At the moment, the fort was recognized to carry immense wealth within the type of jewelry, treasured stones, gold, silver and pearls. There was a Brijeshwari temple contained in the fort, and kings and devotees from throughout the nation used to ship ornaments as prasad to the fort in return for good deeds. All this cash was deposited in 21 treasure wells which went into the bottom 4 meters deep. In date-e-farishta-Historical past of India written by Persian historian Muhammad Qasim Hindu Shah Astarabadi -The fort’s wealth is described as “7,00,000 gold dinars”; 700 mana gold and silver plate; 200 mands of pure gold in ingots; 2000 mands of silver bullion and 20 mands of varied gems – corals, pearls, diamonds, rubies and different precious properties”.

Consequently, the eyes of everybody from Alexander the Nice to Mahmud of Ghazni fell on the Kangra Fort. King Shrestha of Kashmir was the primary to assault the Kangra fort in 470 AD, Emperor Akbar’s Mughal military is alleged to have made 52 makes an attempt to seize the fort, all in useless. Muhammad bin Tughlaq and his successor Firoz Shah Tughlaq each tried to seize the fort, however had been unsuccessful.

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Regardless of the heavy safety of the fort, Mahmud of Ghazni is believed to be the primary enemy to make it to the fort. He robbed eight wells of treasure. Within the late 1800s, British rulers plundered 5 wells. In 1620, it was Akbar’s son Jahangir who succeeded in taking management of the fort. In 1789, Raja Sansar Chand of the Katoch dynasty recaptured the fort from the Mughals, after which it was captured by Sikh forces. Finally this fort got here beneath the management of the British.

Arched Gate at Kangra Fort

Picture: Dinodiya Picture / Alamy Inventory Picture

In 1905, when a significant earthquake shook its basis, the fort remained beneath British occupation. At present the fort of Kangra is empty, however its partitions bear the tales of its turbulent historical past. In case you go, you possibly can nonetheless see the Andheri Darwaza—the 15 toes excessive protection gate of the fort. Inside, there are courtyards, three temples, a complete of 11 gates and 23 bastions and steps resulting in the best level of the fort.

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