Nestled in the palm of Rocky mountains is a conglomerate of beautiful Memorials, forts , temples and a Museum called Mandor.
A mere 9 kms from Jodhpur, Rajasthan lies Magnificent Mandor.
This sleepy village-town was once the capital of the powerful Rajputana Kingdom of Marwar before it shifted to Jodhpur in the 15th century.
The majority of the fabulous buildings are located within the Mandore Gardens. The Lotus waterways dissecting the Gardens were beautiful as the flowers were blooming in various colours of white, pink and blue.
Bees can be seen seeking the sweet nectar of the flowers and waterbirds look for fish which hide under the large plate-like leaves of the lotus.
The spectacular memorials/cenotaphs or Devals ( in the local Language) are a tribute to the brave Rajput Kings who ruled over this once rich and prosperous land.
The typical sloping arches are a signature feature of Rajput architecture.
This well preserved and magnificent Cenotaph made from Red Sandstone resembles a temple and exhibits a gorgeously decorated central spire.
The interiors and temple like memorial follows the ancient Indian principles of “Vaastu” which keeps in mind the five elements of Nature.
The Winter Sun permeates every niche and corner of the decorated interiors eliminating the need of artificial lights.
The glorious past of the region is truly and well represented in Mandor.
The featured image is a stone sculpture of one of the several Hindu Gods that adorn and protect the Deval of Maharaja Ajit Singh ( do see the previous blog for details)
Fortunately better sense prevailed and we did not give it a miss despite being constrained for time as we rushed to Osian and beyond.
( do read THE ENCHANTING GOATS OF OSIAN at http://www.enchantingforests.wordpress.com)