Vijay Stambha

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Vijaya Stambha
विजय स्तम्भ
Tower of victory.jpg
Vijay Stambha (Tower of Victory)
Vijay Stambha is located in Rajasthan
Vijay Stambha
Location within Rajasthan
Alternative names Kirttistambha[1]
General information
Type Tower
Location Chittorgarh, Rajasthan, India
Coordinates 24°53′16″N 74°38′43″E / 24.887870°N 74.645157°E / 24.887870; 74.645157Coordinates: 24°53′16″N 74°38′43″E / 24.887870°N 74.645157°E / 24.887870; 74.645157
Completed 1448[1]
Height 37.19 m (122 ft)[1]
Technical details
Floor count 9[1]
Design and construction
Architect Sutradhar Jaita[1]

Vijay Stambha ("Kirttistambha") is an imposing victory monument located in Chittorgarh fort in Chittorgarh, Rajasthan, India. This tower is the pièce de résistance of Chittorgarh. It was constructed by Mewar king Rana Kumbha in 1448 to commemorate his victory over the combined armies of Malwa and Gujarat led by Mahmud Khilji. The tower is dedicated to Vishnu.[1]

Inscriptions[edit]

The inscribed slabs in the uppermost story containing a detailed genealogy of the rulers of Chittaur and their deeds is ascribed to Ran Kumbha court scholar, Atri and his son Mahesh. The names of the architect, Sutradhar Jaita and his three sons who assisted him, Napa, Puja, and Poma, are carved on the fifth floor of the tower.[1]

The tower is a remarkable example of religious pluralism practised by the Rajputs. The topmost storey features an image of the Jain Goddess, Padmavati. Rana Kumbha also had the word Allah carved in Arabic nine times in the third storey and eight times in the eighth.[2][3]

View from City[edit]

Vijaya Stamaba view from Chittorgarh City

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Chittaurgarh Fort, Distt. Chittaurgarh". Archaeological Survey of India. Retrieved 15 April 2015. 
  2. ^ Chittorgarh, Shobhalal Shastri, 1928, pp. 64-65
  3. ^ Ali, M. Athar (January 1990). "Encounter and Efflorescence: Genesis of the Medieval Civilization". Social Scientist. 18 (1/2): 20. JSTOR 3517324. (Subscription required (help)). 

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