Monday, April 5, 2010

Maharaja Madhav Rao 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 (Chhatris) 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 King Madhav Rao Scindia cenotaph has the glittering white marble surface inlaid with lapis lazuli and onyx. This creates a spectacularly rich effect.

The memorial contain life-size image of the King. It is rendered extreme devotion by ceremonially dressed retainers who perform the rituals of placing flowers and incense before the statue each day. The above snap of the interiors is taken during the day time.

The above snap was taken during he night when the interiors were lighted. At the far end the statue of the King can be seen.


52 comments:

Pooch Morning Glory said...

wow, that place looks like its made out of lace... gorgeous
~laura

Unseen Rajasthan said...

What a beautiful place !! Love these kind of Chhatris..This seems to be a beautiful location !! Great post !!Unseen Rajasthan

jabblog said...

The building looks like a wedding cake iced with lacy decorations. The interior is gorgeous!

Protege said...

Absolutely stunning, a beautiful architectural masterpiece.
It reminds me of the cathedral in Siena, Tuscany, that is build of similar material.
xo
Zuzana

Sarah said...

That building is so beautiful-an amazing tribute. I love your crocodile in the post below too-though I would not want to get too near!

kavita said...

This is so grand...loved the pictures.The interior looks beautiful in both ..the natural lights and when the lamps are on.Thanks for sharing.

Tarun Mitra said...

beautiful indeed

Gwendolyn L said...

What beautiful buildings. Thanks for the story and for sharing you World.

Sylvia K said...

I should never be surprised at the beauty of your world, Rajesh, or your incredible captures, but these are even more gorgeous and breathtaking! Thank you for sharing the beauty! Have a great week1

Sylvia

marcia@joyismygoal said...

such beauty is meant to be shared -thank you

Carver said...

The posts with all the carving almost look like lace. Very beautiful and delicate.

joo said...

Breath taking place! I'm always impressed when I see places you show us here!
Thanks:)

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Rajesh: That is one special place.

Mojo said...

And ... 700(?) years haven't diminished its beauty a bit. Nobody builds anything like that anymore.

ewok1993 said...

the facade is incredibly ornate and delightful.

Wren said...

I'm in awe of that went into create this. It's incredibly beautiful.

EG Wow said...

The workmanship and artistry is amazing!

noel said...

aloha rajesh,

what a wonderful day today is visiting your corner of the world and seeing the amazing memorial and all that marble....thanks for showing this to us!

Jossie said...

What an incredible magnificent building.

SandyCarlson said...

One marvel after another. They are all outstanding. Must be breathtaking in person.

V Rakesh said...

Very interesting! Its quite a pleasure visiting them!

Al said...

These photos look like they were taken in a different century. Marvelous.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

The monochromatic tones are striking!

Indrani said...

What an awesome place Rajesh!
A must see!

Pietro said...

What a fantastic building, Rajesh. Very fine images of the outside and the inside, so interesting and detailed!

magiceye said...

magnificent!

Mª Zélia said...

Além de uma bela obra arquitetônica, é também riquíssimo! Deve ser a realização de um sonho poder visitá-lo... Não podendo ir pessoalmente, tenho que te agradecer pelas belíssimas fotos, valeram!!!
Um grande abraço!

LadyFi said...

Wow - such opulence and beauty!

Wolynski said...

That king is long dead and he still has retainers attending to his every need... What an amazing, opulent place.

Madama Sebastian said...

Thank you for the visit and the comments. You have a beautiful Blog...

Living In Williamsburg Virginia said...

Great shot of a beautiful locations.

Pam said...

The architecture in your world is all so beautiful, Rajesh.

eden said...

Hi, Rajesh!

What a beautiful palace! I love the architecture, amazing work. Your photos are fantastic. Thanks for sharing

Jacob said...

Can't imagine all that white marble...it must be truly gorgeous!

Mama Zen said...

Amazing!

George said...

This is a beautiful structure both inside and out. It looks as if it belongs in a fairy tale.

Trotter said...

Hi Rajesh! What a gorgeous place!! Stunning!!

Blogtrotter Two is having a MED break. Enjoy and have a great week!!

joshi daniel said...

loved the details on the marble!

Phivos Nicolaides said...

What a stunning building and glorious monument!

Rajesh said...

Laura, Bharath, Janice, Zurana, SarahK, Kavita, Tarun, Gwendolyn, Sylvia, Marcia, Carver, Joo, Fishing Guy: Thanks for the appreciation.

Mojo, ewok1993, Jossie, LadyFi: Thanks, it is still grand and ornate as when it was built.

Wren, EG Wow, Noel, Sandy, Rakesh, Al, Sallie, Pietro, Deepak, Mª Zélia, Wolynski, Sebastian, Virginia, Pam: Thanks for the appreciation.

Indrani: Thanks, it is a must see place.

Eden, Jacob, Mama Zen, Trotter, George, Joshi: Thanks for the appreciation.

RAJI MUTHUKRISHNAN said...

Beautiful pictures.It is extremely interesting to read about our architecture and get glimpses of our history from your that I otherwise may not get to know.

Jeevan said...

Awesome structure and still sustained properly is simply great! Long live these monuments caring name and history. Very nice post.

Rajesh said...

Raji, Jeevan: Thanks for the appreciation.

Becky said...

How very beautiful. Thank you for sharing these with us. Happy Ruby Tuesday.

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chubskulit said...

Gorgeous!

Time Well Spent

Robin said...

Beautiful. Such amazing detail.

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Raven said...

I'm always awed by the incredible beauty and detail work of magical buildings like this. When human beings are capable of such awesome creations, it always puzzles me that we so often choose to be cruel and destructive instead. Gorgeous. Thanks for all the information about the buildings too.

Patti said...

I agree with the others, that historic building is beautiful.

It's ornate, yet the artwork is so delicate.

Rajesh said...

Becky, Rose, Robin, Van, Ron, Raven, Patti: Thanks for the appreciation.

rao said...

What a grand and beautiful palace this is, you can see many of like this building in india. Book your
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and visit this palace