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This maybe the first picture in TE of Mandore Gardens & I’m really surprised!

Located at a distance of 9 kilometers from the main Jodhpur city, that was the capital of the mighty state of Marwar in Rajasthan, India, Mandore is famous for its exotic lawns and royal chattris. It was once the capital of the valiant Rathores before Rao Jodha moved the capital to Jodhpur in the 15th century, and by the 17th century Mandore had become a royal park which was dedicated to funerary memorials (cenotaphs) of the Jodhpur rulers.

In particular, the "temples" of Mandore, as they are called, including those seen in this picture, are not temples per se. Rather, they are highly elaborated cenotaphs in temple form. They are Hindu and date from the 8th and 18th centuries.

The oldest cenotaph dates back to the 8th century and the grandest cenotaph belongs to Maharaja Ajit Singh.
In this photo, to the left is Ajit Singh’s cenotaph which was built circa 1724. This cenotaph in particular is a magnificent monument built as it is with close-grained freestone. On the right, equally large, is the cenotaph of Jaswant Singh which was built around two score years earlier in 1681.

The architectural brilliance and aesthetic dignity of the royal cenotaphs of Madore is worth exploring. I'm not sure whether there's a lens distrortion (don't go by the lamppost, it might very well be bent like the one across the road)...but I'm trying to pre-empt this issue, by posting a Workshop :-)

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Additional Photos by Angshuman Chatterjee (Angshu) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 7851 W: 324 N: 16060] (56760)
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