground four hundred feet below? Is this not the foul chamber where Maharaja Ajit Singh (1678-1724) was murdered by his son? Was it not from this balcony that Rao Ganga (1515-1532), reveling in an opium heightened cool breeze, fell to his death? Or was he pushed by his son, the great Maldev (1532-1562)?”

More of Mehrangarh fort in another post. 🙂


Mehrangarh Fort - 3
Moti Mahal in Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur, Rajasthan

30 Responses to “Mehrangarh Fort – 2

  • The Fort’s pictures are breath-taking.

    Moral learnt is not to attend foundation laying ceremony, when
    palaces are built. One never knows – you could end up as part
    of the foundation :)))

    Muruga.. got to be wary straying near the windows of this fort…
    lots of people seemed to have been tossed out, thro’ them..!!!

  • Very great shots…
    Is it an historic please ???

  • thank you for this great tour to this very interesting place

  • maghnificent and yet it looks high up. luckily India is not in an earthquake prone area

  • Wow, this fort is impressive and the carvings too!

  • Wonderful tour! That architecture must be a labor of love and faith together!

  • Those buildings are incredible! Amazingly beautiful, and they are still so clean, compared to the cathedrals in Europe which are all backened by soot and exhaust fumes unless they are cleaned regularly…

  • Fantastic building and the history is rich..Very beautiful indeed..Thanks for sharing Indrani..

  • Breath taking! I would love to see something like that!

  • Wow you’re fast. I was still posting on my blog when I got your comment. 🙂

    These photos are so awesome. Our country is so young compared to many others and we have nothing this old. I would love to explore these old buildings.

  • Oh, I love that you take me on a wonderful, exotic trip every week…these are beautiful!!!

  • The Detail work is amazing!! I am enjoying your adventures of beautiful places I might not otherwise see!! Thank you…

  • Your photos are are so amazing.

  • Wow ! that’s very impressive !! I wish I could see that in real !

  • What an impressive building and so beautifully decorated! Thank you for sharing this and telling its history. Thanks for your visit to my blog.

  • Wow! Those pics bring back memories from 12 years ago, when I had an opportunity to visit the fort.
    Could you solve any of those mysteries?

  • Oh my gosh these structures are AMAZING! It gave me such goosebumps!!! And great story to accompany it. Thanks for sharing!

  • One of your best posts and the pics are wonderful..rajasthan doesnt seem to be falling in place this year :(I will enjoy reading yr posts instead

  • I am beyond jealous! I want to hop on a plane this instant. I am dying to visit India.

    Thanks for sharing. They are lovely pics.

  • beautiful shots. Amazing amazing.

  • This picture with the blue houses reminds of the move The Fall. When I saw the movie I wondered where they filmed it I think they filmed right there. Great pictures thanks for sharing. 🙂

  • These are wonderful photos.

  • Most spectacular set of photos. That blue city seen from the fort was really awesome, almost unreal.

  • Ineresting facts and great pictures, Indrani. Now I want to go there and see for myself.

  • Hi Indrani! Back to the Blogosphere to visit this wonderful blog! And this time to be greeted with wonderful Jodhpur. One day I’ve to get there also… 😉 The Fort is absolutely stunning!
    Meanwhile Blogtrotter is now strolling somewhere around the Holy See of Echmiadzin. Hope you enjoy and have a great weekend!

  • That is amazing, what intricate work! I must say that isn’t a good house for volatile people, what with the CLIFF out the bedroom window!

  • Wow, what amazing photos!! When can I go?!

  • A very good post and pictures Indrani…
    but what is this naughty K(c)at saying there ??
    send him to me..i will set him right…two, three homeworks and nothing done…
    he’s talikng about looking at/out of the window, naughty chap…

    thanks Indraani..
    good job ;-))


    thanks for the comment as well

  • aweinspiring pictures! the place is really amazing!

  • i love love love these photographs
    rajasthan is amazing
    all the history seeped into its soil!!!
    hi, i’m adi
    i came over from raji’s place
    she mentioned us on her november 2 post
    please do keep clicking and posting more of ur brilliant photographs

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