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Mandore Garden

Mandore, located about 5 miles north of Jodhpur, was the former capital of the maharajas of Mewar, but was later abandoned for the security of Mehrangarh Fort. Here you will find the dewals, or cenotaphs, of Jodhpur's former rulers. Unlike the usual chhatri-shaped cenotaphs typical of Rajasthan, they were built along the lines of a Hindu temple, four stories high, with fine columns and an elegant spire, all in red sandstone. The most impressive is the dewal of Maharaja Ajit Singh. These cenotaphs are set in beautiful landscaped gardens.

Nearby is the Hall of Heroes (also called The Shrine of the Three Hundred Million Gods), dedicated to various deities and fabled Rajput folk heroes, whose statues (each one astride his steed) are carved out of rock and painted in bright colors. Next door is a small temple dedicated to Behru, with two huge statues framing and effigy of Ganesh. And as you climb up the hill, you come to the ruined city of Mandore, with the old summer palace of Abhai Singh.

 

 

 

 

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