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Journey into Rajasthan

Title:Journey into Rajasthan
Author:Jayakar, Pupul
Enumeration:Vol. 7 Issue no. 3; June 1954, p. 48-57
Abstract:The author visits two less-known sites in Rajasthan. Kanswa near Kotah has a temple and tank not earlier than the 18th century, built on the site of an ancient temple. A copper plate on the temple wall carries an inscription in late Gupta characters (translated by Todd in the appendix to volume 1 of his Annals of Rajasthan), while the open courtyard has innumerable embedded shivalingas, most interesting being a four-headed mukhalinga. Paranagar near Alwar may have been associated with the Jaina Tirthankara Parasnath. The main temple is dedicated to Neelkantheshwar (blue-throated god ) Shiva, and an inscription dated Samvat 1010 (953 CE) ascribes the temple to Bargujar Raja Ajayapal. Another source, however, ascribes the temple to Lach, also a Bargujar king. The pillars are carved with Nayikas and have frescos, while the garbhagriha has a black stone linga. Other images found are of Shiva as Tripurantaka, a three-headed Surya, and an eight-armed dancing Ganesha. Besides the ruins of a Jaina temple, the largest mound west of Garh village indicates some very early temples (mostly dated to the 9th-10th century). Some of the sculptures, though, belong to the Gurjara-Pratihara period (6th-8th centuries).

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