INDIAN DESIGN

All the pictures showcase transformed Traditional Indian Articles or Symbols.

A visit to the India Design Fair held at Okhla , New Delhi showcased a bit of Traditional India in new robes. ( do check out my previous blog titled EYE)

These Lovely kettles in Copper  retain the the shape and look of a Tea Kettle you could spot on every Roadside in India. Keep your eyes peeled ?

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Transforming Traditional Kettles

The Bed or Khattiya ( in Hindi) is a must in every Rural Home and Highway Dhaba in most parts of India.

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A traditional bed with a colourful Carper Design

The Hookah is used to smoke Tobacco and is an accent in the setting below to highlight the Rural Origins of the Colourful Transformed  Khattiya .

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Rural India’s tryst with Urban India

These Ceramic Containers called Amritbaan  ( in Hindi) were once a Must in every Home in India. They are primarily used to store Pickles and we still use them in my Home as well.

 

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Traditional Containers for Pickles

On your travels look for Interesting shapes and articles you  find Unique to this amazing part of the Planet we call India.

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ANONYMOUS

The India Art Fair is annually held in January at the NSIC grounds, Okhla  in New Delhi.

It was an amazing opportunity to see some fabulous works of Art brought together under one Roof.

The threads that bind the four works of art selected by me for this blog are:

  1. The Artists of all the paintings are Anonymous.
  2. They are all almost 200 years old dating to the 19th Century.
  3. All of them are expressions of Faith and reveal tales from Hindu Mythology.

The Colourful and detailed featured Image of Maa Durga ending the terror of the Rakshas ( Demon) Mahishasur portrays so many symbols and tales that it would take me years to understand and pen them down.

The large almond shaped  eyes are a signature of the artists of Bengal and Maa Durga is portrayed as such to date.

The painting below beautifully illustrates Lord Shiva with his wife Parvati  seated on their vehicle the Bull, Nandi. Mount Kailash in the the Himalayas is his fabled abode which is depicted in the picture below.

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Lord Shiva with his consort Goddess Parvati

An unusual potrayal of  Goddess Parvati depicted as Mother with her younger son Lord Ganesha.

The crown in the painting seems to be an influence from the Mughal Period  and is repeated in all the pictures above as well.

Maa Durga is an incarnation of Goddess Paravati who assumes a Fierce and Powerful form armed with various weapons to end the Evil of the Demon Mahishasura.

Symbolism and  Philosophy  is deeply entrenched in all the depictions and portrayals in the paintings.

Maa and Ganeshji
Mother and Child

The painting of the Goddess Saraswati below  is distinctively different from those above.

The headgear and attire are more in tune with depictions from Southern India. The style was made extremely popular by the famous artist Raja Ravi Verma from Travancore ( now in modern day Kerala).

The attention to detail is simply mind blowing as the Jewellery is visible through the extremely fine and translucent Saree that drapes the Goddess of Wisdom.

The Veena ( musical instrument in her hands) , the string of White Pearls and the Vedas  ( Holy Books ) symbolize the Goddess of Fine Arts and Knowledge.

 

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The Goddess of Knowledge , Maa Saraswati

All the paintings show the fascinating minds of the Anonymous Artists who have unfortunately been lost in the Mists of Time.

FOR YOUR EYES ONLY

Treat yourselves to this secretive getaway  NAZAR BAGH near Jaipur.

A view of Nature FOR YOUR EYES ONLY.

The write up will be updated in a while. All Good things take time, so hold your breath as I will unveil this treasure in the midst of Rajasthan, India.

Nazarbagh is located in the pristine rural countryside of Rajasthan about 5.5 kms  off the Jaipur-Ajmer Highway at Jaisinghpura.

It is strongly recommended to walk the  the last mile if you wish to be soaked in the Enchanting countryside that encompasses this discretely located Palace.

The picture below reveals the unique  lansdscape of the region with interesting Shrubs and biodiversity unique to the arid lands of Rajasthan.

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Through the eyes of Sheep and Goats

Luxurious and plush Nazarbagh is unveiled  through Trees and the bounty of Nature that surround this Palace.

A lovely Lily ( commonly and incorrectly refered to as  Lotus)  Pond surrounded by Flower beds ( do see the blog titled ICE DAISY at http://www.enchantedforests.wordpress.com and Trees far in the Horizon soothe your eyes.

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A view through graceful arches at the Porch

For me Nature leaves signs to show if an area ,home or Palace is conducive to human well being.

If Birds , bees and butterflies inhabit a region it indicates that all is in harmony with Nature. Nazarbagh gets a big approval as it is located in the lap of Nature.

See the picture below which reveals a Bird’s Nest seen from the amazing marbled Verandahs of the Palace.

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A Birds Nest

The lovely Rooftops with the typical signature  Chatris ( literal translation is an Umbrella) reveal two contrasting countrysides.

One is Green till as far as the Nazar ( eyes) goes and showcases Golden Fields ( do read the blog at http://www.enchantedforests.worpress.com) and Carpets of White Flowers ( Calendulas)

 

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Fields of Flowers and a Solitary Leafless Kejri Tree

As you shift your Glance  you will be fascinated by an arid and parched land along with an ancient River Bed which would have been the Original Landscape prior to the Introduction of Water through modern Irrigation methods.

The Flora and Fauna in both both the Green and Brown Lands would be interesting to compare and detail.

I did hear the  tell tale bird calls of the Partridges ( English), Teetar ( Hindi)  or Grey francolins ( Scientific Name) at Nazarbagh.

