Thursday 13 February 2014

Cenotaph of Bakhtawar Singh of Alwar

Alwar town of Rajasthan is not far from Delhi and one can make even a day trip to the place. It has some interesting monuments that can be seen.

Cenotaph of Bakhtawar Singh

One of them that I visited was the Cenotaph of Maharaja Bakhtawar Singh of Alwar. It is a big and beautiful structure that has the architectural mix of Mughal and Rajasthani architecture. The memorial was built by his son Maharaja Vinay Singh in 1815. The platform and the ground floor of this double storey structure, according to the plaque erected there, is made of Karauli sandstone whereas the upper floor is white marble. The ceiling of the main cenotaph is decorated with scenes depicting themes from Ramayana and Bhagwad Geeta.

Also known as Moosi Rani ki Chattri

As one of the queens of Bakhtawar Singh, by the name of Moosi, performed Sati on his funeral pyre therefore this place is also known as Moosi Rani ki Chattri. I saw many locals performing prayers while others came and sat in its shade to get some rests and to view the City Palace and the Water Tank both of which are next to the cenotaph.

Also read other stories about Alwar:
Bala Quila – Alwar’s Way of How Not to Promote Tourism
Siliserh Lake near Alwar, Rajasthan

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