Virendra Bhawan


Virendra Bhawan a heritage building was built in the 1860 as The Residency for The British Political Agent - Col. H.E Abbott.
Col. Abbott,who came to Jhalawar in the early 1860 is said to have introduced cricket to the region. The then Political Agent at Jhalawar was a very keen cricketer and under his patronage a team was formed at Jhalawar. At its invitation Mayo College played a cricket match at Jhalawar in January, 1889 and in a low scoring match recorded a victory by 48 runs. This was the first match in Rajputana between two teams of two different towns. 
The Cricket Field inagurated by him as The Abbott Cricket Field in 1889,  is still in use adjacent to Virendra Bhawan. 
 
                                    Maharaj Rana Bhawani Singh (C) with his Diwan Pandit Shyama Shankar (R) 
 
 By the turn of the last century, the Residency was home  to the legendary classical dancer UDAY SHANKAR. It was in Jhalwar that he law the court dancer Kukibai perform on the elephants, that inspired him to learn oriental dancing which he later took to London and Paris with his troupe to dance with Anna Pavlova.
It was  also home to his younger brother, the musician RAVI SHANKAR when his father served as Diwan to  Maharajrana Bhawani Sinhji of Jhalawar                                                                                                           
By the turn of the last century is was given as the Dower House to the Maharani of Jhalawar who lived here till 2001
  Virendra Bhawan, set amidst farmlands
Welcomes you to step into the past  in  beautifully restored Indo-Colonial Rooms
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