History of Chittorgarh


Chittorgarh boasts of a rich and impressive history that has created a striking chapter in the history of India. The historical sage of this great city begins in the 8thcentury when Bappa Rawal, the founder of Sisodia dynasty received this town as a gift of dowry after his marriage to the last Solanki’s princess. From the 8th to the 16th century, the descendants of Bappa Rawal ruled the kingdom. But during these 8 years, the town remained unattended and faced invasions of the enemies three times.


The historical tale of Chittor is associated with the bravery and sacrifice of many Rajputs among which the sacrifice of Rani Padmini holds a distinctive place. In 1303, then Delhi Sultan, Alauddin Khilji got impressed with the wit and beauty of Rani Padmini. So he decided to attack the kingdom in order to take hold on the fort as well as the Queen. But Rani denied to surrender herself to him and performed Jauhar along with the womenfolk to save their honor.


Another important chapter in the history of Chittorgarh is associated with the brave tales of Maharana Pratap who refused to submit his kingdom to the Mughals and confronted Akbar’s army in the famous battle of Haldi Ghat.