Fortified citadel, tales of brave Rajputs to whom Pride was more important then their lives and womenfolk who chose to immolate themselves rather than the dishonour at hands of attackers.
Numerous of the holy chants popularised by Mirabai for the worship Lord Krishna are still sung by devotees all over the world. The temple will fill your inner soul with the devotion and trance.
Just few steps from the Mirabai Temple lies the "VIJAY STAMBH, VICTORY TOWER" विजय स्तम्भ standing proudly as the testimony of the Pride, Bravery and above all dedication to the motherland.
Victory Tower was built by Rana Kumbha in 1440 AD, after his successful conquest of the kingdoms of Gujarat/ Madhya Pradesh and the victory over Mohammed Khilji. With its might of 9 stories and 37 meters height; Victory Tower is not an emblem localized to Chittorgarh or Rajasthan, but for whole of India it is a symbolic of Freedom and Love of motherland. That's why a visit to this place is a must in the itinerary of Rajasthan.
Covered with exquisite sculpture of Hindu deities and the great epics; architecture of this tower is equally impressive. There is no continuous staircase running till the top. There is a chamber inside the tower running till the very top. You have to take stairs alternately from one floor inside the chamber and the next floor outside the internal chamber.
From the top of the Victory Tower, enjoy the pigeon eye view of the vastness of the Chittorgarh Fort. Do not miss...
The premises surrounding the Victory tower also homes a very ancient temple dedicated to Lord Shiva - "Samiddhesvara Temple". This temple was located by King Kumarpal of Chalukya dynasty in the year 1150 AD, almost a thousand years ago. No one knows the real time, when it was constructed. The charming and exquisitely carved 3 head statue of Lord Shiva will definitely leave you spellbound and refreshed for the road ahead.
Also at the backside of the premises there is a reservoir of water. This reservoir was used to supply the water to the fort during exigencies and sieges.
Through a dedicated number of channels, water from all the sources/ places in the fort used to get collected in this reservoir. Simple and very effective way of water conservation, modern day engineers need to learn a lot from the effective water harvesting techniques of those times.
Next point on your itinerary was the Kalika Mata temple. It took us only 10 minutes to reach the temple:
- Some of the devotees were offering liquor to please the Goddess.
- There was a big bowl of grains kept inside the temple premises. We saw the devotess were picking the grains and counting. On being asked they told us that fetching odd number of grains is considered auspicious. So we also tried our luck and to our good fortune we fetched the odd number of grains.
A W E S O M E. We also started to check out the dresses which we could have purchased, however we were astonished to hear that these attractive costumes were not for sale. My reaction was exactly same as yours; WHAT and WHY as the locales can earn a lot by selling these costumes? However here the locales differ from us. According to the shopkeeper "These dresses are significant of Rajasthani/ Mewar culture and we spend a lot of time and energy to prepare them. We do not want to sell them but want everyone who comes here should try these dresses and get a feel of traditions of Rajasthan". No surprises these 2 shops are always full of tourists waiting to get photographed as brave Horse riders. Do enjoy the charm...
By the way if you feel tired by the time, there are a few tea stalls serving excellent TEA. If you ask them they will prepare it to your taste by adding ginger, cardamom, black pepper or tulsi leaves (Indian Basil leaves).