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,…

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…

Mallinath Ji Temple at Bankli – Where Shiva is a Folk God

In India, if you are a foreign tourist seeking knowledge about Hinduism, there are scores of books, both affordable and expensive, yet most of all concentrate on formal Hindu gods and goddesses, such as Shiva, Vishnu and Durga. Yet there is another side of Hinduism that revolves around folk beliefs and folk heroes, who once…

Sawai Jai Singh’s Nahargarh – A Pride of Jaipur

A popular story goes: The young Jai Singh when first attended the Mughal court as Raja of Amer, his daring courage and quick-witted bantering appeased the anger of the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb and earned him that appellation. Aurangzeb was annoyed with Amer family because of the action of Jai Singh’s immediate predecessors, the Kachchwahas who…

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…