Rajasthan Miniatures


The Rajasthan paintings are marked by stronger colours and bolder compositions which rendered the paintings more intensity. The subjects would include emperors and the nobles, religious, secular and different shades of daily life. One of the most endearing subject used concerned Krishna and Radha-a series famous as Geeta Govinda and Ragamala, Later around the 18century the paintings generally illustrated the royal life style and ranged from scenes of hunting to attending the royal courts.

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This great mosque was originally a Jain religious college which was damaged by Mohammad Gori when he seized Ajmer in 1153. It is told that together with the ruined college, parts of some 30 damaged temples were used to build this mosque, which was miraculously completed in two and a half days – hence the name Adhai-din-ka-Jhonpra.
About 1200 AD Qutbuddin added in front of the original hall, a pierced stone screen of seven arches and the ten domes in the roof upheld by 124 columns, intricately carved where no two of them are alike.

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Cuisine Of Rajasthan

f07f66373f19cf5cc89f8da6b57b201cThe Mughal style did influence the royal Rajput kitchens of the past yet the common man’s fare remained untouched. The royals ate off gold, the nobles used silver, and all others were entitled to bronze.
The large part of the Rajasthan food is vegetarian. The daily countryside
fare consists of a vegetable dish made from desert beans like gwarphali, mogri, sangri or desert fruits like kair and kachri, bread of millet, barley, maize or wheat and sour buttermilk. Yoghurt cooked using onions, garlic, mustard, red chilli powder and other spices will substitute the vegetable dish especially in summer.

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Shiv Niwas & Fateh Prakash Palace

hotel_47_bThese two luxury palaces the Shiv Niwas and the smaller Fateh Prakash were the personal guest houses of the Maharana and are now converted in to two upmarket heritage hotels. The interiors of the ShivNiwas Palace are decorated with original furniture, intricate glass inlaywork on the columns and paintings. The Fateh Prakash Palace contains original portraits and furniture which have been in the family for generations.

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A Trip To Jodhpur

jodhpuri-turbans-665x498Jodhpur a land in Rajasthan state with its rich tradition and culture is formerly known as Marwar, the capital of the Rajput rulers. I always wanted to have a glimpse into it, so went around exploring with a friend. In earlier times, cities like Bikaner,Nagaur, Jodhpur, Pali etc., were united and known as Marwar. They, later on, got their own identity and now, Marwar is no longer used for the name of any city. Jodhpur is famous worldwide for its turbans, locally known as ‘safa’. There are various styles and varieties of turbans, varying from communities to communities within Jodhpur.

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Story Behind Dhanteras

A very interesting story about Dhanteras Festival says that once the sixteen year old son of King Hima. was doomed to die by a snake-bite on the fourth day of his marriage as per his horoscope. On that particular fourth day of his marriage his young wife did not allow him to sleep. She laid all the ornaments and lots of gold and silver coins in a big heap at the entrance of her husband’s boudoir and lighted innumerable lamps all over the place. And she went on telling stories and singing songs.

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