Vijay Stambha (Victory Tower), for me symbolized the epitome of gallantry and royal charisma of warrior clans of Rajasthan. As a kid hooked to history and geography during my school years,  the very thought of constructing a ‘victory tower’ to commemorate battles won, was both chivalrous and romantic. Then I saw pictures of my cousin’s visit to Chittorgarh and and there was this one picture of him standing next to the shimmering golden yellow tower of  Vijay Stambh, looking quite inconsequential. It was from that moment, Vijay Stambha became a part of my travel wishlist. This January, I visited Chittorgarh, as part of  our 8 day  family road trip through mewar region of Rajasthan and ofcourse, I had the chance to fulfil my wish of seeing Vijay Stambha. It was sweet fulfilment of my childhood wish and in the best way possible, with my toddler. In think, in the years to come, when my kid grows up and reads about ‘Vijay Stambha’ in school, I will tell her with pride ‘you’ve been here already kiddo”.

Shining in the morning sun – Vijay Stambha

Vijay Stambha is located inside Chittorgarh Fort, Rajasthan and is the pièce de résistance of Chittorgarh. It was constructed by Mewar king Rana Kumbha in 1448 to commemorate his victory over the combined armies of Malwa and Gujarat led by Mahmud Khilji. Today, the fort and the Vijay Stambha is protected monument under Archaeological Survey of India (ASI). The tower is also known as Kirttistambha and the ASI website says this about the tower “This magnificent tower locally known as Vijaya Stambha was built by Maharana Kumbha in AD 1448. Dedicated to Lord Vishnu, the tower is 37.19 m high and is divided into nine storeys. An inscription in the uppermost storey giving detailed chronological account of life and achievements of rulers of Chittaur was taken up by Rana Kumbha’s court scholar Atri and was later completed by his son Mahesh. One can reach up to the top storey through internally arranged flight of steps. The names of architect of this tower, Sutradhar Jaita along with his three sons Napa, Puja and Poma are also inscribed in the fifth storey”.

Our guide in Chittorgarh Fort suggested us many ‘attractions’, however I had told him beforehand to take us to Vijay Stambh and then we could think over visiting other monuments inside the fort. We were already inside the fort by 9 am in morning and the sun was shining in all its glory against the cerulean sky.  There were barely (actually nil) any visitors at this hour and walking towards the Vijay Stambh, I was both anxious and excited. Our last destination on the Rajasthan road trip was Mount Abu and it had been a big disappointment, while the detour of Nathdwara (while coming in from Mount Abu towards Chittorgarh) had been an unexpected pleasant experience; therefore I was anxious for the fact that Vijay Stambh may turn out to be the biggest disappointment or be the fulfilment of my childhood wish.

Vijay Stambha Complex inside Chittorgarh Fort, Rajasthan

Approaching the Tower complex, I could see a shimmering yellow tower, from behind a tree. I knew this was it!! This was the stunning Vijay Stambh and it was definitely the grand victory tower, an apt monument to commemorate victory.

Coming close to the tower, I gazed at its beautiful carvings, its structure (which was in form of a damru – tapered in the middle and bigger at both ends) and most of all, how it shone in the morning sun. Our guide told us that we had chosen the best time to visit the fort as in another hour, crowds here make it impossible to stand and gaze like I did.

Vijay Stambha – up close and definitely personal for me!

Our guide told us many interesting this about Vijay Stambh but most if it did not register in my mind as my eyes and mind were busy taking in the views of this stunning tower.

We spent around 15 minutes at Vijay Stambh and then decided to go around Chittorgarh Fort – that will be a separate post!!

Vijay Stambh – views

Vijay Stambha is truly a work of art and one of the best monuments in terms of beauty and refinement in Rajasthan.

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