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Location: Jaipur District      Map

Construction: 1592 by Man Singh I of Amber

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Amber Fort

Amber Fort







Amber Fort or Amer Fort is a medieval walled city in a Jaipur District in India. Amber Fort was constructed in 1592 by Man Singh I of Amber. Man Singh, one of the first military leaders of Emperor Akbar, began the construction of a palace-fortress of red and white sandstone in 1592. Immediately a small temple was built patronizing him the goddess Kali. Before the reign of Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II (1699-1743) and the founding of Jaipur, it was from here that the Dhundhar principality was governed.

Despite the formidable appearance, the inner chambers of the Amber Citadel are striking in the sophistication of lush finishes in the traditional Mughal style. Impressive is the image of Ganesha, carved from whole coral, and the palace of a thousand mirrors, which can be illuminated with a single candle.




Name etymology
Amber or Amer got its name from the Ambikeshwar temple situated on a hill called the nearby eagle mound. The name Ambikeshwar is of the form of Lord Shiva who is located in this temple, that is, the God of Ambika. According to some local people and legends, Durg got its name from the synonym Amba of Mata Durga. Apart from this, it has also been known as Ambavati, Amarpura, Amber, Amradadri and Amargarh. According to historian Colonel James Tod, the Rajputs here consider themselves descendants of Kush, the son of Ayodhyapati king Ramchandra, from whom he got the name Kushwaha, which eventually became Kachwaha. According to the inscription of 1858 AD, according to the inscription of Mirza Raja Jai ​​Singh Kaal, the Mirza king Jaisingh at Amber, located in Amber, it has been described as the capital of the region of Findar by the name of Ambavati. This inscription is preserved in the Museum of Archeology and History Department of the Government of Rajasthan.

Most of the people here associate its origin with the name of Vishnubhakt devotee Ambarish, king of Ikshvaku dynasty in Ayodhya. According to their belief, Ambareesh had opened the stores of his kingdom to help the oppressed. Due to this, there was happiness and peace in the state, but the state's stores became empty day by day. Asked by his father Raja Nabhag, Ambarish replied that these godowns belonged to the devotees of God and should always be open for them. Ambareesh was then convicted on charges of acting against the interests of the state, but when the details of the shortage in the warehouses began to be taken, the employees were amazed to see how the warehouses which were lying vacant were returned again night after night. Were filled Ambareesh called it the grace of God which was a result of his devotion. On this, his father became King Natmastak. Then thanks to the grace of God, Ambarish chose this place on the Aravalli hill for his devotion and worship. In the name of his name, Ambarish became "Amber", due to its abrasion.

By the way, both Toad and Cunningham have considered its name derived from the Shiva form called Ambikeswar. This Ambikeshwar Shiva idol is located near a pool situated in the middle of the old city. In the history of Rajputana, it was once named Amradadri because of its many mango trees in ancient times. According to Jagdish Singh Gehlot the records of Maharana Kumbha's time in the history of Kachhwahs refer to Amer as Amradadri.

According to the description received in the legends, Amba Bhakta Raja Kankil, son of Dulharaya Kachhwaha, who died after the death of Raja in 1093 AD, referred to it as Amer.




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