Chhatris or Cenotaphs, The Royal Cenotaphs, Bikaner

The Devi Kund Sagar Royal Cenotaphs of Bikaner – Architectural Marvel!

White and Red stone Cenotaphs stands tall in the history. Known for the architectural marvel, the royal cenotaphs are a treat for historians, photographers and travellers. Soak in the beauty of paintings and carvings on the cenotaph and think of the royal life they used to live although the end is same!

Bikaner, one of the royal cities of Rajasthan, much known for the Karni Mata Temple (Rats Temple), I feel is underrated in terms of tourism. Other cities like Jaipur, Jodhpur, Udaipur, Jaisalmer are very much popular in the tourist circuit. 

Last year i.e in January 2019, we did a road trip from Jaipur to Bikaner and stayed there for around 4 days. You will read my experience of Bikaner in the upcoming posts. This post is dedicated to the land of dusty gem, laid back life, dazzling doorways, bhujia (savoury snack), kachori,and most of all happy people; yes, I am talking about Bikaner. Apart from Junagarh Fort, there are so many attractions like Karni Mata Temple, Gajner Palace, National Research Centre on Camels, Bhandasar Jain Temple and more. 

The Royal Cenotaphs, Devikund Sagar, Bikaner

Today in this post, I will be showing you the not much explored destination – The Devi kund Sagar Royal Cenotaphs (Bikaner Raj Parivar Vishram Grah). It is a cremation ground for the royal family of Bikaner. The three enclosures situated around Kalyansagar tank protects the Chhatris (Cenotaphs) and a number of less prominent memorials for Princes, Princesses and so on.

Nanchi, The Royal Cenotaphs, Devikund Sagar, Bikaner
Nanchi, The Royal Cenotaphs, Devikund Sagar, Bikaner
Temple inside The Royal Cenotaphs, Devikund Sagar, Bikaner
Temple inside The Royal Cenotaphs, Devikund Sagar, Bikaner
Goddess in the temple at The Royal Cenotaphs, Devikund Sagar, Bikaner
Goddess in the temple at The Royal Cenotaphs, Devikund Sagar, Bikaner

Did you know? The Oldest among all chhatris here is that of Rao Kalyanmalji (1539-1571 AD) who was the fifth ruler of Bikaner and the last cenotaph is of Maharaja Karni Singh (1950-88 AD). 

Here stands the two groups of cenotaphs. The royal cenotaphs of early rulers of Bikaner are made in Dulmera Red Stone and marble has been used in the later cenotpahs. The Chhatri (Cenotaph) of a male has a vertical memorial slab, where as that of a female has foot marks engraved on a slab. A memorial erected for a minor is called a ‘Nada’ and it is a simple structure without a canopy. 

Perspective, The Royal Cenotaphs, Devikund Sagar, Bikaner
One of the Cenotaphs, The Royal Cenotaphs, Devikund Sagar, Bikaner
One of the Cenotaphs, The Royal Cenotaphs, Devikund Sagar, Bikaner

Chhatris play an important role in Rajput as well as in Muslim Art. Here, in the chhatris of Raja Rai Singhji and Raja Sur Singhji built in local red sand stone, the style is richer and more elegant. The Chhatris of Raja Karan Singh ji (1675 AD) and Maharaja Anup Singhji (1698 AD) are the finest examples of cenotaphs with architectural exuberance and ornamentation in classic Mughal taste. The cenotaph of Maharaja Anup Singhji stands on 16 pillars and bears carvings depicting act of Lord Krishna, floral patterns, peacocks, and other birds and animals. 

Painted Ceiling of The Royal Cenotaphs, Bikaner
Goddess on Stone at The Royal Cenotaphs, Devikund Sagar, Bikaner
Goddess on Stone at The Royal Cenotaphs, Devikund Sagar, Bikaner
Devikund Cenotaphs, The Royal Cenotaphs, Bikaner

The tradition of painting the cenotaphs began with Maharaja Ratan Singhji and the same is evident in his cenotaph. Some of them also have epigraphic memorial stone. There is also a temple in the premises. 

