The historical forts of Rajasthan are famous worldwide. Amer Fort, located in Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan, is one of the famous sites. Rajasthani is a wonderful piece of art and culture. This fort was built in the 16th century. The Amber Fort, built on a high hill, looks gorgeous from a distance. Today we will tell you some interesting things related to this fort, which you will also be surprised to know.
Why was the fort named Amer?
The Meenas living here had deep faith in Goddess Durga. For this reason, the Amber Fort is named after the mother Amba Devi. Apart from this, it is also believed that this fort was named after Ambikeshwar, which is a form of Lord Shiva. There are large corridors in this fort on one side, and on the other side there are narrow streets. This is a unique example of Mughal and Rajput architecture. The lake in front of this fort enhances its beauty.
It took 100 years to build the fort
The fort of Amber began to be built in the 16th century during the time of Raja Man Singh. But its construction work continued till the time of Raja Sawai Jai Singh II and Raja Jai Singh I. These kings paid special attention to the architectural art of this fort, due to which it took 100 years to build.
Shila Devi Temple located in the fort
The Shila Devi temple is located in the fort of Amber. There is a very interesting story behind this temple. It is believed that mother Kali appeared in the dreams of Raja Man Singh and asked her to find her statue close to Jessore (a place close to Bangladesh). Raja Man Singh did the same but instead of getting the idol of mother there, he got a big stone. This stone was cleaned to find the idol of mother Shila Devi. In this way the temple of Shila Devi became here.
Castle of glass
Glasses have been installed inside the fort in such a way that the entire building glows when light is lit in it. This place has been a favorite for shooting for Bollywood directors. Dilp Kumar and Madhubala’s film ‘Mughal-e-Azam’ song ‘Pyaar Kiya To Darna Kya’ was shot.
This is the entrance to the fort of Amer. A small jharokha is seen on the Ganesh pole upwards. It was built keeping in mind the queens living here, so that they can see the beautiful views around.
Jaigarh Fort is close to the fort
The fort of Jaigarh is situated close to the fort of Amer. This fort was built for the king’s army. A 2 km long tunnel was built from the fort of Amer, which connected it to the Jaigad Fort.