Global Architecture: Mehrangarh Fort, Rajasthan, India

20 Oct

I am a traveler and I did a three month backpacking trip through India over a year ago. One of the places I visited was Jodhpur, Rajasthan. Jodhpur means blue city and it literally is, the city is filled with blue buildings. One of my fond memories of visiting Jodhpur is seeing Mehrangarh Fort.

Mehrangarh Fort is the largest fort in India. It was built in 1459 by Rao Jodha. It is about 400 feet above the city and was towering over everything and was built on gigantic rock cliffs. A winding road leads to and from the city below.

This is a clip I took by the fort with couple friends I made in Rajasthan. You can see the city below a little and hear Rajasthani music in the background.

In order to gain entry into the Fort, you have to cross seven gates some of which still bear the imprints of the attacks that these gates have withstood. These gates, were built by Maharaja Man Singh to commemorate his victories over Jaipur and Bikaner armies. Inside its boundaries there are several palaces known for their intricate carvings, deep-terracotta colored, latticed palace complex and expansive courtyards which are beautiful examples of the asymmetry and symmetry that mark Rajput buildings. They house a museum, with a splendid collection of belongings of Indian royalty.

The palaces have very interesting names, such as the Moti Mahal (Pearl Palace), Sukh Mahal (Pleasure Palace), and Phool Mahal (Flower Palace). Pearl Palace was the place where the king used to meet his subjects. The Flower Palace houses the Jodhpur Coat of Arms. The Pleasure Palace was constructed specially for the women of the royal household. The latticed screens enabled them take a glimpse of the outside world without being observed. The inner courtyard was used for the Holi festival; the women in the Palace were able to view the festivities from above.

At the southern end of the fort, there are magical views and at times you can clearly hear voices and city sounds from below. There’s even a fort astrologer for consultation.


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