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Tuesday, October 09, 2012

Rani Padmini saga of love hate and death!!!

Chittorgarh is a fort where the air screams HISTORY. A place which was graced not only by the Rajput but by Meera Bai and Rani Padmini. When I think of love romance I cannot not think of Rani Padmini and Aladdin Khilji..... well its not romantic in the traditional way...... in fact some people will even chastise me for joining the two names together..... but me..... I find it really romantic.

For people who don't know the story...... here it goes in short..... the rest refer to links in Wikipedia. Rani Padmini was a very very beautiful princess of SriLanka and second queen of Rana Ratan Singh. She was so beautiful that when she drank water you could see it passing in her throat. Same with betel leaves. There are lots of poems written about her beauty. For poetry lovers refer to poems by Malik Mohammed Jaysi in Padmavat.

Aladdin Khilji, a Turkish ruler had heard about her beauty and was intrigued. He wanted to see her so befriended the king and requested to see his wife, which was a shameful and dishonorable act..... as women especially queens always lived behind purdah.  But the king to avoid the wrath of the Khilji agreed. The queen was asked to come to window in her palace and her reflection in the water was reflected in a mirror and shown to Khilji. He was immediately smitten by her and fell in love with her. What followed was years of drama, war, bloodshed and siege of the fort of Chittorgarh and when he finally won the battle after killing more than 8000 Rajputs and marched in........ Rani Padmini along with all the women folk and children, 30,000 in all, committed Jauhar....... burning alive in the pyre. All that Khilji got after besieging Chittorgarh was bloodshed and stench of burning flesh and bones of the beautiful Padmini.

I had heard this story when I was little..... it was dreamy and beautiful but when I actually saw the fort for myself....... I realised how much Allauddin must have loved Padmini....... because the fort is impregnable and huge. It took us one full day from morning to evening in a car to see 35 to 50% of the fort. If you go back 10  centuries you can imagine how big it was and still is. It also reminds me that love is not only BLIND but also ruthless at times.





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21 comments:

  1. LOve your picture and thank you for sharing the story behind.. Beauty can be a danger too..
    Have a good day!

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  2. wow, that´s inspiring for sure. Would love to see inside it.

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  3. Such a sad story. Having extraordinary beauty is not always a good thing.

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  4. Nice shot! I like the reflection!

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  5. What an amazing place, and a lovely reflection.
    K

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  6. superbe.merci de la decouverte !

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  7. How very interesting and the image is well captured!

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  8. Une île de rose délavé flotte à la surface des eaux usées...
    Quand reviendra le printemps ?

    That is a really nice sharing : thank you for sharing the second picture : the infos on it about this paplace are very interesting.

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  9. I guess, in a way, your story proves that not only beauty, but anything that reflects beauty, can be dangerous. Sad to think of 30.000 women and children, along with 8,000 Rajputs dying, all because of a man's greed to possess beauty. Thanks for the history lesson and a very nice photo too :)

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  10. Wow. I have never seen a photo of this building before, nor heard of it. What an incredible shot!

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  11. Wow! What an amazingly exotic and lovely place to see!

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  12. Thank you, Ranu Chakraborty, for the pics and story!
    ~

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  13. On this theme I just knew that you would give us something different. Thanks for the story and pictures of a place I have never heard of before.

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  14. Cool picture, love that palace.

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  15. You've taught us that there is always intrigue, wonder and danger behind some of the most beautiful structures. I'd love to visit this building in real life...what an experience that must be!

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  16. 38,000 people??? really.... feeling sad..........

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What did you think of the pic???? Critical evaluation is welcome...... Would give me great pleasure to hear from all you photography lovers.