Padmini's Palace



Padmini's Palace is one of the quaint places to see in Chittaurgarh. The palace still contains the old world charm and magnificence of its yesteryears.

Padmini's Palace in Chittaurgarh stands beside the lotus pool. The great Muslim warrior Ala-ud-din Khilji caught a glimpse of Queen Padmini in this palace. He was shown a glimpse of the beautiful queen who stood at the Zanana Mahal by her husband, Rana Pratap Singh. The reflection of the queen was visible to the great warrior on the mirror that was placed in the chief antechamber. The beauty of the queen charmed the warrior who soon waged a war against the king to possess her. Although the king won the war, he was unable to possess the queen who committed jauhar with the other women folk of the palace.

Padmini's Palace at Chittaurgarh is believed to have been the summer palace of the queen, situated at the southern end of the Kali Mata Temple. Earlier, the palace was referred to as the Mardana (Men) Palace. The small pavilion placed in the middle of the pool was the most frequented island retreat for the queen. The palace was completed destroyed by Ala-ud-din Khilji, when he captured Chittor with his army. Maharana Sajjan Singh refurbished the palace during his reign. Mahmud Shah of Mandu was detained in a part of this palace by Maharana Sangram Singh I.

Padmini's Palace of Chittaurgarh is of immense historical importance to the people of this city. The palace is frequently visited by the national and the international tourists, who arrive in the city.



Last Updated on 12/15/2011






     


     

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