There are many historical buildings in Rajasthan. But the Mehrangarh Fort of Jodhpur is the most special. Situated on a 400 feet tall upright rock, this fort is one of the most magnificent and huge buildings in India. The fort’s view of Jodhpur and Pakistan is very clear. The curse found in this fort persecutes the people living around it till date.
It is one of the finest forts in the state of Rajasthan. Mehrangarh Fort is one of the largest forts in India and is well known all around the world for its stunning architectural beauty and history. It was once the house of the Marwar family. The architecture of the fort is a heavenly beauty in itself. It has solid stone walls with a thickness of 6 meters and is of almost 125 ft high. There are many palaces situated inside the fort’s boundaries. The intricate carvings and expansive courtyards in these palaces remind the glory and power of the historical era. There is a downward winding road which leads into the city.
The story of the establishment of Mehrangarh Fort was very interesting. When Rao Jodha arrived to inspect the place to build the fort, he saw a goat fighting a tiger there. Then he decided to build the fort at the same place. When a monk lived here before the construction of the fort. He lived near a water spring. When the king asked them to leave, while cursing, the monk said that the water for which you are removing me will dry up. Since then, there was a continuous water shortage in the vicinity of the fort.
When the king apologized, the monk suggested a solution. He said that in order to end the curse, a person of the state has to sacrifice his life by being buried under the fort of his own will. When the king failed to find anyone, a man named Rajaram Meghwal came forward to offer his life. Then Rajaram Meghwal was buried alive on an auspicious day and in an auspicious place to lay the foundation stone of Mehrangarh Fort. To pay tribute to the sacrifice of Rajaram Meghwal, a sandstone monument was built above his grave in the fort. In this memorial, the name of Rajaram, the date of his sacrifice and other information are written on a stone, so that he can be told about it in the coming time.
The fort has seven gates, also known as Pol. One of these Jai Pol was constructed by Maharaja Man Singh in 1806 in the joy of victory in the war against Jaipur and Bikaner.
The last gate of the fort is on the left side of Loh Pol, the marks of the hands of the queens who do the Jauhar. There are hand marks of more than 15 queens who took Jauhar in 1843 after the death of her husband Maharaja Man Singh. According to legends, six queens of Maharaja Ajit Singh and 58 Patranis had committed Jauhar in 1731 even after the death of the king even before this incident.
A portion of the fort has been converted into a museum, which has a large collection of royal palanquins. The museum has 14 rooms containing royal weapons, ornaments and costumes. Also, tourists can see four rooms like Moti Mahal, Phool Mahal, Sheesha Mahal, and Jhanki Mahal.
The Mehrangarh Fort has a museum which gives visitors a view about the golden age of the Rathores. It also showcases enormous and splendid collections of historic artefacts ranging from canons to palanquins and paintings to furniture and folk musical instruments. One can also witness the heritage of the Rathores in arms, paintings, costumes, and decorated period rooms inside this museum. It is one of the best travellings spots.
Timing: 9AM to 5PM
Best Time to Visit: October to February
Photography allowed: Yes
Entry Fee : Rs. 60/- (Indian) & Rs. 400/- (foreigners)