September 21, the first look of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmavati was revealed and after 2 weeks the trailer was launched. The trailer showed the best looks of Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor and not to forget, the grand set of Padmavati’s Chittor Fort was a show-stealer. Rajasthan is a state which is not only famous for its cultures and traditions but also for its innumerable forts, palaces or havelis that have witnessed some of the incredible historical events.
Travellers, travel-journalists, historians or history-enthusiasts have always been fascinated by the history of this grand state and not only that, film writers and directors consider Rajasthan’s history to be inspiring as it plays a great role in turning their imagination into films where they show their creativity at its best. This time, the center of attraction is the fort of Chittorgarh.
The fort of Chittorgarh is a UNESCO world heritage site which stands a 180 metres high hill spreading across 700 acres. The tale of Rani Padmavati revolves around this fort and it is as grand and interesting as the fort.
Here’s what the grand fort is all about :
There is a one-mile road that leads to the fort and has 7 entry gates. These entry gates are called pols and each are secured by strong iron-spiked doors. These pols are named as Padam Pol, Bhairon Pol, Hanuman Pol, Jorla Pol, Ganesh Pol, Laxman Pol & Ram Pol.
Rana Kumbha Palace
It is a 15th century palace where the ruler of Mewar, Maharana Kumbh lived. It is said that the palace has underground cellars where Rani Padmini and the other women self-immolated themselves. It is one of the remarkable monument of the Chittor fort.
In Rani Padmavati’s time, there were 84 water bodies within the fort with a capacity of holding one billion gallons of water which was enough to satisfy the thirst of 50,000 soldiers for four years. Currently, there are only 24 water bodies left including wells, step-wells and ponds.
Tower of Victory or Vijay Stambh
Built in 1440 AD by Maharana Kumbh, it is a 9-storeyed victory monument building which is considered to express a great religious pluralism by the Rajputs as it is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. History reports are there that there are images of the Jain Goddess, the third & the eighth stories have the word Allah carved inside.
The uppermost level which is 157 steps tall gives you a panoramic view of the Chittorgarh city.
Built by a wealthy Jain merchant during the reign of Maharawal Ratan Singh in the 12th century, it is 22 meter high and 30 meter wide at the base and tapers towards the top. It glorifies Jainism and is dedicated to Adinath, the first Jain Teerthankar.
When Meera Bai came to Chittorgarh after getting married to Bhoj Raj- the crown prince of Mewar, she requested to build a Krishna temple for worshipping Lord Krishna. She was a devotee of Lord Krishna. Maharana Sangram Singh built the temple for his daughter in law and later named it Kumbha Shyam Temple.
Fateh Prakash Palace
Fort Fateh Prakash Palace was the residence for Maharana Pratap. It was converted to a museum in 1968 as it has innumerable paintings, sculptures, remarkable frescoes and crystal objects in the palace.
Out of the six Jain temples, the biggest is the Bhagwan Adinatha temple which houses 52 devkulikas inside the premise.
Now that’s grand, isn’t it? So, are you going to plan your next trip to this beautiful Chittorgarh city?