Udaipur Was Protected by These Gates - Five gates that kept Mewar safe

Udaipur Was Protected by These Gates - Five gates that kept Mewar safe, it tells about the historical gates built in the passes near Udaipur.

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Even before Emperor Akbar's attack on Chittor in 1567-68 AD, Maharana Udai Singh had started looking for a safe place for the new capital of Mewar.

For this he selected a place surrounded by Aravali hills on all sides which was called Girva.

Maharana Udai Singh established the city of Udaipur at this place on the day of Akshaya Tritiya in 1553 AD, which later remained the capital of Mewar for many centuries.

The proof of the establishment of Udaipur comes from the historical Tamrapatra of land donation received from a Brahmin family along with an inscription of Piplaj Mata temple of Sukher village.

Besides, the Moti Mahal built by Maharana Udai Singh on Moti Magri is also a living proof of this.

Keep in mind that at many places the establishment of Udaipur is also said to be on the day of Akshaya Tritiya in 1559 AD, but in our opinion, the City Palace was built here instead of Udaipur in this year.

Although the high hills surrounding Udaipur used to act as a security wall, but to further strengthen its security, the Maharanas here closed the passes between these hills with doors.

Thus, to protect Udaipur, five strong gates were constructed in all four directions at a distance of about 10-20 kilometers from the palace.

These doors were built in Chirva Valley, Debari Valley, Ghasiyar, Bhallo Ka Guda and Kevra Ki Nal. At that time to enter Udaipur one had to pass through these gates.

Of these gates, now only the gates of Debari and Chirwa valley are left safe, the other three have almost turned into ruins due to lack of maintenance.

Today we will talk about these five doors, along with their history, we will also look at their present condition. Let's start.

Door of Chirwa Valley

First of all we talk about the door of Chirava Valley. This gate is built in the Chirwa Valley, about 16 kilometers north of the City Palace of Udaipur.

This door was constructed between 1620-1652 AD during the tenure of Maharana Karan Singh and Maharana Jagat Singh I.

During the princely times, this was a trade route and tax was collected from the travelers here. During the time of Maharana Raj Singh, there was a war at this place between the army of Aurangzeb and Mewar.

Approximately eight meters high, six meters thick and four and a quarter meters wide, this door appears quite strong. There is also a security wall built on the hill on both sides of the door.

Till a few years ago, the main road from Udaipur to Nathdwara used to pass through this gate, but now a new route has been made by making a tunnel under this gate.

Now the old spiral road passing through this door has been converted into a valley of flowers. Valley of Flowers is now a main tourist destination of Udaipur where zipline is also available along with adventurous activities.

Now you have to take an entry ticket to reach the door, so whenever you go for Zipline in the Valley of Flowers, definitely see this door.

Debari Valley Door

Now let us talk about the door of Debari Valley, this door is built in Debari Valley on Chittorgarh Highway, about 15 kilometers away from the City Palace of Udaipur.

Debari was once the residence of Deora Rajputs, hence this place is also called Deora Bari. Some people also call it Devwari.

The gate of Debari is also very strong and has the remains of the fort wall on both sides. The wall on the southern side has been destroyed due to the construction of the Udaipur Chittor Highway.

This door was built by Maharana Udai Singh, which was caused a lot of damage by Akbar, Jahangir etc. Maharana Raj Singh rebuilt it and made it stronger.

There is an ancient stepwell built near the door, in front of which is the Rajarajeshwar temple of Bholenath.

There are some cenotaphs built in front of the door which testify to the war that took place at this place. Among these cenotaphs, one cenotaph belongs to Ballu ji Champawat or his son.

Bhallo Ka Gudha Door or Lakadkot Gate

Now let us talk about the door of Bhallo ka Guda, this door is built in Bhallo ka Guda near Lakdwas village, about 20 kilometers away from the City Palace of Udaipur.

Because it is built near Lakadwas village, this door is called Lakadkot. This door, about ten meters high, is in a very dilapidated condition on the eastern slope of the hill near Bada Magra.

This gate was part of a small fort, built in the mountain pass to prevent the entry of outside attackers. A long wall was also built on top of the hill with round bastions for protection on either side of the door.

Kevda Ki Naal Gate

Now let us talk about the door of Kevade ki Naal, Kevade ki Naal is a pass in the south direction, about 15 kilometers away from the City Palace of Udaipur.

In ancient times, there was an entrance gate in this pass to enter Udaipur, of which now only remains remain. There is a dense forest in the canal of Kevada. Now the road connecting Udaipur to Jaisamand passes through this drain.

Ghasiyar Gate

Now let us talk about the last door whose name is Ghasiyar Ka Darwaja. This door is built on the Udaipur Gogunda Highway near Shrinathji Temple of Ghasiar, about 20 kilometers west of the City Palace of Udaipur.

The ruins of this door are present at the beginning of the road leading to Kundeshwar Mahadev Temple on the right side of the highway. Now only a little remains of this door is left, which does not even look like a door.

The security wall around it has also been destroyed but the remains of the ancient security wall are still visible on the nearby hill.

That's all for today, we hope you liked the information given by us. Please share your opinion by commenting.

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Map Location of Gates of Udaipur

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Udaipur Was Protected by These Gates Five gates that kept Mewar safe


Ramesh Sharma {M Pharm, MSc (Computer Science), PGDCA, MA (History), CHMS}

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