Fateh Praksah Palace Museum

Fateh Praksah Palace Museum ulasan, Chittaurgarh

Fateh Praksah Palace Museum
09:45 - 17:15
09:45 - 17:15
09:45 - 17:15
09:45 - 17:15
09:45 - 17:15
09:45 - 17:15
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Mumbai (Bombay), India1.399 kontribusi
Mar 2021
This palace the residence of Maharana Sir Fateh Singh ( 1849 - 1930) and named after him is constructed in Rajasthani style with a large number of corridors and pillars .The edifice has a tower on each of its four corners which is crowned by domed chattries. He ruled Mewar for 46 years with Udaipur as his Capital residing at the " City Palace ,Udaipur" He was the only Mahataja not to attend the "Delhi Darbar" of 1903 and 1911..The presence of a large variety of crystal objects owned by the Maharaja prompted the authorities to exhibit the same in a museum and in 1968 this gave the idea of converting a part of the palace into a museum.
Ditulis pada 25 Maret 2021
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Arup C
Kolkata (Kalkuta), India10.277 kontribusi
Nov 2019
The Stop after Kumbha palace on the Chitoregarh fort trip is this Palace Museum.. where one can have the collections of weapons..the history of Mewar..and many more..
Ditulis pada 17 Desember 2019
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Bishakha Chakraborty
Mumbai (Bombay), India26 kontribusi
Des 2019
not much to see. Spears, armours ..not a great collection. Avoid weekends to escape crowds of unruly , screaming school children as the guard doesn't bother to whisper from his chair for people to keep quite. The screaming echoed through the walls making it unbearable to walk through ...thankfully there not being many things to see , nothing was missed.
Ditulis pada 9 Desember 2019
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Kaushik G
Mumbai (Bombay), India4.068 kontribusi
Okt 2018 • Pasangan
We had visited this museum located inside Chittorgarh fort during our vacation in Udaipur. This museum located inside the beautiful white colored Fateh Prakash Palace. Entrance tickets are priced at 20 rupees per person. As soon as you enter there is a giant model of Chittorgarh fort. The palace has a big courtyard which is nice for clicking group pics. The museum has limited collection of weapons, helmets, armoury on display. There is a beautiful recreation of durbar of Rajput Kings using models.
Ditulis pada 5 Juni 2019
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6.075 kontribusi
Jan 2019 • Pasangan
Presently this palace houses the State Museum.This palace was built by Maharana Fateh Singh (1884 - 1930) b/w the end of 19th century & beginning of 20th century . It is built in a markedly modern fashion as opposed to other structures of the fort & takes Rajput grandeur to a new level. This double storeyed palace functioned as his residence. Department of Archaeology & Museums converted a major portion of the palace into Government Museum in 1968 to preserve its rich heritage & showcase various exhibits of Archaeological & Historical importance. It gives useful insight into the history of Chittorgarh & is a must visit site for history buffs. It underwent renovation recently & is open to visitors now. It is located close to Topkhana , Rana Kumbha Palace & Saatvis Deori Jain temple complex.
Entry timings 12 pm to 8 pm daily except Mondays & Public Holidays.Entry is allowed up to 30 min. before closing time.
Ticket Cost : Rs 20 per Indian citizen & Rs 10 per Indian student carrying valid ID cards. Entry is free for children < 7 yrs of age. Photography is allowed & is free of cost.
Rs 100 per foreigner & Rs 50 per foreign student carrying valid ID cards.
The main entrance faces North .The palace exterior is also very impressive & serves as a great backdrop for Photography. The domes of the palace can be seen from as far as 5 km & every dome is adorned with gold plated Kumbhs (pitchers). The architecture is splendid.
Currently there are 8 galleries viz. Archaeology , Arms , Armoury , Warfare , Meera Bai , Panna Dai , Women of Mewar , Sculpture , & last but not the least the Darbar Hall.
The 1st hall is the Ganesh hall that houses a huge Lord Ganesh Idol . It also houses a model of the mighty Chittor fort - a UNESCO World Heritage site that describes the evolution of this fort during the 5 phases of construction viz. 1st phase - 7th to 12th century , 2nd phase - 13th to early 14th century , 3rd phase - 14th to 16th century , 4th phase 16th to 18th century & 5th phase - 18th to 20th century . This model shows the 7 gateways (POLS) of the fort that were built strategically by Rana Kumbha to strengthen the defense measures of the fort viz. Padan , Bhairon , Hanuman , Ganesh , Jodla , Laxman & finally Ram Pol . All these Pols were built as massive stone structures with secure fortifications for military defence.The massive doors of the Pols were reinforced with pointed iron spikes to fend off the enemy elephant cavalry .The Pols are topped with notched Parapets built for archers to shoot at the enemy army .
A circular road within the fort links all the Pols & leads to a series of splendid monuments of the fort .
Also on display is the model of Fateh Prakash Palace that shows the fantastic layout plan of the palace.
