The huge and muscular Mehrangarh Fort stands on 400 feet tall perpendicular hill above Jodhpur city’s skyline. At night, the fort is even splendid when bathed in yellow light. The fort was built by Rao Judha (Rathore) in 15th century, when his capital was shifted from nearby Mandore to Jodhpur. This hill was known as Bhaurcheeria, the mountain of birds and to biuld the fort, the sole human occupant of this hill, a hermit, Cheerai Nathji, the lord of birds; he was forced to move from his cave where he mediated. The hermit cursed Jodha that his citadel may ever suffer scarcity of water. Roa Jodha builded a house and temple for hermit near his cave to conciliate him. Furthermore, Jodha even buried a man alive in the foundation to ensure propitiousness of the fort. The man was Rajiya Bambi, and his descendent enjoyed many favours of king after his sacrifice. So that was the legend. Now let’s enter the intricately carved building with its fantabulous Period Rooms. This is entry of the building.
The Sheesh Mehal (Mirror Palace) has mirror work of large and regular pieces of glasses superimposed with painted religious figures in plaster.
Phool Mehal( The Flower Palace) was created by Maharaja Abhaya Singhs for pleasures of drinking and dancing girls. This room is grandest of all other and has gold filigree on the ceiling. One is kept pondering here about the sumptuousness and grandeur of the royal lifestyle. But I could not forget the buried man in its foundation.
Raja Sur Singh’s Moti Mahal (The Pearl Palace) is the largest of the Mehrangarh’s period rooms. It was a durbar where the Maharaja met his family, nobles, ministers, officers and spiritual leaders. Moti Mahal has five alcoves leading to the hidden balconies; his five queens listened the court proceeding from these balconies.
It takes it’s name, Moti Mahal from the quality of the lime plaster mixed with finely crushed shells, the surfaces of the room a pearl-like luster. Oil lamps glowed from every alcove. Light bounced off the gold filigree ceiling and reflected the colors of the stained glass windows.
Takhat Villas was built by Jodhpur’s last emperor Maharaja Takhat Singh. This room is blend of traditional and modern art. The coloured balls on the ceiling notify opening of modern era with the arrival of British.
Next post will be about Museums of Mehrangarh fort. By the way, the movie ‘The dark Knight Rises’ was also filmed here.