The Imperial Gazetteer of India, Volume 8

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Trübner & Company, 1881 - India

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Page 346 - Subathu and Kasauli Hills in the foreground, and the massive block of the Chor a little to the left ; while just below the spectator's feet a series of huge ravines lead down into the deep valleys which score the mountain-sides.
Page 28 - The pillar and stall is generally practised in preference to the long wall system of " getting " the coal. None of the mines are of great depth; and a perfect freedom from fire and choke-damp renders it possible to carry on the work without its being necessary to adopt the precautions which in England only too often fail to secure the object aimed at. Many of the seams are of considerable thickness ; one which is worked contains nearly 40 feet of coal. As a rule, however, the thick seams, especially...
Page 382 - Singbhum has, owing to its secluded position, been very slow, but of late years there has been a great improvement in this respect. The number of Government and aided schools in 1870-71 was 9, with 684 pupils. By 1871-72, the number of schools had increased to 34, and of pupils to 1022; and in 1872-73, there were 63 schools, with 3 144 pupils. There are no administrative Subdivisions in Singbh1im, nor are there any pargand s properly so called.
Page 266 - Rdja of Shahpura received a sanad from the British Government fixing the amount of his tribute at ^1000 per annum, with the proviso that if the customs duties levied in Ajmere were abolished he should also cease to collect such duties, and in consideration of such loss of revenue his tribute should be reduced to £200. The chief also holds a sanad guaranteeing to him the right of adoption. The present Raja, Dhiraj Nahar Sinh, was born about 1855.
Page 508 - It is curious that it escaped the notice of Burnes, as its lofty walls, which can be seen from a great distance, generally attract the attention of travellers. I have visited the place twice. It consisted of an open city, protected on the south by a lofty fortress 1000 feet square. The outer rampart is of earth, 200 feet thick, and 20 feet high on the outer face, or faussebraie, with a second rampart of the same height on the top of it.
Page 35 - The town covers an area of 15 sq. m. , and contains within its limits a forest of mango trees, with numerous tanks and temples scattered amidst their shade. Mixed up with temples, great blocks of masonry of uniform shape commemorate distinguished satis (suttees). The most prominent of these is near the old fort, where a large building records that there in the middle of the 17th century 20 ranis of Raja Lakshman Sahi devoutly fulfilled the duty of self-immolation. Kota sta. on the Katni branch is...
Page 534 - ... peculiarities of the Tanjore temple is that all the sculptures on the gopuras belong to the religion of Vishnu, while everything in the courtyard is dedicated to the worship of Siva. At first I felt inclined to believe it had been erected wholly in honour of the firstnamed divinity, but am now more inclined to the belief that it is only an instance of the extreme tolerance that prevailed at the age at which it was erected, before these religions became antagonistiC.
Page 28 - ... regular mining is now carried on with more or less system.* The miners are, however, individually, in some cases, allowed a degree of freedom, or rather licence, which would never be permitted in European mines. They chiefly belong to two races, the Bhowries and the Sontals — the former using the pick, while the latter cannot be induced to work with any other tool than a crowbar, with which they produce an altogether disproportionate amount of small coal and dust. The pillar and stall is generally...
Page 533 - Tanjore, the capital of one of the greatest of the ancient Hindu dynasties of Southern India, and in all ages one of the chief political, literary, and religious centres of the South (Hunter's Gaz.
Page 443 - The way to accomplish :i*litUnilt work. The roof of the cloister surrounding the open square in the centre of the great mosque in Sritiagar is supported by wooden pillars, each formed of a single deodar tree about thirty feet high, and resting upon a plain stone base. There are three rows upon the north, south and west sides, but • >nly two on the east side.

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