Did you know what happened to the treasure at Jaigarh Fort?

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As the history of Jaigarh Fort goes the treasure which was hidden in those water reservoirs was found or not is captivating as the legend goes. The fascinating story which every Jaipurites have heard of is, in fact, a mystery to many. For those whom the story is yet unknown, we have unfolded some facts about Jaigarh fort Jaipur.

Amer Fort

Some of the known facts about the fort are:-

1. The famous Amer Fort has hidden this gem of a place with its extraordinary history and subtlety. Jaigarh is part of a single fort complex that also encompasses the Nahargarh Fort. The three forts which connect each of these are underground passageways leading to many of the inquisitive nature of this medieval wonder.

2. Constructed on one peak of Aravalli ranges, Jaigarh reaches a height of 400 m above the Amber Fort. It provides a striking view not just of the hills but also the fort below.

3. The fort known for its sturdy outlook. It has far lesser embellishments than its neighboring Amber Fort where the royal family lived before they moved off to Jaipur.  Jaigarh held a sole purpose of protecting the Amer Fort from the resilient attacks from the Mughal emperors and it certainly did so. Jaigarh Fort may not be known for its grandeur that’s for certain, for that you must walk down to the Amer Fort which is as elegant as it sounds. 

4. It is also known for Jaivana, the world’s largest cannon on wheels, one of the most dynamic in the world due to the presence of iron ore.

Side view of one of the largest cannon of the world Jaivana at Jaigarh Fort of Jaipur, Rajasthan.

The story starts off with an amicable steal and ends off with many circumstances that keep us in a puzzled state of mind. The following may be some of the circumstances which had taken place in the fort:-

1. Believed to be a sizable part of the Mughal treasure hidden inside the Jaigarh Fort in Rajasthan. The excavation of the treasure ordered by none other than, Prime Minister Indira Gandhi during which time India was in a state of emergency. Indira Gandhi had indeed ordered several raids on the fort and even send troops to the fort after Gayatri Devi had objected to the excavation work.

2. As per historical records, Raja Mansingh (I) of Jaipur was the defense minister in Akbar’s court. He had invaded Afghanistan on Akbar’s orders and won the battle. The victory left Mansingh in custody of an immense treasure. Mansingh kept the plunder of the war to himself, instead of returning it to the king. Since then, the treasure made its way to the large water reservoirs inside the Jaigarh Fort.

Maharaja Sir Sawai Man Singh II who was the last ruling Maharaja of Jaipur State with his wife Gayatri Devi.

3. The talk of treasure continued even after independence. The royal house of Jaipur represented by Raja Sawai Mansingh (II) and his wife Gayatri Devi at that time. The family was an independent candidate and never really admired the ruling Congress Party. Gayatri Devi had defeated the Congress Party’s candidate thrice and had vigorously opposed to the emergency imposed by Indira Gandhi in the year 1975, which further provoking an already upset Congress leadership in the country.

4. As a result, Indira Gandhi ordered the I-T (Income Tax) department to take stock of royal house’s income and assets the department had to seek the help of army to supervise the raids inside the palace. The hunt to discover the hidden treasure went on for three whole months, after months of ruthless searches, the army finally called off the failed excavation work. Theory suggests that they discovered the treasure just that it wasn’t delivered out to the public.

Nobody has been able to determine what had really taken place in the Jaigarh Fort Jaipur. Whether the cache was purloined or not as it continues to be an enigma to many ever since.

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