Devi Kund Sagar, Bikaner, Rajasthan

Devi Kund Sagar

Situated 8-kms from Bikaner, Devi Kund is a classic example of the Rajputanastyle of architecture. Devi Kund is a royal crematorium with elegant cenotaphs(known as chhattris) and each of these has something unique about it.
Built in the memory of the deceased members of the BikajiDynasty, these cenotaphs narrate stories of bravery and chivalry. Chhattris ofearly rulers are made out of red sandstone, while those of later ones are madeout of white marble. The prettiest of them all is Maharaja Suraj Singh’sChhattri,which is made of marble and has exclusive Rajputana style paintings onits ceiling.
One thing that is interesting to note about Devi KundChhattris is the distinguishing factor, or particularly the architecturalalterations done with respect to the gender of the royal ruler. The chhattrisof adult men are white structures with an upright stela (stone slab) with theirname engraved on it; while chhatris for royal wives have a horizontal plaquewith footprints. There are even a few marble cenotaphs which are dedicated toroyal children, who met premature death.
When you are in Bikaner, do explore these cenotaphs, eachof which are decorated with frescoes and portraits and prove to be amasterpiece of architectural excellence.

Devi Kund Sagar, Bikaner is a collection of Cenotaphs which are basically a collaboration of a couple of Hindu and Islamic architecture which have been dedicated to various rulers. One can even see the monument of Maharaj Surat Singh who was believed to be the most impressive.
The cenotaph has been made up of white marble along with intricate carvings on it. What is to be observed that the carvings done on each chhatri reflects the taste of respective Maharajas and one can even notice the ceilings of these cenotaphs which display the intricate Rajput paintings. There is an entry fee of Rs 30 for visiting the temple.

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