Achalgarh Fort

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Achalgarh Fort
Sirohi district, Rajasthan
Achalgarh.jpg
Achalgarh Fort bastions
Achalgarh Fort is located in Rajasthan
Achalgarh Fort
Achalgarh Fort
Coordinates 24°36′56″N 72°46′07″E / 24.615594°N 72.76862°E / 24.615594; 72.76862
Type Hill fort
Site information
Owner Government of India
Controlled by Mewar
Open to
the public
Yes
Condition Dilapidated
Site history
Built 1452
Materials Stone

Achalgarh is a fort situated at 24°36′56.14″N 72°46′7.03″E / 24.6155944°N 72.7686194°E / 24.6155944; 72.7686194 about 11 kilometres (6.8 mi) north of Mount Abu, a hill station in Rajasthan, India. The fort was originally built by the Paramara dynasty rulers and later reconstructed, renovated and named as Achalgarh by Maharana Kumbha in 1452 CE,[1] one of the several forts built during his reign.

The fort is in a dilapidated condition now. The first gate of the fort is known as Hanumanpol, which served as the entrance to the lower fort. It comprises two towers built of large blocks of grey granite. After some ascent, stands Champapol, the second gate of the fort, which served as the entrance to the inner fort.[1]

There are some features of historical and religious importance in and around the fort. Achaleshwar Mahadeva temple is just outside the fort; the toe of Lord Shiva is worshipped there and a brass Nandi is also located there. Near the temple there are three stone buffaloes standing around a pond. There are Jain temples in the fort. These were built in 1513.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Gupta, R. K. and S. R. Bakshi (2008). Studies in Indian History: Rajasthan through the Ages. Vol.5: Marwar and British Administration. New Delhi: Sarup & Sons. pp. 189–90. ISBN 978-81-7625-841-8. 

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24°36′56.14″N 72°46′7.03″E / 24.6155944°N 72.7686194°E / 24.6155944; 72.7686194