Rajasthan is well known for its forts and Palaces. Chittorgarh fort is not only the heritage and pride of Rajasthan but also it is well recognized for its glory of being the largest fort of India due to its mammoth and captivated structure. The fort was constructed in the 7th century by various Maurya rulers and is situated on an elevated mount nearby Gambheri River. This fort resonate the history of valor, sacrifice and romance of the Rajputs. The fort attracts a large number of tourists throughout the year for its splendid and colossal structure; covered an area of 700 acres. One is forced to think about the fearless Rajputs after visiting this fort. This historical fort witnessed three battles but every time saved by the courageous Rajput warriors.
Chittorgarh fort is embraced by seven massive gates (Pols); constructed by massive stones with strong iron spikes at top, worked as security system. The seven pols are -‘Ram Pol’ (the gate of Lord Rama), Padal Pol, Bhairon Pol, Ganesh Pol, Jorla Pol, Lakshman Pol and Hanuman Pol. Nearby Rama Pol a temple is found and next to Padan Pol, the monument of Rawat Bagh Singh was built; who was famous for fighting against Sultan Bahadur Shah. The next pol, Bhairon Pol; was structured in the name of Bhairondas Solanki, who battled against Sultan Bahadur Shah. Suraj Pol (the Sun Gate); is considered to be the foremost gate for entry into the fort.
Along with its several gateways, the fort witnessed incredible architect of Rajputs as it has several magnificent monuments and massive towers which make tourists speechless and spellbound. Visitors can also get mesmerized by its beautifully designed royal palaces, namely Padmini’s Palace and Rana Kumbha Palace. Rana Ratan Singh’s beautiful queen used to stay at Padmini palace whereas Rana Kumbha Palace is the place where queen Padmini committed ‘Jauhar‘ along with the children and the other ladies of household. Neelkanth Mahadev Temple, Sammidheshwara Temple, Jain Temple, Kumbha Shyam Temple, Kalika Mata temple and Meerabai Temple found in this fort are indeed added feather in the crown of this fort.
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