Unknown Facts about Kumbhalgarh Fort

Unknown Facts about Kumbhalgarh Fort, it tells about the unknown mysterious facts and secrets of world famous Kumbhalgarh Fort near Udaipur Rajasthan.


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You must have heard about the Kumbhalgarh fort; so many historical events have happened in this fort, about many of which you might not even be aware.

The Kumbhalgarh fort holds its own unique place in the whole world. This is the heritage that has displayed the royal life of India along with its architecture all over the world.

Today we are going to talk about some facts related to the Kumbhalgarh fort, after which you will be able to know more about the historical importance of this fort.

So let's start and learn some unknown secrets related to the Kumbhalgarh fort.

Facts about Kumbhalgarh Fort


1. The Kumbhalgarh Fort is so famous for its strategic and historical importance, along with its architecture and craft, that in 2013, UNESCO declared it a World Heritage Site.

2. The Kumbhalgarh Fort is also known as the Hidden Gems. The biggest feature of this fort is its location.

Due to being surrounded by Aravali hills on all sides in the midst of dense forest, this fort is not visible even from a very close distance.

Due to its structure and location, this fort was saved from enemies because it was very difficult to reach it.

3. Apart from being called Kumbhalgarh, this fort is also known by the names Kumbhalmer, Mewar's Eye, Ajaygarh, etc. This fort is built at an altitude of about 1100 metres above sea level.

4. For the height of this fort, Akbar's Navratna Abul Fazl has written that this fort is built at such a height that the turban falls down from the head when looking up.

5. The Kumbhalgarh fort is surrounded by a very strong rampart from all sides. On this rampart, there are several bastions in the form of pots at regular intervals.

This rampart of Kumbhalgarh is the second-largest wall in the world after the Great Wall of China, which is about 36 kilometres in length and about seven metres in width. Four horsemen can walk on this wall simultaneously.

6. There is also a mysterious story behind the construction of the fort wall. It is said that when the construction of this wall started in 1443, many problems started coming up.

To remove these obstacles, Rana Kumbha called a saint and told him his problems. That saint said that the wall can be built only when someone voluntarily sacrifices himself.

Seeing the concern of Rana Kumbha, a saint got ready to sacrifice himself. That saint said that he would walk on the hill, and wherever he stopped, he should be sacrificed, and a temple of the mother goddess should be built at that place.

It is said that the saint stopped after walking for 36 kilometres. He was sacrificed at the same place where he stopped. In this way, the construction work of the 36-kilometre-long wall of Kumbhalgarh was completed.

7. The Kumbhalgarh fort has been protected by many huge gates, which are known as Pol. Among these gates or Pols, an ancient statue of Hanumanji is situated on the Hanuman pole.


This statue is a symbol of Maharana Kumbha's victory over Mandore, and the idol was brought from Mandore itself.

8. Before Maharana Kumbha, there were ruins of the fort of Mauryan dynasty kings at the place of Kumbhalgarh fort.

Later, Maharana Kumbha got the present fort constructed between 1443 and 1458 under the supervision of his famous sculptor and architect, Mandan.

9. Sultan Ahmed Shah of Gujarat, Sultan Mahmood Khilji of Malwa, and Akbar's Mughal army attacked the Kumbhalgarh fort many times, but apart from once, no one actually captured this fort.

After the Battle of Haldighati, Akbar's general Shahbaz Khan captured this fort in 1578 AD, but by 1585, this fort again came under the control of Maharana Pratap.

In this way, this fort remained under the authority of Mughal Emperor Akbar for only 7 years in its entire history. Apart from Akbar, no other ruler could capture this fort.

10. The Kumbhalgarh fort has also been a place of refuge for the Maharanas of Chittor in difficult times. It is said that Maharana Pratap stayed in this fort for a long time after the Battle of Haldi Ghati.

11. The childhood of Kunwar Sanga (Rana Sanga) and Kunwar Prithviraj, the grandson of Maharana Kumbha and son of Rana Raimal, passed in this fort.

When Panna Dhay's son Chandan was killed by Banveer instead of Kunwar Uday Singh in the fort of Chittor, Panna Dhay saved Kunwar Uday Singh and brought him to Kumbhalgarh. Kunwar Uday Singh's childhood was also spent in this fort.

12. The brave warrior Maharana Pratap was born in Kumbhalgarh fort itself, which means that Kumbhalgarh fort is the birth place of Maharana Pratap.

Jhali Rani Ka Mahal, or Jhali Rani Ka Malia, is present in this fort near the present Badal Mahal. Maharana Pratap was born in this palace.

13. Inside the Kumbhalgarh fort, there is another fort built on the top of the hill, which is known as Katargarh. The Kumbha Mahal is built in this Katargarh.

Badal Mahal is the highest point of the Kumbhalgarh Fort. This palace is higher than the clouds in the sky. In the rainy season, clouds are visible all around this palace.

Badal Mahal is the newest construction on these premises and was built by Maharana Fateh Singh. Badal Mahal has been given a little grandeur, which includes the Zenana and the Mardana Mahal.

14. It is said that during the period of Maharana Kumbha, there were more than 360 temples inside the fort, of which more than 300 were Jain temples. Even today, you can see the remains of these temples at various places in the fort.

15. Vedi temple group is present in the fort. This temple group was built by Maharana Kumbha in 1457 AD to perform Yagya after the construction of the fort was completed. Because it was the place where the Yagya were performed, this place was known as Yajnavedi.

16. In 1458 AD, Maharana Kumbha got the temple of Neelkanth Mahadev constructed. There is a huge idol of Lord Shiva in this temple. It is said that Maharana Kumbha used to worship Lord Shiva while sitting next to the Shivalinga.

Maharana Kumbha had built the Mamadev Temple in the Kumbhalgarh Fort. This temple is also known as the Kumbh Shyam Temple.

17. The unbeatable Maharana Kumbha was assassinated by his son Kunwar Uda Singh (Uday Singh I), who was obsessed with the prospect of succeeding his father as king, close to a pond, not far from this temple.

18. The fort is said to have two cenotaphs for Rana Sanga's brother, Prithviraj. One cenotaph is in the western foothills of the fort where he died, and the other cenotaph is near the Kund near Mamadev Temple, where he was cremated.

Prithviraj's cenotaph, made of 12 pillars, is very famous for its craft. Prithviraj was known as Udna Prithviraj because of his fast running speed.

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