The Ranimahal of the Mehrangarh Fort better known as the capital of Marwar one of Rajputana's biggest kingdoms is indeed one large separate building with the best jharokha and angan to complement it. The ample view of the hills and plains below suggest clearly that unlike the Mughal, the Rajput zenanas were more free in nature. The beautifully curved and designed jharokha steal your attention. Inside the museum there are details of the reigns of Rao Jodha, Rao Dudha, Rao Maldeo, and special mention to Ratan Singh and his daughter Meera who was a grand daughter of Rao Dudha and stayed at Merta some distance away.
Historically speaking Marwar was a close and important aide to Akbar and his forces and many of his hindu Queens belonged from Marwar. His son Salim's queen who was mother to future Emperor Shah Jahan also belonged from here. Rajkumari Phool Kanwar Rathore who also happened to be grand daughter to Rao Maldeo was married to Maharana Partap along with her sister(or cousin) Ashabai Rathore. Their father Ram Singh Rathore had gone against his father and supported Mewar against the Mughal. Raja Udai Singh of Marwar also known as Mota Raja was popular for his appearance and lack of skills as James Todd mentions.
Another interesting fact about Marwar remains that Maharana Pratap and Akbar were actually relatives courtesy Maldeo giving his daughters and grand daughter to both Mughals and Mewar . Meera Bai's Krishna influence id however found to be less as the chief deities here remain Maata Tulja Bhavani and Ganapati. #throwback #traveldiaries #history #marwar #fortsofindia #mehrangarh #jodhpur #rajasthan #rajputana #mughal #meerabai #akbar #maharanapratap #mewar #alliances #medievalindia #travelblog