Bada Bagh Cenotaphs

After the pit stop at Gadi Sagar Lake, we went to see the cenotaphs at Bada Bagh, a short way out of town. Bada Bagh is Hindi for “big garden.”


Cenotaph is a derivative of a Greek word and means “empty tomb.” At Bada Bagh, there are a large group of chhatris built as cenotaphs, memorials to local rulers whose remains were either interred elsewhere or perhaps whose ashes were scattered in a river.


There was not another soul around when Prem and I arrived at midmorning.


Oh, I guess there were a couple of other souls around.

The garden was built in the 16th century. I’ve been unable to find a reliable source stating when the cenotaphs themselves were erected.


The practice of constructing cenotaphs was discontinued in 1947.


I welcomed the quiet and the solitude here.

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3 thoughts on “Bada Bagh Cenotaphs

  1. Are these the cenotaphs in your header photograph? I’ve been wondering about the header ever since you replaced the one you were using before you went to India and had your own photos.

  2. I can’t imagine how positively enchanting it must have been to be at this place all by yourselves! I can hardly take in the exquisite detail in this last photo. Unbelievable beauty!

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