|Kirti Mandir – or temple of flame – is the cenotaph of the Gaekwads, built by Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad III to perpetuate the memory of his ancestors. It was built in 1936 as part of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations of the Maharaja. The magnificent E-shaped monument with domes, terraces, balconies and the central sikhara rises to a height of 33 meters. The characteristic ‘sikhara’ of the monument represents the sun, the moon and the earth in bronze with the undivided map of India. The walls of the central hall are superbly embellished with murals of Gangavataran, battle of Mahabharat, the life of Mirabai and the Natir Pooja done by the eminent Bengali artist Nandalal Bose. The Kirti Mandir also houses priceless photographs and statues of the Gaekwads and coins, weapons and other personal items. Kirti Mandir is situated near the picturesque Vishwamitri Bridge.