One can also trace the genealogy of Mewar Dynasty depicted thru paintings of illustrious Mewar rulers from the Founder King Kalbhoj a.k.a. Bappa Rawal who claimed the fort after defeating the Mori ruler in 734 CE . He was succeeded by Rawal Khuman who united the Rajput rulers against the Muslim invaders. He was succeeded by Rawal Mattut f/b Rawal Bharatri Bhatti & Rawal Sinha & most importantly the esteemed ruler Rawal Khuman II (828 - 853 CE) who made the Mewar kingdom invincible for several years & his name became an everyday salutation KHUMAN GHANI" among the common folk as a mark of respect towards the king & is still used by Rajasthani locals to greet & welcome their guests !!
There is also a description of the 1st siege of Chittor in 1303 CE when Chittor was defeated by Khilji , but the honour & pride of the house of Mewar remained unsullied.To ensure the continuity of the line of succession some members of the royal family were smuggled out of the fortress.
Rana Hamir Singh reclaimed Chittor from the Delhi Sultanate in 1326 CE . He was the nephew of Rana Ajay Singh Sisodia & was nominated as his heir contradicting the conventional line of succession. Also , the suzerains were now called as RANAS.
The period of peace & stability established during the rule of Rana Hamir Singh continued into the reign of his grandson Rana Lakha Singh who built many temples & palaces & also laid the foundation of the Mewar school of painting. He developed the Zinc & Silver Mines @ Zawar that are still functional.
Chittor became a thriving cultural center during the 30 years of reign of his grandson Rana Kumbha (1433 - 1468 CE) who was as adept in music & literature as on the battlefield.The Vijay Stambh is a living example of his religious & cultural tolerance.
His grandson Rana Sangram Singh a.k.a. Rana Sanga united various Rajput kings to put up a unified resistance to invasion by the troops of Babur.
The 2nd siege of Chittor occurred during Rana Vikramadityas rule , when his wife led the Jauhar for the 2nd time in the history of Chittor.
In 1567 , Rana Udai Singh II was defeated by Akbar after the longest siege in the history of Chittor that lasted 6 months & Chittor witnessed Jauhar for the 3rd time. It was performed by 13000 women & their palm marks can be seen @ the Jauhar memorial.
Following this , Rana Pratap Singh continued to evade & ward off the Mughal forces using GUERILLA warfare.
He was succeeded by Rana Amar Singh who fought 17 battles over 10 years against the Mughal forces led by Jehangir until the signing of peace treaty with Prince Khurram ( later Emperor Shah Jahan) .
His son Rana Karan Singh developed friendship with prince Khurram & also gave him shelter @ the Jag Mandir Palace in Lake Pichola , Udaipur when the latter was exiled.
This led to lifelong bond of friendship b/w the 2 rulers.
This relationship went sour during the reign of Aurangzeb.
The reign of Rana Amar Singh II saw peace in the region as Aurangzeb had given up war & had retired to Aurangabad & the Rana also entered into a matrimonial alliance with the daughter of Sawai Jai Singh of Amer & worked towards a friendly alliance with Marwar.
Later , Mewar clashed with the Marathas 7 times , that completely drained the economy of Mewar kingdom , until Mewar was re-established with British support .
Maharana Fateh Singh was a great visionary who constructed railway lines , promoted education & built palaces @ Chittor & Udaipur & Badal Mahal @ Kumbhalgarh & extended the water resources of Mewar & built Fateh Sagar Lake @ Udaipur .
Mewar became the 1st stage to merge with the Union of India & the ownership of the fort shifted from the royal family to the Government of India.
The palace interior is decorated with colored glass figurines of birds & flowers & beautiful Rajasthani frescoes adorn the walls of the palace .
The palace has a rich collection of exquisite Mewar paintings , terracotta figures , coins , wood crafts of Bassi village , crystal ware & antique collections of the Maharajas of Udaipur & mannequins of valiant warriors GORA & BADAL , the mystic poetess Meera Bai , the legendary Panna Dai & Rajasthani musicians & dancers dressed in their traditional attire.
The statue of Maharana Fateh Singh stands in the fountain pond in the center of the palace.
The Archaeology gallery houses the Paleolithic stone tools like blade , hand axe , chisel & hammer collected from the region of river Berach & show the intellectual capacity of the pre-historic man . It also houses exhibits of Kushan age collected from Nagri village & engraved with human , animal , vegetation & bird figurines.
The Arms & Weapons gallery traces the origin of the weapons to pre-historic age & describes their evolution from mere hunting tools to weapons of maximum destruction & unmasks some interesting facts like , - the composition of Dhanurveda during the Vedic period to highlight the importance of Arrows in warfare & that the Bow emerged during the Sagar Manthan along with Kalpataru & Kamadhenu .
The quality of arms improved with the evolution of metallurgy & the swords trace their origin to the Gupta period.It describes the use of swords & daggers for duels & infantry fight & the use of arrows , lances (Bhala) & cannonballs as projectiles or missiles.
