Gagron - A
Historical & Religious Place
from Jhalawar. The foundation of this magnificent,
impregnable renowned fort was laid in the 7th century
and the fort was completed in the 14th century. Outside
of the fort is the Dargah of Sufi Saint Mittheshah, where a
fair is held every year during the month of Moharram. Nearby
is the monastery of Saint Pipa Ji, who figures amongst the
chief eight disciples of Guru Ramanand and was comtemporary
of Saint Kabir.
Gagron Fort is perched on a low ridge at the confluence of the
rivers Ahu and Kali Sindh whose water surround it on
three sides. On the fourth side there used to be a deep moat
completing its defenses. Gagron is among the rare forts which are
both a vana and a jala durg - i.e.
both water-protected and water-protected. It is surrounded by
forests and has behind it the Mukundarrah range of hills.
Gagron is a place
which has been consecrated by the superb heroism of its Khinchi
rulers and highest secrifice of their women folk. Immertal Raja
Achaldas Khinchi held this fort valiantly against the Mandu
ruler Hoshang Shah of Malwa. When defeat seemed imminent
because of the religious treachery by the foe, Rajputs clad in
saffron robe swords in hand, rushed out of the open flung gates of
the fort and attained martyrdom. Their ladies performed
Gagron was once a teeming city in medieval India. It ranked
supreme in this part of Malwa when Bundi / Kota / Jhalawar were
yet to appear as states on the princely map of the country.