Moosi Rani Ki Chhatri in Alwar region of Rajasthan (India) is a beautiful cenotaph dedicated to King Bakhtawar Sing and his Queen Moosi. I spent a quiet and reflective afternoon at Rani Moosi Chhatri during my weekend trip to Alwar and it was one of the better moments of the Alwar holiday.
‘Chhatris’ are dome shaped elevated pavilions, which were usually constructed by Rajput clans which ruled all over Rajasthan as symbols of pride or as memorials. At the entrance of the Moosi Rani ki Chhatri, a tablet explained that this Chhatri is a cenotaph for Raja Bakhtawar Singh and Moosi Rani. What I really liked was the fact that the cenotaph was named after the Queen, rather than the King.
Moosi Rani ki Chhatri is adjacent to Alwar City Palace Complex and one has to cross the the rather depressing complex (as it’s now been used as a district court). However, once one goes past it, the calm environs of the Cenotaph complex greet the visitor. At the time we were there, there were not much visitors, just some locals and only 2 groups of tourists (including our family). The Alwar Fort, called Bala Quila is visible from the Moosi Rani Chhatri complex and also the Aravalli hills, which surround it on two sides.
There is a sort of reservoir adjacent to the cenotaph, however, it was covered in slime, which I found to be sad; not enough conservation!
The Cenotaph is built on two levels and is in Indo-Islamic style of architecture. The ground level is in red sandstone and has nicely carved hallways. we spent a lot of time walking and then sitting by the hallways and enjoying the cool breeze.
The upper level of the Chhatri is in white marble and it makes for a pretty picture, especially in the daylight.
Inside the first level, is the memorial, which is symbolically an imprint of feet in white marble, since Rajputs were Hindus.
I liked Moosi Rani ki Chhatri and thought it was a wonderful memorial for the future generations to come and visit. However, I wished the upkeep by Rajasthan Tourism Department could have been much better for this pretty monument.
If you happen to be in Alwar (Rajasthan), do visit Moosi Rani ki Chhatri, I am sure you will like it too.
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