Sunday, 16 November 2014

Chittorgarh Fort, India

Chittorgarh Fort is the largest fort in India and the grandest in the state of Rajasthan. It is a world heritage site. The fort, plainly known as Chittor, was the capital of Mewar and is today situated several kilometres south of Bhiwara.

It is stated the Fort was constructed by the Mauryans during the 7th century AD and hence derives its name after the Mauryan ruler, Chitrangada Mori.

The Fort and city of Chittorgarh host the biggest Rajput festival called the "Jauhar Mela"( Jauhar, is the buring to death of the queens and female royals of Rajput kingdoms when facing defeat at the hand of enemy). It takes place annually on the anniversary of one of the jauhars but no specific name has been given to it. It is generally believed that it commemorates Padmini's Jauhar , which is most famous. A huge number of  Rajputs, which include the descendants of most of the princely families , hold a procession to celebrate a Jauhar.

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