Tales of the Blue City
Mehrangarh (Mihir meaning sun, garh meaning fort, thus the 'Sun Fort') is one of the most magnificent forts in India, and the centerpiece of Jodhpur city. It is situated 125m (410ft) above the city. As the building materials were chiselled from the rock on which the fort stands, the structure merges with its base.
The serenity of the fort is complimented by the all blue surroundings of the old core of Jodhpur city around the Fort. There are many speculations about the blue color of the houses. The practice is thought to have begun when Brahmins began painting their homes to signify their own high status, also the association of blue color with Lord Shiva and Krishna rendered it sacred. The blue color could also be because of adding copper sulphate to the paint to get rid of termites in the houses! Another theory claims that the color helps to keep the houses cool in the heat.
Small, low height but well compacted houses are the heart of the old core. The blue city and its vividly painted blue houses look enigmatic from the top. It emphasizes the richness of the fort!