Tower of Fame (Kirti Stambh), Chittaurgarh

Kirti Stambha is a 12th-century tower situated at Chittorgarh fort in Rajasthan, India. The 22 metre high tower was built by a Jain merchant Jeeja Bhagerwala during the reign of Rawal Kumar Singh (c. 1179-1191) for the glory of Jainism.
Chittor fort in Rajasthan is the most famous forts in world. It is known for the story of Padmini taking part in jauhar when Alauddin Khilji had besieged the fort.
Chittor has a history going back several centuries. It was an ancient centre of Jain tradition. Chittor is adjacent to the ancient city of Madhyamika. The Jain inscriptions at Mathura from the Kushana period (1st to 3rd centuries) mention a "Majjhimilla" branch of the "Kottiya" gana, indicating that it was a major Jain centre. The famous Acharya Haribhadra Suri (6th century) was born in Chittor and wrote "Dhurtopakhyana" there.
There was a scholar Elacharya at Chittor from whom Vira-senacharya (9th century) learned the ancient Shat-khandagama and Kashayapahuda. Vira-senacharya later wrote the famous "Dhavala" and "Jayadhavala" on the basis of these books.
It was the residence of Jinavallabha who propagated the Vidhimarga in the 12th century. From the 15th to 17th centuries, it was the seat of a Bhattaraka. The tower is built in the Solanki style. It is 30 feet wide at the base and narrows down to 15 feet at the top.
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  • Kirti Stambha is a tower situated at Chittor Fort in Chittorgarh. The tower is 22-metre-high tall and was built by Jeeja Bhagerwala during the reign of Rawal Kumar Singh in 12th-century for the glory....  more »
  • Kirti also means Victory or Fame but this Tower known as "Kirti Stambh" was built by a Jain merchant in 13th Century to highlight the glory of Jain religion during that era. Chittaur has been ruled...  more »
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  • Amazing place. One of the best historical Jain Temple.
  • Marvellous structure but not as well known as Vijay stambh. It is also much smaller. Intricate carvings show the skill level of the people involved in its construction. Must visit if visiting Chittorgarh Fort.
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