The Jaivana Cannon is said to be among the biggest cannons in India.
It’s also said to be the largest cannon on wheels in the world.
This is located on the grounds of one of Jaipur’s famous forts, the Jaigarh Fort.
According to the tourism department, the Jaivana cannon is a world famous cannon, and:
It was cast in 1720 during the reign of Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II (1699-1743) at the foundry at Jaigarh.
Its 20 foot long barrel weighs 50 tons, with a diameter of 11 inches.
Its range is 22 miles and 100kg gun powder was used for one fire.
Though a destructive weapon, it is beautifully decorated with carving of surrow trees, an elephant on the mouth scroll on the body, and a pair of birds at the end.
This is a unique art piece made by the skilled craftsmen of Amber.
The work to place this barrel on the carriage was done during the reign of Maharaja Ram Singh II (1835-1880).
He also got this covered area prepared for this unusually large cannon.
Its main characteristic is that it can be turned in all directions for firing with the help of 2 back wheels and a rolling pin fixer near them.
It was once used for testing because of the strong defense system management, and the enemy never dared to enter this fort.
Therefore there arose no necessity for its use again.
This wonder is a valuable ancestral heritage.
A visit to the Jaivana Cannon and the Jaigarh Fort can be a perfect part of a one day Jaipur itinerary or a 3 day Jaipur itinerary! And, you can walk through an underground tunnel to get to Jaigarh Fort too!
HAPPY SEEING THE JAIVANA CANNON AT JAIGARH FORT!
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