Amer, India

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For Fort in the city, see Amer Fort.
Amer, India
Town
Amer, India is located in Rajasthan
Amer, India
Amer, India
Location within Rajasthan
Coordinates: 26°59′N 75°52′E / 26.983°N 75.867°E / 26.983; 75.867Coordinates: 26°59′N 75°52′E / 26.983°N 75.867°E / 26.983; 75.867
Country India
State Rajasthan
District(s) Jaipur
Time zone IST (UTC+05:30)
Interior of one of the palaces in Amer Fort
The fort in 1985

Amer (or Amber) (IPA: [ameɾ]Hindiआमेर, amer ?), now a part of the Jaipur Municipal Corporation, was a city of the Rajasthan state, India. Founded by Meena Raja Alan Singh (from Chanda clan of Meenas), Amer was a flourishing settlement dating as far back as 967 A.D. Around 1037 A.D., Amer was conquered by the Kachwaha clan of Rajputs. Much of the present structure known as Amer Fort is actually the palace built by the great conqueror Raja Man Singh who ruled from 1590 - 1614 A.D. The palace contains several spectacular buildings, such as the Diwan-i-Khas, and the elaborately painted Ganesh Poll built by the renowned warlord Mirza Raja Jai Singh I (Man Singh I's grandson). The old and original fort of Amer, dating from earlier Rajas or the Meena period, is what is known in the present day as Jaigarh Fort, which was actually the main defensive structure rather than the palace itself. The two structures are interconnected by a series of encompassing fortifications.

Main article: House of Kachwaha

Amer was capital of the Kachwahas until 1727 when the ruler of Amer Sawai Jai Singh II founded a capital Jainagara (Jaipur), named after him, about nine kilometers south of Amer. After the founding of this new town, the royal palace and houses of prominent persons were shifted to Jaipur. The priests of Shila Devi temple, who were Bengali Brahmins, continued to live in the fort (to this date), while the Jaigarh fort above the palace also remained heavily garrisoned. The capital of Kachwaha was supplanted by the modern city of Jaipur, which is the capital of the Rajasthan state in India.

The picturesque situation of Amer at the mouth of a rocky mountain gorge, in which nestles a lovely lake, has attracted the admiration of travellers, including Victor Jacquemont and Reginald Heber. It is seen to be a remarkable example for its combined Rajput-Mughal architecture. The first Rajput structure was started by Raja Kakil Dev when Amer became his capital in 1036, on the site of present day Jaigarh Fort.

Controversy over renovation practices[edit]

Poor site management and development pressures have dramatically altered the historical integrity of Amer. The building that rings around the Jaleb Chwok courtyard "has been converted to a market place with shops selling showpieces and dresses. They have cafeterias, cyber cafés, etc," according to the Times of India.[1] In the summer of 2009, the Rajasthan High Court launched a three-member panel charged with investigating the controversial renovations and determining to what extent the cultural heritage of the site was compromised.[2]

List of villages[edit]

  • Achrol
  • Akhepura
  • Barna
  • Beelpur
  • Bhatto Ki Gali
  • Bhoorthal
  • Bichpadi
  • Bilonchi
  • Chandwali
  • Chatarpura
  • Chhaparadi
  • Chittanu Kalan
  • Chonp
  • Dalpura
  • Daulatapur
  • Devgudha
  • Dhand
  • Durga Ka Bas
  • Harduttapura
  • Jahotawara
  • Jairampura
  • JaiSinghpura
  • Jalsoo
  • Kant
  • Kanwarpura
  • Khannipur
  • Khora Beesal
  • Khora Meena
  • Khora Shyamdas
  • Kishanpura
  • Labana
  • Lakher
  • Maheshwaskalan
  • Manpura Macheri
  • Mundota
  • Nangal Suwasatan
  • Nangalpurohitan
  • Nangalsiras
  • Puhana
  • Radhakrishnapura
  • Raithal
  • Rampura Dabri
  • Roida
  • Rundal
  • Sewapura
  • Shubhrampura
  • Shyampura
  • Sirohi
  • Sirsali
  • Shyam Nagar ( Lakher)

Visitor attractions[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Times of India (21 February 2009). "Barbarians at Work in Amer?". Times of India. 
  2. ^ The Times of India (5 May 2009). "Three-member Panel to Probe Amer Fort Restoration". The Times of India. 

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