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Abhimanyu Rathore

Abhimanyu Rathore

Jaisalmer fort of Rajasthan is one of the finest in the country but more aptly said Jaisalmer Fort of Rajasthan looks rather incongruous given the desolation around it. Located in the middle of the Thar Desert (literal meaning abode of the dead) of Rajasthan, it rises like a mirage from the sands, with its huge turrets pointing skywards. Built in 1156, Jaisalmer of Rajasthan is the second oldest of Rajasthan’s major forts after Chittorgarh of Rajasthan. Constructed by Raja Jaisal, who was searching for a new capital as the earlier one Lodurva was too vulnerable to invasions, he built the fort and the city surrounding it. Jaisalmer Fort of Rajasthan has an interesting legend associated with it, according to which, Lord Krishna-the head of the Yadav Clan, foretold Arjuna that a remote descendent of the Yadav Clan would built his kingdom atop the Trikuta Hill. His prophecy was fulfilled in 1156 A.D. when Rawal Jaisal, a descendent of the Yadav Clan and a Bhatti Rajput, abandoned his fort at Lodurva on advice of a local hermit Eesaal and chose the Tricut Hills as his new abode and founded a new Fort and Capital -Jaisalmer of Rajasthan.

Jaisalmer Fort of Rajasthan has tales of heroism and valor attached to it. Ala-ud-din Khilji attacked and captured the fort in the 13th century and managed to hold it for 9 years. It was during the seize of the fort, the Rajput women committed Jauhar. The second battle at the fort happened in 1541, when Mughal emperor Humayun attacked the fort city.

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