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History of Chomu Palace

The Architectural Heritage of Rajasthan
Destination – Rajasthan can bedazzle any visitor with its majestic forts, its intricately carved temples and havelis. Rajasthan is a land rich in history and culture. This vibrant, striking region has been for centuries the home of Rajput ruling warrior clans. Known for being prolific builders, the Rajputs dotted the arid Aravali landscape with a unique legacy of some of the most imposing and magnificent forts and palaces in the world. Today these structures defy time, to speak to us of poetry, of gallantry and of courage.

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Forts & Palaces
The architecture of Rajput forts and palaces is basically secular and it draws a lot from the Mughals and their aesthetic traditions, while the latter day edifices also embrace European interiors. These structures encompass mahals (palaces), zenanas (women’s quarters), diwan-e-aam (areas for public audiences), divan-e-khas (areas for private audiences), sils (galleries), mandir (temples), bagh (gardens) as also chatris and ramparts for defense and parades.

Thakur Karan Singh
The history of Chomu and that of Jaipur run parallel from 1565 to 1937 A.D. The foundation of Chomugadh was laid by Thakur Karan Singhji, the grandson of Thakur Nath ji between 1606 and 1621 A.D. The Nathawats were descendants of Nathji who was given the region of Samode by his father Gopalji, grandson of Prithviraj Chauhan, the first ruler of the Kachhawaha dynasty of Ajmer.

History of Chomugadh
Chomugadh – the suffix ‘gadh’ gives a clear indication that the palace was fortified strategically, in this case with a five meter thick wall to ward off enemies. The successor of Karan Singh ji continued to make additions to the fort and, with the persistent efforts of Sukh Singh ji and Raghunath singh ji, Chomugadh was finally finished during the reign of Mohan Singh ji in 1714 A.D. The fort thus has historical importance because it took more than a hundred years for its construction to be complete

Govind Singh ji converted the fort into a palace between 1863 and 1901 A.D. The main Darbar Hall in the fort was built by Thakur Devi Singh ji during 1901 and again by 1937. Chomugadh is an exceptional example of Rajasthani art and architecture. Most parts of the fort were designed according to the Indian Vastushastra and Shilpashastra philosophies.

The site for the fort was identified by Pandit Premi Das ji, who visited what was at that time a dense jungle for meditation. He found the place ideal to establish a fort because it was visible only when one went deep into the jungle and it lay close to a lake. It thus presented the necessary parameters of shelter to military chiefs and their armies.
Chomugadh is a three storied structure with a lot of open space like chowks (open courtyards), baradaries (pavilions) and chandnies (semi-covered terraces). There is also a foundry in the fort which was established by Krishna Singh ji in 1816 A.D.

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