Jodhpur India
In this article, we tell you about the Gallary/Gallaries in the Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur, Rajasthan.

Mehrangarh Fort Gallery

One of the attractions of the Fort is the Jodhpur Mehrangarh Fort gallery. Read on to know more about the galleries in Mehrangarh Fort in Rajasthan, India.

Elephant's Howdahs:
The "Elephant Howdah" was a kind of two-compartment wooden seat fastened on to the back of an elephant. The front compartment had a raised protective metal sheet for kings or royalty. The rear compartment was for a reliable bodyguard, disguised flywhisk attendant. This gallery displays fine examples of elephant seat from the museum collection, which is regarded as the best in the country. One of the priceless historical pieces is the silver howdah of the Mughal Emperor Shahjahan, presented to Maharaja Jaswant Singh of Jodhpur.

Palanquin was a popular mode of travel for the ladies of the nobility, till the second quarter of the 20th century. On special occasions, the male nobility and the royals also used them. This gallery displays one of the richest collections of palanquins in Rajasthan. The most exquisite ones include Pinjas, the covered palanquin beautifully decorated with lacquer paintwork. Another one is Rajat khasa, the beautiful lotus shaped royal silver palanquin used by the maharajas.

Daulat Khana (Treasures Of Mehrangarh Museum):
In this gallery are displayed some best preserved collection of fine arts of the Mughal period, during which the Rathores maintained close links with the Mughal emperors. Displayed in this gallery are finest examples of arms, textiles, decorative arts, paintings, manuscripts, headgears, etc.

This Gallery displays a rare collection of Armour from every period in Jodhpur. Also displayed are sword hilts in jade, silver, rhine horn, ivory, shields studded with rubies, emeralds and pearls, guns with gold and silver work on barrels. The personal swords of some emperors are also displayed. They include The Khanda of Rao Jodha, The sword of Akbar the Great and The sword of Timur the Lame.

This Gallery displays colours of Marwar-Jodhpur, the finest example of Marwar paintings.

The Turban Gallery:
There is Turban Gallery in the Mehrangarh Museum also. In it are preserved and displayed many different types of turbans once prevalent in Rajasthan.

The Folk Musical Instruments Gallery: In this gallery are a number of different types and kinds of folk musical instruments, some particular to a group or community, and some to a region. A recorded rendition accompanies the display of the instruments here.