Jaipur: The 13th century Chittorgarh Fort in Rajasthan was vandalized last evening by activists of fringe group Karni Sena, who shattered the mirrors in the Rani Padmini palace.
Claiming responsibility for the attack, the group claimed they had warned the administration that the mirrors should be removed, that they represent a deviation from the story of legendary Rajput queen Padmini.
The mirrors in the Padmini Mahal are shown to tourists as part of the narrative that the queen, renowned for her beauty, was shown to Muslim ruler Alauddin Khilji in the mirror after he made peace with her husband Rana Ratan Singh.
A case has been filed against unknown persons.
The same group had assaulted filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali last month during the shoot of his period drama “Padmavati” based on Queen Padmini. It accused Mr Bhansali of filming a dream sequence that showed romance between Padmavati and Alauddin Khilji, played by actors Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh, an allegation that the filmmaker vehemently denied.
The group has alleged distortions of the story of Padmini who, they say, preferred to commit Jauhar or self-immolation to protect her honour rather than submit to Aluddin Khilji, who was believed to have attacked the fort to capture the queen. The activists insist that it is wrong to say the queen’s face was ever shown to the ruler. Mirrors, they claim, did not exist during the time.
The Chittorgarh Fort is a heritage monument protected by the Archeological Survey of India.