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Akbar Fort, Ajmer

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Once the royal residence of Emperor Akbar, this museum is housed in the beautiful fort and palace built by Emperor Akbar in 1570. It is centrally located and close to the railway station housing a rich repository of exquisite sculptures. Ajmer remained under the Sultanate till 1326. Thereafter, it became a bone of contention between the Sultans of Delhi, the Ranas of Mewar, the Rathors of Marwar and the Sultans of Gujarat. Peace was restored with the accession of Akbar to the Mughal throne in 1556. He made Ajmer a full-fledged province and the base for his operations in Rajputana. He fortified the city, but only parts of the 4045-yard long wall remain.

The museum : The Ajmer palace, displaying none of its extraction, is now home to an unassuming government museum which exhibits finds from Mohenjodaro and Harappa, statuary from medieval India, sculpture, old weapons and miniature paintings. Many fine and delicate sculptures of the region have been displayed here. The building itself is constructed in red sandstone, which has been laid in a square pattern giving it a beautiful look. While Ashoka was repulsed by the bloody nature of his Kalinga venture, Akbar came to the Sufi's fold because to him, the peace-loving seer was behind the grisly success of the Mughal armies. To maximise the Khwaja's largesse, Akbar made annual visits to the Chishti's dargah
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