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Rana Kumbha Palace

Rana Kumbha Palace

The Rana Kumbha Palace in Chittorgarh claims to be one of the largest monuments in the Indian state of Rajasthan. The place is all enveloped in the splendid architecture representing its historical significance, which makes the place worth visiting. Visiting the palace is an integral part of the Chittorgarh tour.

Rana Kumbha Palace claims to be an element, which holds a number of legends. The legends associated with the very palace belong to the queen Padmini of Chittorgarh. It is also believed that the palace has been named after the greatest personality of the Sisodias, Maharana Kumbh.

This beautiful monument of Rana Kumbh Palace in the Chittorgarh fort is a witness of the glorious and courageous past of the Rajputs. The palace was originally built of dressed stone with stucco covering. The entrance of the palace is referred as Tripolia, which leads to an open courtyard. The palace of Rana Kumbh has two gates which are called as Tripolia pol and Badi pol.

In the courtyard, you can also find Suraj Gokhra, Zanana mahal, Kanwarpapa-ka-Mahal. There is also a temple inside the palace, which is dedicated to the Hindu God Lord Shiva. The palace is distinguished with its series of canopied balconies and there are also stables for sheltering horses and elephants, here in the palace.

The palace is also recognized as the birth place of the founder of the city Udaipur, Maharana Udai Singh. In the palace, there are many underground cells. Rani Padmini committed Jauhar in one of the cells here, in order to protect herself from Alauddin Khilji.

There is another building called as Nau Lakha Bandar which literally defines as nine-lakh treasury building. This building was purposely constructed to store the royal treasure and is located in a close proximity to the place.

The other attractions in the palace compkex are the palaces of Pannadhai and Meerabai, which are positioned in the southern part of this fort. Rani Meera, the famous saint poetess used to live here in the palace. There is also an archeological office and museum in the palace. Though today the palace of Kumbh is in ruins, still it gives a remarkable reflection of the Rajputs’ rich historical past.

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