Located about 1.3 kilometres of Annapurna Mandir, Footi Kothi is the only unfinished architecture of Holkar Dynasty, deserted and forsaken in ruins since the eighteenth century. With its abandoned walls and eerie history travelling back 18th-century, it is no surprise that Footi Kothi is surrounded, by the anecdotes of supernatural occurrences.
Yet, this Red Stone Palace carries an eternal legacy! The Kothi was ‘originally’ built by King Shivaji Rao Holkar to launch an attack on the British cantonment in Mhow.
On the Ground floor, is a temple missing a door. Right behind it, are the stairs that lead you to well-structured walls and exquisitely crafted columns of the Footi Kothi.
Embracing the mysterious energy of this fascinating Kothi, I walked from one floor to another, until I found that the inaccessible basement contains a cowshed, approximately 300 locked rooms and temples of various Hindu deities. While some believe Footi Kothi is cursed, a few others suggest that when a British officer learnt the purpose behind its making, he instantly put a permanent halt to its construction.
Other tales imply that while the 1st-floor of the Kothi having a temple was erected-smoothly, the 2nd-floor was abandoned, after recurring reports of strange events. Despite inviting door fixers and masons from England, a perplexing storm would sweep away the doors every time.
On the first floor, there are about two temples, and some say that there are a few temples in the locked basement as well. I hope to unravel the mystery of underground basement someday! I mean 300-rooms beneath these deserted walls and columns is a far-fetched fantasy. Huge, isn’t it?
Surrendering to the divine powers, the Holkar Maharajah then decided to abandon the mansion forever. Since then, this raising is resting desolate and fallow with no roof and no doors. Irrespective of the story you hear, explore this red stone building for its architectural grandeur and colonial connections.