Established in 1156 AD by the Bhati king Jaisal, the Jaisalmer Fort is one of the most spectacular Rajput Forts in the state of Rajasthan, India. Rendered a golden yellow color due to the yellow sandstone used in its construction, the fort is also known as the Golden Fort or Sonar Kella. The uniqueness of the Jaisalmer Fort is that, unlike most others in India, it remains a living fort where people still live inside the fort and go on with their lives as they have been doing for centuries.
Though the fort generally escaped a direct Muslim invasion in the later centuries due to its isolated location, it had its share of battles. In 1294 AD, after an eight year long seize by Allauddin Khilji, it witnessed its first jauhar when the womenfolk of the fort, 24,000 in number, committed suicide on a mass funeral pyre to escape dishonour in the face of a certain defeat, while the 3,800 remaining men sallied forth for one last battle. The tragedy repeated itself in the late 14th century when Jaisalmer was attacked by Firozshah. This time 16,000 women chose death while the remaining 1,700 men took the last stand. The fort was briefly laid waste after the Second Jauhar but was again reoccupied by the Bhatis in the 15th century and has been continuously inhabited since then.
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