Ruined chhatri or cenotaph, Ahar, near Udaipur
Photographer: Baudesson, O.S.
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of a ruined cenotaph at Ahar, near Udaipur in Rajasthan taken by O.S. Baudesson in 1882. The picture forms part of the Archaeological Survey of India Collections. Udaipur was established as the new capital of Mewar state by Maharana Udai Singh (r.1567-72) of the Sisodia Rajputs, after the sack of Chittorgarh by the Mughal Emperor Akbar in 1567. Ahar, home of the royal cremation ground, is located about two miles away from the town of Udaipur. The cenotaphs at Ahar are memorials to the Rajput rulers of Udaipur. They would have been erected when the ruler died and would be decorated with scenes from his life and depictions of Hindu deities.