Yes, you have been to Nahargarh more than the Royal Family themselves, you seek blessings from the iconic Govind Devji, you have seen the Light and Sound Show of Amer Fort with your family as well, but did you ever realize that your own city has so much more to offer? Its time for some introspection!
CJ dives deeper into the history of this beautiful city and brings you some of the gems that probably you never knew of –
Though not a ‘tourist destination’, but Badal Mahal (The Palace of Clouds) stands as one of the oldest structures of Jaipur. Surprising, isn’t it? Badal Mahal was a significant hunting pavilion and gets its name from the design of clouds all across the ceilings. Adjacent to the Tal Katora Lake, towards one end of the Jai Niwas Garden, the palace has not been open to public and thus, not popularly known.
Interestingly, Sawai Ram Singh once decorated the Palace beautifully to showcase the handicrafts and other art forms of the city at the welcome of Prince of Wales Elbert.
Maharani ki Chhatri
Located on the way to Amer, near Ramgarh, Maharani ki Chhatri as the name suggests, is supposed to be famous for the beautifully built cenotaphs for the Ladies of the Royal Family. While some are built in marble and others in local stone, the magnificent cenotaphs also indicate the status and importance of those ladies in the family.
But the royal historic structures always have some twist. As noticed, some cenotaphs are unfinished here and as the legend goes, if the queen passed away before her husband, only then the cenotaph was supposed to be completed with a proper roof structure.
This is a fairly popular one in this list, and many of you might already know about this one. Located at the foothills of Nahargarh, this one was a cremation ground for Royal Maharajas of Rajasthan. Cenotaphs here present an amazing architectural style, a melange of both Islamic and Hindu styles. Gaitor in itself means a resting place for the departed souls.
The twist in the tale here is that the carvings and designs on each Chhatri indicate the taste of the particular Maharaja, in whose memory it was built.
Ridhi Sidhi Pol
City Palace of Jaipur is an entire topic of study in itself. One such enticing structure inside the premise of City Palace is Ridhi Sidhi Pol. A doorway among several other doorways in the Palace, has four smaller doorways within it, each of which signified the four directions and four seasons of the year through the awe-inspiring artwork, colours, designs and patterns. This one is simply gorgeous for its magnificence and grandeur.
Our personal favorite, this temple is a legend in itself. As per the popular perception, Lord Vishnu is supposed to reincarnate in the Kal Yug as Kalki. But since the God is yet to be born, it is only natural that no temples have been built so far except this one. Sawai Jai Singh built the temple in 1727 AD right opposite the entrance of City Palace. However, the temple was not given a prominent position and was hidden behind the towering buildings for some reason.
One thing that is very mystically attractive about the temple is that (obviously) it has never been opened since its construction. No hustle and bustle of a temple, no echoes of temple bells, no swarm of devotees… just an iconic, one of its kind in the world, deserted temple! Kalki’s time has not yet come!