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HISTORY OF RAJASTHAN

Original Abode Of : Kshatriyas
Known As : Rajputs
Build In : November 1, 1956
Foreign Influences : Mughals, British

Amer Fort , Jaipur
Amer Fort , Jaipur



Historical Synopsis of Rajasthan

The colourful and exotic state of Rajasthan, the spell-binding 'Land of the Kings', epitomizes the core essence of India. This is the abode of the mighty Rajputs, a group of intrepid warriors who variously claim descent from the sun, the moon and the flames of a sacrificial fire, lit up to revive the meandering souls of ancient 'kshtraiyas'. Aeons ago, it is believed, Sri Ram drew an arrow in his bow to burn the golden Lanka, the island capital where his wife Sita was held captive by the demon king Ravana. Unfortunately, the prophesy was about to take many innocent lives and hence Lord Ram, in response to the plea of the Gods, pointed the arrow at a distant sea and let it escape. The heat produced by the arrow dried the sea, and in its place, arose a desert, dry, arid and hot.

But again, 'Puranas' proved themselves true, a junction where the mind starts to agree but the heart is still at hold. Fossils excavated in the Thar desert reveal the remains of marine life. And the dancing sands of the desert, fly from one point to another, with a memory of the sea that once shimmered in its place.

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Creating A Royal State

The great history of Rajasthan is epitomised by the internecine wars among the Rajput clans shook their roots. This was accompanied with sustained foreign invasions and hence after a few centuries, their hold over their own kingdom began to totter - chivalrous Rajputs became refuge in their own country. Bereft of their kingdoms, they started looking or an opportunity and a shelter, where they could lay their foundation once more. They emerged and held their sway over different parts of the Thar from about 700 AD. As time continued its journey, a part of Rajasthan came under the possession of Muslim rulers. The principal centers of their powers were Nagaur and Ajmer while Ranthambhore was also under their suzerainty. In later years, as peace became common, and as the English infiltrated into the heart of the 'golden bird' in 1817-18, the Government concluded treaties of alliance with almost all the states of Rajputana. Thus began the British rule over Rajasthan, then called Rajputana. After the unfortunate, but innocent sands of Rajasthan had enough of blood and blade, the present State of Rajasthan was formed, after a long process of integration which began on March 17, 1948 and ended on November 1, 1956.

How They Made It

Colourful Rajasthan
Old Haveli at Rajasthan

Medieval History of Rajasthan is as rich in tales of valour and chivalry as it is in folklore. The mighty maharajahs had an intangible amount of self-respect in their hearts, they would breath their life out, but bow before a foreign power. Their proud moustaches attested their intrepidity while their swords showed talked about their artistic armour. They are still remembered for their impressions on the sands of time. Deeply religious, the people built, besides their fortifications and palaces, splendid temples, elaborate wells, exquisitely carved mansions and memorials to their dead. Celebrated for their unsurpassable valour in the battlefields, the rulers were also known for their sensitivity with which they offered patronage to artists. It is not beyond imagination to say that Rajasthan is among the world's opulent centres for arts and crafts.

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Ranthambore Fort

By The Arrow Of God
Plan a vacation tour to the know the history of Rajasthan - a land which is full of myths. Legend has it that, long ago in the mists of time, Lord Rama, the seventh incarnation of Lord Vishnu, Ram drew an arrow in his bow to burn the golden Lanka, the island capital where his wife Sita was held captive by the demon king Ravana, but was forced to leave it in the direction of a sea, which eveporated all its waters. The land that came out became the land of Rajasthan.


The Reign of Muslims
Being a alluring state of the mighty maharajas, Rajasthan Rajput history has always existed in the list of the foreign invaders. Nagaur, Ajmer and Ranthanbhor were the original seats of power due to their proximity with the Mughal capital.


The Tales of Blood And Blade
The great Rajput history of Rajasthan has always witnessed ferocious battles and their unfortunate aftermath. The stately monuments still attest series of captures, which were eventually followed by 'jauhar' (self immolation) of the Rajput women.


The Thirst of Art
Celebrated for their unsurpassable valour in the battlefields, the rulers were also known for their sensitivity with which they offered patronage to artists. The mighty forts, splendid temples, elaborate wells, and the exquisitely carved mansions surely endorse their taste for beautiful pieces of art.


Engraved On The Stones of Time
Beside their colossal forts and palaces, the mighty rajas of Rajasthan also built splendid temples, elaborate wells, exquisitely carved mansions will give you historical information on Rajasthan. Celebrated for their unsurpassable valour in the battlefields, the rulers were also known for their sensitivity with which they offered patronage to artists.


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