Thursday, November 26, 2009

1857 revolt etched on this temple's walls - The Times of India

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    • The first uprising of 1857 against the British has been immortalized in the walled city of Ahmedabad. Kalupur Swaminarayan Temple, located in the heart of the old city, has wooden carvings and figurines of Hindu deities.
    • Be it a Maratha soldier under the leadership of Goddess Durga or Rani of Jhansi, the relevance of these figures can be found in Chauhan's book Carved Wooden Pillars at Shri Swaminarayan Temple, Ahmedabad: A Testimony to the First War of Indian Independence'.

      The meeting hall was constructed between 1856 and 1871, soon after the revolt of 1857, when Rani of Jhansi had led her army against the British.