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Heritage of Rajasthan: Monuments and Archaeological Sites
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From the Jacket

Rajasthan has a long and glorious past. Events of history are evidenced in the form of ancient monuments and archaeological sites spread through the length and breadth of the entire state.

The present volume - an outcome of field studies carried out for several years by the author and his team of expert associates-is a comprehensive and composite study of monuments and archaeological sites of Rajasthan. The information, not limited to any particular type or period, covers a variety of monuments including massive forts, temples, tombs, inscriptions, palaces, havelies, step-wells, pillars, mosques, caves, tanks, etc.

This book also contains fresh data on the archaeological sites dating back to the Bronze Age. Among these special mention may be made of Ojiyana, an Ahar culture site located in the Aravalli mountains. Results of the excavations carried out by the author has thrown fresh light on the protohistoric archaeology of Rajasthan.

The book contains two parts. Part I deals with centrally protected monuments and sites and Part II contains monuments protected by the State Government, monuments with erstwhile rulers, monuments under trusts and in private ownership. It is indeed an appreciable attempt to provide authentic information on such diverse monuments and sites of Rajasthan in a single volume.

Written lucidly, this strikingly illustrated volume is valuable for researchers, scholars, students, general interest readers and tourists alike.

B. R. Meena was born on 5th June 1949 at Udaipurwati, District Jhunjhunu (Rajasthan). He took his Master’s degree in History from University of Rajasthan, Jaipur in 1974. He was appointed lecturer of History in Maharani Sri Jaya College, Bharatpur and subsequently joined the Archaeological Survey of India in 1976.

Shri Meena has participated in archaeological excavations at Mathura; Sringaverpur and Bhardwaj-Ashram, District Allahabad (U.P.); Pariar, District Unnao; Hulas, District Saharanpur; Ayodhya, District Faizabad and Ramapuram, District Kurnool (A.P.). He has carried out conservation of ancient monuments of national importance in Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Rajasthan.

Being son of the soil, he is greatly fascinated with the panoramic cultural assemblage of Rajasthan. He has conducted excavations at early historical site Lachhura and an Ahar culture site Ojiyana in district Bhilwara (Rajasthan). The excavation carried out by him at Ojiyana, during 2001-01, has unearthed outstanding findings/antiquities which has brought to light some of the unknown aspects of Indian history.

Shri Meena is an archaeologist, conservator and museologist of repute. He has served as Superintending Archaeologist in different Circle. Presently, he is working as Superintending Archaeologist, Building Survey Project at New Delhi.

Foreword

Rajasthan has a long and glorious past. Events of history are evidenced in the form of ancient monuments and archaeological sites spread through the length and breadth of the entire state. I am delighted to write this foreword to Heritage of Rajasthan (Monuments and Archaeological Sites) by Shri B.R. Meena. Rajasthan has been my area of activities and I have visited most of these monuments and have studied rich cultural heritage of this part of the country during the past fifty years.

Sri B.R. Meena has put together valuable information in this book. As the head of the Jaipur Circle of the Archaeological Survey of India, he visited these monuments and sites and carried out in depth study. His practical knowledge is reflected in the information presented in this monograph.

Information of the cultural heritage, compiled inn two parts, is the outcome of field studies carried out for several years by the author and his team of expert associates. The information, not limited to any particular type or period, covers a variety of monuments including massive forts, temples, tombs, inscriptions, palaces, havelies, step-wells, pillars, mosques, caves, tanks, etc.

This book also contains fresh data on the archaeological sites dating back to the Bronze Age. Among these, special mention may be made of Ojiyana, an Ahar culture site located in the Aravalli mountains. This site discovered by me several decades back was excavated by Shri B. R. Meena in association with his colleague, Dr. Alok Tripathi. Result of the excavation carried out by Shri Meena at Ojiyana has thrown fresh light on the protohistoric archaeology of Rajasthan. First hand information about this site given in the book enhances the importance of this publication.

The monuments discussed in this book include - protected monuments of national importance monuments protected by the State Government, monuments with erstwhile rulers, monuments under trusts and in private ownership. It is an appreciable attempt to provide authentic information on such diverse monuments and sites of Rajasthan in a single volume.

All this data in simple language makes this volume useful for researchers, scholars, students and tourists alike. Author Sri B.R. Meena deserves sincere appreciation for his comprehensive and composite study of ancient monuments and archaeological sites of Rajasthan and bringing out this rich heritage through this monograph for the benefit of every knowledge seekers.

Preface

This monograph is a result of my study of Rajasthan and its cultural wealth right from my student days. Being son of the soil, I have been greatly fascinated with the panoramic cultural assemblage of Rajasthan. After joining the Archaeological Survey of India, I got the opportunity to study this rich cultural heritage closely - the present book being the outcome.

