Rajasthan’s Royal Cenotaphs Like You’ve Never Seen Before
As the Rajasthan Royals make waves in IPL 2018, let's look at some of Rajasthan's royal cenotaphs that have stood for centuries.
| Published: April 12, 2018 9:22 AM IST
Published: April 12, 2018 9:22 AM IST | Updated: April 12, 2018 9:22 AM IST
Rajasthan is perhaps the best state in India to get a taste of the country’s ethnic beauty. From magnificent forts to luxurious palaces, Rajasthan has enough to leave you awestruck and transport you to a bygone era. Featuring among Rajasthan’s most prominent attractions are its royal cenotaphs whihc have adorned many of its cities for centuries. Be it Jaisalmer, Jodhpur or the capital Jaipur, every major city of the state is home to cenotaphs or chhatris that pay tribute to ruler of erstwhile royal kingdoms. For the uninitiated, chhatris or cenotaphs are tombs that are built not to hold the remains of the person but as a tribute. There are sometimes exceptions to this as bigger tombs near cenotaphs have known to hold remains of rulers too. (ALSO SEE Offbeat Places in Rajasthan That You Must Not Miss) So, as Rajasthan Royals make waves in IPL 2018, let’s look at some amazing pictures of Rajasthan’s Royal cenotaphs which are just as awesome!
The Jaswant Thada is a cenotaph located in Jodhpur – The site was used for the cremation of the royal family of Marwar
Royal cenotaphs in Jaipur, Rajasthan - They were designated as the royal cremation grounds of the mighty Kachhawa dynasty
Framed view of Royal cenotaphs in Jaipur
Cenotaph of Maharanaji Sangramsinghji at Ahar Cenotaphs, Udaipur, Rajasthan - The site has more than 250 cenotaphs of the maharajas of Mewar that were built over a period of around 350 years
Close up of Ahar Cenotaphs of Udaipur
Jaisalmer Chhatris, at Bada Bagh in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan
Cenotaphs of Bada Bagh, King’s memorials in Jaisalmer
Another view of the Jaisalmer Chhatris, at Bada Bagh
Patterns on entrance of Gaitore Cenotaphs, royal cremation monuments of the Kachhwaha Rajputs with typical Rajasthani Carvings in Jaipur
Facade view of Jaswant Thada cenotaph in Jodhpur, Rajasthan
Ancient Royal cenotaphs at Bada Bagh in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan
Hindu Royal Cenotaph of one of Jodhpur’s Maharajas, built in 17th century in Mandor Gardens near Jodhpur
Another view of the Mandore Gardens cenotaph
Close-up of 17th century cenotaph in Mandor Gardens near Jodhpur
Jaipur Gaitor Cenotaph erected at the place of cremation of Maharajas
Bada Bagh, also called Barabagh (Big Garden) is a garden complex in Rajasthan containing a set of royal cenotaphs, or chhatris of Maharajas of Jaisalmer state
So, if you have Rajasthan on your itinerary, make sure you visit these cenotaphs which are the real Rajasthan Royals!