When it was cast in the 1720's in a foundry located within Jaipur's Jaigarh (Victory Fort), the Jai Van was the largest cannon on wheels in the world. Local legends report that on the only occasion on which it was fired, the projectile travelled between 11 and 40 kilometres. Eight soldiers and an elephant were said to have been killed by the shockwaves from the shot and a pond was created at the point of impact. The fort, which overlooks the Amber Fort to which it is connected by tunnels, dates from the same period as the cannon. It was built by its namesake, Jai Singh II to enhance the defences of the larger complex below.
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