A Hindu King Was Cremated Five Years Before The First Legal Cremation in Italy

Kolhapur Maharaja Rajaram passed away in Florence in 1870

Ajay Sharma
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5 min readNov 29, 2023

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The cenotaph of Rajaram Chatrapati, the Maharaja of Kolhapur (India)
The cenotaph of Rajaram Chatrapati, the Maharaja of Kolhapur (India)

At the west end of Cascine Park in Florence, there is a monument called the Monumento all’Indiano, or the Monument to the Indian. Dedicated to the memory of a Maratha king, Rajaram Chhatrapati, it features a Chhatri over a bust.

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Ajay Sharma
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