The Tragedy Of Chittorgarh

The Tragedy Of Chittorgarh

The Tragedy Of Chittorgarh

-By Bansari Pujara

The home to the largest fort of India as well as Asia, the Chittor Fort, this city resides in itself the history of India. Established as the capital of the Sisodia Rajput Dynasty of Mewar by Chitranga, a Mauryan king, this city has been the pinnacle of power as well as of destruction. With its history as vivid as the diversity of the Indian subcontinent, from the tales of Meerabai to those of Rani Padmini, this city has seen all.

The fortified city has been the symbol of Rajput chivalry and bravery for a long time. From the time the city was handed to Bappa Raval to the now, this fort, with numerous temples, gardens, ponds, and the palaces stand for the formidable heroism. Irrespective of the gender, the descendants of this place have always been glorified in the history of India.

This city has withstood numerous battles and three of the major sieges: the siege of 1303 by the Sultan of Delhi, Allaudin Khilji, the siege of 1535 by the Sultan of Gujarat, Bahadur Shah and the final siege or the siege of 1567 by Emperor Akbar. All three ended in the mass suicide by the Rajput women, “Jauhar” and the defeat of the rulers of the Chittorgarh.

Blinded by lust, the deviant Allaudin Khilji unethically captured Rana Ratan Singh, then ruler of Chittor to capture his beautiful wife, Rani Padmini. Driven by greed he massacred thousands of Hindus, but his wish to make Rani Padmini his never came true, as she committed Jauhar with the rest of the women of the palace.

In the 15th century, the eldest son of Rana Sanga married Meerabai, who had vowed her life to Lord Krishna, after her husband died, all she would do, was worship her lord who she considered to be her husband. Burdened by the societal norms and the pressure of her in-laws to leave her god, she decided to reside in the temple of Lord Vishnu, in Chittorgarh, where she would pray to her Lord Krishna. After various tries to kill her, she finally decides to leave the place and reside in Mathura. Folklore says, the day Meera left Chittor, the city's luck went with her.

The demolished palaces, the dilapidated temples, all sing the song of glory and stand for the Rajputs who never surrendered but fought for their honor, till the last of their breaths. Tainted with the mud of defeat, Chittorgarh still stands like a blooming lotus, in the history of India.