The Mehrangarh Fort is one of the largest Forts in the country and is situated 400 Feet above the city of Jodhpur, to provide a panoramic view of the whole city. The roots of the fort’s construction are found back in 1459, when Rao Jodha decided to develop this place as the new capital for his kingdom. At that time, this place was known as Bhaurcheeria (Mountain of Birds). The Fort houses a number of palaces inside its premises; these palaces display some of the fine Rajputana art works and carvings on their walls. The museum inside the Fort is one of the most heritage rich museums of the country. The Mehrangarh Fort contains seven huge gates or pols, amongst which the Jayapol (built by Maharaja Man Singh to cherish his victory over Jaipur and Bikaner armies) and the Fattehpol (built by Maharaja Ajit Singh to cherish the defeat of Mughals) are most famous.
Mehrangarh Fort History
The Fort was constructed by Rao Jodha who was the founder of Jodhpur city. After taking the throne, he decided to make a new fort as the Mandore Fort was very old and was considered not safe. So he laid the foundation of the fort was laid on 1/ May 1459 over a rocky hill about 10 km from Mandore. The hill used to be the abode of numerous birds and a hermit who was called as lord of the birds. being forced to leave the place the hermit cursed the King as the fort will suffer from the scarcity of the water. Till this date the region is plagued by a drought every 3 to 4 years.
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