Mehrangarh fort was earlier known as Mihirgarh which is made of two words; “Mihir” which means sun deity and “Garh” means fort. Sun deity is said to be the chief deity of the Rathore dynasty. There are various Mehrangarh fort facts that make it a pride of Jodhpur. The fort is not only historically significant but also has architectural importance. Mehrangarh Fort is a beautiful and magnificent fort in Jodhpur. The fort is although in the outskirts of the city but can be seen from anywhere because it is situated some feats above the ground level.
There is a very famous story associated with Mehrangarh Fort history. Rao Jodha, the king was very fond of building the fort on a majestic hill in Jodhpur. He sent his men to start building forts on the hill by removing the people from the hill.
Everyone agreed to follow the order of a king but one man did not abide by the diktat. He was an old saint known as Chidiya Wale Baba. The chidiya wale baba used to feed the birds and was upset by the king’s order. Agonized by the king the baba cursed the king and the kingdom that the kingdom would face a severe drought. Listening to this King realized that he had committed a mistake and asked for forgiveness from the saint. The saint could not take his words back but gave one solution that someone from the kingdom has to sacrifice his life. Then a man named Rajaram Meghwal came forward and gave up his life.
He was buried alive and this led to the foundation of one of the famous forts in Jodhpur that we see today. The fort was built in 1459. You can see a memorial dedicated to Rajaram Meghwal erected to pay tribute to his sacrifice. It is a sandstone memorial with all other relevant details engraved on it.