Siri Fort Quick Facts

PlaceNew Delhi, India)
Built in1303 AD
Built byKhilji Dynasty

Siri Fort Overview

New Delhi, the capital of India, is famous all over the world for its political activities and not only famous for its politics but it is also known all over the world for its interesting history and historical monuments. Siri Fort located in the Indian capital New Delhi is one of the oldest forts in India whose remains can still be seen here.

Siri Fort History

The history of this historical and world famous Fort is very old, whose construction and other activities are not fully evidenced, it is believed that the fort was built by King Harishchandra, who was ruling in the 7th century, but no proper evidence is available for this. It is not.

Information about the Medieval history of this fort has been obtained from the reign of Sher Shah Suri, it is believed that in the year 1539 AD, the fort of Rohtas was snatched from the hands of Hindu kings by Sher Shah Suri.

During a war with the Mughals, Sher Shah Suri requested the ruler of Rohtas to provide shelter to his children and women in his fort, the rulers of Rohtas did this, after which Sher Shah Suri sent some palanquins there in which his army was hiding. Who had either killed the rulers there or had driven them away. After this incident, the rule of Sher Shah Suri was established on this fort, he had rebuilt this fort during his rule and increased its strength. After the rule of Sher Shah Suri, Rohtas was ruled by the Mughals and after them by the British.

Siri Fort Interesting Facts

  1. This grand and historical fort was built around 1303 AD by the famous ruler of the Khilji dynasty, Alauddin Khilji.
  2. The city of Siri was founded by Alauddin Khilji between 1297- 1307 to protect the Delhi Sultanate from the Mongols.
  3. In the year 1303 AD, there was a great calamity in this area. had returned.
  4. In the year 1306 AD, 3 years after the incident of 1303 AD, Alauddin's army under its leadership waged a war against the Mongols at a place called Amroha, in which Alauddin Khilji's army won very well.
  5. Siri was also known as "Darul Khilafat" and "Seat of Caliphate" until the 13th century.
  6. In the year 1398 AD, the ruler of the Mongol dynasty, Timur, who attacked the Delhi Sultanate, addressed it in his memoirs as "Siri Ek Gol City".
  7. According to a folktale, this fort was given the name Siri after the battle that took place in 1306 AD, it is believed that in this war, Alauddin Khilji killed more than 8,000 Mongol soldiers and put his head in the base of the fort.
  8. This fort is just 5 kms from the north-east of Qutub Minar located near Delhi, which is situated at a distance of
  9. This fort was one of the largest forts in India, Which covered an area of about 1.7 sq. km.
  10. It is believed by some historians that it was the first city that was built by Muslims in an oval shape.
  11. According to a legend, the structure of this fort and the city was done according to a plan in an oval shape, in which more than 70,000 workers were engaged in the construction of the fort located in this city.
  12. When this fort was built, about 7 entrances were made in it, out of which today only the gate located in the south-east is present.
  13. It is believed that there were more than 1000 pillars in the palace located inside this fort, which it was also called "Thousand Sutan".
  14. Presently this fort has become a ruin, on the eastern side of which there is a flame-shaped structure with loopholes for the use of arrows, and the remains of the bastions can still be seen today. A small part of this fort is "Tohwala Gumbad Masjid".
  15. A structure like "Hauz Khas" was built to provide water to this fort, apart from this, more structures were being built, including Qutub-Islam Mosque and another minaret on top of Qutub Minar, but unfortunately these structures remained incomplete. Because Alauddin died in the year 1316 AD.
  16. The destruction of this fort was done by the local people and rulers like Sher Shah Suri, the remaining structures were inadvertently buried by archaeologists to build the stadium for the Asian Games held in 1982.
  17. Before the Commonwealth Games in 2010, the work of beautifying the ancient monuments was started by the Archaeological Survey of India, due to which the remaining walls of the fort and other things started being rebuilt. The government had to spend about Rs 1 crore to complete this work.

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