More from Chittaurgarh Fort

Chittaurgarh Fort Part 1 – here.

We spent around five hours here, yet we could do only the top tourist attractions of Chittaurgarh Fort. Hard to visit all the interesting spots inside the fort as the fort spread over 690 acres. Each spot had a story; some of them left us speechless. Some parts of Chittaurgarh Fort, we were told are haunted, but nothing to fear in broad daylight.

After the first disaster of 1303, Chittaurgarh Fort regained its glory for a short period under Rana Kumbha, when he ruled Mewar in Rajasthan, between 1433 and 1468 AD. He built the Fort of Kumbalgarh.

Vijay Stambh at Chittaurgarh Fort

This massive monument impressed me the most. Vijay Stambh was constructed by Mewar king Rana Kumbha in 1448. He built this to commemorate his victory over the combined armies of Malwa and Gujarat led by Mahmud Khilji. The tower is dedicated to Lord Vishnu.

Vijay Stambh at Chittaurgarh FortVijay Stambh built by Rana Kumbha, 1448 AD.

Second Disaster at Chittaurgarh Fort

The second disaster that razed down the mighty Chittaurgarh Fort further, was by Sultan Bahadur Shah of Gujarat in 1532. Queen Karnavati who was holding on to the fort bravely, sent her sons Vikramjit and Udai Singh to safety. She also sent Rakhi to Emperor of Hindustan, Humayun seeking his protection from Bahadur Shah. (Rakhi is a sacred thread which a Hindu woman ties around the right wrist of a brother to ensure protection.) Unfortunately for the Queen, Emperor Humayun was at far east in Bengal. Honored, that a Rajput Queen had chosen him as her brother, he immediately set out from Bengal to protect his sister.

It was too late; once more the mass suicides were committed. This time it is told that Queen Karnavati and other women, 13,000 of them blew themselves up in one huge blast using gunpowder. Emperor Humayun reached Chittor, defeated Bahadur Shah and handed the fort to Vikramjit.

Mahasati, sacred place to cremate the rulers.

Third Disaster at Chittorgarh Fort

The final disaster, which proved to be fatal, was by Akbar, son of Humayun when Chittor was ruled by Udai Singh son of Karnavati. Both aged around 25 didn’t share cordial relationships. And Prince Udai Singh sought the easy way out fleeing the scene leaving the fort to his chiefs. Again pyres were lit, women leapt in to the flames and the men folk rode out to fight till death. It is said there was not a single living soul inside when Akbar entered the fort.

The battle raged from 20th Oct 1567 to23rd Feb 1568 (today is 23rd Feb too!); the Mughals too had incurred heavy losses. An angry Akbar plundered and razed down this mighty fort to such an extent that for two centuries it remained uninhabited and turned to a haunt of wild animals.

… where the Queens would have walked once.
Temples inside the fort.

Jauhar at Chittorgarh

This ghost town even today reverberates with the tales of its past glory and the sacrifices made by its people. I was shocked and numbed, choking with a mixture of feelings listening to the stories from the guide, thinking of the innumerable women who would have leapt to flames in this very soil… what were their last thoughts? Not once but 3 times Jauhar was committed here by women and children! The way the guide there explained to us left us mesmerized. It seemed as if it was his own family story.

As soon as you reach there guides will flock around you, do hire one of them. They are amazing story tellers and this is their bread and butter. They depend on tourists like us for their living.

(Centuries have passed, but this act of self immolation has not ceased. Women of Afganisthan are setting themselves to fire even today, some to save themselves from dishonor, some for other reasons. They are driven to such levels of desperation. Care to read about it? Read it here: Terror of a Different Kind. The article was fresh in my mind when I was touring Chittorgarh fort on 7th Oct 2008.)

Effigies of Ravana at Kota and Pushkar
Chittorgarh Fort, Rajasthan

46 Responses to “More from Chittaurgarh Fort

  • very beautiful captures accompanied by good look into history….

  • Incredible! Structures like these impress and amaze me more than the tallest modern skyscrapers – how did they do it!

  • That is an amazing place I love all the detail. Thanks for sharing the great photos.

  • I can understand why 5 hours is not enough to visit this. So much details and things to see and enjoy.

  • Incredibly intricate and beautiful stonework!

