Bada Bagh

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Chhatris up close at Bada Bagh

Bada Bagh, also called Barabagh (lit. "grand garden" in Hindustani) is a garden complex located about six kilometers north of Jaisalmer in the Indian state of Rajasthan. Overlooking a mango grove sits a set of royal chhatri cenotaphs constructed by the Maharajas of the Jaisalmer State in the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries CE.[1][2][3]


Bada Bagh panorama

A descendant of Maharawal Jaisal Singh, the founder of Jaisalmer State, Jai Singh II (1688–1743), commissioned a dam to create a water tank during his reign in the early 18th century. This made the desert green in this area.

After Jai Singh II's death on 21 September 1743, his son Lunkaran built a beautiful garden by the lake and a memorial chhatri cenotaph on a hill overlooking the lake. Later on, many more cenotaphs were constructed here for Lunkaran and other Bhattis. The last chhatri, meant for Maharawal Jawahir Singh, dates from the 20th century and remains unfinished after Indian independence.


Bada Bagh is situated on a small hill. The memorial chhatri cenotaphs have all been carved out of sandstone blocks, but have been built in at least four different sizes - for the ruling kings, their queens, their princes, and other royal family members. Each cenotaph has a marble slab with inscriptions about the deceased royal and a symbolic image of a man on a horse.


  1. ^ .Bada Bagh Archived 2012-12-15 at the Wayback Machine Department of Tourism, Government of Rajasthan website.
  2. ^ "Sonar Qila". Financial Express. 9 January 2004. Retrieved 28 December 2018.
  3. ^ Lindsay Brown; Amelia Thomas (2008). Rajasthan, Delhi & Agra (Lonely Planet Travel Guides). Lonely Planet. p. 335. ISBN 1-74104-690-4.

Coordinates: 26°57′18″N 70°53′13″E / 26.955°N 70.887°E / 26.955; 70.887

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