|Basilica of Our lady of Graces,,Sardhana, UP en.wikipedia.org|
|Altar of Basilica of Our lady of Graces, Sardhana, baadalmusings.com|
|Basilica of Our lady of Graces. Sardhana .baadalmusings.com|
Being adventurous and hardworking he won the friendship of the local ruler and later became closer to him. Walter helped the ruler Najaf Khan of Delhi on some war expeditions and he successfully supported the ruler. In 1773 Walter received Sardhana as a gift from Najaf Khan and later the principality of Sardhana was formally established. Walter was almost like a small ruler enjoining all the trappings associated with a powerful regal power with his own troops and other paraphernalia. Upon Reinhardt's death in 1778, he was succeeded by his wife widow Begum Samru. who inherited the Jagir of Sardhana. She married in her early teens Walter Reinhardt Sombre of Luxembourg (Sombre was shortened to Samru), a mercenary soldier.
|Portrait of Begum Samru en.wikipedia.org|
|Basilica of Our lady of Graces. Begam Samru's monuments .baadalmusings.com|
This historical west-facing church with entrance from north has a long veranda lined by 18 Doric pillars. The lofty spires and steeple are impressive; an interesting feature is the octagonal lantern atop the central dome. It is made of finely carved and carefully perforated slates and capped with black and white marble. Atop the three domes and two spires are heavily gilded metal balls surmounted by metal crosses. The altar is strikingly beautiful made of marbles mined from Jaipur and it is nicely inlaid with floral designs of semi precious stones. Above the niche is the statue of Mother Mary to whom the church was dedicated. She supported financially many charitable and religious institutions and her new palace had become the boys' school. A woman of charity and compassion, she was quite popular in that area.
The altar steps and statuary floor are of black and white marble. On either side of the statuary there are two long wings - the left wing has the famous monument over the tomb of the Begum. This monument is well designed using Carrara marble with eleven life size figures and three panels in beys-relief; right on top; the Begum sits dressed in Muslim style
Immediately below her statue are four figures - David Dyce, Samru, Innayat-ullah, Diwan Rae Singh and Julius Ceasar Scotti. The six figures are supposedly symbolic of fearlessness, wisdom, fulfilment, prosperity that were in existence in plenty during Begum's reign.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Basilica_of_Our_Lady_of_Graces New Palace has become the boys school