Darbhanga fort is one of the most famous forts of Bihar. People coming to Darbhanga which is a city of Bihar must travel to this fort. If you are planning to travel Bihar or Darbhanga, then you must add this place to the list of your visiting places.
In this article, we will know all about Darbhanga fort. I will also tell you how to visit the fort easily.
Darbhanga Fort, also known as Ram Bagh Fort, is located at Rambagh Palace inside the fort. The Rambagh complex is surrounded by walls and is spread over about 85 acres of land.
But when the fort was constructed from three sides and the western part wall was being constructed, India got independence from British rule. In India, the new government came to power and shut down the state and zamindari system. As a result, the semi-built wall was built in the same place and the fort was stopped.
History Of Darbhanga Fort
Prior to the construction of the fort, the area was a part of the village named Islamampur, under the control of Nawab Alibardi Khan of Murshimabad state. Later, it came under the control of the children of Maharaja Shri Kameshwar Singh of Darbhanga.
Thereafter, 1930 AD. When Maharaja Kameshwar Singh decided to build a fort here like other forts in India, the Muslim majority of the population settled in places like Shivdhara, Alinagar, Lherisarai, Chakotra with compensation for the land.
Architecture And Details Of Darbhanga Fort
In remembrance of this historic moment, the construction of Darbhanga Raj Fort was started in 1934. A Calcutta company was contracted for the construction of the fort.
The walls of the fort are built of red bricks. Its wall is one kilometre long and is 500 metres (1,600 ft). The fort wall was very thick. The Watchtower and guardhouse were built in the upper part of the wall.
The main gate of the fort is called Sinhala, but rare views of architecture are scattered. The trench was built around the wall within the fort. The trench was filled with equal water. It was for the protection of the fort and, indeed, the Royal Family.
Temples Situated Inside This Fort
This palace also contains rare temples.
A rare Kankali temple set up by Maharaja Mahesh Thakur is also located inside the same fort. As we mentioned, Maharaja Mahesh Thakur was found while bathing in Yamuna the idol of Goddess Kankali. He brought the statue and set it up in the fort of Rambagh. This temple is different from the temple of the total goddess of the Raj Parivar and still attracts devotees.
Two palaces are also located inside the fort. The western wall of the fort was damaged in the 1970 earthquake, with one of the two palaces partially damaged. The palace also has a total goddess of the Raj Parivar. These palaces have not been opened for the audience of the common people.
Shocking Reason To Built This Palace
Darbhanga Raj was virtually a very rich Jamdari system, but maharaja Kameshwar Singh was often very much talking about not formally having the status of kings.
In the changing developments of history, when the then British government of the country decided to give Darbhanga Maharaj Shri Kameshwar Singh the title of ‘Native Prince’, it was removed that Darbhanga Raj would become a ‘Princely State’ i.e. an independent monarchy.
The construction of Darbhanga Raj Fort was started in 1934 in remembrance of this historic moment. A contract was awarded to a Calcutta company for the construction of the fort.
But when the construction of the fort was completed on three sides, the wall of its west side was under construction that India got independence from the English rule. The new government, which came to power in India, stopped the ‘Princely State’ and zamindari practices. As a result, the semi-built wall remained as far as it was built and the construction of the fort was stopped.
Situation Of Darbhanga Fort Today
Like other heritage sites of Darbhanga Raj, the condition of Rambagh Fort is no longer very good. In the absence of protection, the walls of the fort are getting damaged and there is also a danger of collapse. A lot of advertisements on its walls are making it discoloured and the people’s plants that grow in the upper part of the walls are weakening the walls with their roots.
After the death of Darbhanga Maharaj Kameshwar Singh, his successors started selling the precious land of the Rambagh complex. In view of this, the land buyers also built their own houses and built colonies and the luxurious hotels and cinema houses were also established.
But despite all this, the Raj Fort of Darbhanga continues to be a centre of attraction for Darbhanga but also for the entire Mithanachal. The state government talks about developing ancient scenic spots in Darbhanga under the Ramayana circuit, but there is no initiative to save this heritage of Darbhanga Raj. The District Administration and Archaeological Survey department should take up the protection and protection of this historical heritage.
From the point of view of tourism, it should have been developed so that it could have been a source of income for the state. However, there is no possibility yet.
How To Visit Darbhanga Fort?
Visiting Darbhanga Fort is very easy. Any person can visit this palace. This palace has been kept open to visit 24 hours. This place is also safe and good for children to visit.
These are the steps you should follow to visit Darbhanga Fort:
- Reach Darbhanga city by bus or train.
- After reaching, you can take any auto or rickshaw and ask them to take you to Darbhanga Fort. This fort is situated in Rambagh.
This way you will reach there safely.
This was all about Darbhanga fort and how to visit it. You can visit this place in any season but it is best to visit between March-April because the season is perfect at that time.