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Know about the Chhatri or mausoleum of Rani Hada at Agra.

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Chhatri Rani Hada

Opposite the Bagh-i-Gul Afshan on the right side of River Yamuna, Chhatri (Mausoleum) or Samadhi of Hada Rani was built in her memory by her brother-in-law Raja Jaswant Singh sometime between 1644-58 AD. It is said that Hada Rani who was the wife of Rao Amar Singh Rathor and the princess of Bundi committed Sati (burnt herself alive on the funeral pyre of her husband) according to the local traditions. Raja Jaswant Singh was the younger brother of the Rao. It is for this reason that this place is also known as 'Sati ka Chabutra'. This act of offering her body to fire with her husband was considered to be the holiest and purest form of love for a married woman and thus, married women offer traditional bridal articles such as bangles and vermilion powder to the stone placed in the central pavilion to get her blessings for happy and blissful marital life.

The surrounding wall is now in a dilapidated condition. However the monumental screen on the eastern side facing the river has survived. Originally this side has three entrances with staircases descending into the water, a series of arched openings with 'jalis' and two octagonal towers crowned by 'chhatris' that as projecting 'chhajjas' supported on brackets. The inverted lotus crowned the main dome. The main chhatri or burial site of the queen is set in the centre of a garden on a raised platform. The pavilion is rectangular in shape like a baradari with three openings on each side that are closed by delicately carved jalies and entrance through an opening in the eastern side. Twelve jalie panels are used on the longer sides of the rectangle while the shorter sides have only seven panels sporting carved geometrical designs.



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