Rani Padmini Palace, Chittorgarh
..."One such famous story is that of the Rani Padmini, who burned herself alive along with the other ladies of the court in order to protect their honour from the invading Sultan Alauddin Khilji. In 1303, Sultan Alauddin Khilji of Delhi decided to attack Chittor to capture Padmini, besotted from hearing stories about her matchless beauty. When he was refused the meeting, he declared himself Padminiâ€™s brother and agreed to the Ranaâ€™s (Kingâ€™s) offer that he could enter the fort unarmed to look at Padminiâ€™s reflection. After glancing upon the Raniâ€™s reflection in a lotus pond, he had his host captured at the outer gate by his men. In order to rescue her husband, Rani Padmini sent a messenger to the Sultan that she would come to him. However, the palanquins that were supposed to carry the Rani and her ladies were filled with soldiers instead. There was significant bloodshed among the Rajput soldiers, but the Rana was rescued. Despite this, war and potential death was imminent, considering the Sultan was raring to attack with a vengeance. Therefore, Rani Padmini and her ladies committed Jauhar (self-immolation) so that the men could go fight their last battle.
The Rani and her beauty might have been lost, but her palace still stands, along with the ill-fated â€˜viewing roomâ€™ and the lotus pond. The guide will even point you to a cellar with black walls in the Rana Kumbha Palace and tell you that it is the room where the ladies burnt themselves alive." (Source: http://bit.ly/2jiADfq)
But this is what the Wikipedia says...
Alauddin Khilji's siege of Chittor in 1303 CE is a historical event. Although the legend of Padmini is the best known story about the siege, it has little historical basis. Amir Khusrau, who accompanied Alauddin on the Chittor expedition and described it in his Khaza'in ul-Futuh, makes no mention of any Padmavati or Padmini. In fact, according to Khusrau, Ratan Sen and his family were spared after the conquest of the fort. Other chroniclers, such as Barani and Isami, also state that Alauddin returned to Delhi after forgiving Ratan Sen and his family. The so-called Padmini Palace at Chittor is a relatively modern structure.
When the British writer James Tod compiled the legends of Rajasthan in the 1820s, he presented Padmini as a historical figure, and Padmini came to be associated with the historical siege of Chittor. In the 19th century, during the Swadeshi movement, Padmini became a symbol of Indian patriotism. Indian nationalist writers portrayed her story as an example of a heroic sacrifice, and a number of plays featuring her were staged after 1905.Ireland-born Sister Nivedita (1866-1971) also visited Chittor and historicized Padmini. The Rajkahini by Abanindranath Tagore (1871-1951) popularized Padmini as a historical figure among schoolchildren. Later, even some history textbooks started mentioning that Alauddin Khilji invaded Chittor to obtain Padmini.
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