Jalore Fort, Jalore
The main attraction of Jalore is its fort, which was one of the 'nine castles of Maru', under the Parmaras in the 10th century. Jalore retains an impressive fort which has been known over history as the Sonagir or the 'golden mount'.
It is situated in south of Jalore 1200 feet over the mountains. A zig zag way leads to the fort upon the mountain where on each step the height goes on increasing. The first gate comes while climbing upward called Suraj Pole. Arch of this gate is of immense beauty. Here you will find small rooms where the security guards used to stay. To refrain from artillery firing a huge wall surrounds the gate from front.
This wall is around 25 feet high and 15 feet in width. After walking for another half a mile, we reach a second gate known as Dhruv Pole. This obstacle was also peculiar from defense point of view. Without winning this post , entry into the fort was negligible.
Third gate is called Chand Pole which is more grand, strong and beautiful from others. From here onwards the rampart that runs along the way on both sides is divided into many parts and conceals within it rounded surface of mountain and then expands. The place between third & fourth gates, Fourth gate is called Sire Pole. One part of the rampart before reaching there takes a left turn upwards and touches the highest part of the mountain and the second rampart moves towards right sick and while encircling mountain peals around it meets the first boundary.
The length of the fort is approx 1 Km. and breadth is 0.5 km. Presently there is palace of king Mansingh, two water reservoirs, one Shiv Temple, temple of goddesses Jogmaya, station of Viram Dev, three Jain temples shrine of Mallik Shah and One Mosque.
Among temples, the temple of Parshavnath is the grandest of all. The idols sculpted on the walls in the back side of temple attracts most visiters.
Moving from the four faced Jain Temple to the palace of Mansingh, one pillar of Parmar dynasty stands reserved on a small platform. Probably this is the only memorial of Parmars. The human height red stones pillar instantly speaks out the beauty of its artistic sculpting. Before many decades this pillar was found while cleaning a water reservoir that was situated here.
While entering the palace of Man Singh one big square meeting hall comes, whose right side is a hall. In this hall there is one broken and one big artillery machine is placed. Some artilleries could be found here and there in forts compound. Just down of Mansingh Palace towards general way are casements on height are good example of rock out. Two storyed queen palace is also there is this Palace. In its courtyard is one underground reservoir that is now not open for general public.
In the palace, you will find big storage houses that were used for storing foodgrains, Ghee etc. Behind the palace is a Shiv Temple. There is also one big ShivLing of white marble located there. From the backside of the temple the way leads towards the water reservoir where there is a temple of goddesses Chamunda. In this temple is found a inscription on which it is mentioned that war encircled king KanherDev was given magical sword by goddesses Bhagwati here.
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