The Roopgarh Fort : A historycal place
Another heritage of Rajasthan: The Roopgarh Fort:
- Sikar is a heritage city in the Shekhawati region of Rajasthan, between Agra and Bikaner. And it is known for the intricate architecture of grand havelis, and forts of graffiti, with seven entrances to the city of Sikar, situated in the shadow of the massive walls.
From the 30 km of Sikar there is a village named Roopgarh.
About the village:
- It is located on the other side of NH11, about 5 kilometers south of Sikar town of Goria village. After about 3 kilometers comes a village of Kokhor, which also has a fort, which is situated on the ridge above the village. From Kochhor, a left turn leads to Danta, and Roopgarh can be reached after about fifteen kilometers.
If we look at its extent, Roopgarh is a small village in the southern part of Sikar district. But if we go deeper about its history, then this village holds a history in itself. There are two forts in the village. one of which is the Roopgarh Fort and the Bawri Fort. Which is a famous attraction of this village, and along with it, the film of Gin Mata was also shot here at one time. And that is why this village Dantaramgarh Occupies a very important place in the region.
If we talk about its location, Roopgarh is a village in Danta Ramgarh tehsil in Sikar district of Rajasthan state. It comes under Jaipur division. It is located 30 km south of the district headquarters, Sikar. 7 km from Danta city and about 93 km from state capital Jaipur.
Going deep into the history of the village, it is revealed that this village is named after Thakur Roop Singh. Who was the founder of this village and also the founder of the fort located in this village. Who built this fort and gave it its name. And he also ruled there for a long time.
The history of Thakur ROOP SINGH (qv).
Thakur Rup Singh of Khood established Roopgarh village and built a fort there which later came to be known as him. He first married Thakurani Chen Singh Kanwar’s daughter. Thakur Raj Kanwar, daughter of Thakur Shiva Singh Mertia, Thakurani Raj Kanwar, daughter of Thakur Daulat Singh Chandawat, third marriage, Thakurani Jodhpurpurji, daughter of Thakur Shivdan Singh, Thakurani Bijay Kanwar, daughter of Thakurani. Daulat Singh of Lehn married 5th, Thakurani Umaid Kanwar, daughter of Thakur Surat Singh of Lonwa, married third, Thakur Aanand Nath Kanwar, daughter of Thakur Anand Nat Kanwar, and married Siva.
About the fort:
- The old Fort stands high on a hill in vast vicinity in between the desert. It symbolizes the old ruling culture of Rajasthan Kingdom. Being on a high platform the scenic view is really fantabulous.
- The Fort is set on the top of a hill which is almost another ridge. And the reason to build the fort on top of hill was it security from the enemies. Nestling below the Fort, just above the plain is a fortified Palace, which has a small measure of protection from a round tower at the same level, about 400 meters from it. All around the hill is the area of the hill. Which is a very suitable place for the protection of the fort.
Design of fort:
- The palace is designed in such a way that the gateway of the palace leads to the school in the courtyard. The main part of the old palace is on the left
There is already a well-built route to the fort as there is a temple built there.
- Where daily loudspeakers offer devotional music outside the village. Earlier, there used to be a middle-aged man in the temple who took care of that temple. Now some of the people of this village do the work of taking care of that temple. To reach the entrance of the fort one has to climb the stairs of the temple. There is another way to go to the fort besides this road which is like a jig-jag path.
- A round tower is built in each corner of the fort, making the fort completely rectangular in shape. The entrance is on one of the smaller sides facing down towards the Palace. The only protection for the fort gate is a curved wall that protrudes out of the corner towers, and which is now partially ruined. By the way this built wall looks very strange and maybe it was added later. The gateway is constructed mostly of brick, probably the same stuff at that time. And the modern entrance is by a small metal door that is less than a meter square.
- The entrance to the fort is in another gateway. On each side of the path leading to the fort there are three arches in a raised space behind which is a dingy windowless chamber. After going further in, there is a courtyard which is very large which is built from one side of the fort to the other side and on which there is a little raised roof from the ground. It was probably a huge pit, which was a small garrison.
- Which will be used to collect the rainy water of that time or the refugees of the castle and village below in times of trouble. It was customary to have underground living quarters to provide protection from the hottest weather. And this structure could be such. As it is underground, the structure survived very well, and was well built with steps under a double chamber divided by a supporting arc.
- In addition, there are living quarters, an open area with two rows of five arches and a series of dark windowless small rooms on each side. On each side there is a room at the base of the round tower, which resembles the rooms resembling the gatehouse facing the fort.
- There is a flat roof to the living area that gives access to another chamber in each tower, and steps up to a parapet leading to the countryside, from where further steps lead to platforms at the top of each tower Are, the highest point of the fort. There is a steep wall around the stage and there is a downward firing as well as sliding outward.
There is a similar arrangement at the other end of the fort, towards the entrance, and a lower parapet with walls more than seven meters high on its sides. It was evident from the state of decay in the past few years, and the smell of bats remnants can be inferred that visitors to the fort were numerous. And have not done any maintenance work for a very long time.
- Climbing the stairs from the courtyard to the actual palace prevent children from rotting, as rot, unprotected droppings and bee nests provide enough danger to young adventurers. The palace has two small courtyards around two floors, and an open but covered seating area in the form of a small third tier. In the same way that the fort is left to decay, so is the area.
- It is difficult to tell the age of the buildings. As both the fort and the palace are made of stone covered in a kind of plaster. And the type of material they are made of is quite old.
- The form and shape of the fort is similar to many others in the same area and it is likely that many were built on the instructions of one ruler. It is a shame that no effort is being made to preserve this architectural heritage for generations to come. And the speed with which it is decaying will completely end this fort in future.
About the School in the fort:
- According to some ancient information, it was discovered that the lower palace had a large courtyard, surrounded by a series of small rooms. It was later built as a local school by some local people there. As we can see in this picture.
- We cannot say exactly but there must have been more than fifty children. Who might have been very hardworking. And due to the daily movement of children, this fort at that time looked alive even though it was deserted. School went on for a long time, but due to the non-maintenance of it, the school stopped gradually.
- And the people stopped coming and this fort was deserted again. But even after that, children are often seen here. .Who maybe their curiosity comes to know more about it.
Conclusion: This is definitely a good place to assimilate culture. We should be connected. So that more people get to know this one cultural heritage and we can expand it more.
Because our cultural heritage is losing its importance due to our ignorance.
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