Heritage can be divided into two logical divisions - national heritage and cultural heritage. In this book, we have taken the cultural aspect, particularly the monuments and archaeological sites of Rajasthan. This book contains two parts. Part I deals with the centrally protected monuments and sites of Rajasthan and Part II deals with the principal monuments and sites under state protection, i.e., Government of Rajasthan, unprotected sites and monuments looked after by trust, personal properties of ex-rulers and important private havelis and chhatris of Mandawa.

I frequently visited the monuments and sites of Rajasthan during my tenure of service in Archaeological Survey of India. In the preparation of this book, I was associated with my persons who have helped me in many ways. I express my hearty gratitude to Shri K.N. Shrivastava, Director General, Archaeological Survey of India and former Director Generals - Prof. B.B. Lal, Shri M.N. Deshpande, Shri J.P. Joshi and ‘Shri M.C. Joshi. The first lesson of archaeology was taught to me by Shri M.C. Joshi during the excavation at Mathura. I am beholden to Shri K.N. Dikshit, former Joint Director General, Archaeological Survey of India, who not only inspired me but encouraged me too during the excavation at Hulas. I express my sincere thanks to Dr. R.S. Bisht and Prof. (Dr.) R.C. Agrawal, former Joint Director Generals of the ASI, who provided several opportunities in my career to work out my dreams. I am also grateful to my colleagues Dr. K.P. Poonacha and Shri A.K. Sinha, who have always inspired me. I am thankful to my elder brother Shri Man Singh Meena, Director (Export Promotion) for his constant valuable guidance and encouragement.

I am grateful to Shri R.C. Agrawala, former Director, State Archaeology, Government of Rajasthan and Prof. R.C. Mishra, Rajasthan University for providing valuable suggestions and guidance to complete the book. I am thankful to Shri Alok Tripathi, the then Deputy Superintending Archaeologist and Shri Sant Lal, Deputy Superintending Archaeological Engineer for their valued co-operation. I am also grateful to Dr. M.L. Sharma, Head, Deptt. of History Government P.G Collage, Kotputli; Shri M.L. Meena, Lecturer in History, Government P.G. College, Neem ka Thana; Shri Rajendra Yadav, Assistant Archaeologist and Smt Ujval Handu who helped me in many ways - general discussions, finalization of text, checking the plans and photographs etc. I am thankful to Shri Fakir Chand, ASA, B.R. Singh and Kanwar Singh, Assistant Archaeoloists, S.K. Apharya, B.B. Dubey, S.C. Gupta, R.P. Mathur, K.L. Saini, Ms. Nalini Sharma and P.C. Bohra of Jaipur Circle and also the staff of Building Survey Project, New Delhi, who have assisted me in various ways from time to time.

I am grateful to Smt. Komal Anand, former Director General, ASI, New Delhi who kindly permitted me to utilize the material and information in the compilation of this book.

My grateful thanks are also due to my wife Mrs. Shushila Meena, sons Pankaj and Mukesh, daughters Anita and Madhu and sons-in-law Mahinder and Rajesh. Without their love and support this work would not have been possible. Last but not the least, I express my thanks to Mr. Vikas Arya of Aryan Books International for bringing out the book in an excellent manner.

