The Rajputana Gazetteer, Volume 1

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Office of the Superintendent of Government Print., 1880 - Rajasthan (India)

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Page 45 - The palace is a most imposing pile, of a regular form, built of granite and marble, rising at least a hundred feet from the ground, and flanked with octagonal towers, crowned with cupolas. Although built at various periods, uniformity of design has been very well preserved ; nor is there in the east a more striking or more majestic spectacle.
Page 45 - The terrace, which is at the east and chief front of the palace, extends throughout its length, and is supported by a triple row of arches from the declivity of the ridge. The height of this arcaded wall is...
Page 55 - Kaniya delights not in offerings of this kind. The territory contains within its precincts abundant space for the town, the temple, and the establishments of the priests, as well as for the numerous resident worshippers, and the constant influx of votaries from the most distant regions, " From Samarcand, by Oxus, Tcmir's throne, " Down to the golden Chersonese...
Page 67 - ... is made entirely of bamboo, except two links of gut which fasten on the string, likewise made out of split bamboo. The arrow is a reed tipped with an iron spike ; the quiver a piece of strong bamboo matting. The women often wear on their arms and 'legs the lac and glass churis of the poorer Hindus, but their peculiar bracelets and bangles are made of brass. Four rings of this metal are generally worn on each arm and leg, and there is also a W-shaped ornament worn by married women on the ankle....
Page 202 - In social rank they are far above the Meos, and, though probably of more recent Hindu extraction, are better Musalmans. They observe no Hindu festivals, and will not acknowledge that they pay any respect to Hindu shrines. But Brahmans take part in then* marriage contracts, and they observe some Hindu marriage ceremonies.
Page 51 - ... above the surrounding country, precipitous at the top, and the whole covered with dense dhao jungle, forms in itself no slight obstacle; and there is no commanding position within the range of even modern artillery. This ancient fortress was the capital of the country from AD 728, when Bapa Rawal, according to tradition, wrested it from the then reigning chief, till 1568, when it was finally deserted on its storm and capture by the Emperor Akbar. The oldest monument now standing is the Khowasin...
Page 156 - the delineation of it defies the pen, and would tax to the utmost the pencil of the most patient artist;' and he is secure in asserting that no ornament of the most florid style of Gothic architecture can be compared with it in richness. ' It appears like a cluster of the half-disclosed lotus, whose cups are so thin, so transparent, and so accurately wrought, that it fixes the eye in admiration.
Page 287 - Rajor or Rajorgarh. It was the old capital of the Bargujar tribe of Rajputs when they ruled in this region. Tod speaks of it as a place of great antiquity. The most remarkable remains are a colossal human figure cut out of the rock, similar to some of those on the fort-rock at Gwalior ; a comparatively large pyramidal domed temple, richly decorated with figures, which, here and in porches, seem deserving of study; columns there are beautifully sculptured in the style of those at Baraoli in Mewir,...
Page 53 - Besides the Arail Pol, or barrier, thrown across the first narrow ascent, about a mile from Kailwara, there is a second gate, called the Hulla Pol, intermediate to the Hanumdn Pol, the exterior gate of the fortress, between which and the summit there are four more gates.
Page 155 - The design and execution of this shrine and all its accessories are on the model of the preceding, which, however, as a whole, it surpasses. It has more simple majesty, the fluted columns sustaining the mandap are loftier, and the vaulted interior is fully equal to the other in richness of sculpture, and superior to it in the execution, which is more free and in.

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