A representation of the architectural excellence of the Marathas, Krishna Chattris or Krishnapura Chattris in Indore are a fine specimen of the Hindustani-Marathi architecture. Standing as the symbol of courage, bravery and the glorious past of the Holkar dynasty, this red stoned monument attracts thousands of tourists and visitors every year.
Read along to discover 7 interesting facts of the Indore's Krishna Chattri, its significance and dynamic history:
Built in the 1800s, this marvellous stone monument is an evidence of the grandeur of the Marathas. With a three chatri structure that stands here, Krishnapura Chattri in Madhya Pradesh certainly stands as a great tourist attraction.
The Krishna Chattris: a token of the Maratha pride
The architectural heritage stands on the banks of River Khan(Kahn), overlooking a picturesque view. The grandeur of these Chattris is at its prime during the festive season in the city, highlighting the enigmatic glory and culture of the ancient Indreshwar city.
The Krishna Chhattris were built as cenotaphs to honour the remains of the Holkar dynasty's rulers, which is why it is also known as the Holkar Chhatris. All three of the Chhatris are located at a distance of 500 m from the palace of Rajwad, which was also built by the Holkar dynasty.
The grand yet intricate architecture of the Krishna Chattris is a testimony to the fact that Marathas had both, the resources to create magnificence and the taste to create a masterpiece. Though, a signature style of the Indo-Islamic school of architecture, the Chattris- Umbrella like structures gel well with the Marathi designs, temple and carvings, giving it an exquisite look.
The Triplet Chattris
The 3 Chattris are said to be dedicated to Maharani Krishnabai Holkar as it houses a Krishna temple built specifically for the queen. The other two Chattris are dedicated to Maharaja Tukoji Rao Holkar II and his son Shivaji Rao Holkar and are connected through a passage.
Token of Respect
The most surprising feature of this monument is the fact that the carvings of soldiers, courtiers and musicians that stand here, besides the statues of rulers. This honorary token is an example to the generosity of the magnanimous Marathas!
The details of the Krishna Chattri is something that leaves every tourist in wonder. Carivings of Gods and Godesses sculpted on the outer walls of this structure are breathtaking in both design and precision.
Contributed by Sanjay Thakur
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