Amer – Art Reincarnated

The magnificence of Rajasthan’s famous Amer Fort has always been a source of inspiration for artists and film-makers. Depicted as Jodha’s maternal palace residence in the film Jodha-Akbar, the grandeur of Rajasthan’s crowning glory- Amer Fort now reflects in a new jewellery line as well. The jewellery line captures the charm of Amer Fort’s ancient pillars, rustic walls, paintings and the royal touch.

Amer Fort, also known as Amber Fort, is a fascinating piece of art which reflects Rajputana culture and history. Situated in Amer about 11kms. from Jaipur, this Fort was built by Raja Man Singh and was completed in the 18th century. The fort is remarkable as much for the majestic grandeur of its surroundings as for its sturdy battlements and beautiful palaces. It is a fine blend of Hindu and Muslim architecture. The deep narrow valleys and the wide plains form a spectacular view from the Fort. Amer fort is situated atop the hills that surround the city of Jaipur. What makes the fort spectacular is Maotha Lake sprawling around the hills. The solemn dignity of the fort’s red sandstone and white marble pavilions, when reflected in the azure blue lake at the foothill, is a sight to behold. Built over a period of two centuries this fort comprises of pillared pavilions, courtyards and massive palaces. The palace complex is lavishly ornamented and displays the riches of Amer. Sheesh Mahal also known as the Palace of Mirrors is one of the most visited places in the fort. Diwan-e-Am or the Hall of Public Audience is a beautifully proportioned hall open on three sides and stands on two rows of ornamented pillars. Diwan e-Khas or the Hall of Private Audience has delicate mosaic work in glass. Sukh Mandir is guarded by sandalwood doors inlaid with ivory. Throughout the massive fort finely carved lattice windows, exquisitely painted doorways, halls and finely sculptured pillars crave for attention. Dil-e-Aaram is the garden which also makes a splendid entrance for the Fort. The beautifully crafted fort is unique in that its outside- an imposing and rugged defensive structure, is markedly different from its inside-an ornate, lavish interior influenced by both Hindu and Muslim (Mughal) styles of ornamentation. The artwork done on the walls of the fort will leave you stunned and speechless. A majestic Elephant ride from the Grand Entrance Gate to the top of the Main building would be a real delight of the visit to this marvellous Fort. Amer Fort is breathtaking at night when the whole fort is illuminated with hundreds of light bulbs. The light and sound show which is organized at the fort every evening to depict the fort’s history is one of the most spectacular sights and should not be missed at any cost.

Although the increasing number of tourists visiting this royal place and the film-makers renting the site for shooting is good for acquiring monetary gains for funding the premises maintenance, there is a flip side to it. Recently a film shooting permitted in the Amer Fort had damaged a 500-year-old canopy, which included demolishing the old limestone roof of Chand Mahal, with number of holes drilled in it for fixing sets. Likewise, large quantities of sand were dumped in Jaleb Chowk causing injury to the upkeep of the premises. It is a pity that a heritage site was subjected to such damages.

Places like Amer Fort, which mirror history, are a part of our legacy. Hence, let’s vow to protect and conserve such heritage sites. ‘Responsible Tourism’ is a mantra which we all should carve on our hearts and souls. Only then can this legacy be preserved for the generations to come.

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