Meera Temple. At the end of a 42 degree day we went to this place with a history of 1500 years of fortification. Many battles were fought here according to my host. Upon defeat thousands of women threw themselves on a fire rather than be taken captive by invaders - maybe not the good old days after all.
Chittorgarh Fort is the largest fort in India and the grandest in the state of Rajasthan. The fort, plainly known as Chittor, was the capital of Mewar and is today situated several kilometres by road south of Bhilwara. It was ruled initially by Guhilot and later by Sisodias, the Suryavanshi clans of Chattari Rajputs, from 7th century, until it was finally abandoned in 1568 after the siege by Emperor Akbar in 1567. It sprawls majestically over a hill 180 m (590.6 ft) in height spread over an area of 280 ha (691.9 acres) above the plains of the valley drained by the Berach River. The fort precinct with an evocative history is studded with a series of historical palaces, gates, temples and two prominent commemoration towers. These monumental ruins have inspired the imagination of tourists and writers for centuries.
The fort was sacked three times between 15th and 16th centuries; in 1303 Allauddin Khilji defeated Rana Ratan Singh, in 1535 Bahadur Shah, the Sultan of Gujarat defeated Bikramjeet Singh and in 1567 Emperor Akbar defeated Maharana Udai Singh II who left the fort and founded Udaipur. Each time the men fought bravely rushing out of the fort walls charging the enemy but lost every time. Following these defeats, Jauhar was committed thrice by more than 13,000 ladies and children of the Rajput heroes who laid their lives in battles at Chittorgarh Fort, first led by Rani Padmini wife of Rana Rattan Singh who was killed in the battle in 1303, and later by Rani Karnavati in 1537 AD.
Thus, the fort represents the quintessence of tribute to the nationalism, courage, medieval chivalry and sacrifice exhibited by the Mewar rulers of Sisodia and their kinsmen and women and children, between the 7th century and 16th century. The rulers, their soldiers, the women folk of royalty and the commoners considered death as a better option than dishonor in the face of surrender to the Muslim invading armies.
Notes from Wikipedia.
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s_lush (16602) 2011-05-09 22:01
This ancient fort looks highly impressive and interesting in your picture. The composition, light, colors, and the architecture itself are perfect here. Excellent presentation of this historic place!
mozzy27 (2) 2011-05-10 1:39
Fascinating history, I like this capture, the POV is different with the dark building in the FG but the lighting on the golden building is fantastic with it's amazing architecture set against the sunset.
batalay (40385) 2011-05-10 22:39
Rajasthan and its famous fort was one of the sites I wanted very much to see last July, alas we ran out of time. The fort, seen with brilliant golden at sunset, with the dark structure in the foreground framing it is really very effective.
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pierrefonds (71137) 2011-05-13 5:19
The fort is well placed in the frame. The point of view is showing the details and colors of the architecture of the Rajasthan Fort. The light of the sunset is bringing out the beauty of the colors. Have a nice day.
jhm (160023) 2011-05-21 0:51
Great contrast picture with a dark and nice light image.
Exactly two layers with a fantastic result
There are lots of beautiful detail in this perfectly harmonious pictures.
You chose a very well angle.
Nice perspective and depth image.
Sharpness and clarity are lovely for look at.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice weekend,
jemaflor (103133) 2011-06-03 7:01
Great golden light, well captured, composition well seen with this interesting contrast with the left side and the shadow, tfs.
paura (47186) 2011-06-03 15:26
O lugar Ú muito interessante e gosto especialmente dos contrastes entre as partes iluminadas, com diversas fontes e intensidades. Uma linda imagem.
kmangwani (338) 2011-08-06 4:29
Love the lighting in your picture, and the grain adds the antique quality to the whole scene. This can go down as one timeless structure.
- Copyright: Murray Lines (MLINES) (12516)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2011-05-03
- Categories: Architecture, Ruins
- Camera: Canon IXUS 300 HS
- Exposure: f/2, 1/25 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Date Submitted: 2011-05-09 17:25