Mehrangarh fort was constructed by Rao Jodha in 1459 when he transferred his capital from Mandore.
The fort has 68-ft wide and 117-ft elevated walls. It comprises seven gates and the most famous among them is the Jayapol which means victory. This prestigious gate was constructed by Maharaja Man Singh to celebrate his victory over the armies of Jaipur and Bikaner.
Another gate- Fattehpol, which also means victory gate was built by Maharaja Ajit Singh to state the defeat of the Mughals. The palm imprints are placed on the porch leading to the place of funeral pyre. At the left, lies the chhatri of Kirat Singh Soda, the valorous soldier who died on the spot while guarding the fort against the Amber armies. The splendid cenotaphs testify the bravery and fearlessness of the Rathore kings of Jodhpur.
The fascinating craftsmanship of the Jodhpuri craftsmen is exhibited in the amazing sandstone palaces within the Mehrangarh
. The Mehrangarh Fort comprises grand palaces like the Moti Mahal or the Pearl Palace that houses the royal throne of Jodhpur known as the Sringar Chowki, the Phool Mahal whose ceiling is adorned by gold filigree work, the Rang Mahal and the Chandan Mahal.
The Umaid Villas are the mansions that displays the Rajput miniature paintings, the Ajit Villas displays the musical instruments and the royal attires and the Maan Villas. It also has a museum where all the decorated rooms of the palaces and villas are exhibited along with the royal palanquins, miniature paintings, furniture, and historic armory and etc.
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