Bhimgarh Fort or Reasi Fort is a historical monument that is located atop 150 meters hillock in picturesque town Reasi in Jammu and Kashmir. It was initially a mud fort, which was later reconstructed with stone masonry by Maharaja Rishipal Rana. It was generally used by the royal family to take shelter during emergencies. The repairing of the Fort was started in 1817 and it was finished in 1841. The repairing task was carried by the King Gulab Singh of Jammu. It has also an important landmark associated with the gallant career of the legendary Dogra warrior General Zorawar Singh.
The majestic fort has a big wooden gate with images of Lord Ganesha and Maha Kali carved in separate niches inside the wall at the entrance. The gate is made up of Baluka stones with Rajasthani carvings. Statues of Lord Mahakali and Hanuman are also there.
The fort was rebuilt by Maharaja Gulab Singh in 1817, the then commander-in-chief of Maharaja Ranjit Singh. Its construction was supervised by General Zorawar Singh, who began his carrier as a solider under Gulab Singh. The fort though smaller in size, occupy the highest location, dominating the entire surroundings and attracting attention from a long distance. Besides, the fort displays interesting features of contemporary architecture with some additional features of Dogra in the form of temple.
The fort has double fortification wall made of dressed sand stone masonry in lime mortar. It has five massive round bastions. The fort can be approached by climbing an iron ladder provided at the entrance of the garden through a vacant plot on the main outer road of Reasi. It has three gateways built in stone masonry, except the middle one which is built with brick masonry. The fort has an open courtyard surrounded by a residential complex. Further up, there is a small temple, which is being used by security people for worship.
Some portions of the fort have collapsed due to neglect and lack of care. It was handed over to the Jammu and Kashmir State Archaeology Department in 1989. It was renovated by Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board the following year.
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- AddressBhimgarh Fort, Reasi
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