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Mehrangarh is one of the most splendid forts in India. It is located in Jodhpur, Rajasthan, 410 feet above the city on a precipice. This most impressive works of ancient times is an epitome of India's glorious past and rich heritage.
Jodhpur is situated in the Thar Desert. The fort faces the walled city, where almost all buildings are painted in blue shade. This uniform color scheme makes Jodhpur a blue city.
The fort stands on Bhakur-Cheeria(Mountain of Birds). Strongly fortified walls enclose the citadel. It houses several palaces with intricate carvings and courtyards.
This former 15th-century fort has been converted into a museum. The museum exhibits royal palanquins, paintings, and weapons.
Rao Jodha succeeded to the throne of the Jodhpur Rathore dynasty. A year after his coronation, he built Mehrangarh Fort in 1460. Its walls have faced fierce battles, storms, rains in the past, and cannon marks on the walls are testimony to the struggle.
The fort derived its name from Mehr-Garh. “Mehr" stands for the Sun, and Garh means "fort." The Rathore dynasty had Sun as its patron deity.
Various legends do the rounds about the construction of Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur, India. As per fort history, a hermit used to reside on the hill. He got disturbed and cursed Rao Jodha that the fort would face droughts and adversities.
The king used to do human sacrifices as preventive measures for adversities. As per a tale, four people were interred alive at the four corners of the fort. Another story goes that a man, Mehran, was thrown from the hilltop to sacrifice him. You will hear these mysterious tales from guides and locals.
The architecture of the fort will mesmerize you in the first glimpse. Well-founded walls give the fort a robust and strong look. The interiors have detailed glasswork that teleports you into the golden epoch.
Sheesh Mahal features intriguing glass and mirror work. A small enclosure lets you view the stunning carvings because the chamber is restricted to the general public. Flower patterns and paintings adorn the palace walls and portray Indian Mythology.
Phool Mahal was the private party room for the royal men during the golden period. Paintings on the walls portray the royal family. The palace is full of colors with glasswork windows, carpeting of the floor, and ceiling.
The royal ladies used to view the royal court's proceedings from the windows of the Jhanki Mahal. Its ceilings are designed in blue. You will witness some cradles from the olden times.
Mehrangarh Fort Museum
This museum cum store sells perfumes, bags, books, caps, textiles, jewelry, music, postcards, t-shires. These souvenirs or keepsakes are also available online and represent Jodhpur's history and culture.
The Chamunda Mataji Temple
King Rao Jodha brought the idol from Mandore enshrined here. Chamunda Mataji Temple generates positive vibes. During Dussehra celebrations, scores of local and international tourists flock to the temple.
Festivals in and around Mehrangarh fort
Rajasthan International Folk Festival
This festival is celebrated in October. This music and arts festival encourages the traditional folk dance, music, and art of the state. UNESCO patrons this incredible endeavor of promoting folk art forms in Jodhpur.
World Sacred Spirit Festival
World Sacred Spirit Festival falls in February to conserve India's Sufi and sacred traditions and the world.
Timings are subject to change. You will be automatically booked into a time slot as part of the check out process. Please visit the official website to confirm the time slot before your visit.
Apart from appreciating this majestic edifice's architecture, you can unwind with so many activities around the fort.