Heritage Walk Mehrangarh Fort Jodhpur

By Sanjeev Nayyar Sanjeev@esamskriti.com | 2022

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1. Back side or east facing view of fort. On right of pic see steps going upwards.

2. East view corner of fort. Note temple at end of fort wall. See waterbody and steps. All forts have waterbodies.

3. Blue City View from top of fort. Exit left of pic is way down to blue city. Extreme right of pic white colour is Shree Chamunda Mata Temple. A garden was being made when I visited in 2013. See waterbody on right of pic. Note different level of fortifications.

4. Fatehpol. "Rao Jodha (ruled 1438-89) began to build a fort at a new site 6 miles to the south of Mandore, on an isolated rock with a higher elevation & better natural defences. Jodhpur, the town that sprang up at its base, was named after him. Mehrangarh means `Fort of the Sun` a ref to the Rathore`s descent from the sun god Surya."

5. Fatehpol, is east facing entrance, was built in 1719 to commemorate the recapture of Marwar from the Mughals in 1707. Mughal downfall accelerated after death of Aurangzeb. Now days entrance by road from west side but this earlier entrance. Ditto in Chittorgarh.

6. View of fortification walls and palace above. “Fort stands a hundred feet in splendor on a perpendicular cliff, four hundred feet above the sky line of Jodhpur. Burnished red sand stone, imposing, invincible and yet with a strange haunting beauty that beckons.”

7. We enter the by-lanes of the Blue City.

8. Used to place Diyas (earthen lamps). In Maharashtra called Deepstambh.

9. Traditional entrance to Haveli. This one belongs to Madan Mohanji.

10. Narrow lane, traditional homes on either side.

11. Traditional designed home sharing wall with a recent structure (right of pic).

12. Took this pic from second floor terrace of a home. Blue City View. "Over 500 yards long, fort wall rises in places to a height of 120 feet and is 70 feet thick.”

13. Note how fort walls made on rocky hill. Wonder how they did so. Extreme right of pic white colour is Shree Chamunda Mata Temple.

14. Back on the road, looks like a nice homestay.

15. Playing card post lunch. Entrance to Balkrishna Lalji ki Haveli.

16. Haveli view, impressive.

17. This is the Sri Krishna-Radhe temple.

18. We walked through shopping area. This is Bandini stuff.

19. Shop selling Bangles.

20. Shri Kunj Bihari Ji ka Mandir. Temple was opened to public in 1790. Jodhpur ruler Maharaja Dheeraj, Shri Vijay Singh and Shri Mati Gulab Rai commissioned the making of this temple.

21. Their great-grand father or grand-father made medals for royal house of Jodhpur.

22. Examples of his work. Please help with information-name of person and his work.

23. Examples of his work.

24. Another view of Blue City, not sure if this is part of the fort.

25. We completed the walk. This is a west front facing view of the fort.

26. Cushion covers being sold.

27. Colourful shop in blue city market.

28. Open area market-bangles being sold. Ladies selling, observe their heads closely to see jewelery worn.

29. Clock tower. Ghantaghar market.

30. Locally made pickles for sale.

31. Rajasthan famous for Mojris and Camel leather bags. Post this there was a huge water body with fountain.

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