Contents

Foreword vii
Prefaceix
List of Platesxix
List of Figuresxxix
Introductionxxxvii
PART I
CENTRALLY PROTECTED MONUMENTS AND
ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITES OF RAJASTHAN
AJMER DISTRICT
1Adhai-Din-ka-Jhonpra, Ajmer2
2Baori on the Ajmet-Jaipur Road, Ajmer4
3Badshahi Haveli, Ajmer5
4Delhi Gate Consisting of One Archway, Ajmer6
5Gateway of Taragarh Hill, Ajmer7
6Marble Pavilions and Balustrade on the Anasagar Bund and the Ruins of the Marble Hammam behind the Anasagar Bund, Ajmer8
7Saheli Bazar Buildings in Daulat Bagh, Ajmer10
8Tombs of Abdulla Khan and his Wife, Ajmer11
9Tomb of Alla-ud-din Khan Known as “Sola Thumba”, Ajmer12
10Tripolia Gate, Ajmer14
11Sarai, Chhatri15
12Kos Minars Erected by Emperor Akbar, Ajmer-Jaipur Road16
13Mahal Badshahi, Pushkar18
14Brahma Temple, Pushkar19
ALWAR DISTRICT
15Ancient Site, Bhangarh22
16Shiva Temple, Neelkanth26
17Lal Masjid, Tijara28
18Ancient Remains, Pandrupol30
BANSRARA DISTRICT
19Shiva Temple and Ruins, Arthuna31
20Ancient Remains, Vithal Deva34
BARAN DISTRICT
21Ruins of Temples, Atu/Ganeshganj35
22Yupa Pillars, Badva36
23Temple of 12th century AD, Baran37
24Ancient Ruins and Structural Remains, Krishnavilas35
25Old Temples, Statues and Inscriptions, Shergarh41
BHARATPUR DISTRICT
26Akbar’s Chhatri, Bayana42
27Ancient Fort with its Monuments, Bayana43
28Islam Shah’s Gate, Bayana45
29Brahmabad Idgah, Bayana46
30Jahangir’s Gateway, Bayana47
31Jhajri, Bayana48
32Lodhi’s Minar, Bayana49
33Sarai Sad-Ullah, Bayana50
34Usha Mandir Bayana51
35Fateh Burj near Anah Gate, Bharatpur52
36Delhi Gate, Bharatpur53
37Fort Walls Including Chowburja Gate and Approach Bridges at the Chowburja and Ashtadhatu Gates, Bharatpur54
38Jawahar Burj and Ashtadhatu Gateway inside the Bharatpur Fort, Bharatpur56
39Moat Surrounding the Fort Wall, Bharatpur58
40Deeg Bhawans (Palaces), Deeg59
41Looted Gun, Deeg64
42Marble Jhoola, Deeg65
43Chaurasi Khambha Temple, Kaman67
44Ancient Mound, Malah69
45Ancient Mound, Noh70
46Colossal Image of Yaksha, Noh72
47Lal Mahal, Rupvas73
BHILWARA DISTRICT
48Mahakal and Two other Temples, Bijolia74
49Rock Inscriptions (12th century), Bijolia76
50Rock Inscription within the Parsvanath Temple (12th century), Bijolia77
51Ancient Temple Known as Kaner-ki-Putli, Khadipur78
BIKANER DISTRICT
52Bhandasar Jaina Temple, Bikaner79
53Jaina Temple of Susani Goddess, Morkhana80
BUNDI DISTRICT
54Wall Paintings of Hardoti School in the Palace, Bundi81
55Ancient Mound, Keshawarai Patan83
56Ancient Mound, Nainwa84
CHITTAURGARH DISTRICT
57Group of Temples, Badoli85
58Fort of Chittaur as a Whole, Chittaurgarh 89
59Mahanal Temple and Math, Menal104
60Ancient Site and Remains together with Adjacent Area, Nagari 106
61Hathiwada Enclosure with Inscription, Nagari 108
62Archaeological Site and Remains at Jeora, Nilodh109
DAUSA DISTRICT
63Ancient Mound, Abaneri110
64Baori, Abaneri111
65Harsat Mata-ka-Mandir, Abaneri112
66Banjaron-ki-Chhatri Containing Two Pillars similar to the Railing Pillars of Bharhut Stupa, Lalsot114
67Ancient Mound, Maheshra116
68Ancient Mound, Raniwas117
69Ancient Mound, Sikrai118
DHOLPUR DISTRICT
70Babur’s Garden, Jhor119
71Jogni-Jogna Temple, Near Sone-ka-Gurja121
72Shergarh Fort Shergarh122
DUNGARPUR DISTRICT
73Jaina Temple Inscription, Baroda123
74Somnath Temple, Deo Somnath124
GANGA NAGAR DISTRICT
75Ancient Mound, Baror126
76Ancient Mound, Bhannar Theri127
77Ancient Mound (2), Binjor128
78Ancient Mound, Chak-86129
79Ancient Mound, Mathula130
80Ancient Mound, Tarkhanwala-Dera131
81Ancient Mounds, Rang Mahal132
82Ancient Mound, Badopal134
83Ancient Mound, Bhadrakali135
84Ancient Mounds, Dhokal136
85Fort Bhatner, Hanumangarh137
86Ancient Mounds (3), Kalibangan138
87Ancient Mound, Manak143
88Ancient Mound, Munda144
89Ancient Mound, Pilibangan145
90Ancient Mounds, Peer Sultan146
JAIPUR DISTRICT
91Jama Masjid, Amber147
92Laxmi Narain’s Temple, Amber148
93Sri Jagat Siromaniji Temple, Amber150
94Sun Temple, Amber152
95Excavated Site, Bairat/Viratnagar154
96Pundarikji-ki-Haveli - Paintings in a Room, Brahmpuri156
