Cenotaphs of Rajasthan
Cenotaphs or chhatris are tombs in the shape of umbrellas built as a tribute to the respective rulers of royal families who contributed for the growth of their empires. Cenotaphs do not contain the remains of the person though some bigger tombs may have remains of some distinguished personalities. Cenotaphs for men and women are […]
Cenotaphs or chhatris are tombs in the shape of umbrellas built as a tribute to the respective rulers of royal families who contributed for the growth of their empires. Cenotaphs do not contain the remains of the person though some bigger tombs may have remains of some distinguished personalities. Cenotaphs for men and women are different.
Udaipur has a group of royal cenotaphs in Ahar which used to be the capital of Sisodia dynasty. There are almost 250 cenotaphs of the Maharanas of Mewar which are almost 350 years old. 19 of these are said to be cenotaphs of rulers who were cremated here. These royal cenotaphs are referred to as Mahasatia. There is a picture of Lord Shiva engraved on each cenotaph. A stone that states each ruler’s spouse who committed jauhar is also present.
Bikaner has cenotaphs of the Rathore clan who were cremated here. The place is known as Devikund Sagar. Frescos(mural painting) have been made inside each cenotaph. It has also been noticed that these frescos have not been well taken care of as a result of which a unique representation of Bikaner history might get lost.
The cenotaphs at Badaa bag have been made from yellow stone of Jaisalmer. This Badaa bag, called so because it was a huge garden, was built by Maharawal Jait Singh in 16th century.
16 kms away from Jaipur are the Gaitore cenotaphs where Jaipur rulers were cremated. This place also has cenotaphs of the royal ladies of those times. The cenotaphs of the ladies who died before the king have been covered with the tomb structure like others but for the ladies who died after the death of the king have been left incomplete. These cenotaphs were built according to the rank or the position of the ladies and they depict the interests and tastes of those royal ladies.
Mandore gardens are known for their beauty. These gardens have ponds, temples, a vast spread out garden area and a museum apart from the cenotaphs. The cenotaphs have been made in red sandstone and has the famous structure built in memory of Maharaja Ajit Singh.
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