Meharangarh fort of the ‘#Blue #City
, is one of the largest for in India. This was built by the Rao Joda from Rathore family in 1460AD. The fort is situated on rocky cliff at a height of around 400m and is surrounded by thick walls. Inside the wall are several palaces with different themes and intricate carvings and expansive courtyards. The fort has seven gates namely Jai Pol, Loha Pol, Fateh Pol, Amrita Pol, Doodkangra Pol, Gopal Pol and Bheru Pol. Jaipol ( meaning Victory Gate) was built by #Maharaja
Mansingh after the victory over #Jaipur
Army, Fateh Pol by Ajit Singhji after he defeated #Mugals
. Some of the gates carry impressions of cannon balls that stuck the gates during the wars.
is Mehr Garh meaning Sun’s Fort (Mehr is Sun and Fort is Garh). Mehrangarh is the local pronunciation of Mehr Garn. Incidently the Rahore Clan are the worshippers of Sun.
This fort is national geological monument as the rock on which it is built is formed in the last stage of igneous activity Precambrian activity.
The fort was actually expanded and new palaces and buildings were added over 500 years by various Majarajas of Rathore dynasty in their reign. Majority of the portion we today was constructed during the Maharaja Ajit Singh’s regime.
Visit the fort’s museum which has old royal palanquins, daulatkhana etc. coronation square, Jhki Mahal. Moti Mahal, Phool Mahal, Takkht Vilas are the places of attraction on this fort.
The museum in the Mehrangarh fort is one of the most well-stocked museums in Rajasthan. In one section of the fort museum there is a selection of old royal palanquins, including the elaborate domed gilt Mahadol palanquin which was won in a battle from the Governor of Gujarat in 1730. The museum exhibits the heritage of the Rathores in arms, costumes, paintings and decorated period.
To the left of the fort is Chhatri of Kirat Singh Soda who laid down is life while protecting the fort.