  • Utterly amazing. It’s amazing what people accomplished with a different sense of time at work.

  • I enjoy the history so much and the details you show us is phenomenal. I would so love to see that Fort in person but I almost feel like I have from visiting your wonderful shots.

  • Thanks for visiting my blog with your nice comments.

    You have such rich histories in your homeland. The buildings are so amazing and the craftsmanship is very well done.

  • What an amazing place. The Architect and sculptures are just amazing.
    I wonder how long it took for them to do those

  • and I still remember climbing the Victory Stamb 🙂

  • Wonderful photographs. The first snap was amazing.

  • What an amazing place and such a fascinating history too! I just love those intricate carvings. Thanks for sharing. Looking forward to part 2.

  • That is just an awesome insight to your world! and the history is a great addition!

  • Excellent post with interesting, but sad and cruel history. The buildings must have been great and magnificent. These ruins are more telling then buildings that are still in perfect condition. Thanks for sharing this.

  • i am learning more about Indian history from your blog. thanks

  • A fascinating post and awesome photos. Wow!
    Thanks for stopping by my blog too.

  • Thanks for a fascinating history accompanied by wonderful pictures. I learned a lot and enjoyed this post.

  • What a powerful testiment of our thoughts!

    Beautiful pictures of a people, who at one time, had so much going for them. Why is it, we have it so good that we find time to take, or make it so bad?!

    Hope you have a great day!!

  • The first photo was quite astonishing in every way.

  • Great pictures. The historical details are fascinating. I could walk around there for ever imagining the events of the past!

  • You see some of the most beautiful structures I could imagine.. and share them just as your blog name promises. Lucky us. 🙂

  • These are such amazing structures and thank you for taking the time to write about their fascinating history too.

  • Awe-inspiring to tour this place through your eyes.

  • a poignant yet beautiful post! the pictures are beautiful too!

  • Lovely pictures accompanied by very apt narration. It is sad that so many women had to sacrifice their lives for madness of others.

  • Pictures brings one to seat’s edge and the details makes one grip the handles. Relived the history.

    The Queens morning walks place looked interesting.

    My mind is still seized with the previous blog. Queen Padmini was so smart to disguise 700 soldiers as maids and retrieved her hubby King.

    But why Rana Ratan Singh wasn’t smart enough to show someone else’s witch like face in the mirror to Khilji – so that he would’ve run for his life and never returned..!!!

  • Breathtaking photos! Thanks for sharing a part of its rich history.

  • Very awesome stone work.

  • The history would make climb people to this fort! Great pictures.
    Its kind of rakhi sent by karnavathi and accepted by Humayun charms.

  • So much beauty in the buildings carving and design, yet so much gruesome tragedy in the story of so very many women’s suicides, sickening really! But that’s history sometimes.

  • Great pix, interesting historical info. Thanks for sharing this!

  • what a nice place it is. very interesting post. I borrow one name from your post of mahasati . I was not aware about it . Thank you very much Indrani ji

  • Nice place captured nicely, good to read the history behind it.

  • Thanks for the post.

  • An awesome cocktail of pictures and history. 🙂

  • Splendid architecture and I like listening to ghost stories 🙂

  • yogi Saraswat
    2 years ago

    Chittaurgarh faced many disaster but it has gained more power and glory every time . Indrani ji , you went to the top of the Vijaya Stambh ? There , we feel a more pressure of air . beautifully narrated !!

  • Very good pictures and the history is explained equally well. 🙂

  • Nicely described the story of Chittaurgarh Fort, Indrani.. The Pictures are truly amazing clicks.. Thanks for sharing the Post!

  • Amazing architecture … and well captured. What is thought-provoking is that without the help of modern Computer Adied Design or GPS, these people carved such intricate structures …

  • Beautiful captures and a fascinating history 🙂

  • Chittorgarh was always known to me as a famous fort only, but these are some great stories and captures. Thanks for sharing it.

  • vatsala mallya
    2 years ago

    Incredible ! Amazing structures and the intricate carving on the walls simply breathtaking ! Great hostory too .

  • Lovely capture of history through words and pictures. I know I know,…I should have gone there the last time 🙂

  • Very powerful post. I was happy to hear about Humayun’s concern for his “sister”Padmini. So much for people who use the Mughal regime as a tool for Hindu- Muslim divide .

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