Byana Fort, 24 miles from Bharatpur
Photographer: Priyalall and Company
Medium: Photographic print
Photograpah of Byana Fort in Rajasthan, taken by the studio of Priyalall & Company in c.1900. This is a view of the ruined hill fort overlooking a plain near Bharatpur, with spearhead battlements in the foreground. In the 11th century Bayana was the capital of the Jadon Rajputs, from whom the ruling family of Bharatpur State, the Sinsini Jats, claimed descent. The fort was twice possessed by Muslim invaders, once in the 11th century by Mahmud of Ghazni, and then for a period of 500 years from the end of the 12th century by the Sultans of Delhi and later the Mughal Emperors. The fort contains a tall stone lat or pillar and a minaret among ruined buildings and there are a great number of Muslim tombs in the area dating from the 11th century.
The album of 'Views in the Bharatpur State and Neighbourhod' was presented to the India Office in 1912 by the Festival of Empire, held in 1911 at Crystal Palace in London to mark the coronation of George V. The Maharaja of Bharatpur was among the exhibitors in the Indian Section of the Imperial Exhibition held as part of the Festival.