97Temple Containing Fresco Paintings, Galtaji 158
98Excavated Site, Sambhar159
JAISALMER DISTRICT
99Fort Including Ancient Temples, Jaisalmer160
100Ancient Site, Lodruva Patan163
JHALAWAR DISTRICT
101Buddhist Caves and Pillars, Binnayaga165
102Caves of Niranjani etc. (Dag), District Jhalawar166
103Ancient Ruins, Dudhaliya167
104Ancient Ruins, Dalsagar (Gangdhar)168
105Buddhist Caves, Hathiagor169
106Buddhist Caves, Pillars and Idols, Kolvi170
107Old Temples near the Chandrabhaga, Jhalrapatan172
JODHPUR DISTRICT
108Fort Mandore, Mandore174
KARAULI DISTRICT
109Wall Paintings in the Gopal Lal Palace, Karauli176
KOTA DISTRICT
110Shiva Temple and Two Unpublished Gupta Inscriptions, Charchoma177
111Temple, Fort Wall and Statues, Dara/Mukandara178
112Temple with Inscriptions, Kanswa180
113Archaeological Sites and Remains, Gilund (Bhagwanpura)182
114For to Kumbhalgarh as a Whole, Kumbhalgarh184
115Ghat with Inscriptions, Pavilions and Toranas together with Adjacent Area, Nav Chowki, Rajsamand192
116Chetak Samadhi, Balicha194
117Badshahi Bagh, Khamnor195
118Haldighati, Khamnor196
119Rakta Talai, Khamnor197
SAWAI MADHOPUR DISTRICT
120Ranthambhor Fort, Ranthambhor198
121Jaina Temple, Alanpur205
122Persian Inscriptions in a Baori, Alanpur206
SIKAR DISTRICT
123Harshnath Temple, Harshnath-Sikar207
TONK DISTRICT
124Bisal Deoji’s Temple, Bisalpur209
125Ancient Mound, Gariagarh (Newai)210
126Ancient Mound, Bundwali Doongri211
127Devapura Barodia Mound, Jhalai212
128Hathi Bhata, Khera213
129Ancient Mound, Nagar214
130Excavated Site, Nagar215
131Mandkila Tal Inscription, Nagar217
132Inscriptions in Fort, Nagar218
133Yupa Pillar in Bichpuria Temple, Nagar219
134Inscription, Panwar220
135Excavated Site, Rairh (Newai)221
136Kala Pahar Temple, Todarai Singh222
137Laxmi Narainji’s Temple Locally Known as Gopinathji’s Temple, Todarai Singh223
138Kalyan Raiji’s Temple, Todarai Singh225
139Old Baori Locally Known as Hadi Rani-ka-Kund, Todarai Singh227
140Pipaji’s Temple, Todarai Singh228
UDAIPUR DISTRICT
141Ancient Ruins, Kalyanpur229
142Sas-Bahu Temple, Nagda230
143Hawa Mahal Known as Roothi Rani-ka-Mahal, Veerpura, Jaisamand232
144Mahal Known as Hawa Mahal, Veerpura, Jaisamand235
145Ruined Palace of Maharana Pratap, Chavand237
PART II
OTHER PRINCIPAL MONUMENTS AND
ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITES OF RAJASTHAN
AJMER DISTRICT
146Khwaja Muin-ud-din Chisti Dargah, Ajmer242
147Fort of Akbar, Ajmer244
ALWAR DISTRICT
148Alwar Palace, Alwar245
149Dome of Fateh Jang, Alwar247
150Dome of Bhartrihari, Tijara248
151Tombs of Pathans, Tijara250
BARMER DISTRICT
152Kiradu Temple Complex, Hatama252
BHILWARA DISTRICT
153Excavated Site, Ojiyana254
BIKANER DISTRICT
154Fort of Junagarh, Bikaner273
BUNDI DISTRICT
155Rani ki Baori (Step-well), Bundi276
JAIPUR DISTRICT
156City Wall of Jaipur Including Gates, Jaipur277
157City Palace (Royal Palace), Jaipur284
158Jantar Mantar (Observatory), Jaipur286
159Hawa Mahal, Jaipur288
160Albert Hall Museum, Jaipur290
161Isar Lat, Jaipur291
162Old Temple of Govind Dev Ji, Jaipur292
163Amber Fort and Palaces, Amber293
164Jaigarh Fort, Amber295
165Nahargarh Fort, Amber297
166Shish Mahal, Samod299
JAISALMER DISTRICT
167Old Haveli (of Patwa) at Jaisalmer City, Jaisalmer300
JHALAWAR DISTRICT
168Gagran Fort, Gagran302
JHUNJHUNU DISTRICT
169Havelis of Mandawa in Shekhawati Region, Mandawa304
JODHPUR DISTRICT
170Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur318
171Osian Group of Temples, Osian320
(1) Harihara Temples (1-6 nos.)
(2) Sun Temple
(3) Shiva Temple
(4) Temple of Piplad Mata
(5) Vishnu Temple
(6) Jaina Temple
(7) Sachiya Mata Temple
PALI DISTRIC
172Ranakpur Group of Temples, Ranakpur325
(1) Adinath Temple
(2) Parsvanath Temple
(3) Sun Temple
RAJSAMAND DISTRICT
173Temple of Srinath Ji, Nathdwara328
SIKAR DISTRICT
174Excavated Site, Ganeshwar330
SIROHI DISTRICT
175Dilwara Jaina Temples, Mount Abu332
TONK DISTRICT
176Sunahri Kothi, Tonk336
UDAIPUR DISTRICT
177Temple of Ambika Mata, Jagat338
178Excavated Site, Ahar340
Glossary345
Bibliography347

