AHAR CENOTAPH COMPLEX, Udaipur, Rajasthan
Rana Amar Singh I chattri and Rana Sangram Singh II Chattri
The Ahar Cenotaphs Complex commonly known as ‘Mahasatya ji’ was constructed under the royal patronage of the House of Mewar, the world’s longest serving dynasty. The complex is situated near the River Ahar, on the eastern side of the walled city of Udaipur at a distance of about five kilometres from the centre of the city, Suraj Pol. It is a unique example of memorial and ceremonial architecture within the historic city of Udaipur. What makes this complex unique is its sacred linkage with a holy kund & its surrounding Ahar settlement
The concept of cenotaph has always been part of medieval Rajput towns along with other urban components. Due to its association with funerary activities the Ahar cenotaph complex has always been ignored as a significant heritage component of a historic town, and has not been considered in the conservation process.
Considered as a sustainable tool for protection of its resources, Heritage Management is valued as an evolving vehicle for conservation of the natural, cultural and architectural heritage by the foundation. Within the integral framework of the “Conservation Management Plan for Ahar Cenotaph complex. The Maharana of Mewar Charitable Foundation, Udaipur supported and by The Anthony Robins Foundation, USA has taken up the onus of conserving and documenting the work of cenotaphs [ Rana Amar Singh I(r.1597 – 1620 AD) and Rana Sangram Singh II(r.1710 -1734 AD)], one of the oldest Chattri’s in the complex.
An academic documentation and Restoration of the two Cenotaphs is being carried out as a scope of work for the project. The condition of the two structures was analyzed depending on the present day physical condition, historical association, traditional construction technique, material. Various activities to be involved in the process of restoration were identified and respectively Conservation Measures are adopted for each activity.
Sampling and Evaluations are being done before finalization of any activity. The work is carried out by closely working with the artisans and various consultants on site.Care is taken to adopt nonabrasive techniques that would not harm the surface of stone during any process of restoration.