Gagron Fort is a famous visitors spot in Rajasthan where royal women committed Jauhar
Sanjay Leela Bhansali much talked movie Padmavat allow us to peep in the aura of royal families so that we can understand their tradition and culture. Now we all knew that Rani Padmavati committed Jauhar at Chittorgarh Fort. In the same way, many ladies and queens from royal families committed Jauhar at various places. In this article, we are going to discover Gagron Fort.
The Gagron Fort lies in Jhalawar district of Rajasthan. Constructed on the command of King Bijaldev of the Parmar dynasty in1195 AD, the Gagron Fort stands as an exceptional example of a grand edifice being enclosed with the woods and water from all sides. It rests on a hilltop where the rivers Kali Sindh and Ahu unite.
Co-incidentally, according to the local belief, the Mughal ruler Alauddin Khilji, had waged a battle not only on Chittorgarh but also invaded Gagron in 1300 AD. This fort alone has witnessed 14 battles and 2 incidents of Jauhar performed by the Rajput women. Keep reading to know what triggered the Jauhar incidents.
The Gagron Fort
Diwan-e-Aam, Diwan-e-Khaas, Janana Mahal, Madhusudan Temple,Rang Mahal are other historical attractions inside the fort. The fort is sanctified with the presence of temples dedicated to the holy deities Shiva, Durga and Ganesha. The shrine of Sufi Saint Mittheshah located just outside the main gates of the fort is another noteworthy attraction where grand celebrations are organised on Muharram.
The story of Jauhar in Gagron fort
The Gagron Fort has a tragic history. Achaldas Khinchi was the last ruler of the illustrious Gagron Fort. In the year 1423, the Sultan of Mandu, Hoshangshah, in associating with his royal allies, attacked Gagron Fort with a sea of armed soldiers along. The enemy surrounded the fort from all corners and attacked it. Although, King Achaldas fought very bravely, unfortunately, the enemy forces killed him by employing treachery. When the Queen of Malwa saw the enemy ranks marching towards the palace, she committed jauhar to salvage her honour and many other women of the palace followed suit.