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Jaisalmer Fort

Jaisalmer Fort

Jaisalmer Fort , Jaisalmer, Rajasthan
A Spectacular Construction of Yellow Sandstones

An Overview

Popularly referred as the 'Sonar Quila' of the Golden Fort, it is a majestic monument in Jaisalmer. It is the second oldest fort in Rajasthan after Chittorgarh. This magnificent fort is a finest example of Indian craftsmanship as well as military magnificence. This five-storied structure built in a typical Rajasthani style.

History

Built in 1156 AD, it was built by the Bhatti Rajpur chieftain Rawa Rawal Jaisal. It is located atop the Trikuta hill amidst the sandy terrain of the Thar desert. Despite the excessive heat and regular sandstorms, Jaisalmer fort has survived to tell its tale.

Architecture

The architecture of the Golden fort is exquisite. The bastions, ramparts and the long stretching walls of the fort fascinate during early morning and at the sunset. Standing almost 30 m over the city, the fort boasts of being the residence of about one-fourth of the population. It can be approached through Suraj Pol, Ganesh Pol, Bhoot Pol and Hawa Pol.

Inside the Fort

The fort houses five exquisite palaces Akhai Vilas, Sarvottam Vilas, Rang Mahal, Gaj Mahal and Moti Mahal. Out of them, Rang Mahal is the most attractive palace. It is known for stylish design, construction pattern and decorations. This palace is famous for its mural paintings, artistic interior decorations, colourful display of glass work and amazing exterior constructions.

Attractions of the Fort

The fort houses several architectural buildings like palaces, houses and temples built of yellow sandstone. There are four huge gateways leading to the gate.

The Ganesh and the Suraj pole have images of the lord Ganesh and sun respectively at the top.
Once it was the residence of the royal family but now it has been converted into a heritage centre and museum.

Temples

There are seven Jain Temples in the Jaisalmer Fort. Dedicated to the famous Jain Tirthankaras including Rikhabdev, Sambhavanath, Parasnath and Chandrprabhu. These are interconnected by a series of walkways and courtyards. They have pillars, walls and columns decorated with finest sculptures in marble and sandstone.

Some of the worth mentioning images in these temples encompass dancing image of a woman
and dancing figures of musician welcoming God.

Museum

Inside the palace, you can see a museum depicting the life and lineages of the kings. It also displays the royal accessories encompassing the thrones, weapons and royal grabs. The museum also has an outstanding collection of British era royal stamps.


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