SPECIAL INTEREST TOUR
Rajasthan Rajasthan with Goa
Rajasthan with Goa. India has a coastline of over seven... Read more
kerala Kerala Tour
Kerala is one of India’s larges ports and a major naval base.... Read more
Jalore Forts and Palaces

Jalore Fort

Jalor' , also known as Jalore , is a city in Rajasthan state of western India . Jalore Fort is the main attraction of Jalore , a town in the Indian state of Rajasthan , one of the nine castles of the Maru ', under the Paramaras in the 10th century. It is one of the most famous and impressive forts in the state and has been known through history as the Sonagir or the ‘golden mount'. It is the administrative headquarters of Jalor District Jalore Fort is the main attraction of Jalore, a town in the Indian state of Rajasthan, one of the nine castles of the Maru’, under the Paramaras in the 10th century. It is one of the most famous and impressive forts in the state and has been known through history as the Sonagir or the ‘golden mount’. Jalore fort is perched atop a steep and perpendicular hill. It commands the town from rocky outcrop 336m (1200 ft) high fortified with a wall and bastions with cannon mounted upon them. The fort has four gigantic gates however it is approachable only from one side, after a two-mile long serpentine ascent. The approach to the fort is from the north, up a steep, slippery road through three rows of fortification to a single rampart wall 6.1m (20ft) high. It takes a good two hours to climb. The fort is built on the lines of traditional Hindu architecture.

The Attractions inside the Fort

Topekhana :
One of the most important structures with in the fort is the Topekhana or "the cannon foundry". The building is not in the best of conditions now, but its architecture indicates that this structure must have been awesome in the old days. The structure is imposing, with a spacious forecourt and an intricate facade. The colonnade and the ceiling are tastefully carved.The Topkhana was built in the 14th century by Ala ud din Khilji who conquered Jalore's fort from the Rajputs, and it is said he made the mosque using ruins of 84 Hindu and Jain temples.

The Fort Mosques:
Topekhana Masjid (Arsenal Mosque) and the Kila Masjid (Fort Mosque) within the fort are also noteworthy as they demonstrates the widespread influence of the architectural decorations associated with the Gujarati styles of the period (i.e. late 16th century).Another shrine in the fort is that of Saint Rehmad Ali Baba. Near the main gate there is the tomb of Malik Shah, a noted Mohammedan saint.

The Jain Temples:
Jalore is also a place of pilgrimage for Jains and the famous Jain temples of Adinath, Mahavira, Parsvanath and Santinath are located here.The oldest temple is that of Adinath, which existed as far back as in the 8th century. The mandapa was subsequently built in 1182 A.D. by Yasovira, a Srimali vaishya. The temple stands out the most among the dark fort walls and rocky surrounding . Built in white marble this imposing structure is quite a sight.

Hindu Temples:
There is an old Shiva temple, a temple devoted to Lord Shiva. A triple temple dedicated to Amba mata, Ashapuri and Hanuman (the monkey god) is also located within the fort premises.

Special Rajasthan Tour