Thursday, March 25, 2010

Maharani Sakhya Raje Scindia Chattri, Shivpuri

In Shivpuri there is a historic site of Scindia's cenotaphs. In the formal Mughal garden facing each other across a water tank are the cenotaphs (Chattris) of the Maharaja Madhav Rao Scindia and the Maharani Sakhya Raje Scindia. The cenotaphs are blended with architectural idioms of Hindu and Islamic styles with their shikhara-type spires and Rajput and Mughal pavilions. 

The queen's cenotaph has a noble dignity of line and superb structural harmony.

The memorial contain life-size image of the Queen. It is rendered extreme devotion by ceremonially dressed retainers who perform the rituals of placing flowers and incense before the statue each day.


51 comments:

Protege said...

You live in an amazing place; every time I visit, there is another amazing piece of architectural treasure to be shared.
Beautiful!
xo
Zuzana

Ann said...

it's hard to imagine hiw rich the kings and queens were.

Kirigalpoththa said...

I'm amazed of all the different architectural wonders you show us! Incredible India..No doubt!!

Nalini Hebbar said...

the palace looks grand...does the family live there still?

Babli said...

Very beautiful and marvellous place. I will definitely visit Shivpuri. Queens's cenotaph is gorgeous. Nicely described with wonderful pictures.

1ondoncalling said...

The Queen's memorial looks a bit like our Railway Station in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia?!?

V Rakesh said...

Marvelous, as always! Your space is undoubtedly one of the finest guides to uncover some iconic masterpieces of Indian history!

Grace Olsson said...

India is a very interesting country
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Carver said...

Beautiful memorial. I love the lines of the building and the windows look like they are beautiful.

Laura Hegfield said...

Beautifully grand buildings.

Eaglesbrother said...

Always very beautiful and interesting building...great craftsmanship went into them...I as a former builder can really appreciate that.

Mojo said...

The detail in these buildings always amazes me. Every time.

SandyCarlson said...

An incredibly beautiful building, and no doubt about it.

Manang Kim said...

You always have a pretty nice place and building and the sky is blue too. Happy weekend!

SWF~ Blue sky

Ebie said...

I could just imagine the rich etchings and architecture of this palace!

India is so rich in history and art.

Anne said...

Love the arcitecture .-)

ewok1993 said...

always looking forward to visiting your site, you never fail to disappoint.

Brit Gal Sarah said...

As always such a fascinating example of indian architecture.

Jossie said...

Great post like always. India has so many historic buildings. Thanks for showing them.

eden said...

Such a beautiful building.Great photos. Thanks for sharing.

chubskulit said...

I agree with protege, you are living in such a paradise country. I appreciate you sharing it with us.

Please take a peek of my skywatch shots! Have a nice weekend ahead!

Debra said...

The Queen's Cenotaph is superb and I'm sure even more magnificent in person. Both of these are beautiful structures....thanks for sharing them!

Regina said...

Awesome Rajesh!
The architectures are well preserved.

Cloudia said...

Wonderful!




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LadyFi said...

Fabulous architecture! That is some monument.

jabblog said...

Such a grand monument for just one Queen. I'd love to see the life-size statue of her. It's amazing to think that flowers and incense are placed before her each day.

Evelyn Howard said...

I love the architecture. Just fabulous!

magiceye said...

love the 2nd pic!

Tarun Mitra said...

It really looks grand

Pam said...

What an beautiful memorial building for the Queen. Have a nice weekend, Rajesh.

Carol said...

Beautiful architecture. I would love to see the life size statue!

Spiderdama said...

Beautiful buildings and photo as always!
Wish you a nice weekend:-)

Jeevan said...

Interesting to know still people devote the queen! well captured rajesh.

Arasu said...

I always love to see historical places and this one looks great! Nice captures.

Joyful said...

Beautiful windows on this monument. Thanks for sharing and a have a great weekend.

Sylvia said...

It is so beautiful, so amazing, India! I would love to go there, even if was for a couple of days.

Phivos Nicolaides said...

Such a beautiful place and so interesting monument!

George said...

Thanks for sharing this beautiful building with us. This is a magnificent memorial to the Queen.

Diane AZ said...

Beautiful blend of architectural styles. Looks like a fascinating place to visit.

Sweet Repose said...

Grand monuments to wealth and power, while so many still live in poverty...it's the way of it all over the world.

Beautiful images!

tinasphotoblog said...

Very interesting and beautiful buildings!Great shadow too! :)

Cassie said...

The architecture is so ornate and delicate looking. Almost like a sand castle!! Of course it isn't delicate at all. How many years has it been in existance? Great ShadowShots!

lynda howells said...

love these images and l love Indiaxxlynda

Manang Kim said...

Magnificent building it has all the beautiful design. Happy weekend!

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Anya said...

Wonderful shots
as always :-)
The second pic is amazing !!

MyMaracas said...

Very beautiful buildings there. They remind me of wedding cakes.

shooting star said...

impressive architecture, and again your post reminds me to visit madhya pradesh soon!!

Rajesh said...

Babli, Sylvia, shooting star: Thanks, it is a must visit place.

Protege, Ann, Kirigalpoththa, Rakesh, Grace, Carver, Laura, Eaglesmother, Mojo, Sandy,

Kim, Ebie, Anne, ewok1993, Sarah: Thanks for the appreciation.

Nalini: Thanks, it is not a palace, but a memorial. The royal family does not live here.

Jossie, Eden, Rose, Debra, Regina, Cloudia, LadyFi, Evelyn, magiceye, Tarun, Pam, Spiderdama, Jeevan, Arasu, Joyful, Phivos: Thanks for the appreciation.

1ondoncalling: Thanks. I had been to Kulala Lumpur. But I missed it.

Sweet Repose: Thanks, the people at that time were not that poor.

George, Diane, Tina, Cassie, Lynda, Anya, MyMaracas: Thanks for the appreciation.

Janice, Carol: Thanks, I have not taken the shot of the queen statue. But I have taken the shot of Kings statue and I will post it soon.

Barbara said...

Absolutely beautiful building and so are the shadows!

Kcalpesh said...

As always, a very informative posts with beautiful pics of awesome locations!


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Rajesh said...

Barbara, Kcalpesh: Thanks for the appreciation.