  • Entry Fees: Rs.5 for Indian Tourists   
  • Rs.10 for Foreign Tourists
  • Timings: 9 AM to 5 PM
  • Videography is not allowed

I would suggest you to visit in the evening for some amazing light. Although, the Devi Kund Sagar is not well maintained but the cenotaphs are beauty. One can easily spend an hour or so. Lastly, I was mesmerised to see the royalty and ended my visit to the Royal Cenotaphs with a thought – “The song has ended but the melody lingers on!”

  • Carvings, The Royal Cenotaphs, Devikund Sagar, Bikaner
  • Carvings on The Royal Cenotaphs, Devikund Sagar, Bikaner
  • Carved Stone at The Royal Cenotaphs, Devikund Sagar, Bikaner
  • Cenotaphs, The Royal Cenotaphs, Devikund Sagar, Bikaner
  • Painted Ceiling at The Royal Cenotaphs, Devikund Sagar, Bikaner
  • The Royal Cenotaphs, Devikund Sagar, Bikaner
  • Temple Goddess, The Royal Cenotaphs, Devikund Sagar, Bikaner
  • Information about The Royal Cenotaphs, Devikund Sagar, Bikaner
  • Information about The Royal Cenotaphs, Bikaner
  • Tree outside The Royal Cenotaphs, Bikaner
Chhatris or Cenotaphs, The Royal Cenotaphs, Bikaner
Chhatris or Cenotaphs, The Royal Cenotaphs, Bikaner

47 thoughts on “The Devi Kund Sagar Royal Cenotaphs of Bikaner – Architectural Marvel!

    1. Rajasthan is a beauty in terms of colors, cultures and food. I am glad you liked the Bikaner post. This location is usually missed by many visitors. Give it a try sometimes. I too have been to Udaipur and liked it….:)

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      1. I observe the nature, the history, the story behind the place. For eg. If we go to any national park; I am in awe with the creations of god. How it all was made. My imaginations run to infinity. When you follow and focus on you passion; nothing can disturb you. Wait..Wait and Wait until you get the perfect shot; until people are gone. When I weave a story in my mind, I can easily sync them…:)

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    1. I can understand Kacielmorgan; many people miss it. Royal Cenotaphs are not on the usual tourist circuit. Do visit it whenever you are in India. Where all have you been in India?

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    1. Yeah, Arv. Alike you, many visitors skip this location and follow the usual route. The Devi Kund might not be well maintained but cenotaphs are a good subject to click photographs. I am sure you will like it. Do visit next time whenever you are in Bikaner. 🙂

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    1. Yes, I like visiting such places which were a part of the history and have some story to tell. I am glad you liked the pictures. Since nobody was there, we enjoyed taking photos. Thank you for dropping by, Ally! ❤

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  1. I’ve never been to India but there is so much to see there! I’m glad you shared this wonderful place with us. It’s so beautiful!

    Your link is a great addition to ‘My Corner of the World’ this week! Thanks for linking up!

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  2. For long I haven’t been able to fully understand the purpose of these beautiful Cenotaphs, except for decorative or religious purpose. I saw some of them in Amer Fort, Jaipur, as well as in the deserts of Jaisalmer.
    Beautifully described article Madam..!! The Cenotaphs in Bikaner appear relatively well preserved and more vibrant in terms of the frescoes, the precise carvings and sculptures. Thank you for explaining the differences between the Cenotaphs constructed during different periods of time.. 🙂

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  3. Wow, this place is breathtaking! Thanks so much for sharing these beautiful images and I love that you take the time to offer all the history of the places you share here.

    Shelbee

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    1. Where are you based Saumya? Rajasthan is full of culture and colors, you must visit it. I too wish to cover some parts of India soon! The lockdown has kept me bound, otherwise, I had so many plans! 😦 😦

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      1. Noida, UP. I have always been fascinated by travelling but never got good company and not been able to convince myself to travel alone.

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    1. It indeed is beautiful and surprisingly not much popular. I am glad you liked the photographs. You must visit Royal Cenotaphs, Bikaner whenever you do a Rajasthan trip! 🙂 I am sure you will like it.

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