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After Knowing The History Of Chittorgarh, You Will Fall In Love With Padmavati!

History of Chittorgarh
Chittorgrah Fort

Padmavati has become the most awaited movie of 2017 after its trailer was launched. The story of Rani Padmavati and immense power of Alauddin Khilji, portrayed by Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh respectively is slaying. But there’s more to the movie’s magic. The time and kingdom, in which the movie is set is the most intriguing point. The history of Chittorgarh has been one of the most exciting chapters of the Indian history

Facts & History of  Chittorgarh:

  • Chittorgarh is the home to Asia’s largest fort, Chittorgarh fort.
  • It is a UNESCO world heritage site.
  • The Chittorgarh Fort was built during the 7th century AD by the mauryans & was named after the mauryans ruler “Chitrangada Mori”, & was used until 1568.
  • In 1303, Alauddin Khalji defeated the Guhila king Rattan Singh and captured the Chittorgarh fort.
  • The fort was then captured by Hammir Singh, a rule of the Guhilas only.
  • Chittor became prominent during the reign of Rana Kumbha and Rana Sangha.
  • In 16th century, the Chittorgarh fort was captured by the Mughal ruler Akhbar.

Chittorgarh was amongst the most battled seats of the Indian history. Below are some of the most interesting incidences in the history of Chittorgarh, which took place in nearly two centuries.

The Story Of Rani Padmavati And Invasion Of Alauddin Khilji

History of Chittorgarh
Rani Padmini. Wikimedia.

Rani Padmini, also known as Rani Padmavati was the queen of Chittor. She was known for her charm, beauty, and wit. The Sultan of Delhi, Alauddin Khilji was intrigued by her stories and wanted to meet her. Khilji’s army surrounded Chittor, and the sultan sent a message to the kingdom’s king and Rani Padmavati’s husband, Rana Rattan Singh. He said that he would spare the city if he could meet Rani Padmavati. It was then decided that the sultan could look at Rani Padmavati’s reflection, only if he came unarmed into the fort. Obeying the orders, Khilji caught a glimpse of Rani Padmavati’s beauty. As he was escorted to the outer gate, Khilji’s men waiting in an ambush, took Rana Rattan Singh in hostage.

It was one of the most crucial times in the History of Chittorgarh. People were in a fix until Rana Padmavati devised a plan. Khilji was informed that Rani was going to meet her. Rajput warriors went inside the camps of Khilji and rescued Rattan Singh. But, around 7,000 Rajput warriors died in the process. Now, the sultana attacked Chittor with a greater power and aggression. After having so many warriors killed, Chittor was in a difficult state. This made the queen and her entourage to perform jauhar, the custom of mass self-immolation. The men with stunned faces donned saffron robes and fought the enemy till death.

Rana Kumbha (1433-68)

Rana Kumbha is known to play a great role in the history of Chittorgarh. In his regime, he made Chittorgarh, a huge cultural centre, whose fame spread across India.  Out of the 84 fortresses that form the defense of Mewar, 32 were built by Kumbha.

Rana Sangha (1509-27)

Rana Sanga was a great warrior. His reign witnessed a series of continual battles, in which, he is said to have lost one arm and 84 wounds in the body along with a crippled leg.

Maharana Pratap (1572-97)

History of Chittorgarh
Maharana Pratap Memorial at Udaipur. Wikimedia.

Maharana Pratap was a very ferocious ruler. He was extremely adamant about not letting the throne of Chittor go to anyone. Post-1579, following rebellions in Bengal, Punjab and Bihar, Akbar loosened his base on Mewar. Pratap took advantage of the situation and won over the place.

-by Megha Acharya of NewsGram. 

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‘Don’t mask ‘masala’ as history’ says Mewar Royal on Padmavati

The upcoming movie Padmavati is surrounded by controversies. This time its Mewar Royal commenting on the movie's theme.

Padmavati movie shot
Padmavati movie shot. Instagram

New Delhi: The drama and debates over Sanjay Leela Bhansali‘s Padmavati — the story of Rajput queen Padmini — has upset a direct descendant of the Mewar royal family. Baijiraj Trivikrama Kumari Jamwal, daughter of Mahendra Singh Mewar — the 76th Maharana of the Mewar dynasty and a former Lok Sabha member — is otherwise quietly going about her life as an English teacher at a school here.

But amidst heightened protests against Padmavati, which she has tagged an “inauthentic venture”, Trivikrama says it’s unfair that her family’s name is being dragged into generating “free publicity” for the film. “The sad part is that the film is getting free pre-release publicity and that a commercial and inauthentic venture like this is using my family’s name.

“It’s not just a question of incorrect portrayal, which is established from the trailer and the ‘Ghoomar’ song itself, but also the fact that you’re using my family’s name for the commercial pre-release publicity of your film, free of cost… And the national media is talking about it. That’s my problem,” Trivikrama told IANS in an interview here.

Bhansali’s Padmavati has been mired in controversy. The conjecture that it distorts history has led organizations like Shri Rajput Karni Sena and Sarv Brahmin Mahasabha to go up in arms against the release of the movie, while BJP leaders have been making statements and appeal to stop its release on December 1.

“That’s why I am so upset. People have political and commercial agendas. There’s nothing wrong with commercial enterprises and politics, but misusing and exploiting somebody’s pride, honor and dignity for such shallow purposes, that is where I step in and say, ‘Sorry, not acceptable’,” Trivikrama said.

