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Visitors to my gallery would be familiar to this landmark of Jodhpur, the Jaswant Thada. This memorial is architectural landmark in Jodhpur & is located nearly 400m in the north-east of the Meherangarh Fort, India's largest fort. Built in 1899 A.D. in the memory of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II, the 33rd Rathore ruler of Jodhpur, the monument is built out of intricately carved sheets of marble. These stones are extremely thin and polished therefore they emit a warm glow when the sun's rays shine across their surface. The building has a porch, four domed turrets, and a large, square tower set in the middle of its roof. A set of stairs and a T-shaped walkway covered in a checkerboard pattern lead up to the memorial. These are not visble here as this is the view of the rear side of the memorial.

Buildings like this one are known as chhatris in India, and are also referred to as cenotaphs. They are dedicated to a person whose remains lie elsewhere. They can also function as an initial burial tomb for someone whose remains are later interred.

There were tens of pigeons roosting on the roof and dome of the Jaswant Thada. They are quite restive, flying and circled back around to land about every 10-15 minutes. Pretty amazing!

I had gone down from the main road, over the rock outcrops, past thorn bushes to get this angle. I liked the contrast between the reddish boulders and the pristine white of the Jaswant Thada. Pressed the shutter as soon as the flock of pigeon took flight. Hope you値l like it.

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Additional Photos by Angshuman Chatterjee (Angshu) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 7851 W: 324 N: 16060] (56760)
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