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Kirti Stambh, Chittorgarh

Kirti Stambh Overview

Kirti Stambh is another famous structure in Chittorgarh. It is the 22-m high tower, called the Kirti Stambh or Tower of Fame. It is built probably around the 12th century. It is a Jain Structure, built by a Jain merchant who was dedicated to Adinath, the first Jain Tirthankar (Revered Jain preacher). This tower is devoted to Digamber following of Jain religion. This fact is indicated by the naked figures of various Tirthankars, Jain Pantheons, seen on the tower. There is a narrow stairway, which gives way to the seven floors to the top. Kirti Stambh is a very prominent medieval structure in Chittorgarh. Chittorgarh was called Chittor in olden times. It was the capital of Mewar during 7th and 16th century and was ruled by Rajputs. Chittorgarh once had many glorified forts, palaces and chattris but now most of them are in ruins by the courtesy of foreign invaders who attacked the Chittorgarh many times. Although Chittor is famous for its heroic deeds of its Rajput rulers but it was a flourishing business center also with many wealthy merchants around. Jain religion was very much followed in Rajasthan and still followed. Many followers of Jainism come to pay reverence to Lord Adinath at Kirti Stambh. Kirti Stambh is a good tourist destination also because of its architecture.

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