Brij-Raj-Bhavan-Palace

Brijraj Bhawan Palace is located on the banks of river Chambal, Kota in Rajasthan at a distance of 5 kms from the Airport and 3 kms from Railway station.The 178-year-old Brij Raj Bhavan palace of the former princely family of Kota in Rajasthan, which was converted into a heritage hotel in the 1980s has a residentghost, namely that of Major Burton, who, while serving as the British Resident to Kota, was killed by Indian sepoys during the 1857 Mutiny.

The Sepoy killed Major Burton and his two sons in the central hall of the building of Brijraj Bhawan Palace. The former Queen of Kota told British journalists in 1980 that she used to see Major Burton frequently, as the room in which he was killed, was being used as her drawing room then.

An elderly man with a cane in his hand, Major Burton does not harm anybody at Brijraj Bhawan Palace. But during his night visit, if any of the guards are sleeping or dozing, Major Burton gives them a slap, with a warning in pidgin Hindustani!

This is a haunted house but a little bit less horrible. The ghost just slaps as punishment. Major Charles Burton stayed Brijraj Bhavan Palace in Kota for 13 years with his family. 183 old years Brijraj palaces located on the right banks of the river Chambal. In 1857 mutiny Major Charles Burton was posted on Neemuch cantonment , Madhya Pradesh.

On the 10th May the Indian Rebellion of 1857 began by sepoys (Soldiers of East India Company). Todays Brijraj palace hotel was then a British residency for Major Charles Barton, who was the major of 40th Bengal Native Infantry. With the outbreak of mutiny British commanded Major Barton to march for Neemuch cantonment with the Kota troop to protect it from the rebellions. Barton went to Neemuch garrison with his family, his wife four sons and a teenage daughter. When he was on the battle field Neemuch garrison destroyed and his family took shelter in a small fort of Jewud with other British families.

After some days Kota’s King requested him to come back on Brijraj Bhavan. On 13 December, 1857 he came back to this place with his two younger sons, Arthur, 21, and Francis, 19. Everything was quiet and peaceful for two days. After two days he returns back a large troop of Sepoy rebellions approached his residency. Burton confused these rebellions with the King’s visit. The mutinied rebellions soldiers entered the Brijraj palace to capture Major Burton. Major Burton, his two sons and only their camel driver who didn’t fly from them took shelter on upper room and fought gun fight with those mutinied soldiers and at last they died. Before the fight Major Barton wished to surrender himself for a negotiation of his sons lives. But his sons didn’t agree with that and decided to fight. The Maharaja (king) of Kota managed to recover their bodies on that evening and buried them in the central hall. But after that the king himself was surrounded as a virtual prisoner in the house. In the march of next year when British Army recaptured Kota then they found Major Burton and his two son’s bodies buried in the central hall of the palace and did their last rituals with full military honors. They were buried again in the Kota cemetery.

Many years later on 1980’s the former maharani told to a British journalist that she often sees Major Burton spirit. The hall was used later by former maharani as her drawing room. We know from the book “The Maharajas of India” written by Ann Morrow that the yuvrani often sees the spirit of Major Barton in her study. She had seen him as an old white man with white hair and walking stick in his hand. Though her husband the Prince never seen the ghost of Barton. But the ghost of Major Burton is really harmless. But always keep checking on the guards. If they sleep or dozes during their duty at night he slaps them as punishment. The officials and security persons are afraid very much in the night to smoke or sleep during their duty. Because the spirit of Major Barton always patrols there.