Gurjara Pratihara Temples – Splendid Examples from Osian

In early 8th century CE, Harshavardhana, the Emperor of Kannauj passed away. Harsha was the last among the early rulers of Indian Subcontinent who had beheld the United India, a trend started with the Mauryas in the 3rd century BCE. Now there was a new threat – the Islamic invasion from the west. Within India,…

Kalishanath Temple at Kanchipuram – A Gem of Pallava Architecture

A couple of years back I had visited Kalilashnath Temple at Ellora, a monolithic rock-cut wonder and the northern most historical temple of Dravidian style built by the Rashtrakuta King Krishna in the 8th century CE. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, however according to some scholars the temple’s architecture was influenced by Kalishnath Temple at…

Phul Mahal – A Splendour of Thar Desert

If someone asks me to choose a city that showcase all of India’s brightest colours my first preference would be Jodhpur, the second largest city in Rajasthan and the cultural capital of Marwar. Jodhpur’s sky is invariably blue and so are its houses and wetlands. Its palaces and havelies are pink and red, and its…

Sunheri Mahal in Akbar’s Tomb – A Stucco Polychrome Wonder

‘These are the gardens of paradise. Enter them and live forever’. With these words created in beautifully sculpted calligraphy by Amanat Khan, the man who was also responsible for the best of world calligraphy at Taj Mahal you enter the sprawling charbagh of Akbar’s Tomb in Sikandara. On both sides of the pathway you are…

Jait Sagar of Bundi – A Timeless Journey

In the annals of Indian history, the name of Jaita Meena may not be known much. In 13th century on the edge of the Aravali Mountains Jaita ruled parts of Southeastern Rajasthan, which later came to be known as Hadoti. He was a Bhil, the Adivasis of Aravali and Satpura Mountains in West-Central India. Experts…