It was my first day in Chittourgarh Rajasthan, I went there to explore very interesting and historical city of Rajasthan.
After check out from the hotel I caught a private taxi from near Chittourgarh railway station and, I went Chittourgarh fort, there are so many things to describe about Chittourgarh fort , there were 8 gates of Chittourgarh fort and I had to cover 16km distance under the fort.
When I had entered from 8th gate of fort the first was "Kumbha Palace"
Rana Kumbha Palace is situated inside the Chittourgarh Fort in Rajasthan. ... The ruins of the once famous palace have the temple of Lord Shiva, Zanana mahal, Diwan -e -aam, along with a stable for horses. ... It is also believed, that Rani Padmini organized her self- immolation or jauhar.
1 km from Kumbha Palace I had visited "Meera Temple"
The visit to the Meera temple is always an enriching experience. The visit to the temple will not only be a visit to the pilgrimage spot. It will also make you aware of Meera Bai. She was an ardent devotee of Lord Krishna. You will also come to know about the religious belief that says Krishna drank the poison himself to save Meera Bai. That is the reason why his body turned blue. You will also come to know that Meera Bai dedicated his entire life to Lord Krishna. This religious belief attached to the temple attracts a large number of devotees.
The Meera temple Chittourgarh was built during Rana Kumbha's reign. He was the one who patronised the temple. It is a perfect temple located in a place that has a deep rooted association with the rich history of Rajasthan.
The most important thing in Chittourgarh is "Vijya Stambha"
Vijay Stambha, also known as victory tower, is a piece of resistance of Chittorgarh. It was constructed by the king of Mewar, Rana Kumbha to celebrate his triumph over the combined forces of Malwa and Gujarat led by Mahmud Khilji, in 1448. The mighty tower was constructed between the period of 1458 and 1488 and is so tall and massive that it is visible from any part of the city. Hence, the entire town can be viewed from here.
Vijay Stambh is a dedication to Lord Vishnu and has intricate carvings and sculptures of Hindu Gods and Goddesses. The internal part of the tower has carvings of weapons, musical instruments, and other tools used in that period. It is an excellent example of religious pluralism practised by the Rajputs. The highest storey consists of an image of the Jain Goddess, Padmavati. Also, the word Allah is carved nine times on the third storey and eight times on the eighth storey, all in Arabic. The magnificent tower is a piece of architecture that is frequented by tourists visiting the city and makes them feel proud of the vibrant history of the country. Near Vijay Stambha I had visited "Gomukh Kund"
Chittorgarh Fort is renowned as the Water Fort. About forty percent of the fort is covered with water bodies in the form of ponds locally known as talabs, wells or, kunds and step wells or baories. Originally eighty four water bodies were built within the seven hundred hectares of the fort area. At present only twenty two water bodies sustain.
When I went ahead,I saw Kalika Template.
Kalika Mata Temple is an 8th-century Hindu temple located within the Chittor Fort in the Chittorgarh municipality of Rajasthan state in India. The upper parts of the structure are more recent. It predates Maharana Pratap and has thousands of visitors every day.
The next thing was most historical and most popular , we all watched, "Pamavat Movie" it was Rani Padmini Palace. This three storied white building was built in the 19th century, and is located in the southern part of the fort. Located amidst water bodies, this is the place where Aladdin was permitted to see the mirror image of Rani Padmini, wife of Maharana Rattan Singh. It is widely believeds that Aladdin was besotted by the beauty of Padmini and the desire to win her led convinced him to destroy Chittor. In the battle that ensued, Maharana Rattan Singh was killed and Rani Padmini committed Jauhar. Rani Padmini's beauty is compared to that of Cleopatra and her life story is an eternal legend in the history of Chittor.
When Sultan Allahuddin Khilji wanted to saw Rani Padmini. Rani Padmini was standing in the Palace there was some mirrors were fitted ,when anyone standing there the reflection object can be saw in the water or lake and there was a small island fort where where Allahuddin Khilji was standing and saw Rani Padmini's reflection in the water.