Cenoteph Of Raja Gangadhar Rao
At a distance of 2 km from Jhansi Fort and 5.5 km from Jhansi Junction, the Cenoteph of Raja Gangadhar Rao is located on the banks of Lakshmi Talab in Jhansi town of Uttar Pradesh. It is one of the famous heritage places in Jhansi and also one of the best places to visit in Jhansi.
The Maharaja Gangadhar Rao Ki Chatri was dedicated to Maharaja Gangadhar Rao who was the king of Jhansi from 1836 CE - 1853 CE. He was the lover of the art and architecture and worked towards enriching the culture of Jhansi. He adopted the Son named Anand Rao in 1853, who he taught would be the next crown prince. Raja Gangadhar Rao expired the very next day leaving behind son and wife.
The Chatri was built by his wife Maharani Lakshmi Bai after his death. The Chatri is set within a quadrangular walled structure and has two domed structures. They are approached by a small flight of stairs. The tomb has scriptures around and is covered with a beautiful garden and flowers.
Lakshmi Tal or Talab is a beautiful pond, famous for educating of cultural activities of the inhabitants of Jhansi. At the edge of Lakshmi Tal is situated the magnificent Lakshmi Temple, built in 18th century. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Lakshmi and was built like a palace. It is said that the queen Lakshmi Bai used to come to the temple by boat from the Lakshmi gate every Friday for offering prayers. At present the temple is under the maintenance of the State Archaeology Department. The temple attracts large number of crowd during the Lakshmi Puja in Diwali.