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Notes on the Geography of Northern India: Ajaigar Fort

Ajaigarh Fort was built about 900 by the Chandela kings; the last Indian ruler was a local chieftain named Lakshman Daowa, who surrendered in 1809 to a British force commanded by a Colonel Martindell. The bombardment preceding that surrender left the fort in the ruins seen today.

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Path up.

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View back down to Ajaigarh town; the current raja's palace is the white mansion on the opposite hill.

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One of several successive gates to the fort.

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Protective sculpture: Ganesh.

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Stairs and summit wall.

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Approaching the top: springs said to contain Ganges water.

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The main gate.

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Most of the summit is now forested.

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Still it yields resources.

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Several ponds or tanks hint at the fort's once-substantial population.

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Gate overlooking an east-side descent.

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View over the east side.

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A sculpture ensemble at the east gate.

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Another view of that very peaceful place.

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Shiva lingam atop Nandi, Shiva's mount.

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Another Ganesh.

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Kali.

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Nandi.

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One of several fragments of the summit palace, now almost entirely in ruins.

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Another fragment.

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A third fragment.

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A fourth fragment of the palace.

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Sculptural details, reminiscent of  the Khajuraho temples.

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Interior columns.

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Capital.

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Entrance.

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Detail.

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Detail.


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