Padamanis [Rani Padmani] Palace at Chitorgarh with its lake
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of Padmini's Palace from the 'Reading Collection: Views of Udaipur taken by an unknown photographer c.1910. The photograph is part of an album containing architectural and topographical views of sites in Rajasthan, mainly of Udaipur, originally in the collection of Rufus Daniel Isaacs, Lord Reading, who served as Viceroy of India (1921-1926).
Chittaurgarh, located 110 km east of Udaipur, is the location of the hilltop Chitor Fort, the site where Emperor Akbar (r. 1556-1605) attacked the Rajput rulers of Mewar in 1567. Chitor Fort is entered through the Padal Pol gateway and several key sites include the Palace of Rana Khumbha, Padmini's Palace, the Towers of Fame and Victory, as well as numerous temples. Padmini's Palace originally dates from c.1300 and was rebuilt c.1880. This is a general view looking towards the palace buildings across a tank (reservoir) with a small island pavilion in the middle. Padmini was the wife of Rana Ratan Singh I (r.1302-3) and was a victim of the first siege of Chittaurgarh in 1303 by Ala-ud-Din Khalji, the Sultan of Delhi.