History and the Heritage of Castle
owners of this castle claim lineage from
Maharaja Prithvi Raj of Amber (later
Jaipur).The founder father of this clan
of Rajputs was Kalyan Singh, one of the
sons of Maharaja Prithvi Raj and Sisodia
Rani (daughter of Rana Raimal of Mewar).
History of this clan is full of velour
and courage of the highest order.
Kharagsen of Kalwar was one of the most
trusted and valiant commanders of Mirja
Raja Jai Singh (the founder of Jaipur).
Karagsen was martyred in battle in the
Southern Province. The name of Bhakat
Singh of Kalwar finds very special
mentions in the battle of Hinglaj in1728
AD and in many other battles in
Aghanistan .One of the descendents of
this clan, Man Singh Kilyanot, is
immortalized and glorified in “Kurm
Vijay” the historical recital of the
battle of Mandwa- Mandol fought between
then Jaipur and Bharatpur States in1767
The castle has been carved out of a fort
originally belonging to another clan of Rajputs, the Narukas, and won over by
the present clan, the Kilyanots, in a
fierce battle in the Sixteenth Century.
The women folk of the Narukas commited
Johar, i.e. they jumped to death in
burning pyres rather than be captured
Thakur Balwant Singh commenced the
construction of this Castle in 1879 AD
and the construction continued for the
next two generations.
The previous Thakur, Jai Singh, was a
reputed shikari turned wild life
conservationists, who established and
developed the game sanctuaries of Sawai
Madhopur and Sariska. In keeping with
family traditions the present Thakur,
Mandhata Singh, has served in the Indian
Army for four decades, rising to the
three star rank of Lieutenant General.
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