Jaigarh Fort in Jaipur was built by King (Maharaja) Jai Singh II and King Mirza Raja Jai Singh in 1726 ( 18th Century ), Designed by an architect named Vidyadhar.
Jaigarh Fort Palace reflects the rich heritage and architecture of the Rajput era, Jaigarh Fort Jaipur is architecturally similar to Amber Fort Jaipur.
The Jaigarh Fort Jaipur is well covered with walls of red sandstone from all around.
The Jaigarh Fort was built to secure Jaipur city and Amber Fort for warlords and rivals, This almost-intact fort is surrounded by huge battlements and is connected to the Amber Fort with subterranean passages. Jaigarh Fort offers a panoramic view of Jaipur City. Jaigarh Fort Located on Hill of Eagles (Cheel Ka Teela) of Aravali range of Hills.
World's Largest canon on wheels Jaivana
The World's Largest canon on wheels Jaivana is one of the biggest attraction of the Jaigarh Fort, Was Manufactured in the fort Premises. The cannon was fired only once with a charge of 100 kilograms (220 lb) of gunpowder and when fired covered a distance of about 35 kilometers.
Jaigarh Fort Jaipur became one of the main Canon foundries due to the abundance of arms and ammunition, It was looked after by Dara Shikoh, but when he was defeated by Aurangzeb, the fort under the rule of Jai Singh, who renovated and refurbished it. there is a separate section in the fort, devoted to displaying the armories of the fort, it features swords, shields, guns, muskets, and cannonballs up-to 50 kilograms, and the museum within the campus display photographs, stamps etc. from the ancient times, and a assembly hall of the warriors called 'Shubhat Niwas'.
The history of the fort
One interesting story goes with the history of the fort, According to folklore, the rulers buried a huge treasure in the soil of the fort. It is also believed that a huge treasury was discovered here and captured by the Government of Rajasthan when the renovation works were carried out at Fort in 1970. but other said the treasure was never recovered.
The Former Emperors of the Fort namely, Sawai Bhawani Singh and Major General Man Singh II also served as the top Officials in the Indian Army, after the country became Republic.
The architecture of the Jaigarh Fort
Jaigarh Fort is a highly fortified fort which has huge thick walls made up of red sandstone. The fort has different palaces, courtrooms. The fort has a watchtower from where you can enjoy an amazing view of the surrounding area.
Dungar Darwaza is the main entrance of the fort. There are two temples within the fort precincts, one is the Ram Harihar temple of the 10th century and the other one is the Kal Bhairav temple of 12th-century vintage.
The Laxmi Vilas, Lalit Mandir, Aram Mandir and the Vilas Mandir. The fort has a well-tended garden which can be viewed by tourists even today along with an armory and a museum.
The Jaigarh fort was never conquered in battle and was also the strongest of the three forts in Jaipur. During the Mughal dynasty, the fort bore witness to an ambush by Aurangzeb who defeated and killed his own brother who was the overseer of the cannon outpost in the fort. Apart from that, the fort never witnessed any major resistance, and only test-fired the world's largest cannon, once!
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