Castle of Bunai
Engraver: Storer, James Sargent (1771-1853) and son
Etching of the castle at Bunai, drawn by Patrick Young Waugh (1788-1829) and etched by James Sargent Storer (1771-1853). Plate 22a from James Tod's 'Annals and antiquities of Rajast'han or the Central and Western Rajpoot States of India' published in London in 1829
In 1818 Mewar and other princely states of Northern India signed a treaty with the British, and Colonel James Tod became the first Political Agent to the Western Rajput States. Along with his official duties, Tod became very interested in the genealogies of the Rajput Kingdoms as well as the art they produced. Of this site, Tod wrote: 'The castle of Bunai is a picturesque object in these level plains; it is covered with the cactus or prickly pear, so aundant on the east side of the Aravulli. This was eminently the residence of a branch of the Purihara princes of Mundore, when held as a fief of the Chohans of Ajmer; and from it originated a numerous mixed class called the Purihara Menas, a mixture of Rajput and aboriginal blood.'