Kumbha Palace, Chittaurgarh
Rajasthan sightseeing tour must include
Rana Kumbha Palace, the most imposing monument
in the Chittorgarh fort. Rich heritage and
architecture define this palace. The palace
is a part of many legends associated with
the beautiful queen Padmini of Chittorgarh.
Named after the greatest of the Sisodias,
the palace is of prime importance for people
on their Chittorgarh tour.
Rana Kumbha Palace in Chittorgarh, Rajasthan
is of great historical and architectural
interest among the people on their visit
to Chittorgarh. Its ruins speaking volumes
of the glorious and courageous past of the
Rajputs is famed among the tourist attractions
The palace is approached through two gateways
to the east. The first gate is the immense
Badi Pol and the second is the more modest
Tripolia. The palace also housed elephants,
horse stables, and a Shiva temple. The palace
is in ruins but generates historical as
well as architectural interest. Originally
built by the founder of the House of Mewar,
Bappa Rawal in 734 AD, it was renovated
by Maharana KUMBHA (1433-1468). The famed
poetess, Princess MIRA BAI once lived here.
The legend of PANNA DHAI saving infant Udai
Singh is also associated with the palace.
The jauhar committed by Padmini is believed
to have taken place beneath the courtyard
along with her lady 700 followers to save
honor. “Bravely, they committed the
ultimate sacrifice of jauhar, the grisly
ritual of suicide by fire, rather than suffer
disgrace at the hands of the enemy”.
The archeologists are still in search of
the underground cellars where this hopeless
act to save their honor was performed.Places
of tourist interest in Chittorgarh fort
premises housed in the Rana Kumbha Palace
include Suraj Gokhra, Zanana Mahal, Kanwar
Pada Palace, Diwan-i-am and a Shiva temple.
Across the palace are the archaeological
office, museum and the treasury building.
The Singa Chowri Temple is nearby.