Glamorous Padmini Palace - A tiny palace inside Chittor Fort narrating some of the most controversial stories associated with bollywood movie Padmavat

During our visit to Chittor Fort in Rajasthan, we came across different narrations of Rani Padmavati. That made me realised that why there were so many controversies during the release of bollywood movie Padmavati which was later renamed to 'Padmavat'. There is Padmini Palace inside Chittor Fort and this blogpost will share about this palace, stories associated and then some interesting details around which story to believe in.

During our visit to Chittor Fort in Rajasthan, we came across different narrations of Rani Padmavati. That made me realised that why there were so many controversies during the release of bollywood movie Padmavati which was later renamed to 'Padmavat'. There is Padmini Palace inside Chittor Fort and this blogpost will share about this palace, stories associated and then some interesting details around which story to believe in. 


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Rani Padmini was wife of Maharana Rattan Singh of Mewar. Tourists from all over the world visit Chittor fort to explore the grand historic monuments and hear stories of adventure as well as sacrifice of the Rajputs of the Mewar Kingdom. The Padmini Palace is where the Rajput women sacrificed their lives when the palace was attached by Alauddin Khilji. Modern narration by local guides depict it as loyalty and strength to fight or die instead of facing dishonour. When compared to other palaces of Chittor fort, the Padmini Palace is smaller but is considered to be an attractive due to tragic story associated with end of Rani Padmini. 


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Above photograph shows this three storied white building, which is located in the southern part of the fort. Padmini Palace is surrounded by water bodies and there is a huge palace compound on other side of this water body. It seems Padmini used to use a boat to come to main palace from her palace surrounded by water body. 


Padimini Palace which is surrounded by water body is the place where Alauddin was permitted to see the mirror image of Rani Padmini. It is widely believed that Alauddin was obsessed by the beauty of Rani Padmini, even by looking briefly at the mirror. That triggered Allaudin to have a desire to win Rani Padmini and he got convinced to destroy Chittor. In the battle, Maharana Rattan Singh was killed and Rani Padmini committed Jauhar.


When our guide at Chittor was narrating the story of Rani Padmavati, he shared about her roots in Shrilanka but it seems that's debated till date. In his narration, he glamourised Jauhar and also shared other stories when thousands of ladies of Chittor did Jauhar. There is a huge jauhar area close to the famous Shiva Temple and Vijay Stambha of Chittor Fort. 


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These old doors tell a lot about the space and Travellingcamera was so happy to see these doors still being used after regular maintenance. ASI certainly does a great job at maintaining these heritage buildings by ensuring that you feel that old place in modern times. 


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As you go to the back side of main Palace in Chittor, you see a huge water tank which was dry. Seems like, the water body around Padmini Palace used to be huge which shrunk over the decades. 


It's not related to Padmini palace but about the guides who show around Chittor Fort and some of the great heritage of this place. It's very clear that guides here take pride being part of Mewar and that can also mean that story narration can be little biased. During my trip to Rajasthan this time, I felt that lot of the stories narrated by guides in Udaipur area show respect to Mewar dynasty. Every win or loss is narrated to express glory of Mewar. Because of the same reason, I am not very confident in sharing lot of those stories on this blog. There is lot of literature available and I don't feel like putting anything which can be misleading or not true. Having said that, we welcome you to share your understanding of Chittor Fort or Padmini Palace through comments section below.

Above photograph shows the green area which is just after the main entry gate at Padmini Palace in Chittor Fort. 

It's not related to Padmini palace but about the guides who show around Chittor Fort and some of the great heritage of this place. It's very clear that guides here take pride being part of Mewar and that can also mean that story narration can be little biased. During my trip to Rajasthan this time, I felt that lot of the stories narrated by guides in Udaipur area show respect to Mewar dynasty. Every win or loss is narrated to express glory of Mewar. Because of the same reason, I am not very confident in sharing lot of those stories on this blog. There is lot of literature available and I don't feel like putting anything which can be misleading or not true. Having said that, we welcome you to share your understanding of Chittor Fort or Padmini Palace through comments section below.  


If you liked this post and found it helpful, I would request you to follow these things when traveling - 

1. Manage your waste well and don’t litter Use dustbins.
2. Tell us if you went to a place and found it hard to locate a dustbin. 
3. Avoid bottle waters in hills. Usually you get clean water in hills and water bottles create lot of mess in our ecosystem. 
4. Say big no to plastic and avoid those unhealthy snacks packed in plastic bags. Rather buy fruits. 
5. Don't play loud blaring music in forests of jungle camps. You are a guest in that ecosystem and disturbing the locals (humans and animals) is not polite.

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