Fort of Chittorgarh

One of the largest forts in the country and a world heritage site , this is a fort that has many stories to tell. I spent five hours listening to tales of Rajput valour , sacrifice , battles and romance .  Stories of Mirabai’s devotion to Lord Krishna , of how Alauddin Khilji wished to see Rani Padmini after hearing tales of her incomparable beauty , of Rani Padmini and her companions committing self-immolation to protect their honor….one fort with endless stories.

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A world of stories awaits us

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Ruins being restored 
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More ruins
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Where Mirabai is believed to have lived and survived poisoning

This is where we were told the story of Mirabai and her devotion to Lord Krishna. There is also a temple dedicated to Mirabai in the fort complex.

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Jain temple 
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Nine storied Vijay Stambh which took over ten years to complete

 

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Chittor was also called a water fort due to the many reservoirs within it .This is the Gaumukh reservoir

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Kirti Stambh
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Closer look at the temple 
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Stories inscribed in stone on the temple exteriors – one of the friezes 
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Leaving the fort

Ranakpur Temple: Cosmic import

The turrets of the temple gleaming in the sun looked grand from a distance.  An audio guide took us through the story of it’s construction which began in the 15th century . There are endless exquisite pillars , each one unique in design. The splendid lace-like interiors , the odd figure combining four animal bodies and one human body and the nymphs that adorn the ceiling , these are images I will never forget. DSC_0462

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At the entrance
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Figure symbolizing the five elements
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Lace-like work on the ceiling

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Tirthankar Adinath to whom the temple is dedicated