Posted on: 18 March 2013

Jaya Stambha, or Tower of Victory, at Chittaurgarh - 1847

This is plate 11 from James Fergusson's book 'Ancient Architecture in Hindostan'. This picture shows the Vijaya Stambha inside the fort at Chittaurgarh, Rajasthan. It was constructed in 1448 by Rana Kumbha to commemorate his victory over Muhammad Khilji of Malwa eight years earlier. The tower is visible from miles around, spanning nine storeys, with balconies and an internal staircase. Images of Vishnu and other Hindu divinities cover the walls.

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Chittor was the high point of my trip to Udaipur. The structures within the fort and the stories behind them. Found the guide's description of Rani Padmini's beauty quite amusing.