152p., 85 Illus., 25 Figs., 3 Maps, 85 Plts., Index, 26 cm.
Vol.1: Text and Plates,
Vol.2 : Maps and Plans.
The book gives a vivid picture of the style of architecture of the Bhoslas of Nagpur resembling, to that of the palace and Wadas or rulers and chiefs of Satara in Maharashtra. But so far as the characteristic feature layouts, and motif are concerned the Satara styles it self can be termed as an off-shoot of the later Mughals in the Deccan. The interior of the palace and Wadas display their affinity towards religious practice and rituals. The Bhosla Rajas were no doubt staunch Hindus, but they were tolerant towards Islam and Muslim, saints and savant. The emphasis is laid here that a beautiful design of art and architecture with layout of the city done during the Bhosla was specially planned during the regime of Raghuji-II. Around 443 Temples were constructed by the Bhoslas rulers. During his rule out of it, the largest 98 Temples were built. Some of these Temples are nicely described with their Art, Architecture, Plan elevation sections in this book. It was Raghuji-II who was the first planner to develop the massive Town into architectural design during his regime. Before him it contained only 12 hamlets of small sizes called as 'Rajapur Barsa'. The political history and data on socio economic conditions of the Bhosla state for Nagpur is elaborated, besides examining the prevailing trends in the art and architecture of this dominion. The survey maps of the sites, monuments, plans and drawings are the unique feature of this book. All these first hand material have been included in this work to acquaint scholars and researchers with the grandeur of the Bhosla monuments.