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From the Jacket

Rajasthan has a long and glorious past. Events of history are evidenced in the form of ancient monuments and archaeological sites spread through the length and breadth of the entire state.

The present volume - an outcome of field studies carried out for several years by the author and his team of expert associates-is a comprehensive and composite study of monuments and archaeological sites of Rajasthan. The information, not limited to any particular type or period, covers a variety of monuments including massive forts, temples, tombs, inscriptions, palaces, havelies, step-wells, pillars, mosques, caves, tanks, etc.

This book also contains fresh data on the archaeological sites dating back to the Bronze Age. Among these special mention may be made of Ojiyana, an Ahar culture site located in the Aravalli mountains. Results of the excavations carried out by the author has thrown fresh light on the protohistoric archaeology of Rajasthan.

The book contains two parts. Part I deals with centrally protected monuments and sites and Part II contains monuments protected by the State Government, monuments with erstwhile rulers, monuments under trusts and in private ownership. It is indeed an appreciable attempt to provide authentic information on such diverse monuments and sites of Rajasthan in a single volume.

Written lucidly, this strikingly illustrated volume is valuable for researchers, scholars, students, general interest readers and tourists alike.

B. R. Meena was born on 5th June 1949 at Udaipurwati, District Jhunjhunu (Rajasthan). He took his Master’s degree in History from University of Rajasthan, Jaipur in 1974. He was appointed lecturer of History in Maharani Sri Jaya College, Bharatpur and subsequently joined the Archaeological Survey of India in 1976.

Shri Meena has participated in archaeological excavations at Mathura; Sringaverpur and Bhardwaj-Ashram, District Allahabad (U.P.); Pariar, District Unnao; Hulas, District Saharanpur; Ayodhya, District Faizabad and Ramapuram, District Kurnool (A.P.). He has carried out conservation of ancient monuments of national importance in Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Rajasthan.

Being son of the soil, he is greatly fascinated with the panoramic cultural assemblage of Rajasthan. He has conducted excavations at early historical site Lachhura and an Ahar culture site Ojiyana in district Bhilwara (Rajasthan). The excavation carried out by him at Ojiyana, during 2001-01, has unearthed outstanding findings/antiquities which has brought to light some of the unknown aspects of Indian history.

Shri Meena is an archaeologist, conservator and museologist of repute. He has served as Superintending Archaeologist in different Circle. Presently, he is working as Superintending Archaeologist, Building Survey Project at New Delhi.

Foreword

Rajasthan has a long and glorious past. Events of history are evidenced in the form of ancient monuments and archaeological sites spread through the length and breadth of the entire state. I am delighted to write this foreword to Heritage of Rajasthan (Monuments and Archaeological Sites) by Shri B.R. Meena. Rajasthan has been my area of activities and I have visited most of these monuments and have studied rich cultural heritage of this part of the country during the past fifty years.

Sri B.R. Meena has put together valuable information in this book. As the head of the Jaipur Circle of the Archaeological Survey of India, he visited these monuments and sites and carried out in depth study. His practical knowledge is reflected in the information presented in this monograph.

Information of the cultural heritage, compiled inn two parts, is the outcome of field studies carried out for several years by the author and his team of expert associates. The information, not limited to any particular type or period, covers a variety of monuments including massive forts, temples, tombs, inscriptions, palaces, havelies, step-wells, pillars, mosques, caves, tanks, etc.

This book also contains fresh data on the archaeological sites dating back to the Bronze Age. Among these, special mention may be made of Ojiyana, an Ahar culture site located in the Aravalli mountains. This site discovered by me several decades back was excavated by Shri B. R. Meena in association with his colleague, Dr. Alok Tripathi. Result of the excavation carried out by Shri Meena at Ojiyana has thrown fresh light on the protohistoric archaeology of Rajasthan. First hand information about this site given in the book enhances the importance of this publication.

The monuments discussed in this book include - protected monuments of national importance monuments protected by the State Government, monuments with erstwhile rulers, monuments under trusts and in private ownership. It is an appreciable attempt to provide authentic information on such diverse monuments and sites of Rajasthan in a single volume.

All this data in simple language makes this volume useful for researchers, scholars, students and tourists alike. Author Sri B.R. Meena deserves sincere appreciation for his comprehensive and composite study of ancient monuments and archaeological sites of Rajasthan and bringing out this rich heritage through this monograph for the benefit of every knowledge seekers.

Preface

This monograph is a result of my study of Rajasthan and its cultural wealth right from my student days. Being son of the soil, I have been greatly fascinated with the panoramic cultural assemblage of Rajasthan. After joining the Archaeological Survey of India, I got the opportunity to study this rich cultural heritage closely - the present book being the outcome.

