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Monuments of India
JASWANT THADA

Jaswant Thada, Jodhpur
 
Jaswant Thada lies to the left of the Mehrangarh Fort complex. It is a royal cenotaph or memorial built in commemoration of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II. He was the 33rd Rathore ruler of Jodhpur. It was built by his son Maharaja Sardar Singh, in the memory of his father. Jaswant Thada is sitting atop a small lake 1 km northeast of Mehrangarh. It offers a superb view of the fort and the city of Jodhpur.
 
It was built in 1899 and has some stunning portraits of the Rathore clan from the 13th Century.It is an example of architectural brilliance in India. Built of intricately carved white sheets of marble, the carving shows the genius of the sculptors. There is also beautiful jail work on the cenotaph. You will also find a memorial to a peacock that flew into the funeral pyre.
 
Jaswant Thada has a mystical aura surrounding it and to reach it you must cross rocky pathways. The white marble structure sits pretty amongst the reddish brown landscape. The monument is a grand one and has intricately carved motifs on it and is surrounded by well maintained landscaped gardens. It is a stunning example of the grand Rajputana architectural style- a perfect mix of Mughal and Hindu structural design.
 
The structure has a central pyramid shaped dome and is surrounded by several smaller domes. There is a life-size marble statue of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II seated on a horse at the entrance of the Jaswant Thada complex.
 
The main memorial is decked with sculptures, frescos, domes, pillars and exquisite latticework in marble. There are also three other tombs apart from the main tomb. Jaswant Thada is often called the Taj Mahal of Marwar.
 
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