Jaisalmer Fort - Architecture
The length of the fort is 460m and width is 230m. The fort was built on a hill whose height is 250 feet. Tourists can find many structures inside to visit. Some of them are as follows −
Raj Mahal or the royal palace of the fort is opened for the public from 9:00am to 5:00pm. In order to visit the palace, the tourists have to pay a sum of Rs. 250. The palace was built in around 1500AD with seven storeys.
There are seven Jain temples which were built in around 12th century. In the temples, there are carvings made up of yellow sandstone. The temple is opened for the tourists till 12:00pm. Each temple is dedicated to different Jain Tirthankara whose names are Parsvanath, Sambhavanath, Chandraprabhu, Rishabhadeva, Shitalnath, Shantinath, and Kunthanath. The entrance to the temple complex is a gate called Toran that leads to Parsvanath temple. Gyan Bhandar Library is also there in the complex where people can read the books related to archaeology.
Laxminath temple was built to worship Goddess Laxmi and Lord Vishnu. The temple was built during the reign of Rao Lunkaran in 1494AD. The temple has a lot of Rajasthani paintings which lets the people know about the culture of Rajasthan in ancient period. In comparison to Jain temple, Laxminath temple does not have any carvings.
In order to enter the fort, there are four pols or gates which are Ganesh Pol, Akshay Pol, Suraj Pol, and Hawa Pol. There are various carvings to make each gate different from each other. The Suraj Pol or Sun Gate has the carvings of Sun. Hawa Pol or Wind Gate is plain and the courtyards surrounding it get the flow of air.