Photographer's Note

Bada Bagh, which literally means 'Big Garden', is located 6 Km off the Jaisalmer city on Ramgarh Road. It was commissioned by Maharawal Jait Singh in the early 16th century and completed by his son Lunakaran after his death.

The cluster of cenotaphs are an interesting aspect of this place. These cenotaphs also known as chattris and were constructed by the various Bhatti rulers. One cenotaph has been erected for each ruler. The oldest among them is the cenotaphs of Maharawal Jait Singh who reigned from 1470-1506. This tradition was discontinued when in 1947, one of the prince died of a mysterious disease. This was taken as a bad omen and thus this tradition came to its end. Over 40 carved domes, some contiguous, other individual structures, complete this cluster of tombs, the burial ground of Kings. The last chhatri, meant for maharaja Jawahar Singh, dates from the 20th century and remains unfinished after Indian independence.

Bada Bagh is now surrounded by windmills used to generate electricity. When I think back of this place, the one thing that always jumps back into mind are the hundred of wind turbines spread over an empty desert landscape. Walking through these fields all I could hear was an alien-like resonance coming from the huge (over 30m high) three bladed wind turbines. These modern giants were, as if guarding the Royal Tombs otherwise derelict and imposing presence which couldn't be more contrasting!

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