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Gagaron Fort of Rajasthan also listed by UNESCO

05 Dec

In India, there are many forts and temples present all over the country. They have many historical roots which connect Indians to their ancestors and with the history of their birth place. In many states there are many large forts which were constructed by the kings earlier to get protected from enemies and fight from them.

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Gagron Fort, Jhalawar in Rajasthan

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Gagron Fort (Image by William Warren on Flickr)

Forts are the specialty of Rajasthan and it is very famous for this worldwide. A majority of forts of India is situated in Rajasthan. Among many forts, the fort of Gagaron is very famous. The beautiful fort of Gagaron is a very good epitome of a fort surrounded by water and thus is popularly known as “Water Fort” and “Jal Durg” in Hindi. This fort is among the famous 9 forts which have been mentioned in the mythological books of India.  This fort was started to build in the 7th century and was completed in the 14th century. A Dargah of sufi saint ‘Mittheshah’ is situated outside the fort where Moharram is celebrated and a fair is organized every year.   Gagaron fort has the name of one another famous saint associated with it. He is Saint Pipa Ji who was “Guru Ramanand’s” follower. He was among the main disciples as well as the contemporary of Kabir Saint too.

Dargah of Sufi Saint Mitteshah, Jhalawar

Dargah of Sufi Saint Mitteshah, Jhalawar in Rajasthan (Image by Pavan Gupta on Flickr)

This fort of Garagon has recently been recognized internationally as the World Heritage Site with other five forts of Rajasthan by UNESCO. These forts are unique in the fact that they are surrounded by defending natural landscapes like forests, water bodies, etc.

Location and surroundings of the fort

Gagaron fort is one of the famous forts of Rajasthan in the city of Jhalawar and is 12 kms away from the Jhalawar. The 2 water bodies namely the river Kali Sindh and the river Ahu surrounds Gagaron from its three sides.  The fourth side of this fort was a deep ditch for protection against the enemies but is not present today.  Apart from its rivers this fort has also a dense forest situated behind it. It has the known hill range of “Mukundarrah” due to which this fort is also known as forest fort or ‘vana durg’.  The presence of forests and water bodies made the fort very protected.

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Bridge of Gagron Fort

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Image by William Warren on Flickr

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Image by William Warren on Flickr

Historical Significance

Gagaron fort was built under the rule of the king “Achaldas Khinchi” who got this fort built to protect its army and citizens from the Malwa ruler “Hoshang Shah”. He was the Mandu ruler and proved to be stronger over Raja Khinchi. The king sensing the defeat, with his army and all other Rajputs rushed to fight against the ruler Hoshang but ultimately faced death fighting and protecting their region. The queens and the ladies opted for Johar which was a historical practice done by ladies to surrender themselves to fire. This fort is known for this story of sacrifice, heroism and bravery of the Khinchi rulers and queens.

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Gagron Fort Entrance

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Ruins of Gagron Fort

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Image by Pavan Gupta on Flickr

In medieval India, before the formation of cities like Kota, Bundi, Jhalawar, Gagaron city was very known and superior in Malwa.

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17 responses to “Gagaron Fort of Rajasthan also listed by UNESCO

  1. lesliebc

    December 5, 2013 at 8:26 pm

    Gorgeous photos! Are they yours? What a fascinating place!

    Leslie
    abcw team

     
  2. cindy knoke

    December 5, 2013 at 10:07 pm

    gorgeous! reminds me of mont st michel~

     
  3. Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti

    December 6, 2013 at 2:14 am

    What a interesting and historical place. The more I learn about Rajasthan, the more I want to visit it!

     
  4. ventisqueras

    December 6, 2013 at 5:23 am

    la loro imponenza e la loro bellezza mi fanno sognare mondi perduti e forse difficilmente immaginabili nella loro vera essenza
    ancora grazie

    their grandeur and beauty make me dream of lost worlds and perhaps hardly imaginable in their true essence
    Thanks again

     
  5. Roger Green

    December 6, 2013 at 11:50 am

    Lovely shots indeed, and a crafty use of U!

    ROG, ABCW

     
  6. kirsty Vittetoe

    December 7, 2013 at 3:47 am

    Beautiful places, thanks for sharing!

     
  7. Swati Singh

    December 17, 2013 at 4:35 am

    Thanks friends!!

     
  8. file share ringtones iphone

    December 20, 2013 at 10:52 am

    This is my first time go to see at here and i am in
    fact impressed to read all at one place.

     
  9. lagottocattleya

    December 20, 2013 at 3:30 pm

    Simply gorgeous!

     
  10. Freya

    December 22, 2013 at 11:41 am

    Great shots, I visited a few forts in India and this one is indeed spectacular.

     
  11. Maxima

    December 23, 2013 at 6:12 am

    Best Wishes for the New Year! With love Maxima

     
  12. Joop

    December 28, 2013 at 9:27 am

    Wonderful pictures and nice reflections…..good post.

    Greetings, Joop

     
  13. thomas

    December 28, 2013 at 12:48 pm

    Truly magnificent forts.

     
  14. itsallaboutpurple

    December 28, 2013 at 2:27 pm

    They made what I assume to be essential, very beautiful!! It sure has stood the test of time!! Gorgeous reflections in the water images!!

     
  15. Carver

    December 28, 2013 at 6:10 pm

    Beautiful shots and an interesting post. Carver, ABC wed. Team

     
  16. Marko

    December 29, 2013 at 2:28 pm

    I wish you a wonderful and successful New Year 2014
    http://marciento.wordpress.com/

     
  17. annetbell

    January 18, 2014 at 7:46 pm

    It is a beautiful site!

     

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