This gallery houses weaponry such as swords , axes , Tabar ,Bows , arrows , quivers or Tunir , knives , Gurj & daggers (Barchha , Katar) that could be used both as a missile & in a duel , Jagnol or Kulang that resembles a crows beak & was used to cut the enemy armour. Ankush is an interesting device on display that was used to control & drive the elephants in cavalry.
During the medieval era , gunpowder transformed the warfare technique & saw the development of various firearms like Todedar guns ,Muskets , cartridge guns , Matchlock guns , revolvers , Topidar pistols , rifles & cannons & gunpowder holders.
The Armoury gallery houses the protective gear that includes extensively decorated shields (Kavach) & Helmets (Jirahbakhtar) used during the time of Jehangir .It also houses mannequins clad in warrior uniform.
The upper storey is built in accordance with the Purdah (Veil) tradition of the Rajputs in such a way that women of the royal palace could observe the ceremonies & festivals held in the palace grounds from the palace interior , but , could not be seen by people standing below .
The upper storey houses the Darbar Hall that has a beautiful painting of Eklinji Mahadev , the deity of the royal family, near the entrance.
A partial scene of the Durbar of Maharana Fateh Singh observed during his visit to Chittor has been recreated in this hall using mannequins . In the display 4 nobles are seen sitting along with the Maharana & this sight transports you into a different time zone & is especially interesting for young kids who otherwise find museums very boring . The court of Udaipur had a strict heirarchy of nobles with only 16 primary nobles allowed to sit in close proximity to the ruler.
The sculpture gallery houses notable medieval sculptures of Jain Ambica & Indra from Rashmi village , Sheshshayi Vishnu , Chaturbhuj Vishnu & Chaturbhuj Shiva collected from the temples & buildings of the fort.
The Warfare gallery describes various military strategies employed by Mughal & Rajput forces during the 3rd siege of Chittor like Trench warfare , setting up of 2 batteries , construction of Sabats & Mohar Magri , a small hillock raised to place the Mughal Cannons & fire inside the fort on the orders of Akbar. Mohar Magri was raised amidst heavy firing from both sides & as it entailed huge risk to life , Akbar rewarded his men with 1 Mohar every time a basket full of earth was placed on the mound , hence, the name Mohar Magri. Abul Fazl , described the battle of Chittor in Akbarnama which was illustrated by paintings like the sappers laying mines & preparing Sabats.
The Rajputs defended their fort thru enormous longitudinal & transverse walls built across the 7 Pols on the western side , thus enabling them to fire @ the approaching enemy from several tiers of walls & bastions. Rajputs destroyed their own vegetation in order to deprive the Mughals from using it. This side of the fort was defended by Jaimal Rathore & Rawat Patta Sisodia till their last breath.
This gallery also describes the glorified wartime Rajput traditions of JAUHAR & SAKA.
Jauhar was carried out by Rajput women of a besieged city ,( led by their queen ), when faced with imminent defeat , in order to evade dishonor @ the hands of the enemy. They would collect in the night dressed in their wedding attire & commit mass self - immolation amidst the chanting of Vedas . On the following morning , the Rajput warriors would charge into the battlefield clad in saffron robes (Kesari - the color of sacrifice ), their foreheads marked with the ashes of their wives & children & a tulsi leaf in their mouth ( a Hindu tradition associated with funeral rites) to fight till their death . This was known as Saka.The description of these heroic acts is enough to give you goosebumps.
This gallery also describes the 6 HILL FORTS OF RAJASTHAN , that have been declared as UNESCO World heritage sites . These were recognized as examples of Rajput military Hill architecture.
Ditulis pada 22 Maret 2019
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Lady Traveller P
Wellington, UK164 kontribusi
Mar 2019 • Keluarga
We visited this as part of our fort tour. Worth a visit as are most of the temples. A beautiful building.
Ditulis pada 13 Maret 2019
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mumbai639 kontribusi
Des 2018 • Keluarga
The erstwhile palace houses modern residences, a children’s school and a small museum. Could be seen if one has spare time.
Ditulis pada 4 Januari 2019
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3 kontribusi
Okt 2018 • Sendiri
I visited that palace and must say this is most beautiful palace of this fort, it has most beautiful courtyards, porches and entire palace is well maintained, neat , clean and in good condition. They charge very less but what they show is amazing. do visit that palace and have look of bygone era.
Ditulis pada 30 Oktober 2018
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Sweta P
617 kontribusi
Mar 2018 • Keluarga
Museum have lots and lots of collections, very very old centuries and lots of knowledge one can gather.
Ditulis pada 26 April 2018
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Goa, India585 kontribusi
Okt 2017 • Keluarga
The Museum is housed inside a Palace. Though the entry to the Museum housed inside the palace, was barred due to on going renovation, the palace on the outside is also very impressive. The palace provides a great back drop for photographs.
Ditulis pada 16 April 2018
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