Amer fort was earlier a small settlement of the tribe of Meenas, dedicated to the goddess Amba. This was taken over by the Raja Man Singh, who camped there one night, and on being told (if the sound and light show is to be believed) that the place belonged to the Meena tribe, laughed and said, `it used to belong to them', and promptly took it over. A prominent feature of the fort is the temple of Sila Devi, who it is said, appeared to Raja Man Singh in a dream, and agreed to take up residence at his fort. The Devi instructed the king to lead the way to the place where he wanted to install her, and that she would follow, but he should not look behind. The king did lead the way, but at some point turned round to look at the goddess, who froze on the spot. Thus, the temple to the Devi got constructed at the entrance of the fort, and the image of the Devi (Mahishasur Mardini) turns around.(Less fanciful versions of the story can be found in Wikipaedia).
The fort boasts of the most beautiful marble inlays and jaalis, as does the temple, second to none in India, including the Taj Mahal. The fort overlooks the Maota lake, and a beautiful garden, with beds of
The sound and light in the evening, lights up the huge fort in a very impressive fashion. The stories that it tells, however, are not as impressive. The Kachhvahas of Amer, Raja Man Singh and his descendants, were always courtiers of the Mughals, and the stories of those who fought with the Mughals, like Rana Pratap, and Shivaji are more interesting! Still, the spectacle is not one to be missed.