CONTRIBUTED BY URVASHI SRIVASTAVA
Bundi is a fascinating Rajput kingdom. One of the chieftain, Rao Raja Dev Singh established the kingdom of Hadoti by conquering Bundi from the local Meena tribe in about 13th century and Bundi was made the capital of this dynasty. Fortified by high walls Bundi, was a well protected kingdom. The city is situated at the foot of a large hill with grand palaces and forts built on top of this hill. The city has a few lakes as well and a number of step-wells some of them dating back to the 17th century.
Chaurasi Khambhon ki Chhatri on Bundi-Kota road located in Devapura was built by Rao Raja Anirudh Singh in 1683 A.D. in the memory of his wet nurse Dewa Gujar. The chhatri a large double storied cenotaph built on a high podium has 84 pillars or chaurasi khambe. Inside the chhatri on the lower level is situated a Shiv linga. The upper level has a large central chhatri surmounted by a dome supported by 16 pillars. Around the central chhatri are four smaller ones at the four corners. The Chhatri is ornately decorated with engravings depicting elephants, deers, fishes, apsaras and dancers in various poses.
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