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Vijay Stambh, Chittorgarh Overview

Vijay Stambha, also known as victory tower, is a piece of resistance of Chittorgarh. It was constructed by the king of Mewar, Rana Kumbha to celebrate his triumph over the combined forces of Malwa and Gujarat led by Mahmud Khilji, in 1448. The mighty tower was constructed between the period of 1458 and 1488 and is so tall and massive that it is visible from any part of the city. Hence, the entire town can be viewed from here.

Vijay Stambh is a dedication to Lord Vishnu and has intricate carvings and sculptures of Hindu Gods and Goddesses. The internal part of the tower has carvings of weapons, musical instruments, and other tools used in that period. It is an excellent example of religious pluralism practised by the Rajputs. The highest storey consists of an image of the Jain Goddess, Padmavati. Also, the word Allah is carved nine times on the third storey and eight times on the eighth storey, all in Arabic. The magnificent tower is a piece of architecture that is frequented by tourists visiting the city and makes them feel proud of the vibrant history of the country.

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Intricate Carvings on Vijay Stambh

Vijay Stambh has inscribed slabs in the uppermost storey; which contain a brief genealogy of the rulers of Chittaur and their brave deeds. This wonderful task was done by Rana Kumbha, the court scholar and Atri and his son, Mahesh. On the fifth storey, the names of the architects are carved; namely, Sutradhar Jaita and his three sons, Napa, Puja, and Poma.

Architecture of Vijay Stambh

Constructed of red sandstone and white marble, Vijay Stambh has a balcony on every storey. The tower is nine storeys tall with a height of 37.19 meters and a base height of 3.0 meters. One has to climb 157 steps to reach the top of the tower. Therefore, the top has a mesmerising view of the entire city.

Tips For Visiting Vijay Stambh

The tower is brought to life by illuminating it with lights during the night. So, you can visit the Vijay Stambh at night to get a resplendent view of the tower.

How To Reach Vijay Stambh

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

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