India: Rajasthan For the Curious


Rajasthan. The largest Indian state, capital Jaipur.

Pushkar. A town in the state of Rajasthan.

Rajput. The Rajputs constitute one of the major Hindu Kshatriya groups from India. The Rajputs are comprised of many different clans. From ancient times they were known for their valor and chivalry in battle. The Rajputs ruled more than four hundred of the estimated six hundred princely states at the time of India’s independence

Maharaja. Indian language word meaning “royalty”’.

Jaipur. Capital city of Rajasthan.

Jodhpur. The second largest city of Rajasthan.

Map of Rajasthan.

Hindi. A modern Indian language.

Rajasthani. A modern Indian language.

Hindu. A follower of the religion of Hinduism.

Rajput Maharaja Jai Singh, or Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh, or Jai Singh II of Amber. Ruler of the kingdom of Amber (later called Jaipur) 1699-1743.

Amber. Ancient city in Rajasthan.

Henna. A dye used on skin and hair.

Roma. Plural of Rom, an Aryan ethnic group, also known as Gypsies, which originated in

Romany. (Rom, Roma). An Aryan ethnic group, also known as Gypsies, which originated in

Sanskrit. A classical Indo-European language that is the origin of many modern Indian

Gulabi Sapera. Famous dancer from Rajasthan.

Johari Bazaar. Famous jewelry market in the city of Jaipur.

Gem Palace. Jewelry store in Jaipur.

Palace of the Winds (Hawa Mahal). Distinctive palace built in Jaipur in

Pratap Singh Hawa Mahal (Palace of the Winds). Distinctive palace built in Jaipur in

Purdah. The separation of women from men.

Turban. A headdress consisting of a long piece of cloth would around the

Sari. Traditional South Asian female garment consisting of a length or cloth draped or wrapped around the body.

Taj Mahal. This mausoleum built in Agra in 1648 now is a UNESCO World Heritage

City Palace. The main palace in Jaipur.

Mogul. (Mughal). The empire which ruled most of the Indian subcontinent from the early 16th to the mid-19th centuries.

Sawai. A name or title given to Jay Singh II of Amber by the Mogul emperor Aurangzeb. This title still is used by descendants of Jay singh

Rambaugh Palace Hotel. Luxury hotel in the palace and residence of the Maharaja of,JAIPUR/default.htm/

Ganesh Temple. (Moti Doongari Ganesh Temple). Popular temple in an exotic palace in

Shiva. A major Hindu deity.

Indian Railways. The state monopoly rail network.

Brahma. A major Hindu deity.

Pushkar Lake. Lake in Pushkar which is a pilgrimage site.

Dham. A shrine and pilgrimage destination. Brahma. Brahma is the Hindu god considered the source of all creation, the seed from which issues all space, time and causation.

Brahma temple. Brahma temple is a Hindu temple situated at Pushkar in Rajasthan in India.

Camel Fair. The Pushkar Camel Fair is the world’s largest camel

Blue City. (Jodhpur, Blue City of Jodhpur) Jodhpur is a historic city founded by Rao Jodha in 1459 AD.

Rao Jodha. Rao Sri Jodha Sahib was the founder of the “Blue City” of

Rathore. Rathore is a Rajput clan.

Antique Warehouse.

Fort Meherangarh. Fort Meherangah in Jodhpur city is one of the largest forts in India

Flower Palace. The Flower Palace or Phool Mahal is the grandest of the period rooms in the Mehrangarh Fort Museum.

Pearl Palace. The Pearl Palace or Moti Mahal is the largest of the period rooms in the Mehrangarh Fort Museum.

Lohapol Gate. The Lohapol Gate or Iron Gate is one of seven gates to the Mehrangarh

Iron Gate. The Lohapol Gate or Iron Gate is one of seven gates to the Mehrangarh

Maharaja Man

Sati. Sati is a funeral practice among some Hindu communities in which a recently-widowed woman would immolate herself on her husband’s funeral pyre.

Umaid Bhawan. Umaid Bhawan is a palace built in 1943 now a hotel.

His Highness Gaj Singh II. Gaj Singh (born 13 January 1948), was Maharaja of Jodhpur, India and is head of the Rathore clan of Rajputs.

Sir Pratap Singh. Sir Pratap Singh was Maharaja of Jodhpur for nearly fifty years

Jodhpurs. A style of riding britches popularized by Sir Pratrap

Devassi. Black Buck. The Black Buck is an antelope native to India.

Namaste. Namaste is an Indian greeting as well as a gesture. The word is spoken at the beginning of written or verbal communication. The same hands folded gesture is made wordlessly upon