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If you are someone who take interest in history and architecture, you would be amazed by the town of Ahar that has archaeological sites of historical importance called Ahar Cenotaphs. Cenotaphs are a small tomb-like structure built in honor of kings, queens, and people of crucial importance. These Cenotaphs of Ahar are created to mark the valor and bravery of kings of Mewar.
A group of cenotaphs located in Ahar region of Rajasthan is situated in about 2 km east of Rajasthan. You will be amazed to find more than 250 cenotaphs of the Maharajas of Mewar which were built 350 years ago. It has 19 chhatris constructed to commemorate the 19 maharajas who were cremated here.
A group of cenotaphs is also called Mahasati. Presently it has become a very famous archeological site offering a peek into the glorious past of Mewar dynasty of Udaipur.
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Location of Ahar Cenotaphs
Ahar is a tiny village found 3 km away from the Udaipur City of Rajasthan. You can hire a bus running to and from the central Udaipur city to reach Ahar village. Even private taxis can help you reach there.
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Architecture of Ahar Cenotaphs
The architecture of Ahar Cenotaphs boasts of the bravery and glory of the great kings of the Mewar Empire. People visit these places to pay honor to the valiant rulers. There are about 19 kings cremated in the cenotaph region of Ahar houses.
The striking architecture of the memorial adds beauty to this region. Arched roofs neatly shelter the stunning columns which are raised on higher platforms making it truly attractive. The ceilings of the Ahar Cenotaphs are graciously studded. The inspiration for the same has come from the marvelous temples built in the mid 15th century.
Inside the cenotaphs, you will find a stone of the architraves standing upright showcasing an imitation of God Shiva along with sculpture. The image depicts the Maharana and his wives, who are referred to as Satis in the picture. Satis are the wives of kings who tend to immolate in the cremation fire of their husbands representing the practice that was prevalent during those times.
According to the ‘Sati Pratha,’ post the death of the husband, the wife is expected to immolate herself in the funeral pyre of her husband. One of the most exciting cenotaphs in the region is made in honor of Maharana Amar Singh.
Some cenotaphs have been dedicated to Fateh Singh, Swaroop Singh, Bhupal Singh, Shambhu Singh, Bhagwat Singh of Mewar, and Sajjan Singh. The cenotaphs are constructed in marble and are further adorned with the best of the carvings.
History of Ahar Cenotaphs
Ahar Cenotaphs, commonly known as the royal cremation ground is a legacy of the Mewar Kingdom built over 400 years ago. There are about nineteen rulers of the Mewar dynasty cremated in this glorious ground.
The last cenotaph was constructed for the cremation of Maharana Bhagwat Singh in 2004. The Ahar Cenotaphs has always attracted tourists, and it has been part of some of the Hollywood movies.
In the 1990s, an initiative to restore the legacy of the ancestors of Mewar dynasty was started by Arvind Singh Mewar. He carried out programs to reinstate its past glory. In this process, he got a museum constructed in the compound presently known as the Ahar Archaeological museum. The Ahar Archaeological Museum is home to artifacts coming from the 10th century.
How to reach Ahar Cenotaphs
Ahar Cenotaphs is located in the touristy region of Udaipur, which makes it easily accessible.
Airport- The Maharana Pratap Airport is 19.4 km away from Ahar Cenotaphs. You can take a private cab to reach the Ahar Cenotaphs in about 30-40 minutes.
Railway Station- The Ahar Cenotaphs is about 5 km away from the Udaipur Railway Station. You can hire a local auto-rickshaw or a taxi to reach your destination.
Public Transport- You can reach Udaipur via government-run buses. The transport corporation of Rajasthan, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, and Madhya Pradesh run regular deluxe and non-deluxe buses to and from Udaipur. The Udaipur city is very well connected via NH8, making it an ideal location for road trips. The bus stand of Udaipole is found 3.5 km away from the Ahar Museum.
Entry fees and timings of Ahar Cenotaphs
There is no entry fee charged for visiting the Ahar Cenotaphs, however, to visit the Ahar Cenotaph museum a nominal fee of Rs. 3 per person is charged.
The Ahar Cenotaph Museum is open on all days of the week except for Fridays and Government holidays.
The timings for Ahar Museum is from 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM.
Best time to explore Ahar Cenotaphs
The best time to visit Ahar Cenotaphs is during the winter months from October to March. During the summer months (Mid March to June) it’s too hot with scorching heat, and monsoon months (July to September) is very humid thus making the two seasons unfavorable for traveling to Udaipur.
Things to do at Ahar Cenotaphs
Ahar Cenotaphs is a gold mine to learn and seek more information about the Mewar Kingdom. There are few places to see nearby to understand the significance of the Cenotaphs.
You can visit Gangobhava. Gangobhava is the holy pool referred to as ‘Kund.’ The Kund is close to a Shiva temple with a four-faced linga figure in the temple region encompassed by small chattris all around. This is a beautifully constructed well with steps on all four sides worth a look.
Other than exploring and clicking exclusive pictures of Ahar Cenotaphs, you can visit the famous Archeological Museum of Ahar. Located nearby, the Ahar museum happens to be a place of attraction for the tourists visiting Ahar Cenotaph. It houses the items that have been excavated and belong to ancient times.
The museum has some of the finest and exquisite assortment of antiques dating back to the 10th century. It has earthen pots, iron instruments, and a few other artifacts used by the people of primordial times.
The museum has few things, but they are worth a visit, especially for history enthusiasts. The museum has a variety of things excavated from the mound found in Dhulkot. Dhulkot happens to be a township that existed 4000 years.
You can spot items such as terracotta pots, figurines, balls, seals, and many more excavated from 4000 years old archaeological sites. The two most prominent artifacts found in the museum are the metal figure of Lord Budha and a stunning statue of Vishnu-Nag-Nathan.
Places to visit near Ahar Cenotaphs
Some of the places to visit nearby are mentioned below.
1. City Palace- Ahar Cenotaphs is 4.7 km away from City Palace. Found on the banks of Lake Pichola, City Palace is one of the most exquisite architecture of the 15th century built under the reign of Maharana Udai Singh.
2. Vintage and Classic Car Museum– You can reach the Ahar Cenotaphs from Vintage and Classic Car Museum in about 40 minutes as it is 3.8 km away, but the place is quite high on traffic.
3. Jagdish temple- Situated about 4.2 km from Ahar Cenotaphs; Jagdish Temple is a lavish temple built in the 6th century under the reign of Maharana Jagat Singh and is one of the largest in the Udaipur City.
4. Lake Palace- Lake Palace that boasts of exotic beauty of marbles residing in the Aravalli hills is found 3.9 Km away from the Ahar Cenotaphs.
5. Doodh Talai- Located 5 km away from the Ahar Cenotaphs, Doodh Talai is the best place to take pleasure of scenic beauty of Lake Pichola which is located in the proximity offering exquisite beauty and peaceful environment.
Interesting facts about Ahar Cenotaphs
The cenotaph of Maharana Sangram Singh built in the year 1734 is considered to be the most astonishing sight. You can note that the cenotaph of Maharana Sangram Singh has 56 pillars in its porch. There is an octagonal dome found right in the center, which is supported by eight small pillars. Maharana Sangram Singh was buried with his 21 wives in the Ahar Cenotaphs.
Things to keep in mind before visiting Ahar Cenotaphs
It is advisable to opt for a weather check before attending the Ahar Museum. The place becomes extremely hot during the summer season, making it difficult to walk and productively explore the region. Hence to avoid the scorching heat of sun, check the weather beforehand.
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