Saturday, June 6, 2009

Jaigarh fort

Chiefly constructed for defense purposes, the Jaigarh Fort is a huge moated castle containing all the gadgets of a full-fledged citadel. One of the exigent charms of this majestic fort is the world's largest cannon on wheels, the Jaivan. It has a 20-foot-long barrel, its wheels are 9 feet in diameter and it took 100 kg of gunpowder to fire a single shot. Parables say that the cannon was used only once and the shell fell some 35 km away on a village! But that's quite dubious, since a deeper scrutiny of the cannon actually debunked that it had been fired at least a couple of times.
Jaigarh Fort
The historical Jaigarh fort palace in Jaipur also has a magnificent water channel management system for harvesting rain water. One of those reservoirs measures 158 feet by 138 feet and is 40 feet deep, and can hold 60,00,000 gallons of water; an artificial oasis made to satiate the thirst for water and eternal glory simultaneously.
Because it is considered as one of the most well fortified structures in India, because this fort was never being captured, because it has myriads of motifs and bastions, you get a real feeling of its glorified days. The armory displays numerous majestic swords, adamant shields, unforgivable guns, impenetrable muskets and even a 50 kg cannon ball; think about the strength the robust maharajahs used to have! The Museum in the fort presents a large array of photographs of the Maharajahs, royalty, buildings and processions and even a circular pack of cards besides many other antiques of the past.
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