|Vijaya stambha, Chattigarh Fort, Rajasthan/journals.worldnomads.com/|
|Vijaya stambha, Chattigarh Fort, Rajasthan.ancientpages.com/|
Though Vijaya Stambha is a common name widely used by the local folks, actually it is dedicated to Hindu God Vishnu. Hence it is a Kirttistambha or Kirti Stambha, a "tower of fame". This odd-looking 9-story tower is adorned with beautiful sculptures of many Hindu deities around. There are around 157 narrow spiral steps leading to the terrace at the upper level. Here, from the balconies you get a fine view of the whole town down below. The tall tower is a great sight when it is illuminated in the evening. The effect is quite absorbing. It is a good example of religious pluralism practiced by the Hindu rulers like Rajputs. The topmost story features an image of the Jain Goddess, Padmavati and images from the Ramayana and Mahabharata epics. Ruler Rana Kumbha also had carved the word "Allah" in Arabic nine times in the third story and eight times in the eight. It shows the secular attitude of the Hindu kings, unlike other rulers who follow other religion.
|Vijaya stambha, Chattigarh Fort, Rajasthan. Guidestone en.wikipedia.org|
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