Finding Padmini: On the trail of Rajasthan’s legendary queen; Deep Mukherjee; Hindustan Times

India – Hill Forts of Rajasthan


Chittorgarh: For most of his72 years Ramcharan Vaishnav has lived inside the sprawling Chittorgarh Fort, surrounded by magnificent artworks reminiscent of Mewar’s golden age and hugely-popular folklores that have withstood the test of time.

The wrinkled face of Vaishnav, an elderly priest of Kumbhshyam temple inside the fort, lights up as he repeats a legend that has been passed on to him by his ancestors.

“When Rani Padmini would drink water, one could see it flowing down her neck as the blue streaks would be visible on her fair skin, such was her beauty,” says Vaishnav.

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