Rise and Fall of the Meenas
If you ever visit the Amer Fort or Amer Palace, you cannot miss this stunning temple ruins standing awkwardly yet with pride in a seemingly modern setting. The temple has an amazing story too. Originally created by Raja Alan Singh Chanda, the Meena king belonging to the Matsya clan, the temple is erected for Goddess Amba whom they knew as ‘Gatta Rani’. The Kachhawa Rajputs tried their best to capture the palace, but were defeated by the strong and well-coordinated Meena warriors.
After trying in vain, one of the kings decided to befriend the Meenas with the aim to figure out their weaknesses. The Meenas being worshippers of Amba, don’t pick up weapons on the day of Vijaya Dashami (Dusshera). Knowing that the Meena’s wouldn’t pick up weapons even to retaliate or defend themselves, the Kachhawa Rajputs attacked to take access to the fort, and obviously won. The wrath of Amba was such that she didn’t let the new occupants of the land flourish. In a bid to tame her, the entire town was renovated, while the temple was left untouched. The town was, however never occupied afterwards, and hence has an eerie feel to it.