Sunday, December 4, 2011

Lost Relic - Amer Palace, Jaipur

"A violet by a mossy stone
Half hidden from the eye!
Fair as a star, when only one
Is shining in the sky." 
Wordsworth 


The most beautiful things are not always the most celebrated ones. I remember this small, broken down house opposite the magnificent Amer palace near Jaipur. According to the locals, it was given by the King to a Bengali priest. I was pretty surprised to find that Amer palace had a Kali temple (since Kali worship is more predominant in eastern India).  

The palace was in shambles, overrun by weeds and in the process of breaking down. None of this could retract the delicate beauty of its louvered windows, terraces, and hidden tales. Walking around Amer, I noticed that the winding lanes and old houses had their own quiet beauty, yet they were all silently breaking down. The hordes of tourists sped on, too blinded by the perfectly restored beauty of the Amer palace, to spare them a glance.

Though the government of Rajasthan has plans to renovate these houses, there are numerous litigation that need to be dealt with. 

2 comments:

  1. You have done a beautiful job on this house. And the story that goes with it is so interesting. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. Hi,Seema,
    Good drawing and important message. I wonder what we can bequeath to a next generation.
    Thank you for visiting my blog. My post on Indian Festival is very popular, particularly, among Indian people.
    Your blog, too, has nice and interesting art work and posts! Keep up!!
    Cheers,Sadami

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