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An ancient river bed and arid brown lands

As we descend from the Rooftops adorned by Chattris and walk around the Sprawling Green Periphery of the Palace am spellbound by the Avenue of  Neem  ( Scientific Name Azadirachta Indica) trees.

Neem is an endemic tree native to India which works as a natural Bio filter of Air as well besides having numerous Germicide properties.

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Neem Lined Avenues

Nazarbagh Palace was a wonderful date with Nature , away  from the crowds that thronged the Jaipur Literature Festival at Jaipur.

THE ARTISAN

The featured image shows the beautiful Spinning wheel with a wooden Parrot and the omnipresent and multipurpose utensil Lota ( do read my blog  http:.//travelwithmukul.wordpress.com titled LOTA).

The weaving artisans of Rajasthan convert the fluffy cotton snow balls into beautiful pieces of textile or art.

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A blast of colour woven by the magical Artisans

Pictures of the master crafstman  were taken near the village of Ranaser near Kichan , Rajasthan.

He sets up the spinning wheel and warping machine in his courtyard to take advantage of the glorious Winter Sun.

the spinning wheel
Getting Organized

The cotton is dyed into colours and then woven into fabric on this PitLoom. Observe the beautiful rope in the foreground.

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The Pit loom

The Lovely Eco friendly Barn and Home made from twigs and mud.

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Organic Home and Barn

The Weaver or Artisan above lives in the harsh and arid Desert of Rajasthan located between Phalodi and Jodhpur .

THE MANDOR LOTUSES

The Mandor Gardens are home not only to Beautiful Monuments ( do see my previous blogs Magnificent Mandor and Amazing Mandor ) but to these gorgeous flowers as well.

An Egret in flight  and Water Hen ( foreground)  share space with these wondrous flowers which inhabit the waterways at The Mandor Gardens.

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The Lotus Waterways of Mandor

A close up reveals the Dinner Plate sized leaves which provide shelter to Fish and other aquatic animals.

They in turn attract water birds like Egrets and Herons for whom they are  food under the dinner plate.

The Flowers rise above the water levels with the rising Sun. One lotus is still struggling to make space for itself.

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Baby Pink Lotuses

This architects of the past were probably inspired by the Lotus while creating this memorial to the Kings and Queens of Marwar.

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Mandor architecture Inspired by the Lotus

Besides the baby Pink Lotuses there are many which are Purely White and have not even a tinge of Pink.

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Snow White Lotuses

The buds of the Lotus emerge from the water supported by sinuous stalks and bloom as the Sun rises.

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A Solitary Bud

This post was created at the request of a fellow blogger.Thus keep sending your views as the interaction inspires to seek and search for beauty in our surroundings.

AMAZING MANDOR

Mandor is today a tiny township located about 9 kms from Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India.

Strategically cradled between rocky mountains it was once the capital of  the mighty Kingdom of Marwar in the 6th century.

The Mandor Gardens which houses numerous monuments from the past is a delightful destination for any traveller.

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Mandor Gardens

Ruins of a Fort still adorn the hill to remind us of an era long gone.

The featured image  is of the magnificent Cenotaph or Deval dedicated to Maharaja Ajit Singh and was built in the 18th Century.

This blog is focused on the  stone sculptures of animals that adorn the temple like  Deval  ( Cenotaph) of Maharaja Ajit Singh of Marwar.

Stone sculptures adorn the exterior of the Deval in a systematic and well thought out manner. Crocodiles adorn the base and double up as Rain water spouts as well.

 

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The Crocodiles form the base

Elephants are placed at the edge of every corner as if to guard the departed from Intruders.

They represent the second tier of defense and are placed at one level above the crocodiles.

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The elephants

The tigers( or lions)  are placed at the highest level of the Cenotaphs and are given due respect as they protect the departed souls of the Kings.

Tigers on top
Tigers on top

This hierarchy of animals is replicated in temples representing the wonder of Ancient Indian architecture across the Indian subcontinent.

Mandor  was known as Mandavyapur in the times of the Ramayan ( 1500-2500 BC) and was the fabled home to the Queen of Ravan, Mandodri.

ARCHWAYS OF TIME

The beautifully painted  doorway and  numerous ARCHWAYS lead to the outer courtyard of the  OLD RANGJI temple at Pushkar.

The main doorway and multiple arches
The main doorways and the archways of time

People come and go through these ancient arches of time . Each archway is symbolic and you must cross each one of them to reach the Lord.

The lady in florescent Orange adorns three symbols of a married woman a Bindi ( on the forehead) , a Mangalsutra (a necklace of gold and beads)  and bangles.

Through the arches of time
Multiple archways built over the centuries

The final archway frames the  sanctum sanctorum . You can glimpse the brass flagstaff through the doorway as musicians sing in praise of the Lord under the final arch.

A beautiful larger than life statue of Lord Vishnu  inside the temple depicts him lying on a multi headed serpent afloat the Ocean of Time. ( Hinduism is steeped in symbolism)

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View of the temple under the final Arch

The Old Rangji Temple in the heart of Pushkar City is an old temple dedicated to Lord Krishna the 8th reincarnation of Lord Vishnu.

Built primarily in the Deccan style of Architecture it has been influenced  by  Rajasthan as well.

The wall around the  inner courtyard has numerous sculptures and paintings which depict ancient myths and  fascinating tales from the scriptures.

the final gate to the sanctum sanctorum
The doorway to the Inner courtyard

Do observe the three symbols above the doorway. You will see them repeatedly at Temples devoted to Lord Vishnu.

The picture is of a wall painting above the arch photographed in the Featured Image.

Shank Chakra Tilak

Chakra Tilak Shank

Leaving you with these auspicious symbols about which I will write in a blog at a later date.