National Geographic : 1921 Nov
THE KING'S PALACE AT CHITOR At the left of the foundation is partially visible the sealed opening to the subterranean rock vaults where thousands of Rajput women, at the third sack of Chitor, destroyed themselves rather than fall into the hands of the Moslems (see text, page 498). Legend says that when the city finally fell the infant son of the slain Raja was saved from destruction by his nurse, who loyally substituted her own child for him. A JAIN TEMPLE AT CHITORDOOMED TODESTRUCTION BYATREE When the first twig of thesinuous Peepul (sacred BoTree) worms its way through the walls, astructure isdoomed, astherending power of its insidious growth istremendous. This Jain temple, one of the oldest in Chitor, hasahealthy parasitic tree growing inside and already a portion of the beautiful pyramidal dome hasbeen torn away, the destruction of theremainder being only aquestion of a few years.