Vijay Stambh Chittorgarh

Vijay Stambh Chittorgarh
Vital Information for Visitors

Vijay Stambh, Chittorgarh Fort, Chittorgarh,Rajasthan

Open & Clos:

Open on all days

Timing :

08:00 AM to 06:00 PM

Entry Fees:



1 Hour

Famous For:

Historical & architectural marvel.

Vijay Stambh in Chittorgarh is prime tourist attraction for its historical significance and sculptural finesse. It is located within the Chittorgah Fort premises and dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Vijay Stambh, meaning Victory Tower or Tower of Victory and a star attraction in Chittorgarh, was built by Maharana Kumbha in 1448 to commemorate his spectacular victory in a war with Mehmood Shah Khilji, the Sultan of Malwa, and Kutubuddin Shah, the Sultan of Gujarat. The tower has a height of about 122 ft (37.19 meter) and a diameter of 30 ft at the base. A staircase passes up through its storeys widening alternately through a central wall and a gallery formed round it. It has nine storeys and a flight of 157 steps lead to the top. Vijay Stambh is built of red sand stone and marble. It took ten years to construct this exquisite monument. Every storey is equipped with a balcony offering amazing views of the town and valley.

The tower is an excellent specimen of Hindu sculpture. The entire building from basement to summit, is covered with the most elaborate ornamentation, either in figures belonging to the Hindu pantheon, each carefully named, or in architectural scrolls and foliage, all in perfect subordination to the general design. The exquisite sculptures display Hindu deities and representation of episodes showing great epics - Ramayana and Mahabharata. Its walls, both exterior and interior, are adorned with mythological characters and scenes. From the top the view of the vast land around—field of many historical events—is enchanting. Several historical inscriptions are also found on the walls of the tower.

Though the kings of Chittorgarh were staunch Hindu but they promoted religious pluralism. It can be understood by the fact that the ninth storey portrays an sculpture of Padmavati, a Jain goddess. Another interesting aspect of Vijay Stambh is that it displays images of Jaita, the architect of this tower with his 3 sons – Poma, Puja and Napa. Various historians like Lt. Col. Tod & Fergusson have considered Vijay Stambh much superior than Qutub Minar in Delhi and the pillar of Trajan at Rome. A trip to Chittorgarh without visiting Vijay Stambh remains incomplete.

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