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FORT CHITTOR history

Chittor is a fort which defies chivalry and a tragedy.the fort was attacked many times from the foreign invaders and each time when rajput warrior realised that odds were impossible they choose death before dishonour and womens performed jauhar.
Death before dishonour was first started by queen padmini,king rattan singh's wife and queen of chittor. she was the most beautiful queen in india the other queen were no match to her beauty. The word of her beauty reached sultan of Delhi, Ala-ud-din khilji so he decided to make her his queen.
IN 1303 sultanate of delhi raised his army and marched towards chittor and word got to rattan singh that sultanate of delhi wanted to see padmini.

Ratan singh knew his soldiers were no match for sultans army, So rana agreed,then put certain conditions of entry to the fort. Sultan of delhi agreed to enter the fort unarmed and only to watch padmini's reflection
from the mirror,while she sat on her palace inside the lotus pool.
But her reflection wasn't enough for sultan, so Ala-ud-din tricked Ratan Singh to escort him to the gate, then sultan of delhi gave orders to his forces in waiting.The rana was taken as hostage and the ransom demanded of his safe return was padmini,soo wicked the thaughts of the evil sultan.

The palace was thrown in panic,but queen padmini had a plan of her own, she agreed to sultans term and soon 150 beautiful curtained queens and womens all of them face covered marched slowly outside of fort.and soon those covered women who were rajputs warriors jumped and reached near ratan singh and rescued the rana.

The sultan of delhi was outplayed and angry so he laid siege to the fort, and waited patiently to starve the rajputs.Rajput's knew sultan could not be defeated,and rajput did not wanted dishonour of surrending to evil sultan. So it was first time a brave event took place of honour,it was queen padmini who started a funeral fire inside the palace tunnel,all the palace ladies and queen dressed in their wedding saris and submitted themselves into the fire. The man of rana wore the saffron robes and ashes on their foreheads rodeout of the fort until to do or die to certain death.

Inside the fort history

Chittor was first mentioned in mahabharat as bhim one of pandavas struck the ground so hard that large amount of water started comingout and that and that water can be still found here flowing even in drought seasons.

Chittor fort was build and founded by Bappa Rawal of sisodia and it dates from mid 7th to 8th century.In the history of chittor it was attacked 24times by muslim invaders,and it only lost 3 times in its history. Chittors first defeat happend in 1303 by ala-ud-din khilji, then in 1535 by sulatn of gujarat Bahadur shah attacked the fort and the rajputs showed its chivarly and braverly when the odds were against them 13000 rajputs women and 32000 rajput warriors died in jahaur in battle and once again foreign army returned empty handed.

Thirty three years later in 1568 mughal empreror akbar attacked the fort and once again Rajput warriors putup a brave fight and rodeout to certain death.Maharaja udai singhII escaped from the attack on request of the brave two brothers who gave their life for their rana to build and establish his new kingdom in saftey of a hills in udaipur. The fort was restored in 1905.

TOWER OF VICTORY

jaya stamba also known as tower of victory was built by Rana Kuumba to celebrate victory over foreign invader mahmud khilji in 1440.

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