A Trip to the History of Chittorgarh
Kirti Stambh and Jain Temple: Chittor has been an ancient centre of Jain tradition and has few Jain temples within the fort complex. This one here is the one next to Kirti Stambh. Kirti Stambh (Glory Tower) is a 22 meter high tower built by a Jain merchant in 12th century.
Gaumukh Reservoir: The reservoir was main source of water for the fort during many sieges the fort has witnessed. It is fed by a spring from a carved cow’s mouth, and hence the name.
Jauhar Sthal of Queen Padmavati: The place where the queen committed jauhar is still marked in the fort complex.
Vijay Stambh (Victory Tower): Dedicated to Lord Vishnu, Vijay Stambh was a victory monument built by Mewar King Rana Kumbha in 1448 after defeating joint armies of Malwa and Gujarat led by Mahmud Khilji.
Meera Bai Temple and Krishna Temple: Born 1498, Meerabai was a devotee of Lord Krishna and considered him as her husband. She was princess of Mewar, daughter of a Rajput king Ratan Singh and was married to the then ruler of Chittor Bhoj Raj. Chittor was Meerabai’s place of worship.
Battle Ground: Now a beautiful landscape, this was a battle ground where Alauddin Khalji defeated Rana Ratan Singh which in turn led Rani Padmini to self immolate.
Temples of Chittorgarh: There are many temples in fort complex that beautifully showcase architecture of that time.