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Pratihara style of architecture

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    1st Aug, 2020
  • The stolen late ninth century stone statue of Lord Shiva will returned to the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI).
  • The stone Nataraj/Natesha murti, in “chatura pose with jatamakuta and trinetra” and almost four-feet-tall, is a rare depiction of Lord Shiva in the Prathihara style.
  • It is a rare sandstone idol.
  • It is originally from the Ghateswara Temple at Baroli, Rajasthan.
  • The Gurjara-Pratiharas, also known as the Pratihara Empire, ruled much of Northern India from the mid-7th to the 11th century.
  • They were instrumental in containing Arab armies moving east of the Indus River.
  • Nagabhata I defeated the Arab army under Junaid and Tamin during the Caliphate campaigns in India.
  • The greatest development of their style of temple building was at Khajuraho, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.