30-meter high Chand Minar.
It was built as a ‘Tower of Victory’ by Ala-ud-din Bahmani to commemorate his capture of the Daulatabad fort. This soaring tower stands within the fort boundary but way too far from the fort itself. I wonder how people from the fort used to communicate with people here.
Can you see the tall Chand Minar ? The fort is on top of that hill.
The minar was originally covered with beautiful Persian glazed tiles. The three circular galleries of Minar still have carved motifs.
Three balconies of Chand Minar are clearly visible.
This Minar (tower) is known to have two major roles in the fort Daulatabad.
The first or defensive role was of a watch tower to look out for approaching enemies. The second or religious function was to call the faithful for namaaz (daily prayers).
But wait ! Was that all?
Another sight of Chand Minar from the fort.
I was told by a local guide there that there was a third angle as well ! According to him, the king had a mistress by the name of ‘Chand’ and she was gifted this Minar. She was living in the lower part of this tower. Since it would have evoked many eyebrows, the other two roles of the Minar were also defined.
Lush green background & the Chand Minar as seen from top of the fort.
I am not sure whether to believe him or not but here are few reasons why I would do so.
1) The distance between the Minar and the fort. While they might have some light system to give indication of any enemies coming in the direction of fort, it is hard to believe how they used to call the common man for daily prayers especially when there is no sign of any habitat outside the fort boundary.
2) There are other 4-5 levels of strong fortifications done in the fort itself.
3) Keeping a mistress was a norm but keeping her inside the fort would have been difficult. This way, she was not very near yet not very far.
What do you say?
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