We asked him why there were so many temples considering the population had been so small. He commented that the reason was that the people didn’t want to walk far to pray at the temple. The cost of maintaining the temples now falls to the Indian government.
The Chand Pol or Moon Gate was the main gate for the commoners. The gate's upper story, called the Naubatkhana, housed the kettle drums and other musical instruments. Naubat was a type of music which had its own specific protocol that had to be strictly followed when played as the listeners were expected to be silent. It is believed that the tradition of playing the Naubat dates back to the time of Alexander the Great.
The other entrance was the Sun Gate located on the eastern side of the fort. Above, the former horse stables in the entrance area.
We admired the striking white marble pillars and red sandstone architectural style of the Diwan.
The gold colored paint though was only visible from certain angles.
Some of the 100 latrines found throughout the palace! These were supplied with both hot and cold water and were probably used by the Ruler and the Royal Family. Lit torches provided light at night.
Steven with our great guide, Ahmed. He commented that the same astrologer helped plan the
My first time seeing snake charmers!
Photos from Jaigarh Fort:
Jaigarh Fort is one of the few military structures of medieval India preserved almost intact that contain palaces, gardens, open and covered reservoirs, a granary, an armory, cannon foundry, several temples, a tall tower and a giant mounted cannon!
We felt like we had been transported to the desert landscape of the American southwest seeing the terrain here.
This cannon was built in 1724 in Jaigarh.
The doormat to 800 year old Rama and Vishnu in the shrine above and below.
Holy water poured on Hindu devotees' hands before entering the small shrine.
The Lalit Mandir or Summer Palace was a seventeenth century 'double story' building and consisted of a large courtyard with 12 pillars in the Central Hall. The upper story had bedrooms and verandas with attached balconies. The bedrooms had the stone screen with the intricate stone work that allowed cool breezes to enter and which we had seen elsewhere in India.
The Dining Hall used for men only.
The Royal Ladies' Hall. The women's traditional costumes used to be skirts and blouses that were worn with a multi covered scarf. While dining, servants were present and provided 'services' to the royal ladies who ate both vegetarian and non vegetarian food.