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General view of temples and houses, Chittaurgarh [Chitorgarh].

General view of temples and houses, Chittaurgarh [Chitorgarh].

Photographer: Baudesson, O.S.

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1882

Shelfmark: Photo 1003/(1630)

Item number: 10031630

Genre: Photograph

This photograph of Chitorgarh, Rajasthan was taken by O.S. Baudesson for the Archaeological Survey of India in 1882. The view looks towards a group of houses, with temple domes visible beyond; the temples are all but invisible behind the domestic buildings. The town of Chitorgarh is famous for the nearby fort which crowns a hill at the height of 152 metres above the surrounding plains which was an important Rajput fortress throughout the medieval period. It served as a political capital, despite being sacked by both Ala-u'd-din Khalji in 1303 and Bahadur Shah of Gujarat in 1535, until it was finally taken by the Mughal emperor Akbar in 1567. It was later returned to Rajput control but never regained such prominence again.

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