Etched in Stone

Title: Inscription by ASI (Archeological Survey of India) at Asirgarh Fort

Description: Red and pink Dholpur stone is installed permanently by the Archeological Survey of India. The same Dholpur stone has been used in various monuments across the Indian Subcontinent through centuries. Agra fort in Agra and the Red Fort in New Delhi are constructed with the same Dholpur Red stone.

A place named ‘Ashwathamagiri’ is given to this region on a panel at the entrance of Asirgarh Fort. In reality there is no such mention of Ashwathamagiri in Mahabharata. Another stone panel is placed near the Shiva temple describing the visit of Ashwathama to this temple.

Date: 2019

Format: jpeg/tiff

Language: Hindi-English

Identifier/Keywords: Stone, inscription, ashwathama, ashwathamagiri


Title: Epigraph of Aurangzeb

Description: This is a stone epigraph etched out in the year 1658-59 commemorating the event of Aurangzeb overthrowing his father Shahjahan from the throne of Hindustan. It seems the history of the Indian subcontinent is enshrined in this fort. Asirgarh fort was one of the important thresholds into the Deccan region, presently the southern states of India. Asirgarh Fort under the ASI (Archeological Survey of India) is also making stone inscriptions inside the Asirgarh Fort marking the contemporary interpretations of the earlier history of the fort. Asirgarh Fort itself is a palimpsest.

Source: Basalt Stone with inscription at the entrance of Asirgarh Fort

Date: 1658-59

Language: Persian

Format: jpeg image

Identifier/keywords: Aurangzeb, inscription, Shahjahan, Asirgarh, fort,

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