Visited the heritage city of Mandu in Madhya Pradesh, India, at this time, last year. The most interesting story there is the love story of Rani Rupmati and Baz Bahadur.
Their attachment was based on their common love for music even though they were never married nor was their love consummated. Roopmati was not a queen but was given the title because she was an excellent singer, and very beautiful.
Roopmati Mahal was built on a height by Baz Bahadur so that she could view the Narmada river every morning. She was a devotee of the river and would start her day only after praying to Narmada Maiyya (mother) in the morning.
During the monsoons, when it was foggy, she couldn’t view the river, so Rewa Kund – a pond near her mansion was constructed for her to pray. Baz Bahadur built his palace right in front of Rewa Kund so that he could meet her often. His palace and other monuments are very beautiful and have excellent acoustics…. our guide Parvez was a great singer and entertained us with some lovely old songs there, after telling us this story! 😀