Mehrangar Fort Museum – House Of Palanquins And Cradles

Posted in Asia | December 21, 2010 | 0 Comments

The Mehrangarh Fort is said to be related to Rao Jodha. He was the fifteen ruler of Rathore in the year 1458. After his accession, Jodha was said to be advised that he needed to shift his capital to a safer place. The Mandore Fort, which was over 1000 years old, was beginning to deteriorate and crumble. It was this incident that led to the foundation of the Mehrangarh Fort.

This is one fort that has no history of any seizure ever. The invincible fort has fortifications that measure up to a good 6 meters thick. Some of the walls of the fort are still known to bear marks that it has borne from cannons that were hurled at it years back. The Fort, as it stands today, is a testimony to the legends and chronicles of the royalty of Jodhpur.

About The Palanquins:

The Mehrangarh Fort is a name that features on the list of the finest museums that are in the land of Rajasthan, India. There is a palanquin section in the museum, where you could see a lot of palanquins that have been brought here from a lot of places around Rajasthan.

The palanquin section here is a proud owner of the elaborately decorated Mahadol palanquin, which was won over in a battle against the Governor of Gujarat in the year 1730.

The Mahadol was brought back from Ahmedabad, Gujarat in the year 1730. The king responsible for this was Maharaja Abhay Singh. This ornate palki (which is the Indian name for palanquin) is said to be one of the treasures that is housed within the walls of the Fort.

This Mahadol was said to be used by the Maharaja himself, and it was said to take a team of 12 men just for the job of propping him and traveling around. The Rathores of the time, however, preferred sticking to the horses, and rarely used the palki.


In the times of the Rathore rulers; the women were, by tradition, not meant to come out to witness proceedings of the king; but they were allowed to watch these proceedings from a window that would be created higher up in the fort/palace for this exact reason. The Jhanki Mahal, which was the name of that section in the case of Mehrangarh Fort, is now home to a rich collection made up of royal cradles. If you do get a chance to see these cradles in person, you’ll realize that they’re replete with gilt mirrors and figures of elephant, birds and fairies.

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