Junagarh

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Overview of Junagarh city from Uparkot fort. It is an ancient city that lies at the foot of the Girnar Hill and takes its name from the `Old For` which circles the town. The Girnar Hill stands from 2500 B.C. having a story of its own. The antiquities of Junagarh go back to the times of Emperor Ashok 250 B.C. whose 14 Rock Edicts can be seen cut into a great rock outside the city - you shall see its picture later.

Picture of a Canon on top of the fort, had a range of 7 kms. The Upar Kot or Upper Fort situated on Rewatgiri hill, is girdled by a wall that is, in some places, over 20 m high.

Top of a Buddhist Cave that went two storeys below the ground.

Top left side has first floor and you can see series of steps leading to second floor below ground.

Granary storage area. The fort had a population of 5,000 when occupied. This granary could store grains for 12 years for 5,000 population. Grains were kept in good condition by using Neem leaves & cow dung. There was a structure that covered the granary so that the enemy could not see it.

Ranakdevi s Palace that was converted into a mosque app 500 years ago by one Muhammad Shah.

This place is called Atki Ketki. The steps that you see lead you to a well that has a depth of 35 feet. How did the place get its name? The fort had no water. When the king asked his Advisors on how could the fort get water, they said that the lives of two women needs to be sacrificed. After great difficulty two maids of the Queen Atki ketki agreed to sacrifice their lives at well point. After they did so water sprang from this area which is why the place is called Atki Ketki in memory of the sacrifice by these noble maids.

Located outside the fort, Asoka s Rock Edict has inscriptions written in Sanskrit, Magadhi and Pali on this huge peace of stone. The inscriptions were written by three rulers namely Asoka 273 B.C., Mahashtrapada Rurdadamaan in 150 A.D. & Skandgupta in 456-7 A.D.