The affluence of the Alwar rulers can be gauged from the solid silver dining table displayed in the museum apart from several other objects.
Exactly behind the City Palace is a ‘ Sagar’ lake. It is a concrete catchment with flights of stairs all around, dotted uniformly by the Chhatris or cenotaphs which add beauty to the palace, the dirty water with weeds notwithstanding. The construction of the stairs and cenotaphs took nine years.
Beside the lake is an impressive cenotaph of Maharaja Bakhtawar Singh built by his son Viney Singh in 1815 A.D. It also came to be known as the Moosi Maharani Chhatri, as Moosi Maharani, the wife of Maharaja Bakhtawar Singh committed ‘Sati’ at this spot when the maharaja died. Constructed on a red sandstone base, the upper portion is made of marble with a columned pavilion and domed arches. The ceiling is adorned with mythological paintings and carvings.
As history speaks through its fortresses and palaces, these heritage palace is passed to generations and become a part of the culture. Very sparingly would one treat history as a boring subject and the rein of many a ruler comes as a one-on-one interaction through these glimpses?