(Last Updated on : 17-08-2012)
Achalgarh Fort was built in the year 1452 by Rana Kumbha
. He was well known for his artistic tastes and this fort truly is a beauty to behold. Achalgarh Fort is situated atop a mountain peak. Its position makes it inaccessible to the foes. With massive walls and an imposing look it is worth a visit.
Within the fortified walls of the fort several interesting buildings are located. An interesting feature about this fort is the Jain Temples
that have been constructed here. The Kantinath Jain Temple is one of them. The principle deity is gold plated. These little facts reflect the prosperity and devotion of the Rajput
rulers. The Jain temple was built in the year 1513AD. Another inevitable temple in this fort is dedicated to lord Shiva. The Achleshwar Mahadev Temple is famous for the statue of Nandi. This massive statue weighs around 4 tonnes. It is said to be built with 'panchdhaatu'-namely silver, gold, copper, bronze and zinc.
If legends are to be believed then the temple was built around the footmarks of Lord Shiva
in the 9th century. Several idols have been sculpted within the temple. These add to the beauty of the holy shrine. The remarkable aspect of these sculptures is that they are made of crystal like stone, which generally looks opaque. Hence a trip to Achalgarh Fort will really prove interesting for the travelers.