In Jodhpur, is one of India’s largest forts, the Mehrangarh Fort. It was built in 1500 A.D.
The layers of archways in the ceiling had the look of a fancy mosque. Under these arches, a musician played and two other men demonstrated how a long turban is wound around a man’s head. (The museum there had a turban display showing the different styles of turbans worn in India.)
The various objects made it seem a place where much pomp and circumstance had been in procession.
The outer gates required maneuvering uphill, highlighting the defensive nature of the fort.
The most poignant part for me was the wall showing what was described as the handprints of the maharaja’s multiple wives who threw themselves (or were thrown) on their husband’s burial pyre. This was an old Indian custom called Sati. Knowing it had a name did not lessen the horror.
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