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Jaigarh Fort

Jaigarh Fort

Jaigarh Fort in Jaipur is famous for the world’s largest cannon named Jaivana. Tourists from all over the world come here specially to see this cannon. The fort is one of the famous attractions of Jaipur city, located on the hill of Eagles. Jaigarh Fort is also known as the 'Victory Fort' it is at a distance of 15 kms from Jaipur.  The fort was built by Sawai Jai Singh III in 1726 to protect the Amber Fort and the palace complex within it and was named after Jai Singh II.


This fort is situated on top of the hill, while the Amber Fort is at the bottom. Both of them are well-connected with well-guarded passages. Jaigarh Fort was built for the security of Jaipur and Amber. Due to this fact, one may not find this fort as artistic as the other forts and palaces, but it surely has its own charm.


The fort houses many structures of mediaeval India, which are worth exploring. The fort has several palaces, granary, well-planned cannon foundry, various temples and a high tower. Jaigarh Fort was used as the centre of artillery production for the Rajputs.


The fort is well- equipped with water channels, which were a part of rainwater harvesting system. The Fort also has 3 underground tanks, the largest with a capacity of 60, 00,000 gallons. A museum nearby showcases its history and has a remarkable collection of coins and puppets.


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It is known that this fort was also the treasure house of Maharaja Man Singh I. This once housed all the treasure (gold, silver and gems) that was won by the King and his successors during the wars. It is considered that the treasure was used to set up the cities like Amber and Jaipur. Local people say that some part of the treasure is still buried inside the fort. In the ancient Hindu Scriptures, it is written that “This fort is the strength of a king”.


An address to world's largest cannon in Jaipur points to Jaigarh Fort.

 

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