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)?”