Rudyard Kipling describes it as ‘the Work of Giants’. Here, ‘It’ refers to the majestic Mehrangarh fort, which stands on a perpendicular cliff, above the skyline of Jodhpur. Narrating the true spirit of Rathores, Mehrangarh is one of the best preserved forts in India. A true citadel of the sun, Mehrangarh fort was founded by Rao Jodha in the 15th century. Since then, every new stone and brick added in the fortress describes the heroic and courageous tales of the Rathores.
For the tourists to explore, Mehrangarh fort has several brilliantly crafted palaces which include Moti Mahal, Phool Mahal, Sheesh Mahal, Sileh Khana, Jhanki Mahal and Phool Mahal. In order to keep the antiques of Mehrangarh preserved, buildings in the fort premises serve as museums which host a collection of musical instruments, furniture, palanquins, paintings and canons.
Heritage temples inside Mehrangarh fort
The sprawling complex of the Mehrangarh fort houses the royal temples which once served as the family temples of the Rathore dynasty. On the extreme right of the fort complex, lies the historic Nagnechiji temple. Just adjacent to it is the Chamunda Devi temple, which is dedicated to Goddess Durga. After a gunpowder explosion in the 18th century, the temple was reconstructed by the ruler Takhat Singh.