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Jaswant Thada

Listed under Monuments & Landmarks in Jodhpur, India.

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Jaswant Thada, a richly carved white marble cenotaph of Maharaja Jaswant Singh ji, which preserves the genealogy of the rulers of Jodhpur along with their life-size portraits (no pictures allowed inside).  The Jaswant Thada is the architectural landmark found in Jodhpur. It is a white marble memorial built by Sardar Singh in 1899 in memory of Maharja Jaswant Singh II.

The monument, in its entirety, is built out of intricately carved sheets of marble. These stones are extremely thin and polished so that they emit a warm glow when the sun's rays dance across their surface.

Within this cenotaph, there are also two more tombs. The Jaswant Thada is a traditional cremation ground of Jodhpur rulers. The grounds are also comprised of exquisitely carved gazebos, a beautiful multi-tiered garden, and a small lake. Here is where the current rulers will also be cremated and we expect it to be at this small lake.  

If you look closely at one of the pictures, you can see the pile of wood that lays in preparation.

Written by  Donna Dawson.

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