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Kirti Stambh, Chittorgarh Overview

Built in the 12th-century, Kirti Stambh is situated inside the Chittorgarh Fort, Rajasthan. The 22 meters tall tower was constructed by a Jain merchant, Jeeja Bhagerwala during the rule of Rawal Kumar Singh, to glorify Jainism. The tower contains figures from the Jain pantheon, and hence, Kirti Stambh is considered a major Jain pilgrimage by many Jainism followers. 

Kirti Stambh also goes by the name, the Tower of Fame. It is dedicated to the first Tirthankara, Rishabha. Famous for its intricate carvings of the Digambar sect, this seven storeyed tall tower has marvellous statues of Sri Adinatha. They are carved on the four corners of the Stambh along with figures of various Jain saints, making it more fascinating. The tower personifies Solanki Style of Architecture at it's best. Visiting the Stambh not only gives you a chance to read the pages of history but also makes you a spectator of a great view.

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History of Kirti Stambha

Chittor Fort has the most prominent history sealed in its walls. Rani Padmini performed Jauhar after Alauddin Khilji besieged the majestic fort. Within it stands Kirti Stambh which was built by Jija of Bhagerwala community. It was built in dedication of first Jain Thirthankar, Sri Adinath. There are three inscriptions on the tower which delivers this information. The naked figures of Thirthankar over the Stambh tells that it belonged to Digambara sect. Further, one of the inscriptions mentions, Dharmakirti, the disciple of Shubhakirti. However, according to Balatkara Gana Pattavali, Dharmakirti led the patta during the 1224-1257 AD. As per these records, the structure seems to be built in the 13th century.

Architecture of Kirti Stambha

The Tower of Fame is constructed in the Solanki style of architecture with numerous balconies and intricately arched windows. The tower is 22 meters (72 feet) tall with a 30 feet wide base; which narrows down to 15 feet at the top. At the top of the seven-storied tower is an observation hall that rewards the visitors with a beautiful view of the habitation below. It can be reached through a narrow flight of stairs which also leads to a spectacular scenic view of surroundings. 

How To Reach Kirti Stambh

Kirti Stambh is located at a distance of 5 km from the centre of Chittorgarh inside the Chittorgarh fort. One can easily take a rickshaw, local bus or taxi or just walk it out.

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