Heritage can be divided into two logical divisions - national heritage and cultural heritage. In this book, we have taken the cultural aspect, particularly the monuments and archaeological sites of Rajasthan. This book contains two parts. Part I deals with the centrally protected monuments and sites of Rajasthan and Part II deals with the principal monuments and sites under state protection, i.e., Government of Rajasthan, unprotected sites and monuments looked after by trust, personal properties of ex-rulers and important private havelis and chhatris of Mandawa.

I frequently visited the monuments and sites of Rajasthan during my tenure of service in Archaeological Survey of India. In the preparation of this book, I was associated with my persons who have helped me in many ways. I express my hearty gratitude to Shri K.N. Shrivastava, Director General, Archaeological Survey of India and former Director Generals - Prof. B.B. Lal, Shri M.N. Deshpande, Shri J.P. Joshi and ‘Shri M.C. Joshi. The first lesson of archaeology was taught to me by Shri M.C. Joshi during the excavation at Mathura. I am beholden to Shri K.N. Dikshit, former Joint Director General, Archaeological Survey of India, who not only inspired me but encouraged me too during the excavation at Hulas. I express my sincere thanks to Dr. R.S. Bisht and Prof. (Dr.) R.C. Agrawal, former Joint Director Generals of the ASI, who provided several opportunities in my career to work out my dreams. I am also grateful to my colleagues Dr. K.P. Poonacha and Shri A.K. Sinha, who have always inspired me. I am thankful to my elder brother Shri Man Singh Meena, Director (Export Promotion) for his constant valuable guidance and encouragement.

I am grateful to Shri R.C. Agrawala, former Director, State Archaeology, Government of Rajasthan and Prof. R.C. Mishra, Rajasthan University for providing valuable suggestions and guidance to complete the book. I am thankful to Shri Alok Tripathi, the then Deputy Superintending Archaeologist and Shri Sant Lal, Deputy Superintending Archaeological Engineer for their valued co-operation. I am also grateful to Dr. M.L. Sharma, Head, Deptt. of History Government P.G Collage, Kotputli; Shri M.L. Meena, Lecturer in History, Government P.G. College, Neem ka Thana; Shri Rajendra Yadav, Assistant Archaeologist and Smt Ujval Handu who helped me in many ways - general discussions, finalization of text, checking the plans and photographs etc. I am thankful to Shri Fakir Chand, ASA, B.R. Singh and Kanwar Singh, Assistant Archaeoloists, S.K. Apharya, B.B. Dubey, S.C. Gupta, R.P. Mathur, K.L. Saini, Ms. Nalini Sharma and P.C. Bohra of Jaipur Circle and also the staff of Building Survey Project, New Delhi, who have assisted me in various ways from time to time.

I am grateful to Smt. Komal Anand, former Director General, ASI, New Delhi who kindly permitted me to utilize the material and information in the compilation of this book.

My grateful thanks are also due to my wife Mrs. Shushila Meena, sons Pankaj and Mukesh, daughters Anita and Madhu and sons-in-law Mahinder and Rajesh. Without their love and support this work would not have been possible. Last but not the least, I express my thanks to Mr. Vikas Arya of Aryan Books International for bringing out the book in an excellent manner.