The makers have maintained there is no dream romance sequence shown between the Rajput queen and invader Alauddin Khilji, as had been alleged by some. But a few political leaders and Jaipur’s former princess Diya Kumari have suggested Bhansali must show the movie to some historians prior to its release.

Trivikrama questions: “It depends on who the historians are because history is also colored. It has to be a well-represented congress of historians. He (Bhansali) should approach the most authentic voice, which is the family itself. That he hasn’t done.”

Her mother, Maharani Nirupama Kumari commented: “He has already made the film. What’s the point of showing it to historians now?”

To many, the story of Rani Padmini remains a mystery. What is the story Trivikrama has grown up with?

“If you go as a tourist to Chittorgarh Fort, you’re taken to Padmini’s Palace, and you’re shown a couple of mirrors. The tourist guide tells you about it and he points out a little pond and says she stood over there and Alauddin Khilji saw her face.

“But that is just packaging culture to sell to ignorant tourists,” she said.

Trivikrama said Rani Padmini finds a mention in “Veer Vinod”, a record book on Mewar’s history.

“It’s a historical record that shows yes she was there, she was the wife of Rawal Ratan Singh and she was only an excuse that Alauddin Khilji used to invade Chittor. The real reason was a very calculated military decision to invade,” she said.

“Padmini was not in the picture at all, except now what has been made into a tale, which is a figment of the imagination, I believe. It’s not there in history,” she said, pointing out that their family is one of the oldest families with an unbroken succession.

She estimated that there were over 30 generations between now and the first Jauhar — self-immolation led by Rani Padmini in 1303 during the siege of Chittor

What about the epic Awadhi poem Padmavati?

“Apparently, it’s a self-confessed piece of fiction. I’m ready to accept that you (Bhansali) have made a piece of fiction. But then don’t drag my family’s name into it and claim you’re the custodian of my family’s history,” asserted Trivikrama, a Ph.D. in English literature.

She said filmmakers are doing a lot in the garb of artistic license.

“Sure you have that, but then along with the artistic license, there should be artistic integrity and sensitivity,” she said, pointing out how the representation of Rani Padmini is “wrong” even in terms of dance and clothes.

“Instead of making it clear that it is Bollywood masala, you’re saying it is history and misleading and ‘miseducating’ the future generations.”(IANS)

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Chittorgarh Fort: The Magical Setup Of Padmavati, How To Reach there?

Chittorgarh Fort
Chittorgarh Fort. Wikimedia

The upcoming Sanjay Leela Bhansali directorial ‘Padmavati’ has incited a lot of interest amongst fans to know more about the Rajputana royalty and Chittorgarh fort.

The Chittorgarh fort, built in the 7th century is the highlight of the town Chittorgarh. The place was originally called ‘Chitrakut’.

Some believe that the fort has been named after a local Mauryan king Chitranga; whereas, some say it was built by ‘Bhima’ of Mahabharata.

The kings, queens, culture and the Rajputana royalty is what the fort is mostly known for. Padmavati’s magic has created major interests in people to travel up to the place.

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How To Reach Chittorgarh Fort?

By Air

Maharana Pratap airport, situated in Udaipur is the nearest airport to the Chittorgarh fort.

Maharana Pratap airport, situated in Udaipur is the nearest airport to the Chittorgarh fort. It is 22 km from Udaipur city. From airport, you could easily book cabs and taxis to the fort.

By Train

Train journeys in India
Train journeys in India are always a part of the best travel experiences. Pixabay

A train is much more convenient than a plane when traveling to Chittorgarh. You don’t need Udaipur as your midway destination to reach Chittorgarh. The Chittorgarh Railway Station serves the town. The services are connected to Jaipur, Udaipur, Ajmer, and Delhi. The fort is only 5-6 km away.

By Road

NH 27 National Highway Rajasthan Udaipur
NH 27 National Highway Rajasthan Udaipur Chittorgarh Road. Wikimedia

Chittorgarh town has good road networks. It is well connected to major expressways and lies along the Golden Quadrilateral. You can catch buses for Mumbai, Kota, Udaipur, Ajmer, Delhi, and several other cities. Many good lodges and hotels can be found near the bus depot.

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Ranveer Singh’s Vicious Avatar in ‘Padmavati’ First Look

Ranveer Singh's first look in Padmavati. IANS

Mumbai, Oct 3, 2017: Actor Ranveer Singh looks fierce and intense in his just unveiled first look as ruler Alauddin Khilji in filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s forthcoming film “Padmavati”.

Ranveer took to Twitter on Tuesday to share two different avatars of Khilji.

In the first photo, Ranveer can be seen posing topless inside water with long hair and beard.

The second image features the “Befikre” actor donning a warrior costume and posing while looking at the mirror.

Interestingly, both photographs feature a bruise underneath the actor’s right eye.

Also Read: Shahid Kapoor slays as Maharawal Ratan Singh in “Padmavati”

Besides Ranveer, “Padmavati” will feature actress Deepika Padukone in the title role and actor Shahid Kapoor as her husband – MahaRawal Ratan Singh.

“Padmavati”, which will release on December 1, tells the story of Alauddin Khilji, the medieval-era Delhi ruler, who fell in love with Rajput queen Padmavati.

The film has been through various ups and down while it was under production.

Earlier this year, activists of Shri Rajput Karni Sena assaulted Bhansali and vandalised the movie’s Jaipur set over alleged distortions in the film’s script.

Later on, the film’s set was moved to Maharashtra. There also an outdoor set of the historic period drama in Kohlapur was burnt down after two dozen unidentified persons torched it in March.