reputed region of Rajasthan, flashes across the mind many gruesome tales of
supreme sacrifice of Rajput princes and their inimitable gallantry displayed
during the rathless attack of Moghul emperors, not once but three times. Very
inch of the impregnable palace fort and its environs are marked by tablets and
samadhis of valiant Rajaputs. There are many monuments of eternal importance
echoing the chivalrous character of great Rajputs. The Vijay Sthambh, Kirthi
grand places of Rana Kumbha, Padmini etc., recall to memory the ineffable fame achieved
Along with them, there are some shrines of supreme architectural beauty and
superb sculptural craftsmanship. They are built in Indo - Aryan style and are
adorned with exquisite marble images.
This Kalika Mata temple is said to have been built as far
back as in eighth century and was given fine and attractive touches several
times. It was intended for Surya Bhagawan initially and designed to match his
glory in design and beautification, but later converted into Kalika Devi mandir.
This was done in the fourteenth century. Suitable alterations were made before
installing the Mother's icon and it is quite enchanting. It bends heads
instantly. Though surrounded by many monuments in ruins, its attraction has not
lost its grip over the devotes. Tourists, charmed by its splendour visit with
great exuberance and admire every frame of construction. Devotees drawn by the
benignity of the archamurti offer prayers. It is a miss-not mountent in the town
It is accessible by bus from Ajmer, Udaipur etc.