Rajasthan: Architecture

Rajasthan state is certainly the most colorful state in the country. Rajasthan has an exclusive architecture and is well-known for its architecture all over the nation. Rajasthan’s architecture is chiefly based on Rajput school of architecture which was an assortment of the Mughal and the Hindu structural plan.
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Rajasthan state is certainly the most colorful state in the country. Rajasthan has an exclusive architecture and is well-known for its architecture all over the nation. Rajasthan’s architecture is chiefly based on Rajput school of architecture which was an assortment of the Mughal and the Hindu structural plan.


The astonishing forts, the beautifully engraved temples and the splendid Havelis of the Rajasthan state are essential parts of Rajasthan’s architectural heritage. The Rajputs were productive designers and builders. Some impressive and splendid palaces and forts in the world mark the parched Aravalli milieu and tell the anecdotes of their magnificent bequest. The assortment and vividness of the architectural heritage of Rajasthan can stun a sightseer.

Some of the famous formations that symbolize the architectural legacy of Rajasthan are Dilwara Temples, Chittaurgarh Fort, Lake Palace Hotel, Jaisalmer Havelis and City Palace.


Some styles of the architecture of Rajasthan include:

•             Chhatri

•             Jharokha

•             Stepwell

•             Haveli

•             Johad




Chhatris are eminent, dome shaped porches used as a constituent in the architecture of India. The Chhatris are normally used to portray the fundamentals of admiration and pride in Rajasthan’s Rajput architecture. They are extensively used, in forts, in palaces or to distinguish funerary locations. Instigating in the architecture of Rajasthan where there were memorials for royalty and kings, they were later on tailored as a typical characteristic in all constructions of Rajasthan, and most significantly in the Mughal architecture. They are at present seen in the premium shrines, Delhi’s Humayun's Tomb and Agra’s Taj Mahal. In Hindi, the term "Chhatri" refers to a canopy or an umbrella.


A Jharokha is a kind of suspended enclosed gallery used in the architecture of India, characteristically in Rajasthani architecture, Mughal architecture and Rajputana architecture.  One of the most significant purposes it served was to permit women in Pardah to witness the events without being noticed themselves. On the other hand, these casements could also be used to place spies and archers.


Haveli is the idiom used for a private manor in Pakistan and India, typically one with architectural and historical implication. Haveli word is derived from the word Hawli which means an "enclosed place". Hawli is a Persian word. They share alike traits with other mansions derived from the Architecture of Islam such as the customary houses in Morocco that are called the Riads. Many Havelis in Pakistan and India were swayed by Central Asian, Indian architecture and Islamic Persian.


Stepwells are known by many names such as Kalyani, Pushkarani, Bawdi, Baoli, Barav or Vaav. These Stepwells are ponds or wells in which water can reach by sliding some steps. The Stepwells may be roofed and secluded and are frequently of architectural implication. The Stepwells are most widespread in the Western region of India.


A Johad is storage of rainwater in a tank mainly used in Rajasthan. It stores and collects water all through the year that is used for drinking by cattle and humans. In many areas of Rajasthan the yearly rainfall is very little thus; the water can be unlikable to drink. Rainfall during the months of July and August is stocked up in Johads and is used all through the year. Johads are called "Khadins" in Jaisalmer.




The immense architectural association which flounced Rajasthan from centuries was actually later blossoming of the virile expansion enthused by the Guptas. The Temples constructed around this instance also comprises of temples at Chittorgarh as well as Osiyan in the western part of Rajasthan. The recognizable characteristic of these temples are spire as well as intricately engraved external chamber known as the Mandap, earlier than the internal sanctum. Fine illustrations of some of the magnificent temples are the Kumbha Shyam temples and Kalika Mata Temple in Chittorgarh fortress.


Brahma Temple, Pushkar


Pushkar place is greatly acknowledged for the Brahma temple, although there are a lot many temples in Pushkar, with around 400 temples facing the banks of the lake. In the month of November, during the occasion of the yearly fair, Pushkar is a multihued gathering of people and revelry corresponding with the prime camel fair held in the planet.


Eklingji Temple, Udaipur


The originator of the Mewar Empire had an astounding vision in which he pleaded before a figure of Shiva which resulted in the elimination of his trouble that had been disturbing him in his daily life. He thought to construct a temple, and so the compound had its origin, 24 kilometers North of Udaipur. Eklingji temple consists of a compound of 108 temples, corresponding with the amount of beads in the necklace of Rudraksh that saints use for meditation.


Govind Devji Temple, Jaipur


The temple was sanctified as division of the City palace compound by Sawai Jai Singh. A holy place, with an untied marquee bounded by columns, and with a courtyard, curtsy and sacrament reverence at the shrine is considered lofty on the level of merit. Escalated on a gray throne, and festooned with gold jewelery, the statues are predominantly adored during Janamashtmi festival.


Shrinathji Temple, Nathdwara


A temple is dedicated to Lord Krishna with an illustration imprinted from a solitary chunk of black marble.  At the holy place, hints of the deity are allowable for little periods at preset epochs of the daytime, and it is assumed that the faithful observe him in diverse moods allied with his life.


Dilwara Temple, Mt Abu


For many sightseers, this is the reason sufficient to stopover Mt Abu. Situated inside a prehistoric mango orchard, the Dilwara temples are copiously imprinted and are unwrapped amid noon and 6 in the dusk. During the dawn, the clerics execute numerous sacrament rituals that are not open for the public.


Parsvanath Temple, Nakoda


The temple is located in a vale looped by hills, on the highway of Jodhpur-Barmer, the holy place devoted to the Tirthankara Parsvanath is engraved in black marble. Alongside it are some supplementary Jain temples, including the Shantinath temple.


Shri Mahavirji Temple


Positioned 90 kilometers from Ranthambhor area, it is assumed that the site was rehabilitated into a pilgrimage destination subsequent to the detection of an effigy of Mahavira by the cowherd. The Shri Mahavirji temple is a gigantic compound that has been erected with white stonework and has cupolas made of red stone.


Rishabdo Temple, Dhulev


A Rishabdo Temple compound that is delightfully carved, 64 kilometers from the Udaipur city, it is devoted to Rishabdeo, while descriptions of numerous other Tirthankaras are imprinted into panes on the fortifications.




Vijay Stambh


Vijay Stambh is also recognized as the ‘Tower of Victory’. The Vijay Stambh was constructed by Rana Kumbha in 1440 A.D. It was built to mark the triumph over Malwa’s Mahmud khilji. This commendable segment of architecture stands on a plinth at 10 feet towering and is assumed to have taken over ten years to be concluded. The 157 spherical and tapered steps which escorts to the patio is also a visible facet of the architecture.


Tazia Tower


Placed among the Jaisalmer’s golden sand dunes of the lavishness, the generous impression of tower is enhanced by the pleasant sites. Serving the residence of the prior regal folks, the creation is captivating with its shades of brilliance customarily parting the spectators enthralled. The marvelous 5 tiered construction rises from the Badal Mahal with every storey polished by a dexterously carved gallery.


Kirti Stambh


Kirti Stambh is a twenty-two meters elevated 7 storied tower constructed by a Jain merchant, Jijaji Kathod in Twelfth century.  Entirely controlled in the Solanki architectural technique internal to Chittorgarh fortress, it is thirty feet at the pedestal and tapered down to fifteen feet at the summit with a confined staircase of 54 steps.









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