Cenotaph of Maharaja Bakhtawar Singh
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Cenotaph of Maharaja Bakhtawar Singh information
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This double-storey edifice, resting on a platform of sandstone, was built in 1815 by Maharaja Vinay Singh in memory of his father. To gain access to the cenotaph, take the steps on the far left when facing the palace. The cenotaph is also known as the Chhatri of Moosi Rani, after one of the mistresses of Bakhtawar Singh who performed sati (self-immolation) on his funeral pyre – after this act she was promoted to wifely status. Every day several women can be seen paying homage to the maharani by pouring holy water over raised sculpted footprints of the deceased royal couple. You will discover fine carving on the interior of the cenotaph (shoes should be removed), but unfortunately the paintings on the ceiling have almost disappeared. The cenotaph is located alongside a beautiful tank, which is lined by a row of ghats and temples.