Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur, Rajasthan is one of the largest and colossal fort of India. Located atop a 150m elevated hill and enclosed by imposing thick walls. Inside its boundaries there are several palaces known for their intricate carvings and expansive courtyards.
The fort was built by Rao Jodha, when he transferred his capital from Mandore to Jodhpur. And with every ruler(s) of Jodhpur came subsequent additions to this captivating piece of architecture.
The fort has seven famous gates and each one significant for its own mention in history. The famous of all and most important being Jai Pol (meaning Victory), the first gate when you enter, was built by Maharaja Man Singh after his victory on Jaipur and Bikaner.
Another gate, Fateh Pol(also meaning victory) was raised by Maharaja Ajit Singh to laud the defeats of Mughals.
Also, as you enter, you see the prominent mark of canon balls on the Dedh Kamgra Pol, another famous gate of the fort.
You shall never miss the palm imprints smeared in vermillion on the gate, that leads to the funeral pyre - that has reminiscence of the commitment and self-immolation of princesses and queen.
And the chhatri of "Kirat Singh Soda"- testify the valor and fearlessness of this great soldier who died while guarding against Amber armies. [I was so rapt in listening that I missed taking the pictures]
As you take a tour of the fort you come across an elaborate palace of balconies, arched galleries, and heavily ornamented private residences, and seemingly miles of strategically twisty, misleading passageways and stairs and decorated rooms - each one with its own significance and few now - exhibiting the royal palanquins, miniature paintings, furniture, and historic armory and et cetera.
The entire fort overlooks a prawling desert city lined with the vivid blue-painted houses of Brahmins, India's priestly caste.[Isn't that about prevailing caste system]
Anyways, since the color "Blue" is associated with royalty and power - the Brahmins took to coloring their houses blue to signify their domicile and to set them apart from the rest of the population. And eventually take respect.[Till date, the people of Jodhpur have maintained this tradition.]
I may fall short of words and for the sake of not spending the entire day captioning these images, I will simply let the photos themselves tell the story of my visit.
Mehrangarh is one of India's most important historic monuments.. it is the center of religious pilgrimage of scholarly study and of heritage conservation. and it is a magnet for visitors from the surrounding.
And I shall not end this photo journey without mentioning that, the famous hollywood blockbuster movie "The Dark Knight Rises" has shot a prison scene at Mehrangarh fort.