Siwana Fort Barmer
Siwana is a town and tahsil in Barmer district in Rajasthan. Mokalsar, the nearest town, lies 9 km to the east. Famous Fort Siwana is situated on a hilltop. The fort was built by a famous Rajput ruler Raja Bhoj’s son Veernarayan, who at one stage controlled much of Barmer and had close ties with the Solanki dynasty of Gujarat.
The fort is not in the best of condition now however it still houses a beautiful pond. The fort fell to forces of Alauddin Khilji in 1308. When Alauddin Khilji, the Sultan of Delhi, besieged the fort the people led by Sutal Deo mounted a heroic defence. To commemorate this ancient event an annual fair called the Kalyan Singh Ka Mela is still held within the precincts of the fort in the month of Shravan (July-Aug).
Later, in the period 1318-20, Luntiga Chauhan stormed the fort of Siwana and slaughtered its Muslim garrison. No Sultan of Delhi tried to recover this fort. Siwana is also famous for mines producing fine quality of granite.