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Indore

Indore was basically founded by the landlords in 1975, straddling the trade route on the valley of the Narmada river. Under peace and prosperity natured by the great Queen Ahalyabai the trade prospered further from 1767 to 1795. The area was given to Malhar Rao Holkar in 1733 by the Maratha Peshwas in appreciation of his widowed daughter-in-law who administered the area well and succeeded him to the throne, Indore was destroyed in 1801 but recovered and was the British headquarters of their Central India Agency. The ruling family of Indore, the House of Holkar, took the British side during the Mutiny in 1857. The Old Palace (Rajwada) with its 7-storeyed gateway faces the main square. On the North of it is the New Palace and garden. 


Presently Indore is the textile town on the banks of rivers Sarasvati and Khan. Indore is notable center of Hindustani classical music. 

Kanch Mandir

Inside this Jain Temple thousands of mirrors adorn the walls, floor and ceilings, supplemented by brightly patterned ceramic adorn the walls, floor and ceilings, supplemented by brightly patterned ceramic tiles, Chinese lantern -type glass lamps and cut glass chandeliers. All are exquisitely crafted. There are 50 or so crafted. There are 50 or so murals depicting scenes of conversion to Jainism. The use of glass beads and raised figures produced a pleasing 3-D effect. This mirrored palace is at variance with the austerity and simplicity of the Mahavira’s supposed existence and teachings.

Lal Bagh

(The Nehru Center) Once the residence of the Maharajas, built and decorated in a confusion style, it is now a museum and culture center named after India’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru. There are separate Indian and western dining rooms, billiard room, a sprung wooden dance floor, stained glass, painted ceilings, gilt that ultimate act of fealty, a statue of Queen Victoria, on the lawns. There are a number of sporting trophies including stuffed tigers in the atrium and on the landings. A blend of Italian villa, French chateau, traditional motifs and modern conveniences, the Lal Bagh palace is indeed a statement of riotous Victorian eclecticism not surprising, perhaps for a ruler who supported the British.


A magnificient sculptor in the state Mueum, Indore

 


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