Amer Palace Main Entrance :
To the right of the photo you can see the main entrance to Amer Palace with stairs climbing up. The Amer Palace is located within the Amer fort compound. The palace itself is very beautiful consisting of Sheesh Mahal (Mirror Palace) and other very intricately designed rooms and areas.
Amer, or Amber, derives its name from the Ambikeshwar Temple, built atop the Cheel ka Teela. Ambikashwara is a local name for the god Shiva. However, local folklore suggests that the fort derives its name from Amba, the Mother Goddess Durga.
History Of Jaipur :
The state of Jaipur was earlier knows as Amber or Dhundhar and was ruled by Meena tribe, who held a fortress at Naen, later a Kachhwaha prince destroyed the sovereignty of Naen. In 1900, at the times of Jaipur Kingdom, region had a total area of 15,579 square miles (40,349 km²). Dhundhar region includes areas near Jaipur.
The southern and central portions of the region lie in the basin of the Banas River and its tributaries, including the Dhund River, which gives its name to the region. The northern portion of the region is drained by the Ban Ganga River, which originates in Jaipur district and flows east to join the Yamuna in Uttar Pradesh state.
Generally liberal policies of the rulers permitted Jainism to flourish at Amber and later at Jaipur. It continues to be one of the most important centers of Jainism in India. It is here where the Bispanthi/Digambar Terapanthi divisions among the Jains emerged in the 17th century. In the 17th century the Chittor seat of the Bhattarakas of Mula Sangh Saraswati gachchha moved from Champawati to Sanganer and then to Amber and finally to Jaipur where the last Bhattarka was present until 1965.
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