"Jodhpur, The Blue City of Rajasthan" Jodhpur by OlivierB
Jodhpur Travel Guide: 7 reviews and 26 photos
Present Jodhpur and Adjoining Districts was known as the ancient kingdom of Marwad (Marwar) the Land of Death, the largest kingdom in Rajputana and the third largest of the Indian Kingdoms, after Kashmir and Hyderabad. Jodhpur, former capital of Marwad state, retains much of its medieval character. Beginning in 1549, when the city was called Jodhagarh, the Rathor clan of Rajputs fought and ruled from the virtually impregnable fort until their territory covered some 35,000 sq. miles making it the largest Rajput state.
According to Rathor tradition, the clan traces its origins back to the Hindu god, Rama, hero of the epic Ramayana, and thence to the sun. So the Rathors belong to the Suryavansha (solar race) branch of the Kshatriyas, the warrior caste of Hindus. Later, breaking into historical reality, in 470 A.D. Nayal Pal conquered the kingdom of Kanauj, near modern Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh. The Rathor capital for seven centuries, Kanauj fell in 1193 to the Afghan invader's led by Muhammad Ghori.
The blue houses are homes to Brahmins, the highest cast of Hindus.
Mehrangarh Fort (Jodhpur)
The Meherangarh fort, meaning the 'majestic fort', is set on a 125 mt high hill which can be accessed by a winding road uphill. The majestic for, built in 1806, is one of greet hilltop forts and can be seen from the surrounding part of the city. The medieval charm is displayed in the exquisitely carved panels and porches and the decorated walls and windows of Moti Mahal, Phool Mahal, Sheesh Mahal, Sileh Khana and Daulat Khana. Meherangarh has it's own architectural appeal, such as brilliant stained glass, that creates vibrant mosaics on the floors, with the passage of the sun through the day. The palace in this fort has it's own peculiar style. The only means to access royal residences are the narrow staircases built within. The fort still houses a collection of musical instruments palanquins, furniture and cannons. The well situated Meherangarh almost appears impressible. The battlements are set 400 ft above the hill. It has three gates, each built to commemorate a victory as well as to reinforce the fort
Sati (Su-thi , a.k.a. suttee) is the traditional Hindu practice of a widow immolating herself on her husband's funeral pyre.
"Sati" means a virtuous woman. A woman who dies burning herself on her husbands funeral fire was considered most virtuous, and was believed to directly go to heaven, redeeming all the forefathers rotting in hell, by this "meritorious" act. The woman who committed Sati was worshipped as a Goddess, and temples were built in her memory.
Sati was prevalent among certain sects of the society in ancient India, who either took the vow or deemed it a great honor to die on the funeral pyres of their husbands. Ibn Batuta (1333 A.D.) has observed that Sati was considered praiseworthy by the Hindus, without however being obligatory. The Agni Purana declares that the woman who commits sahagamana goes to heaven. However, Medhatiti pronounced that Sati was like suicide and was against the Shastras, the Hindu code of conduct. It is believed that they were not coerced, although several wives committed Sati. The majority of the widows did not undergo Sati.
OlivierB's Related Pages
Jodhpur Travel Guide
Member Travel Pages
- "THE 2ND LARGEST CITY"
- "Jodhpur, The Blue City of Rajasthan"
- "You won't feel blue around here"
- See All...
Explore the World
Badges & Stats in Jodhpur
- 0 Reviews
- 9 Photos
- 0 Forum posts
- 0 Comments
- See All Stats
- See All Badges (2)
Have you been to Jodhpur?Share Your Travels
Latest Activity in Jodhpur
Photos in JodhpurSee All Photos (9)
Top 10 Pages
- Mumbai Intro, 12 reviews, 17 photos, 1 travelogue
- Italy Intro, 27 photos, 3 travelogues
- Udaipur Intro, 18 photos, 5 travelogues
- Delhi Intro, 3 reviews, 14 photos, 1 travelogue
- Agra Intro, 1 review, 16 photos, 2 travelogues
- New York City Intro, 16 photos, 2 travelogues
- Jaipur Intro, 2 reviews, 14 photos, 2 travelogues
- Varanasi Intro, 11 photos, 1 travelogue
- Lucknow Intro, 1 review, 8 photos, 1 travelogue
- Jodhpur Intro, 9 photos, 1 travelogue
No friends yet.