Pratihara and Sultanate-era silver coins found near Jaipur

Pratihara and Sultanate-era silver coins found near Jaipur

JAIPUR: Eighty-two coins dating back to Pratihara (8-11 CE) and Sultanate (12-15 CE) period have been discovered together from an empty pond in Jamwaramgarh near Jaipur. The coins were found in an earthen pot spotted by MGNREGA workers while digging the pond on Sunday. Experts have concluded that the discovery of coins strengthens the historical […]

Emperor Mihirbhoj Pratihar: Saving his legacy from vote bank politics

The birth anniversary of Rajput Emperor Mihirbhoj Parihar, one of the greatest rulers of the ninth century, is being celebrated across north India on October 18. Celebrations are particularly notable in historical towns of Pratihars (their descendants are now known as Parihar Rajputs) like Mandore, Bhinmal, Kannauj, Gwalior, and Nagod. Ironically, the celebrations have not […]

Rajput bodies plan mega events to mark King Mihir Bhoj’s birth anniversary

Rajput organisations have planned mega events to mark the birth anniversary of 9th century ruler Mihir Bhoj. The celebration comes at a time when several Rajput bodies have raised their voice against “distortion” and “appropriation” of their history. The Rajput bodies have planned the events at over 40 places across Uttar Pradesh and over 200 […]

History explained: The origin of Gurjara Pratihara

It is confusion created by politicians and self-proclaimed historians that has unfortunately led to the Gujjar and Rajput communities being at loggerheads with each other over the past few years. The problem started with the distortion of the identity of medieval Rajput Emperor Mihirbhoj Pratihar for narrow political gains. Unsurprisingly, it was BJP, which started […]

‘Stop distortion of Rajput History’: Mihir Bhoj’s descendant to govt

Kunwar Arunoday Singh Parihar, who is the prince of Nagod estate in Madhya Pradesh and who claims to be the direct descendant of King Mihir Bhoj (44th in line of descendency from the legendary king), has expressed his deep anguish in a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the current appropriation of his ancestor […]

Imperial Pratihars: India’s glorious chapter forgotten in history books

Sculptures near Teli Mandir, Gwalior Fort (Credit: The British Library)

At a time when Arab imperialism was growing in the Middle-East region and Central Asia in the seventh century, they couldn’t make much headway beyond Sindh in the Indian subcontinent. The primary reason for this resistance was the rule of the Imperial Pratihars who created a bulwark of defence against the marauding Islamic invaders bringing […]

Pratihara era Shiva idol smuggled to UK returned to India

A tenth Century stolen Shiva statue has been brought to India from the United Kingdom

LONDON: A valuable statue of Shiva that was stolen from a temple in Rajasthan 22 years ago and smuggled to Britain was finally repatriated to India on Thursday. The 10th-century CE “Natesh Shiva murti” positioned in the “chatura” yogic pose with “jatamakuta and trinetra” (untamed hair and three-eyed), has been sent to the Archaeological Survey […]