Everyone in Jaipur has seen this structure. Only some of them know it by its name. And hardly anyone know what is it all about.
Thats the modern story of a historic building standing on Tripolia Bazaar, one of the busiest roads of Jaipur.
Not any more though. We at JCP re-searched more about on this and here is what we have for you.
After the death of Sawai Jai Singh II in 1743, Sawai Ishwari Singh, the eldest son, became his successor. The decision was refuted by Sawai Madho Singh I, Ishwari Singh’s step brother. In 1748, a war of succession for the throne of Jaipur was initiated by Sawai Madho Singh I along with the Maharana of Udaipur, Rana Durjansaal of Kota and Ummed Singh of Bundi. Ishwari Singh retaliated by sending his army led by Prime Minister Rajamal Katri and Dhula. Both of them showed great valor and won the battle. Soon, Madho Singh gathered seven allies and attacked Jaipur again. The result was no different. He faced defeat once again at the hands of Ishwari Singh’s commander Hargovind Natani. In 1749, the elated king of Jaipur Sawai Ishwari Singh commemorated the victory by building this pillar which is known as Isarlaat and popularly called Sargasuli.
This magnificent example of architecture situated in the center of Jaipur city is 140 feet in height, seven storied and octagonal in shape. Its circular staircases made of 264 steps are built to ensure proper air and light in the tower. Isarlaat which also served as a watch tower, now provides with a breathtaking view of Jaipur city. One can easily glimpse of all the popular monuments from here like Nahargarh Fort, Charan Mandir, Royal Gaitor, Garh Ganesh, City Palace, Yaadgar, Old Vidhan Sabha, Jantar Mantar and Hawa Mahal.
According to legends, Sawai Ishwari Singh was ostracized for his love for a common girl. Ironically, even after denying his throne being usurped, he is the only Kachwaha Maharaja who has not been commemorated at Royal Gaitor, the royal crematorium where all monarchs are cremated.
How to get to Sargasuli?
Sargasuli – A Video Tour