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Krishnapura Chhatris, Indore

Rise of Marathas during 17th century lead to emergence of one of the most significant power in India which is mostly credited with ending misrule which was prevailing in those times. Brilliant commander like Tanhaji, supported by courageous chiefs like Holkars, Bhonsale, Scindia, Gorkwads, established a kingdom based on Indian traditions and culture.

Brilliance of Indian soul is that gallantry comes along with patronage of arts and culture. Be it Rajputs or Marathas, their swords crushed invaders time and again and their chisels crafted architectural wonders.

The way Rajasthan is full of exquisite masterpieces, a testimony to the artistic flavors of the Rajputs; similarly the Maratha Rulers also had exquisite taste for architecture which is immortalized in the form of the Krishnapura Chhatris, a spectacular combination of visually appealing stones, visible at the first glance.

Heart of Indore is the address and I was fortunate to be at Krishnapura Chhatris, the resting place of the Holkars. Development of Indore and nearby areas like Maheshwar is solely credited to the Holkar kings, who kept the soul intact till 1948. 

Situated on the banks of Khan river; the premises consists of three Chhatris/ cenotaphs of Maharani Krishnabai Holkar, Maharaja Tukoji Rao Holkar II and his son Shivaji Rao Holkar. There is also a Lord Krishna temple alongside the Chhatris, which used to serve the praying place for the Queen. The present structures are built over the cremated remains of erstwhile rulers.

The monument has some unique features like figures of soldiers, dancers, musicians along with carved Gods/ Goddesses figures.

Different stones in a wall make the structure looks more attractive. Adjoining garden adds to the beauty of the place. Not only the interiors, but the exteriors are carved with exquisite carving.

Keep some time for this monument, watching it closely you will realize the blend of Maratha, and Rajputana architecture. See the pillars carved in Rajputana carved styles. 

To summarize: Built in the late 1800s, Krishnapura Chhatris is an example of beautiful architectural heritage of the Indore region and is a monument that portrays bravery and courage of the Great Marathas. Keep exploring Guys.


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