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The Secret Truth About The History Of Mehrangarh Fort

Rajasthan is the land of kings, palaces and unlimited opulence. However, behind the thin veil of grandeur, hides a history, so dark and murky that the locals shudder to talk about it. The magnificent Mehrangarh fortis one such fort that continues to exude strength and character so many yearsafter its construction. Perched 400m above a cliff, overlooking the city of Jodpur, this fort was coined as “A Palace that might have been built by Titans andcolored by the morning sun” by Rudyard Kipling.

Across 500 years, the construction of this fort,commissioned by Rao Jodha, continued. The fort includes 7 gateways- Jai Pol,Loha Pol, Fateh Pol, Amrita Pol, Doodkangra Pol, Gopal Pol and Bheru Pol. It is also a poetry of gilded paintings of Phool Mahal, elaborate mirror work of Sheesh Mahal, jharokas and extravagant interiors. However, this sandstone fort hides astory of bloodshed and curses.

A Hermits Curse

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The cliff, Bhaurcheeria or the Mountain of Birds, was the dwelling place of Mehran Baba or Cheeria Nathji, who was a hermit. When Rao Jodha selected this location, the hermit was forced to displace. This invited his wrath and he cursed that the walls would crumble down before theconstruction was complete. He also cursed the kingdom with the prophecy of never-ending droughts. Although the king built a temple in the fort’s complex,when the curse started showing its potency, the hermit was not placated.

A Poor Man’s Sacrifice

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To overcome the curse, the wise men made the decision ofhuman sacrifice at the foundations of the fort. They conceded that the foundation would be strengthened on burying a man there. Rajaram Meghwal orRajiya Bhambi gave up his life in sacrifice for the sake of the kingdom. The King who took upon himself the responsibility of Rajaram Meghwal’s family honoured this poor skinner’s sacrifice. To this date, the royal family honours his sacrifice on the Foundation Day of Jodhpur by felicitating his family members.

The Story Behind The Blue Colour

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The colour blue has a traditional association with the BrahminsHowever, the houses coloured blue did not only belong to the Brahmins, who had the honour of living nearer to the Fort. The lower caste subjects too painted their houses blue. This was probably done to ward off the heat and the mosquitoes!

Royal Murders

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Mehrangarh Fort has a history steeped in blood. There were numerous murders and heinous deeds that took place within the walls of these forts. Jaswant Singh, ruled Jodhpur between 1873 and 1895. He murdered his mistress, who belonged to his father, by pushing her out of the window when his father walked in on them. Maharaja Man Singh, was the ruler from 1803 to 1843. He did the same to his prime minister, conforming the same fate. Maharaja Ajit Singh, the ruler of Jodhpur from 1678 to 1724, was slain by his son. Rao Ganga, the ruler between 1515 and 1532, too fell off from his window and perished.It is believed, Maldev, his son pushed him while he was engaging in opium.

Mehrangarh Fort is among India’s most well-preserved and impressive fort. You have to visit the fort to actually feel the overpower charisma of the fort. Now that you know the history of this Fort, a trip to the fort will be more than engaging in the marvellous architecture. Head to this fort for an awe-inspiring experience.

P.S.- There is a zip lining facility, Flying Fox, that you do not want to miss out. 

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