The 84 Pillar Cenotaph (Chaurasi Khambon ki Chattri)
The city of Bundi accentuates the attention of the sightseer on the famous achievements of the city in form of forts such as 'Chaurasi Khambon ki Chattri'.
A tour to Bundi is incomplete without a stopover to such a phenomenal Fort that bears the testimony of its glorious past. The city feels fortunate that the fort still stands in an erect manner and is a successful crowd-puller.
History of The 84 Pillar Cenotaph
If looking back regarding the origin of Chaurasi Khambon ki Chattri fort, we get to know that it was strikingly made by the brave warrior of Mewar named Rao Anirudh Singh in 1683. It is a tribute from Rao to his nurse Deva who used to be a motherly figure to the kings and queens of that time.
Each of these domes is crowned with narrow spires, and a few smaller domes lie around these main cupolas.The sides of the pedestal are decorated with carvings of animals, and the pillars are engraved with beautiful images of contemporary Rajput lifestyle during the 17th century. The ceilings of the pavilions on both storeys are colorfully painted with battle scenes, Rajput fish symbols, horses and traditional images.
It is basically a two storeyed structure acting as a Cenotaph has become the victims in the hands of natural calamities. But, astonishingly, its roots are so strong that it still its brightness is intact. This Cenotaph is a stunning success in it itself and is supported by 84 pillars. A short flight of steps leads into the domed structure. The second storey is based on a flat roof with a large bulbous dome in the middle complemented by four smaller domes on each corner of the roof.