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Maharani Ki Chhatri: Cenotaphs of the Queens of Jaipur by theurbannexus

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As with the Maharajas, the queens of Jaipur were cremated and then monumental cenotaphs erected in their honour. There is an interesting story of one Maharani who was very close to her elephant. When she passed away, her elephant stood beside her cenotaph for three days, before passing away in grief (and starvation). Today this elephant has its own cenotaph in the gardens.

Two interesting points – if the queen died before her Maharaja died, her cenotaph would be finished off with a roof structure. If she died after her king, it would remain unfinished.

The signature architectural feature here is the Hindu Chhatri (‘umbrella’) which is significant in its use in Rajput and other Hindu architecture, borrowed from the Mughals.


  • Faizan Qureshi
    Faizan Qureshiabout 7 years ago

    Oh wow… I didn’t know that much about Maharanis, and at first, I thought that this was from one of the Mughal Queens.

    Nice photograph. I like the angle; it makes the chatri look respectable.

  • Paul Vanzella
    Paul Vanzellaabout 7 years ago

    Jaipur is a wonderful city – great composition here, and defintely has a majestic feel…

  • jewd barclay
    jewd barclayabout 7 years ago

    Love this, you really capture the majesty of all this architecture,thaks for the great story as well…

  • Rois Bheinn Art and Design
    Rois Bheinn Ar...almost 7 years ago

    This is beautiful!

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