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Mesmerizing Gaitore Ki Chhatriyan (Cenotaphs)

Gaitore ki Chhatriyan is the royal cremation place for the majestic rulers of Jaipur. The word “Gaitore” or (Gaya ka Thor) which means, the last house of departed souls and the word “Chhatriyan” means Cenotaphs which are commonly used to show the pride and honor in Rajput culture. The royal cremation ground is situated close to Amber road.

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Cenotaph of Sawai Jai Singh II

The premises have dozens of cenotaphs built in the memory of different kings of the city. Entering the place, the 1st cenotaph is of Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II. Looking at the sculpture, one can easily understand that the king lived not only a splendid life, but the lavishness escorted him after his death too.

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Splendid Royal Architect

The Chhatri is beautiful carved and looks nothing less than a small palace. It is the perfect example of Rajput’s culture, architecture and craftsmanship. The huge cenotaph of Sawai Jai Singh II is made up of marble and red stone. The finishing of carving and the artwork in sculpture of the pillars and roof cannot be defined in words. Apart from the magnificent beauty, the place also attracted me to its silence as if each cenotaph was trying to define its own story. I could easily identify that every cenotaph is different from another, built as per the identity and love of its ruler.

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Cenotaph of Sawai Man Singh II

On the left hand side of the founder’s cenotaph, I was glued to another great artwork, the cenotaph of Sawai Man Singh II.

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Note the SMS engraved

The huge cenotaph was built with white marble and a silent story behind it. It also had the famous logo of “SMS” (Sawai Man Singh). The Kachawaha dynasty ruler who died on June 24, 1970 was a polo player, died while playing a polo match in England. He had a special love towards his horses and this can be seen in one of the below carving on his cenotaph.

Another King of Jaipur, Shree Madho Singh had approximately 65 children and their cenotaphs are built under a single roof.

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Cenotaphs of numerous children of Shree Madho Singh

Maharaniyo Ki Chhatriyan (Cenotaphs)

Outside view of Maharaniyo Ki Chhatriyan
Outside view of Maharaniyo Ki Chhatriyan

Similar to the Gaitore’s Cenotaphs, this imperial funeral place is reserved for the ladies of royal family of Jaipur. Situated on the main Amber road, the 1st glimpse of the sacred place will invite you to know more about it.

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Story teller of Royal Families

The below dome less chhatri (Cenotaph) are purposely made for the Queens who died widowed.

Domeless Cenotaph
Dome less Cenotaph
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Dome less Cenotaphs

The customs, especially in next 12 days after the death, were performed here, close to their respective cenotaphs. These cenotaphs are equally beautiful as Gaitore’s having a feminine touch. 3 beautifully carved, white cenotaphs of the wives of Sawai Man Singh II will leave you Speechless, situated in the right corner of the premises.

Cenotaphs - Wives of Sawai Man Singh II
Cenotaphs – Wives of Sawai Man Singh II

The 3rdCenotaph at the corner is of Her Highness Gayatri Devi, known for her beauty, died in July, 2009.

Cenotaphs of Maharani Marudhar Kanwar, Kishore Kanwar & Gyatri devi
Cenotaphs of Maharani Marudhar Kanwar, Kishore Kanwar & Gyatri devi

 

To us it’s an unexplored historic place of Jaipur and certainly a treat for those who love ancient architecture.

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