Contents

Foreword vii
Prefaceix
List of Platesxix
List of Figuresxxix
Introductionxxxvii
PART I
CENTRALLY PROTECTED MONUMENTS AND
ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITES OF RAJASTHAN
AJMER DISTRICT
1Adhai-Din-ka-Jhonpra, Ajmer2
2Baori on the Ajmet-Jaipur Road, Ajmer4
3Badshahi Haveli, Ajmer5
4Delhi Gate Consisting of One Archway, Ajmer6
5Gateway of Taragarh Hill, Ajmer7
6Marble Pavilions and Balustrade on the Anasagar Bund and the Ruins of the Marble Hammam behind the Anasagar Bund, Ajmer8
7Saheli Bazar Buildings in Daulat Bagh, Ajmer10
8Tombs of Abdulla Khan and his Wife, Ajmer11
9Tomb of Alla-ud-din Khan Known as “Sola Thumba”, Ajmer12
10Tripolia Gate, Ajmer14
11Sarai, Chhatri15
12Kos Minars Erected by Emperor Akbar, Ajmer-Jaipur Road16
13Mahal Badshahi, Pushkar18
14Brahma Temple, Pushkar19
ALWAR DISTRICT
15Ancient Site, Bhangarh22
16Shiva Temple, Neelkanth26
17Lal Masjid, Tijara28
18Ancient Remains, Pandrupol30
BANSRARA DISTRICT
19Shiva Temple and Ruins, Arthuna31
20Ancient Remains, Vithal Deva34
BARAN DISTRICT
21Ruins of Temples, Atu/Ganeshganj35
22Yupa Pillars, Badva36
23Temple of 12th century AD, Baran37
24Ancient Ruins and Structural Remains, Krishnavilas35
25Old Temples, Statues and Inscriptions, Shergarh41
BHARATPUR DISTRICT
26Akbar’s Chhatri, Bayana42
27Ancient Fort with its Monuments, Bayana43
28Islam Shah’s Gate, Bayana45
29Brahmabad Idgah, Bayana46
30Jahangir’s Gateway, Bayana47
31Jhajri, Bayana48
32Lodhi’s Minar, Bayana49
33Sarai Sad-Ullah, Bayana50
34Usha Mandir Bayana51
35Fateh Burj near Anah Gate, Bharatpur52
36Delhi Gate, Bharatpur53
37Fort Walls Including Chowburja Gate and Approach Bridges at the Chowburja and Ashtadhatu Gates, Bharatpur54
38Jawahar Burj and Ashtadhatu Gateway inside the Bharatpur Fort, Bharatpur56
39Moat Surrounding the Fort Wall, Bharatpur58
40Deeg Bhawans (Palaces), Deeg59
41Looted Gun, Deeg64
42Marble Jhoola, Deeg65
43Chaurasi Khambha Temple, Kaman67
44Ancient Mound, Malah69
45Ancient Mound, Noh70
46Colossal Image of Yaksha, Noh72
47Lal Mahal, Rupvas73
BHILWARA DISTRICT
48Mahakal and Two other Temples, Bijolia74
49Rock Inscriptions (12th century), Bijolia76
50Rock Inscription within the Parsvanath Temple (12th century), Bijolia77
51Ancient Temple Known as Kaner-ki-Putli, Khadipur78
BIKANER DISTRICT
52Bhandasar Jaina Temple, Bikaner79
53Jaina Temple of Susani Goddess, Morkhana80
BUNDI DISTRICT
54Wall Paintings of Hardoti School in the Palace, Bundi81
55Ancient Mound, Keshawarai Patan83
56Ancient Mound, Nainwa84
CHITTAURGARH DISTRICT
57Group of Temples, Badoli85
58Fort of Chittaur as a Whole, Chittaurgarh 89
59Mahanal Temple and Math, Menal104
60Ancient Site and Remains together with Adjacent Area, Nagari 106
61Hathiwada Enclosure with Inscription, Nagari 108
62Archaeological Site and Remains at Jeora, Nilodh109
DAUSA DISTRICT
63Ancient Mound, Abaneri110
64Baori, Abaneri111
65Harsat Mata-ka-Mandir, Abaneri112
66Banjaron-ki-Chhatri Containing Two Pillars similar to the Railing Pillars of Bharhut Stupa, Lalsot114
67Ancient Mound, Maheshra116
68Ancient Mound, Raniwas117
69Ancient Mound, Sikrai118
DHOLPUR DISTRICT
70Babur’s Garden, Jhor119
71Jogni-Jogna Temple, Near Sone-ka-Gurja121
72Shergarh Fort Shergarh122
DUNGARPUR DISTRICT
73Jaina Temple Inscription, Baroda123
74Somnath Temple, Deo Somnath124
GANGA NAGAR DISTRICT
75Ancient Mound, Baror126
76Ancient Mound, Bhannar Theri127
77Ancient Mound (2), Binjor128
78Ancient Mound, Chak-86129
79Ancient Mound, Mathula130
80Ancient Mound, Tarkhanwala-Dera131
81Ancient Mounds, Rang Mahal132
82Ancient Mound, Badopal134
83Ancient Mound, Bhadrakali135
84Ancient Mounds, Dhokal136
85Fort Bhatner, Hanumangarh137
86Ancient Mounds (3), Kalibangan138
87Ancient Mound, Manak143
88Ancient Mound, Munda144
89Ancient Mound, Pilibangan145
90Ancient Mounds, Peer Sultan146
JAIPUR DISTRICT
91Jama Masjid, Amber147
92Laxmi Narain’s Temple, Amber148
93Sri Jagat Siromaniji Temple, Amber150
94Sun Temple, Amber152
95Excavated Site, Bairat/Viratnagar154
96Pundarikji-ki-Haveli - Paintings in a Room, Brahmpuri156
