Oct 17, 2009

Royals of India

Umaid Singh Bahadur Maharaja of Jodhpur (Marwar) 1936-1941

Bhim II Bahadur Maharao of Kotah 1966-1988

Sawai Man Singh II Bahadur, Maharaja of Jaipur 1947-1966

Singh II Bahadur Maharao of Kotah 1945-1947

Maharana Sir Bhopal Singh Bahadur, Maharana of Udaipur (Mewar) 1942-1945

Source: http://www.mayocollege.com/PresidentsMayoCollegeGeneralCouncil.asp

Maharana Fateh Singh of Udaipur on board the Royal barge in the Lake Pichchola - 1905

Photograph from the 'Curzon Collection: Album of views of Udaipur and Chittaurgarh', of Maharana Fateh Singh on board the royal barge at Udaipur in Rajasthan, taken by an unknown photographer in the 1900s. Udaipur was founded by Udai Singh (ruled 1567-72) of the Sisodia Rajputs in the mid-16th century as the fourth and last capital of the Mewar state. It lies in a valley containing three lakes, the Pichola, the Fateh Sagar and the Umaid Sagar. The City Palace stands on the east bank of Lake Pichola. This view shows two barges moored together on the lakeside next to a ghat as part of a royal ceremony. The ghat and decks of the barges are crowded with state officials and court functionaries. Fateh Singh (ruled 1884-1930) was a highly-regarded monarch who enjoyed a long and successful reign. He was the head of the most ancient surviving Rajput dynasty, the House of Mewar, and attempted to remain aloof from British rule in India. He is shown sitting under a canopy on a raised platform on the barge furthest from the ghat. Another print of this image is described as the ‘Gangore Festival’; the Gangaur festival is an important Rajput festival held in honour of Shiva’s consort Parvati and celebrated in late spring.

Oct 8, 2009

Punjab - Some Old Images

Vintage Punjab images from Life Archive hosted by google. Some images may be from current Pakistan.

Amritsar 1901

Amritsar Golden Temple

Kulu (Once part of Pubjab)

Punjabi Man

Kulu (Once part of Pubjab)

British in India - Various - Part 5

Images from Life Archive hosted by Google. Date and Place is unknown for maximum images.

In 1878

In 1907

Source: Life Archive hosted by Google

Oct 7, 2009

British in India - Various - Part 4

I found these images in Life archive hosted by Google. Actual location and date of maximum images are unknown.

Source: Life Archive hosted by Google

Oct 3, 2009

Bund Gardens [Mahatma Gandhi Udyan] - Poonah [Pune] - 1870s

Photograph of the Bund Gardens in Pune from the 'Lee-Warner Collection: 'Bombay Presidency. William Lee Warner C.S.' taken by an unknown photographer in the 1870s.

Pune is situated at the confluence of the Mutha and Mula rivers south-east of Bombay in Maharashtra. In the 18th century, it was the capital of Raja Shivaji, the Maratha king who defied the Moghul emperor Aurangzeb. In 1817, the British gained control of Pune. They based the summer headquarters of the Government of Bombay here and established a large military cantonment. The Bund Gardens lie on the bank of the river near to a bund or dam. The gardens were financed by the businessman and philanthropist Sir Jamsetjee Jeejeebhoy (1783-1859). They are now known as the Mahatma Gandhi Udyan.

Source: http://bl.uk