Wednesday 22 May 2013

Ranthambore Fort - Places of Worship

In continuation to my post on Ranthambore Fort other important places inside the fort are the Mahadeo Chattri, Samanton ki Haveli, a mosque (13-14th Century), Jain temple and Ganesha temple (5th century).

Ganesha Temple at Ranthambore Fort

In fact the temple attracts the maximum local tourists. Also the area around the Ganesha temple was the only dirty place inside the fort compared to the other religious places.


As people throw grains and other food stuff the area was literally choked with Langurs and rats! Though langurs are comparatively docile as compared to the monkeys but I saw them also attacking few pilgrims to snatch away the food.

Tying items for wishes to be fullfilled

The pilgrims tie some trinkets (be it necklace, hairband, bangle etc) on tress and plants if they have made a mannat (wish). Also noticed people making small chortens (nothing to do with Buddhism) of few small rocks (8-10 rocks) which also had the same connotation as the ones tying the trinkets - the probable difference being that in this case people were wishing for having as strong a house as the fort!.

Dargah Kazi Peer Janab Sadrud-Din

The Dargah Kazi Peer Janab Sadrud-Din is located near one of the ponds at one corner of the fort. It was built in the 13-14th century and has a cemetery in the foreground and a gate or Pol in the background. It is well maintained  by the overseers of the Mosque.

Jain Temple

The Jain temple pujari boasted that the temple precedes the fort. The fort is considered as one of the holy Jain Tirath (pilgrimage) site. The fort was associated with Jainism during the reign of Prithviraj I of the Chauhan dynasty.

The fort has several other religious structures like the Shiva temple etc as well.

Also read:
Ranthambore Fort
Ranthambore National Park

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