97Temple Containing Fresco Paintings, Galtaji 158
98Excavated Site, Sambhar159
JAISALMER DISTRICT
99Fort Including Ancient Temples, Jaisalmer160
100Ancient Site, Lodruva Patan163
JHALAWAR DISTRICT
101Buddhist Caves and Pillars, Binnayaga165
102Caves of Niranjani etc. (Dag), District Jhalawar166
103Ancient Ruins, Dudhaliya167
104Ancient Ruins, Dalsagar (Gangdhar)168
105Buddhist Caves, Hathiagor169
106Buddhist Caves, Pillars and Idols, Kolvi170
107Old Temples near the Chandrabhaga, Jhalrapatan172
JODHPUR DISTRICT
108Fort Mandore, Mandore174
KARAULI DISTRICT
109Wall Paintings in the Gopal Lal Palace, Karauli176
KOTA DISTRICT
110Shiva Temple and Two Unpublished Gupta Inscriptions, Charchoma177
111Temple, Fort Wall and Statues, Dara/Mukandara178
112Temple with Inscriptions, Kanswa180
113Archaeological Sites and Remains, Gilund (Bhagwanpura)182
114For to Kumbhalgarh as a Whole, Kumbhalgarh184
115Ghat with Inscriptions, Pavilions and Toranas together with Adjacent Area, Nav Chowki, Rajsamand192
116Chetak Samadhi, Balicha194
117Badshahi Bagh, Khamnor195
118Haldighati, Khamnor196
119Rakta Talai, Khamnor197
SAWAI MADHOPUR DISTRICT
120Ranthambhor Fort, Ranthambhor198
121Jaina Temple, Alanpur205
122Persian Inscriptions in a Baori, Alanpur206
SIKAR DISTRICT
123Harshnath Temple, Harshnath-Sikar207
TONK DISTRICT
124Bisal Deoji’s Temple, Bisalpur209
125Ancient Mound, Gariagarh (Newai)210
126Ancient Mound, Bundwali Doongri211
127Devapura Barodia Mound, Jhalai212
128Hathi Bhata, Khera213
129Ancient Mound, Nagar214
130Excavated Site, Nagar215
131Mandkila Tal Inscription, Nagar217
132Inscriptions in Fort, Nagar218
133Yupa Pillar in Bichpuria Temple, Nagar219
134Inscription, Panwar220
135Excavated Site, Rairh (Newai)221
136Kala Pahar Temple, Todarai Singh222
137Laxmi Narainji’s Temple Locally Known as Gopinathji’s Temple, Todarai Singh223
138Kalyan Raiji’s Temple, Todarai Singh225
139Old Baori Locally Known as Hadi Rani-ka-Kund, Todarai Singh227
140Pipaji’s Temple, Todarai Singh228
UDAIPUR DISTRICT
141Ancient Ruins, Kalyanpur229
142Sas-Bahu Temple, Nagda230
143Hawa Mahal Known as Roothi Rani-ka-Mahal, Veerpura, Jaisamand232
144Mahal Known as Hawa Mahal, Veerpura, Jaisamand235
145Ruined Palace of Maharana Pratap, Chavand237
PART II
OTHER PRINCIPAL MONUMENTS AND
ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITES OF RAJASTHAN
AJMER DISTRICT
146Khwaja Muin-ud-din Chisti Dargah, Ajmer242
147Fort of Akbar, Ajmer244
ALWAR DISTRICT
148Alwar Palace, Alwar245
149Dome of Fateh Jang, Alwar247
150Dome of Bhartrihari, Tijara248
151Tombs of Pathans, Tijara250
BARMER DISTRICT
152Kiradu Temple Complex, Hatama252
BHILWARA DISTRICT
153Excavated Site, Ojiyana254
BIKANER DISTRICT
154Fort of Junagarh, Bikaner273
BUNDI DISTRICT
155Rani ki Baori (Step-well), Bundi276
JAIPUR DISTRICT
156City Wall of Jaipur Including Gates, Jaipur277
157City Palace (Royal Palace), Jaipur284
158Jantar Mantar (Observatory), Jaipur286
159Hawa Mahal, Jaipur288
160Albert Hall Museum, Jaipur290
161Isar Lat, Jaipur291
162Old Temple of Govind Dev Ji, Jaipur292
163Amber Fort and Palaces, Amber293
164Jaigarh Fort, Amber295
165Nahargarh Fort, Amber297
166Shish Mahal, Samod299
JAISALMER DISTRICT
167Old Haveli (of Patwa) at Jaisalmer City, Jaisalmer300
JHALAWAR DISTRICT
168Gagran Fort, Gagran302
JHUNJHUNU DISTRICT
169Havelis of Mandawa in Shekhawati Region, Mandawa304
JODHPUR DISTRICT
170Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur318
171Osian Group of Temples, Osian320
(1) Harihara Temples (1-6 nos.)
(2) Sun Temple
(3) Shiva Temple
(4) Temple of Piplad Mata
(5) Vishnu Temple
(6) Jaina Temple
(7) Sachiya Mata Temple
PALI DISTRIC
172Ranakpur Group of Temples, Ranakpur325
(1) Adinath Temple
(2) Parsvanath Temple
(3) Sun Temple
RAJSAMAND DISTRICT
173Temple of Srinath Ji, Nathdwara328
SIKAR DISTRICT
174Excavated Site, Ganeshwar330
SIROHI DISTRICT
175Dilwara Jaina Temples, Mount Abu332
TONK DISTRICT
176Sunahri Kothi, Tonk336
UDAIPUR DISTRICT
177Temple of Ambika Mata, Jagat338
178Excavated Site, Ahar340
Glossary345
Bibliography347
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